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Counselling & Wellness

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The Counselling & Wellness is committed to providing comprehensive counselling services that are developmental, preventive and remedial to facilitate solution focused/finding, improve relationships, enhance growth and empower individuals to develop to their fullest potential through promoting and modelling positive mental health for our students.

Growth, Challenge and Discovery

Counselling may be defined as a growth process through which individuals are helped to define goals, make decisions, and solve problems related to personal-social; educational and career concerns. Counselling can present you with personal challenges and you are likely to discover new and exciting aspects of yourself.

  • Not sure where you are going with your life.
  • Mixing with the wrong crowd
  • Not knowing how to study.
  • Do not know how to manage your time.
  • Failing tests during the semester.
  • Not getting along well with others.
  • Experienced sexual harassment, date rape, rape, sexual abuse.
  • Chosen the wrong course of study or considering a change of direction.
  • Feeling stressed out or anxious.
  • Feeling sad or depressed most of the time.
  • Not being able to make friends.
  • Drinking or using drugs.
  • Having conflicts within yourself, friends, family, boyfriend/girlfriend
  • Having physical or learning disability.
  • Lacking in self-confidence.
  • Either eating too much or too little.
  • Feeling afraid to speak in front of the class.
  • Something you have never told anybody, but feel like you should.


Important Considerations
One of the most difficult step in counselling occurs before you even see a counsellor for the first time. Deciding to seek counselling is the first step in change. Once this decision is made, the mechanics for change is set in motion. In the process of changing the way you think, feel or behave, you may have to try out new ways of doing things. In the process, you may realise that things you once thought of only in a positive or negative way, may be different later on.
 

What you can expect from your counsellor
You can expect someone who is interested in listening to your concerns and in helping you to develop a better understanding so that you can deal with it more easily and effectively. Your counsellor will take you seriously and be willing to openly discuss anything you wish. Your counsellor will want to work with you, but won't do for you things you are capable of doing for yourself.

Confidentiality is a vital part of counselling so you need not worry about your information being disclosed to other parties. A counsellor will only disclose information with or without client's consent under special circumstances e.g child abuse, suicide, court orders to relevant parties for the sake of the client and others.
 

Your responsibility in counselling
Your main responsibilities in counselling are to:

  • Attend your regularly scheduled sessions.
  • Talk about what is bothering you as openly and honestly as you can.
  • Complete tasks or "homework" assignments you may be asked to do.
  • Let your counsellor know if you are unable to make it to an appointment preferably four hours before the appointment time.
  • Take risks to try something new or facing a new approach.
  • Give feedback to your counsellor about your progress.
    1. According to our SOP, clients have to inform us 24 hours prior to appointment if they want to cancel.

List of Services

Individual Counselling
Counselling is offered in areas such as relationship, family issues, academic challenges, stress and anxiety, emotional issues and adjustment to campus life. In the counselling session, you can expect someone who is interested in listening to your concerns and in helping you develop a better understanding so that you can deal with issues more effectively. All cases are treated with strict confidentiality. We welcome you to come to Student Services Department to enquire and arrange for an appointment with our friendly counsellors.
 

Group Counselling
In group counselling, small group of 6-10 students meet face-to-face with one or more trained facilitator and talk about a particular topic. The content of the group sessions is confidential. We offer a number of theme-focused and growth enhancing groups in areas involving self-worth, personal development, relationship building, communication with family, anger, stress management, grief and bereavement, etc.
 

Workshops and Talks
To equip you and further enhance your overall well being, we offer relevant workshops and talks on youth related issues, managing challenges in  the university, stress management, cultural adaptation and personal development.
 

Counselling Awareness Programme
Counselling Awareness Programme aims to help you recognise the importance of counselling services and increase awareness on the importance of psychological and emotional needs. Programmes include talks, forum, exhibition, and other thought-provoking activities are organised.
 

