Shirley has been helping many people since a young age. Her warmth and outgoing personality enable those around her to feel safe confiding in her. She handles various challenging issues in life professionally and, with much empathy. All who have met her found her to be a people-person, comfortable to talk to and very authentic.
She has cross-cultural experiences, having stayed in both the United States of America, and China for a couple of years with her husband and children. While overseas, she took excellent care of her family, including guiding her two young kids through very different school systems. The fact that both kids are well adjusted and grounded, demonstrates her agility, and capacity to adapt to changing environments and different cultures, without jeopardising the values of a healthy and strong personal and family life. She has used her overseas experience many times to help other families settle into their new environment, including being involved with the Shanghai mothers' network, as well as volunteering at the Shanghai Singapore International School.
When she returned to Singapore with her family in 2012, she saw need in our affluent society, and decided to get herself certified as a professional counsellor so that she could reach out to a greater audience. Today, she holds a Masters of Social Science in Professional Counselling, and a Certificate in Family Therapy. She is a qualified facilitator of Torn Asunder, an affair recovery programme. Shirley also facilitates with the Singapore Prison Services, Drug Rehabilitation Center and the Changi Women's Prison, helping the ladies and the gentlemen there to adopt a healthy thinking pattern. She is also a registered instructor with the Ministry of Education.
Her professional membership includes being a member of the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS), the American Counseling Association (ACA), and is also a provisional clinical member of the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). She also volunteers with the Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS)
Shirley’s experiences include helping youth at risk in schools, married couples with married life issues, parent and child relationship, people who have been incarcerated and individuals who struggle to live a healthy emotional life. She adopts the eclectic approach when helping her clients. Instead of asserting strict adherence to one particular therapy or school of thought, she makes use of elements from a range of therapeutic techniques, with the goal of establishing a course that is personally tailored to her client. She believes that each person that comes to her is a unique individual.
The Blue Pencil was set up together with her husband, to provide a safe and conducive place for all who need help and want to seek help.
The Blue Pencil is conveniently located at the Tanglin Shopping Center.