Counselling services in Singapore

Just like physical therapy, counselling is beneficial for anyone who is going through a wide range of issues and simply requires someone to talk to. With our stressful lives in Singapore, finding someone who will give their 100% to hear you out without judgement may be challenging. As such, turning to a professional listening ear is the best solution to upkeep a healthy mindset.

Whether you’re struggling with marriage or are facing pressures in school, here are the 21 places to get counselling in Singapore to take care of your mental well-being.

Check out our other articles on mental health and wellbeing:

Counselling, therapy & psychiatry – what’s the difference?

To get started, it’s important to note the kinds of therapy provided by different mental health professionals. 

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Counselling in Singapore is usually provided by a professional trained in psychology and counselling. They’re mostly a one-off visit where counsellors are just there to listen and help you navigate your feelings. The term Therapy is sometimes used interchangeably, but it may also encompass the use of things like art and music to help you destress.

On the other hand, psychotherapy focuses more on your overall recurring issues and highlights the overall patterns in your behaviour, usually spanning longer for a few months. For psychiatry, you can think of it as a band-aid for underlying mental health issues like depression, in which you may sometimes receive medication. 

– Free counselling services –

1. Silver Ribbon Singapore – Free counselling via video call 

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Going for counselling can cost up to a few hundred dollars for a single session. But with Silver Ribbon Singapore, you do not have to worry about hefty bills as they offer free counselling services through video calls.

Being a strong advocate for positive mental health, they also organise mental health workshops and awareness talks for students, migrant workers and psychiatric inmates to help them better cope with personal struggles.

Address: Blk 208 Serangoon Central, #01-238, Singapore 550208
Telephone: 6386 1928

The Linkage
Address: Wisma Geylang Serai, 1 Engku Aman Turn Level 4, Singapore 408528
Telephone: 6509 0271

Raintree Sanctuary
Address: Blk 550 Hougang Street 51, #01-168, Singapore 530550
Telephone: 6385 3714

Silver Ribbon Singapore website

2. Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic – Free counselling with one-time fee

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Though this is a Buddhist organisation, Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic offers free non-religious counselling with a flat $10 registration fee for each session – so you can test the water without any commitment or upfront costs.

With the sessions conducted in English and Mandarin, you can choose a counsellor who speaks in your most comfortable language so you can fully express yourself and pour your heart out.

Fees: $10 registration fee per session
Telephone: 6841 3370

Singapore Buddhist Free Clinic website

3. James Cook University Singapore – Fee waiver for those eligible

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James Cook University Singapore is offering its counselling sessions to all its students, but even the public is welcome, with specialists attending to children, adults and families. Their rates range from $25 to $40, but there is a fee waiver for those eligible – you simply have to call in to enquire.

Whether you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one, or are constantly experiencing meltdowns and panic attacks, you can seek help from the group of well-trained students at JCU who are completing their post-graduate training.

Fees: $25-$40, with a waiver for some
Address: JCU Singapore Psychology Clinic, 149 Sims Drive, Singapore 387380
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm
Telephone: 6709 3762

James Cook University Singapore website

4. Free counselling services for university students

National University of Singapore – University Health Centre (UHC)

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Counselling need not necessarily warrant any underlying-issue before you make an appointment – simply wanting to better perform in exams can also be a valid reason for you to see a counsellor. If you’re an NUS student, feel free to hop by University Counselling Service if you need a listening ear. 

Not only do they offer counselling for individuals and couples going through rough patches, the team also equips you with general life skills for growth and development in a workshop-style format. 

Fees: Free for students
Address: University Health Centre, 20 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Level 2, Singapore 119080
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8.30am-5.30pm | Fri 8.30am-5pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6516 2376
Hotline: 6874 1616

University Counselling Services website

Nanyang Technological University – University Wellbeing Centre (UWC)

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If you feel that your rising stress levels are more than you can manage, you can seek help at University Wellbeing Centre for NTU students. The Centre covers a range of other areas, including family and relationship concerns.

