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Subsidised  Counselling

SUBSIDIsED and Discounted COUNSELLINg

Restoring Peace Counselling and Consultancy Pte Ltd is a private mental health clinic without any operational funding from the authorities. However, we believe in helping those genuinely seeking therapy. Therefore, we offset some of our income from therapy and consultation fees to provide subsidies for individuals with financial difficulties.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) on subsidy

Type of Subsidy

We offer three types of subsidies:

 

  1. Subsidy for consultation with our professional clinicians

  2. Low-bono therapy by our associate volunteer counsellor

  3. Low-bono therapy by our trainee counsellor 

Eligibility

  1. Students who pay for the sessions with pocket money. 

  2. New graduates who earn below $2,200

  3. Individuals who are between jobs and utilising on their savings on their savings without parental support.

  4. Low or middle-income single parents.

  5. Low or middle income family with multiple financial challenges.

Suppose you do not fall into the above categories but have financial difficulties. In that case, you may request an exemption from our clinical director. Please do not ask for the sliding scale if you can afford the consultation fees so that the subsidy can benefit those who truly need it. 

The difference between the three subsidies

  1. Individuals with financial difficulties may write in to request a sliding scale. Upon assessing your situation during the first session, the therapist may offer a small percentage discount for subsequent sessions.

  2. We have a small pool of associate counsellors who generously volunteer their time to see clients after work. Priority is to be given to students or someone in between jobs with limited income.

  3. Our trainee counsellors provide low-bono counselling for individuals with depression, anxiety, grief, parenting and workplace challenges.

Consultation fees for low-bono therapy and counselling

Low-bono consultation fee with our associate volunteer counsellor is $50, and low-bono counselling by our trainees is $40.

However, if you cannot afford the fee, you may write to us for temporary reduce rate until your situation improved. Temporary reduce rate range between 30% - 70%.

Subsidy for trauma therapy

We offer subsidies for trauma therapy on a case-by-case basis. The subsidy is only for those with financial challenges.

 

Subsidy ranges between 5% to 15%.

Please note there is no subsidy for the first session

Application for subsidised counselling

You may submit your request to https://www.restoringpeace.com.sg/contact and indicate your request for subsidy in the remarks column. 

 

Free therapy and counselling services in Singapore

We apologise for not offering free counselling and therapy services due to our limited capacity. There are many social service agencies and religious organisations that offer free counselling in Singapore.

The difference between counselling and therapy

Generally, therapy is counselling with 20 or more sessions and processing deeper issues. A psychotherapist is someone with at least six years of experience in providing trauma-informed therapy.

Do I need counselling or therapy?

We will need to assess your circumstances before we can advise. However, the counselling component is still relevant even if you seek trauma-informed therapy. For more information on the difference, please refer to:

https://www.restoringpeace.com.sg/counselling-psychotherapy.

Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ) on Trainee Counsellors and Interns

Who are Trainee Counsellors?

The Trainee Counsellors are candidates for Master's and Graduate Diploma in Counselling who are interning with us. Some of them hold a degree in psychology.

What is the difference between a Trainee Counsellor and a Para Counsellor?

Interns are counselling students who have completed and usually have completed foundational modules in counselling. Lay counsellors are generally (though not necessarily) people with basic counselling skills who serve voluntarily. 

 

Is it safe to received counselling from a trainee counselling?

Our trainee counsellors receive regular clinical supervision from our SAC Registered Clinical Supervisor, so they are equipped to provide quality counselling service.

What kind of cases can the Trainee Counsellors see?

The Trainee Counsellors provides counselling for depression, anxiety, addiction, stress, relationship, decision-making, life transition and workplace challenges. However, if the trainee counsellor assessed the issues you faced are beyond their competency or involve self-harm. In that case, our trainee counsellor may discuss with you alternative options such as seeking professional help from us or seeking help with a government-funded centre.

 

Can the Trainee Counsellors provide therapy for trauma-related cases?

To align with the ethics against providing counselling beyond one's competency, the Trainee Counsellors cannot provide counselling for Complex Trauma, Sexual-related Addictions, Personality Disorders, PTSD and Psychosis during their internship. 

 

However, suppose the trauma happened long ago and does not impede your daily functioning. In that case, Trainee Counsellors may provide talk therapy to strengthen your coping mechanism without addressing the past issues. Please consider seeing our trauma-informed therapist if you are seeking trauma therapy or if the traumatic experience is still hindering your relationships.

Why must I pay to see a volunteer or a trainee counsellor?

The counselling fee helps to cover rent and other operational costs. It also gives you a sense of ownership of your counselling journey. However, should the published rate for consultation fee by our trainee counsellors is still above your means, you may write to us for further discount.

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