At Relationship Matters our aim is simple, we want to empower you to create meaningful connections with the people in your life.
At the core of our approach is the belief that successful relationships are based on mutual trust and respect, curiosity to seek to know and understand each other better and a commitment to working hard to improve.
We apply these principles in our working relationships with clients and professional partners across Singapore and in doing so provide diverse and high quality counselling, mediation, workshops and team building services.
Jessica is the founder of Relationship Matters, a qualified psychotherapist and mediator and specializes in enabling couples, families and teams to bridge the relationship gap when communication has broken down.
Jessica holds an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Greenwich, London, England, and has been an Associate Mediator with the Singapore Mediation Centre. She is an Emergenetics Associate and has run workshops with couples and corporate teams, as well as individual and couple debriefings.
Jessica practices integrative therapy, drawing on her training in humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches, as well as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She believes that by creating a safe, open and trusting space it is possible to explore the impact of deeply held beliefs, understand unconscious and potentially destructive drives and connect with ourselves and other people in a more fulfilling way. She uses her training as a therapist to gain insight and enhance the relationships she builds when offering mediation and couple and team building workshops.
Jessica has furthered her professional training by completing Gottman Method Couples Therapy Parts 1 & 2, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and practices Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), having trained with the EMDR Institute, USA. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of the EMDR Institute.
Jessica is British and moved to Singapore in 2009 and has worked extensively with couples and adult individuals during her career. She has also worked with adolescents in a school setting offering a nurturing and supportive counselling relationship at difficult times and was a volunteer counsellor and staff member on a project for at risk young people in the UK.
She is passionate about helping people uncover the potential in themselves and their relationships and using this awareness to engage, connect and move forward successfully.
Jean is Director at Relationship Matters and has been a psychotherapist for more than 12 years, working extensively with couples, adults and families with parenting issues.
Jean XM Chen is a lecturer at a local university who teaches couple therapy to counsellors in a Masters in Counselling programme. She is also a master clinical member with the Singapore Association of Counselling (SAC), recognized clinical supervisor with SAC, certified EFT therapist with the International Centre for Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (ICEEFT) and trained in Gottman Couples therapy. She contributes to many magazines and onlines articles such as TODAY, Her World, Women’s Weekly, Cleo etc on family life and is sometimes known as Mrs Jean Shashi. She also provides training to other professionals in the field such as private practitioners, social workers and counsellors in couple therapy.
Other than her Masters in Counselling, she has also been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Satir, Expressive Arts Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Theory, Prepare Enrich premarital counselling, Play Therapy, Crisis Intervention and Clinical Supervision.
Jean's clinical hours are Monday 8.00am-9.00pm, Tuesday 8am - 1pm, Wednesday 8am-1.00pm, by appointment only
Patricia is a qualified Counsellor and Leadership Coach who is committed to helping individuals and couples become the best that they can be, fuelled by their own strengths and experience.
Patricia is originally from the northeast of England and has lived and worked in Singapore for 26 years. As a consequence she has a good understanding of the challenges that face both the local and expat communities.
Prior to completing her Masters in Counselling, Patricia developed her knowledge and understanding serving the community in various roles, gaining valuable experience working with young people, with women’s issues and in hospice care. She has worked in both Singapore and the UK.
Relationships have always been her passion. Patricia is a committed Couples Therapist who believes we are all are hard wired for connection and so our relationships make an invaluable contribution to our happiness. Her work draws from the Gottman model where she has completed training Levels 1 & 2. This is strongly supported by her training as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist where she is about to start training Level 3.
She was awarded BA Honours in Social Sciences from the University of York and then went on to obtain Post Graduate qualifications in Education from the University of Leeds, then later a Post Graduate diploma in Leadership and Management Coaching from the University of Northumbria’s Business School. Her Masters in Counselling is from Monash University in Australia.
Patricia's clinical hours are Tuesday 9.00am-9.00pm, Thursday 9.00am-9.00pm and Saturday 12.00pm-4.00pm, by appointment only.
Swanie Khoo is a qualified Marriage and Family Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She has journeyed with many whose lives are broken by tragedy and trauma; worked with couples and individuals to rebuild their relationships and lives.
Swanie Khoo is a qualified Marriage and Family Counsellor and Psychotherapist. She has journeyed with many whose lives are broken by tragedy and trauma; worked with couples and individuals to rebuild their relationships and lives. Also, an experienced Coach, she has helped individuals grow through transitions and career change; consulted leaders of organizations toward change and greater emotional connection and personal transformation. She believes in harnessing every individual’s potential toward growth, healing, mental wellness and wholeness.