Fees: Free for undergraduates and graduates
Address: University Health Service, #02-01 36 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639801
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8.30am-5.45pm | Fri 8.30am-5.15pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6790 4462
Hotline: 9721 1637 (after office hours)

University Wellbeing Centre website

Singapore Management University – Student Wellness Centre (SWC)

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Students can use the massage chairs, read books or play games at the Cosy Haven to de-stress.
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Though academics may be the top priority for most University students, external factors in life can sometimes cause deep-rooted anxiety in us. At the Student Wellness Centre in SMU, you can open up about personal and relationship issues to the counsellors who are all ears.ears.

Fees: Free for students
Address: Li Ka Shing Library, #B1-44 81 Victoria Street, Singapore 188065
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 9.30am-5.30pm | Fri 9.30am-3.30pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6828 0786

Student Wellness Centre website

5. Free counselling services for polytechnic students

As the curriculum at Polytechnics gravitates towards higher levels of independence since lesson structures are similar to University-based ones, this phase of life does present us with unique challenges. If exam stress, bullying or peer pressure are problems you face in this new environment, head down to your own in-house counselling centre at your respective polytechnics for a free session.

Singapore Polytechnic

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Fees: Free for students
Address: 500 Dover Road, Singapore 139651
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5.30pm

Singapore Polytechnic website

Republic Polytechnic

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Fees: Free for students
Address: 9 Woodlands Avenue, Student Care Centre Block W1, Singapore 738964
Telephone: 9770 4357

Republic Polytechnic website

Nanyang Polytechnic

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Fees: Free for students
Address: 180 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, Block A Level 2,Singapore 569830
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Hotline: 6550 0123

Nanyang Polytechnic website

Ngee Ann Polytechnic

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Fees: Free for students
Address: Student & Alumni Services Office, Blk 22, Level 3, 535 Clementi Road
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8.30am-6pm | Fri 8.30am-5.30pm
Telephone: 64606777
Hotline: 6460 6777

Ngee Ann Polytechnic website 

Temasek Polytechnic

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Fees: Free for students
Address: Temasek Polytechnic Care@TP, Blk 26B, Level 1, Unit 49, 21 Tampines Avenue 1, Singapore 529757
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-5.30pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6780 5959

Temasek Polytechnic website 

– Hotlines –

6. Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) – 24H suicide prevention helpline

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Many may identify with having to tell your best friend the instant you and your partner get into a fight – not to snitch but just so that you can have a clearer mindset. Similarly, individuals who are at their breaking point may require that instant pain-reliever and that is where Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) comes into the picture.

A 24-hour suicide prevention helpline, SOS attends to the young and old who requires immediate support. They also have a range of services like crisis support and Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) that caters to anyone undergoing immense mental stress from suicidal thoughts.

Hotline: 1800-221-4444

Address: 10 Cantonment Close, #01-01, Singapore 080010
Opening hours: 24 hours

Samaritans of Singapore website

7. Tinkle Friend – Hotline for primary-school-aged children

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This friendly mascot goes around the neighbourhood to meet the kids
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Seeing your most beloved kid come back crying can be extremely heartbreaking, and the worst part is them refusing to tell you what’s going on. Tinkle Friend is a hotline for kids in primary school who are going through challenges in life.

Whether they are being treated unfairly by teachers or being picked on by classmates, the hotline offers support and advice for any problems under the sun faced by these young ‘uns.

Hotline: 1800-2744-788

Hotline operational hours: Mon-Fri 2.30pm-5pm
Online chat operational hours: Mon-Thurs 2.30pm-7pm | Fri 2.30pm-5pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)

Tinkle Friend website

– Marriage/ Family counselling-

8. TOUCH Community Services – 8-week couples counselling

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Trying to rebuild a relationship broken by infidelity is incredibly challenging. Oftentimes, flashbacks and our imagination can easily be the culprits stealing our sleep at night. TOUCH Community Services offers an intensive 8-week programme for couples who are attempting to save their marriage after dealing with cheating.