Connections Newsletter
You can obtain the latest copy of the counselling newsletter, 'Connection' from Student Services Department to read interesting write-ups and also be updated on the upcoming activities organised by the Counselling Unit.
 

Counselling Resources
Come to us and you will be able to get some self-help tips, topical reading materials, and other referral information. We will soon have our own resource corner for you. You can find helpful and useful information related to counselling, personal development and growth.

Tan Ah Khim (Khim)

“Every person has sufficient resources to grow and face the difficulties they encounter in life. Counselling is a process where the counsellor accompanies the client in their search for their resources.” This is the guide that Khim uses in her counselling practice. According to her, counselling is like a treasure hunt, where the client discovers the treasure within themselves to deal with the difficulties they encounter in life.

Khim holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Food Technology from University of Science Malaysia (USM) and a Masters in Guidance and Counselling from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). She has been working in the education sector for almost 10 years, assisting students from secondary to tertiary institutions. During her service, Khim has organised and conducted various workshops for her students.
 

Raymond Lee

K.B.:P.A., MA (Counseling), BSc (Hons) (Mechanical Engineering)
Raymond holds a Masters in Counseling from HELP University, and a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science Malaysia (USM). Prior to his current role, Raymond was a Consultant in a prominent Employee Assistance Program Provider.

A registered and licensed Counselor, Raymond has had experience in providing individual and group counseling services to youth and adults, covering a wide range of issues such as career planning, couple relationship, abuse, suicide, self-esteem, stress management, anger management, depression and family conflict. He is also skilled in personality and aptitude assessment, an accredited Prepare Enrich Administrator and trained in Critical Incident Stress Management by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. In addition to that, Raymond also has experience in developing and delivering training programs for private companies as well as psychoeducational programs for youth and NGOs.

Raymond is fluent in English, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka and offers counseling in all of these languages.
 

Rose M. Devaraj

K.B.:P.A., B.A in Psychology (Uni. of Southern Colorado); M.A in Community Counseling (Uni. of Northern Colorado)

Rose holds a B.A in Psychology from University of Southern Colorado and a M.A in Community Counseling from the University of Northern Colorado, U.S.A Her experience includes working with individuals and families in counseling, conducting group counseling and trainings for adults and young adults in the area of self-esteem, emotional intelligence, communication skills, conflict management, and leadership skills amongst others.

She has also conducted trainings and workshops in the areas of Basic Counseling Skills at Sunway University, Calvary Life Ministry and Emmaus Centre; workshops in the area of parenting skills and family communication for Calvary and Emmaus Centre and training in the area of self and relationship management for VTOC (Vocational Training Opportunity Centre), under the Soroptimist International Club who raises funds and initiates projects for the betterment of women under the program areas of the United Nations. She also taught part-time in Help University for Master Student in Counseling in the subject of Marriage and Family Therapy.
 

Puveshini Rao Subaramanian

B (Hons) of Psychology, MA (Clinical Psychology)

Puveshini graduated from HELP University with a Bachelors in Psychology and then completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). During her attachment, she has worked in the clinic UKM Psychological Clinic and hospital settings, Kajang Hospital and University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Center (UKMMC). She enjoys working with the teenage and adult population with some exposure to the geriatric community. Prior to this, she has worked in Women’s Aid Organisation providing counselling and support services to victims of any kind of violence against women, namely domestic violence. She also worked briefly in International Rescue Committee (IRC) in assisting refugees in Malaysia to be repatriated to the United States of America (USA). Puveshini still actively volunteers her time at the Women’s Aid Organisation.  She believes that the human psyche is capable of so much strength and resilience which has been exhibited in most if not all her clients so far even at the darkest points of their lives. It is this belief that fuels Puveshini’s work in the mental health field and therefore reinforces the notion that mental health (as opposed to mental illness) is something within everyone’s reach no matter what their circumstances.
 