Swanie holds a Masters of Arts (Counseling) and is a Trauma Therapist with the Singapore Trauma Network for Children (KKH). She is also an accredited facilitator for Prepare/Enrich Marriage Program, and accredited trainer/facilitator for Parenting with Confidence workshops. In addition to the professional work, she volunteers with OvertheRainbow.org and Focus on the Family Singapore, as a workshop trainer/facilitator, promoting mental health wellness for youth and family life.
The therapeutic journey with couples and individuals will be based on an integration of scientifically grounded psychodynamic psychotherapy, Gottman Method Couples’ Therapy (trained in Level 1 & 2) and emotion-focused interventions (completed training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy). She has a wide-spectrum of experience working with couples, parents and children, and individuals across a range of mental health, interpersonal and behavioral issues. Her experience is culminated through years of counseling practice – mainly working with couples and individuals. She helps couples work through their conflicts by understanding their negative interaction cycle, and by breaking down their barriers in communication. She helps couples address unmet needs and underlying emotions and to interact in more loving, responsive and more emotionally connected ways which results in a more enduring and secured relationship. Her counseling work also spans from experience of working with residents at the Girls’ Home (Andrew and Grace Home, and St Georges Residency), where she works with adolescents/teenagers, and youths-at-risk, victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Swanie is a Malaysian based in Singapore for more than 19 years. She is happily married to a Singaporean and they have four children. Prior to making a career change to counselling and psychotherapy, she was in human resources management for over 10 years within the banking and public accounting industry. She’s passionate about helping couples and individuals, to bring hope and healing to those who are hurting in their relationships, and empowering them toward a purpose, meaning, and wholeness.
Swanie’s clinical hours are Tuesday 3.30pm - 9.00pm, Wednesday 3.30pm – 9.00pm, Thursday 3.30pm - 9.00pm, by appointment only.
Julie Ryan has resided and worked in Asia for 25 years and the UK for 2 years. She is a Provisional Member of the Singapore Association of Counsellors and an Associate Member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy (AAFT).
Julie holds a Masters degree in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University, Singapore. She specializes in Family Systemic Therapy and is currently completing a Masters in Family Systemic Therapy (MFST) and is developing her relationship counselling skills in Gottman Couple Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
Julie completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at the Auckland University (AU), New Zealand and holds Post Graduate Diplomas in both Education (AU) and Business (Edith Cowen University, West Australia. She has worked with children and adolescents for many years in school settings within New Zealand, UK, Indonesia and Singapore.
Julie has two adult children who work and reside in Australia.
Julie's clinical hours are Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, by appointment only
Katina holds a Masters degree in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University, Singapore for which she was awarded the academic medal of achievement.
She has further training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as well as Career Development and Career Transition Coaching. She is currently training in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy and is working towards expanding her knowledge and expertise in this area.
Katina is a Provisional Member of the Singapore Association of Counsellors as well as an International Member of the Australian Counselling Association. She is from South Africa, and has many years experience as an expat having lived in the US for 6 years and Singapore for the past 11 years.
Katina completed her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and worked in Executive Search for a number of years before leaving South Africa to move to Washington DC with her husband. She had two children during this time and moved to Singapore when they were 2 and 4 years old. After taking a few years to settle in, she decided to fulfil a long-time aspiration of furthering her education in psychology and counselling.
She has experience working with young children in a school setting and as a volunteer at a drug addictions centre for ex-offenders. She has now immersed herself in the field of relationship counselling and in particular the challenges faced by expatriate families living in Singapore.
Katina’s clinical hours are Monday 12.30pm-7.30pm, Tuesday 12.30pm-7.30pm, Wednesday 12.30pm-7.30pm, and Saturday 10.00am-2.00pm, by appointment only.
Justin Ng is a qualified psychotherapist that specializes in interaction patterns between couples and families. He is experienced and equipped with skills in assisting others to tap into their emotions and strengths to build better communication style.
Justin Ng (RSW) is a registered member of the Singapore Association of Social Workers. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and has extensive counselling experience with both couples and individuals. He is equipped with certification in Experiential Relationships Counselling, Play of Life - 3d simulation therapy, Reality therapy and practise certificate in Management of Family Violence endorsed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). Justin has also furthered his professional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Justin is also a National Institute of Education (Singapore) trained art educator and a practicing artist. In the artworks that he does, he believes that the subtle nuances of daily living will sometimes give us cues to deeper meaning in our life. Justin has volunteer experiences with SPCA, Yellow Ribbon and Art galleries.
Justin's clinical hours are Monday and Tuesday 1.00pm-9.00pm and Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm, by appointment only.