Apart from that, they also provide couples counselling for other marital issues, and even general counselling for parenting challenges or interpersonal issues. Do note that walk-ins are not available and only on an appointment basis.

Fees: From $80
Address: Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Block 149 #01-943, Singapore 310149
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9AM-6PM
Telephone: 6709 8400

TOUCH Community Services website

9. Alliance Counselling – Sex therapy for relationships

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Intimacy has long been a taboo topic even amongst couples, but it is no doubt that it plays a large role in keeping the spark alive especially in long-term relationships and marriages. Alliance Counselling has specialised sex therapy to help couples navigate sexuality issues like maintaining a healthy sexual life and dealing with sexual health issues.

They also have a range of other services centred on couples such as the Gottman Couple Therapy to deepen the connection and intimacy, as well as the Marathon Couples Therapy which involves two intense consecutive counselling sessions to rebuild broken relationships. Apart from that, they also have general counselling services for individuals, families and children.

Fees: from $257 per 50-minute session
Telephone: 6466 8120

Cluny Court outlet
Address: 501 Bukit Timah Road, Cluny Court #04-03 & #03-02, Singapore 259760
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm | Sat 8am-5pm | Sun 9am-4pm (Closed on PHs)

East Coast outlet
Address: 121 Upper East Coast Road, #02-01, Singapore 45524
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm | Sat 9am-5pm (Closed on Sun & PHs)

Alliance Counselling website

10. Olive Branch – Divorce counselling

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At Olive Branch, their marriage counselling services cater to couples who are going through deep emotional turmoil in face of infidelity, divorce and even anger management issues with their spouses.

Not only does Olive Branch accommodate couples, they also conduct counselling for children of divorced or separated parents, or counselling for families to better manage their emotions. There are also separate charges for individuals struggling financially on a case-by-case basis – so do not let the fees get in the way of seeking help.

Fees: $150/session for individuals | $190 for couples
Address: 229 Mountbatten Road, Mountbatten Square, #02-32, Singapore 398007
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Telephone: 8322 8861

Olive Branch website

11. Annabelle Psychology – Intensive 2-day couples therapy

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If your relationship is in need of some serious help, Annabelle Psychology offers a 2-day Intensive Therapy for Couples that uses the acclaimed Gottman Method to increase intimacy, respect and affection in couples.

Couples therapy is one way to a smooth, healthy relationship; but at times, it’s the deep-seated personal issues that are triggering the outbursts in your relationship. For that, the clinic specialises in an extensive range of treatments to tackle personality, abuse/stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorders.

Newton Branch
Address: 10 Winstedt, #02-06, 10 Winstedt Road, Singapore 227977
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Telephone: 82023385

Novena Branch
Address: Royal Square Medical Centre, #17-12, 101 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329565
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Telephone: 82023385

Annabelle Psychology website

12. PAVE – Violence specialist centre

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As easy as it is to coax someone into leaving a toxic relationship or a toxic, abusive family, violence is a difficult issue to deal with as it involves a complex labyrinth of fear, guilt and even shame. At PAVE, they work with individuals in abusive homes and relationships to provide not just emotional support, but information on legal protection and even reintegration services for post-violent families.

They also work with children aged 5-18 who are suffering from post-traumatic stress from violent homes, to help them regain their footing with the skills learnt to better manage their emotions.

PAVE at Ang Mo Kio
Address: Block 211, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-1446, Singapore 560211
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6555 0390

PAVE at Yishun
Address: 305 Yishun Central, Singapore 760305
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm (Closed on weekends & PHs)
Telephone: 6555 0390

PAVE Website

– Youth- 

13. Sofia Wellness Clinic – youth counselling and free Covid-19 support

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The counsellor, Sofia, at Sofia Wellness Clinic
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With the accessibility of social media platforms, we know how easy it is to scroll through your feed and compare yourselves to influencers or your peers who seem to have the perfect face and body. At Sofia Wellness Clinic, well-designed face-to-face and online counselling plans are specially curated for every individual to teach him or her how to cope with plummeting self-esteem.