Teh Jun Yi (Jun)

KB.PA.  BSc in Psychology (University of Otago, NZ) , Masters of Counselling (HELP University)

Jun believes that peace within comes when a person learns to embrace life. Her interest lies very much within the area of personal development and encouraging self-exploration through experiential learning. Jun had conducted workshops where students were able to explore their communication pattern through a series of fun activities. She believes that self-exploration would bring a person one step closer in being comfortable and closer with oneself. This goes hand in hand with her philosophy in counselling.

Jun holds a BSc in Psychology from University of Otago, New Zealand and a Masters of Counselling from HELP University, Malaysia. Her work has revolved around adolescents in tertiary education setting for most of her experience. She had conducted various workshops and training programmes in the area of career development, personal development and learning skills, as well as training students in peer supporting skills. Jun continues her exploration in the area of counselling, hoping to bring new learning into her session and training.

Jun continue to go by these learning in her work and life “Learn to broaden your horizon. Live life and not survive it. Cherish life by being at peace with yourself. Nobody is perfect but life is- embrace it.”

Tang Joynn

Joynn graduated with a M.A. in Counselling and Guidance from National institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in HELP University, Malaysia. During her practicum, she has worked with various population, such as, primary and secondary school students, university students, as well as teenage girls with history of abuse and trauma. Apart from counselling work, she has volunteered in NGOs and has worked with children with special needs and children from the orang asli community.

Her approach in counselling is often strength-based, focusing on what is right in a person’s life and a person’s strengths and resources. She is also a firm believer that a “healthy” way of thinking leads to a “healthy” way of living. Above all, she placed utmost importance in the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client and aims to provide a non-judgmental and safe environment for clients to explore their concerns.

We-CARE team is a collaboration between Counselling & Wellness and the Academic programme to reach out to students who are looking for support beyond the scope of academic

If you as a student need assistance in your academic area OR in other areas (family, friends, finances etc); please feel free to contact any one of the WE-CARE members. And of course – The counselling team is here for you as well.


 

School of Science and Technology

Dharmidran Anantharsekaran

Department of Computing and Information Systems

dharmidran@sunway.edu.my

Dr Lee Yun Li

Department of Computing and Information Systems

yunlil@sunway.edu.my

Chee Kwan Foong

Department of Psychology

kwanfoongc@sunway.edu.my

 


 
School of Arts

Nurul Ain

Department of Art and Design

nurulainh@sunway.edu.my

Priyadharshini Ahrumugam

Department of Communication and Liberal Arts

priyaa@sunway.edu.my

 


 
Sunway University Business School

Alvin Kwan

Department of Accounting

alvink@sunway.edu.my

Merry Lum

Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Management

merlum@sunway.edu.my

Caroline Yap Yu Li

Department of Accounting

caroliney@sunway.edu.my

Beh Pei Yi

Centre for Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Management

peiyib@sunway.edu.my

 


 
American Degree Transfer Programme

Sujitra Sockanathan

sujitras@sunway.edu.my

Kavitha Rajendran

kavithar@sunway.edu.my


Alternatively, you can also contact Counselling Unit by:

You can choose to locate a counsellor in many ways:
  • Call our phone line 03-74918622 ext 8019
  • Email us at counselling@sunway.edu.my
  • Just walk in! The counsellors' office is located at the Student Services Department (next to the cafeteria, inside the Student Centre). Our student helpers and staff will kindly receive you and refer you to us.
  • Click here for Counselling form

Peer Counselling Volunteers is a peer support network for students on campus. As PCVs, we hope to promote a culture of people helping people as peers. We are students who are trained by counsellors to help our friends who have issues/concerns in life. We also undergo training to enhance our skills and expand our knowledge to help others better. If you’re still doing soul-searching in your life or want to learn how to help a friend, then JOIN US!

Contact Ms. Jun at SSD / 03-74918622 ext. 8019 counselling@sunway.edu.my

Click here for Counselling Resources

 
 

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