School Counselling Services

At SSIS we recognize that the adolescent years can sometimes be difficult. When you add an international move into the mix and the uncertainty of starting at a new school, it is natural for students to experience anxiety. We understand this can happen and we are here for not only our students, but also our parents as well. At SSIS we provide a range of support programmes for students to help deal with some of the difficulties in transitioning. Our caring counseling staff and teachers are here to address the needs of our diverse learning population through the development of self-awareness, self-assurance and resilience in our students.
 
Pastoral expertise and emotional support at SSIS is provided by our school counselling team. The team is always ready to support students or families if the need exists. Working collaboratively with students, our team of counsellors build strong relationships and confidential bonds with students, encouraging them to explore their feelings, actions and relationships within the community. Students may self-refer or be referred by parents, staff or other students.
 
Much of counselling for our Early Years and Elementary students takes place in our cheerful and well-equipped Sensory Play Room, fondly known as the messy play room. Children are encouraged to utilize a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sand play and clay modelling to better express themselves and their feelings. This play-based philosophy allows our students to feel comfortable and at ease in their environment. Classroom teachers have a major responsibility for pastoral care and work closely with parents, while our Elementary School counselors support and nurture development.
 
Counselling for our Secondary students takes place in our counseling center. This is a safe zone in our school where students are free to express their thoughts, talk through their actions and work through emotions. Our counselors are also on call to support students in times of stress, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. Our homeroom teachers also take a structured approach and focus on topics including conflict resolution, time management, cyber-safety, and online ‘netiquette’ with our students. Additional pastoral expertise and support is provided by our School Counselors who are always available and ready to help students or families in need.
 
Apart from student emotional support our counseling team plays an active role in the development of the SSIS wellbeing program and curriculum. Our counsellors regularly host parent and student workshops, coffee mornings themed around emotional well-being and other supportive community events.

Meet Our Team

I have worked in the therapeutic and educational field for over 25 years, as a Counsellor, Educator, Early Years Advisor, and Learning Support Coordinator.

I believe It is absolutely essential that children be embraced, listened to, and given a role in crafting a better future for themselves. I offer a flexible menu of services, tailored to enhance our childrens’ overall well-being, and to support the needs our vibrant SSIS community. My therapeutic work is rooted in Play and Arts Counselling. A strong multicultural approach is central to the way I practice.

I graduated with a B.Ed. (Hons) and gained EYP status at University of Norwich where I lectured in Education and Mental Health. I have an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and completed four years professional training at Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. I am committed to working in partnership with professionals and communities in promoting positive mental health and regularly deliver community workshops, training and present at International Conferences.

I have developed both professionally and personally in the USA, UK, Israel, Italy, the Middle East and am pleased to continue my journey here in China.

I joined SSIS in August 2017 as the Secondary School Social and Emotional Counsellor. I have a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counselling from James Cook University in Australia. I have been involved in education for over 20 years, worked in prestigious schools in Hungary and Singapore.

I am excited to live in Suzhou and be able to share this experience with my husband and children who attend SSIS. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, cooking and travelling.

I really enjoy my role in encouraging all to strive for their personal best. I am thrilled to be working with the students, teachers, administrators, and parents of SSIS whom I so highly regard.

I joined SSIS in 2017 after living in Suzhou for three years with my wife. Engaging myself in the Chinese culture helped me adapt to the new environment, language, and lifestyle. I learned Tai Chi with the retired people in my compound, and I enrolled in Mandarin lessons at Soochow University. My love of learning has helped me to develop an open mindset towards new ideas and concept. I have my MA in School Counseling, MA in Social Work, and BA in Psychology. I worked previously at an international school in Mussoorie, India. I am excited to be a part of the SSIS community as a Junior School Counsellor.