But that’s not all, they also provide free COVID-19-related counselling services for Covid-19 patients, frontliners, migrant workers and individuals who have lost their jobs during the pandemic. This service can only go up to a maximum of four sessions, and those interested should check if they are eligible for this scheme. 

Fees: From $80 for initial 75-minute consultation | From $50 for subsequent 50-minute sessions
Address: 190 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore Shopping Centre #02-07, Singapore 239924
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-8pm | Sat-Sun 9am-5pm (Closed on PHs)
Telephone: 8368 3591

Sofia Wellness Clinic website

14. Singapore Association for Mental Health – Youth programmes

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Youth who are facing academic stress or family problems in the household can head over to Singapore Association for Mental Health for their counselling services. These sessions are covered by donations so you are not obligated to pay if your finances are tight.

If you’re looking for a little stress relief, their Creative SAY! programme provides a range of sports, art and outdoor activities to promote general well-being in youths ages 13-15.

Hotline: 1800 283 7019

Fees: On a donation basis | $20 monthly membership fee for Creative Say! programme
Address: Block 139, Potong Pasir Avenue 3, #01-136, Singapore 350139
Telephone: 6255 3222

Singapore Association for Mental Health website

15. Calvary Community Care – Subsidised $5 sessions for youth

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The team at Calvary Community Care
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From general work or academic stress to more serious issues like depression and self-harm, Calvary Community Care provides counselling support for individuals aged 13-25. The sessions are totally flexible – allowing the clients to just speak their minds and lead the session without any rigid plan to follow.

For clients who require financial assistance, there is a subsidised fee of just $5 for each session to encourage everyone to seek help when in need. Youths can also attend Calvary Community Care’s weekly academic mentoring sessions at the centre, or their host of other ad hoc activities like night cycling to challenge resilience and push on through tough times.

Fees: $50 per session | $5 per session for clients who require financial assistance
Address: 147 Potong Pasir, Avenue 1, Singapore 350147
Opening hours: Mon – Wed (online) 9AM-6PM | Thurs 9AM-8PM | Fri 9AM-6PM
Telephone: 6281 1866

Calvary Community Care website

– Counselling for women –

16. Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) – Counselling on violence and sexuality issues for females

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The dedicated team behind AWARE 
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Being a victim of sexual assault or harassment can be extremely terrifying, and even confiding in someone can be a challenging first step on its own. An NGO striving for women rights, AWARE’s female-centric programmes and services are designed to help those dealing with issues like sexuality and violence. 

Services are exclusively for women above 21, but if you’ve got a referral from their Sexual Assault Care Centre, the AWARE team will be ever ready to guide you through post-traumatic emotions.

These sessions can only be done on a by-appointment basis, and walk-ins are not allowed. If you’re a student with no income, sessions are capped at $20 while adults are charged 2% of their monthly salary.

Hotline: 1800 777 555

Fees: 2% of monthly salary for adults earning >$3,000 | Flat fee of $35 for adults earning <$3,000 or are unemployed
Address: Block 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, Singapore 130005
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 10am-6pm (Closed on Weekends)
Telephone: 6779 7137

AWARE website

17. Family Life Society – Pregnancy crisis support

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Have your kids enrol in the “Bulletproof Friendships” workshop to equip them with social skills
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It is extremely difficult to deal with an unplanned pregnancy, but with the support and encouragement along the way, it can be made just that bit more manageable. Family Life will be your listening ear to support you through these tough times, as they offer counselling sessions for girls and women facing unplanned pregnancies.

There is also the Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat that promotes healing for individuals who have gone through the pain of abortion. The centre hasn’t announced an upcoming retreat just yet, so feel free to contact them to stay updated on their next session. 

Other than that, they also offer educational parenting and adolescent workshops, as well as counselling services for families, couples and individuals.

Pregnancy crisis hotline: 6339 9770

Fees: $75 per session on weekdays during office hours | $90 per session on weekdays after office hours and Saturdays
Address: 2 Highland Road, #LG-01, Singapore 549102 | Agape Village, 7A Lorong 8, Toa Payoh, #04-01, Singapore 319264 | Cana 55, Waterloo Street, #02-01, Singapore 187954
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
Telephone: 6488 0278

Family Life Society Website

– Counselling for community groups –

18. Grace Counselling Centre – Counselling for Christians

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Grace Counselling Centre

For Christians, their faith in God can provide comfort and a strong sense of assurance in tumultuous times. As such, you might benefit from Grace Counselling Centre that provides Christ-centred counselling. Whether you’re facing debilitating emotions like condemnation or guilt, you can rely on the trained professionals to give you the support based on religious teachings.

Non-Christians are also welcome – Grace Counselling Centre offers secular face-to-face or online services but if you prefer physical counselling. They can also arrange house calls and home visits for immobile patients.

Fees: From $150/session
Address: Manhattan House, 151 Chin Swee Road #06-15, Singapore 169876
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-9pm (Closed on Sun)
Telephone: 6408 9752 | 9895 3786

Grace Counselling Centre website

19. Counselling and Care Centre – Work-related counselling

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At Counselling and Care Centre, there is an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that employers can arrange to allow their employees to receive counselling to deal with the difficulties in the workplace. Big bosses or minions alike, workplace stress is a prominent issue that can affect everyone regardless of position or title.

Counselling services are not limited to workplace counselling, they also cater to individuals, families and couples who are dealing with hiccups in life.

Fees: $180/hour | $40-$150/hour under for monthly income below $10,000
Address: Block 536 Upper Cross Street, #05-241 Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 050536
Opening hours: Mon & Wed 9am-9pm | Tue, Thu & Fri 9am-6pm
Telephone: 6536 6366

Counselling and Care Centre website

20. Singapore Counselling Centre (SCC) – 9 languages available for non-English speakers

You can opt for video counselling online
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For individuals who have not signed up for counselling because of a language barrier, Singapore Counselling Centre may be your saving grace. Offering nine languages, the centre provides counselling in languages like Cantonese, Hokkien, Filipino, Thai and French.

If your hectic schedule does not allow for in-person counselling, video counselling can be arranged in your preferred language. Covering issues ranging from depression to pet loss, there are also workshops available like art and music therapy to help you de-stress and achieve positive well-being.

Fees: From $192.60/session for adults, from $171.20/session for youths
Address: 51 Cuppage Road, #03-03, Singapore 229469
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm | Sat 9am-5pm (Closed on Sun & PHs)
Telephone: 6339 5411

Singapore Counselling Centre website

21. Fei Yue Community Services – Support for inmates

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As a multi-service social organisation, Fei Yue Community Services reaches out to the young and old. If you are experiencing any form of mental stress from your families or external forces like work-related issues, you can hit their counsellors up to help you explore the solutions to your issues.

They also cater to other vulnerable groups like inmates and provide counselling services to both the inmates and their families to cope with financial difficulties and interpersonal issues.

Moreover, they also offer a range of programmes for all ages. They ensure that at-risk children of special needs are well taken care of through a range of activities, while befriending the old folks during house visits through the Community Befriending Programme (EBP).

Fees: Discussed during the first session
Address: Refer to their full list of centres here

Fei Yue Community Services website

Going for counselling in Singapore

If you’ve managed to take the first leap of faith to go for counselling, give yourself a pat on the back for bravery. Do remember that counselling is not a one-off magic potion and it takes multiple follow-up sessions for it to be effective. 

With these 21 places for counselling in Singapore, you’ll hopefully find one that suits your needs to a T. You can also go for counselling as a preventive measure to ensure that you stay in the pink of health – emotionally, that is. We wish you all the best in your recovery journey and be proud of where you are at now!

Find other places that you can receive counselling at:

Image adapted from: SCC, Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore Management University and
Originally published on 9th October 2020. Last updated by Josiah Neo on 6th June 2022.