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A healthy and positive social emotional state of well-being is essential for all students to thrive and excel in their academic and co-curriculum activities, as well as other aspects of their lives.  RGS seeks to build a caring and supportive environment in which students are motivated to learn and grow by emphasising the importance of positive relationships amongst staff and students.

Some students may experience greater degree of stress coping with the changes in their lives as they develop into young adults. For these students, the school counsellors work in partnership with teachers and parents to provide a range of services including small-group or individual interventions, so as to help these students address these underlying issues.  These interventions enable the students to better navigate through their challenges, build their personal resilience, and in turn emerge as young women with a healthy sense of self-identity, self-awareness and an ability to have empathy towards the self and others/community.

The following are examples of interventions offered: 

  • Talks & workshops for students
  • Individual/group counselling
  • Family counselling
  • Academic counselling
  • Career counselling
  • Career exploration programmes
  • Parent education programmes

Specific areas of counselling include 

  • Stress management
  • Relationship issues
  • Personal loss and grief
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Disengagement/isolation from others
  • Body image concerns
  • Self-harm
  • Addiction
  • Coping with learning disabilities/disorders
  • Parenting difficulties


Dr Cecilia Soong
Head, Filiae Centre
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Cecilia's passions for teaching and counselling are evident in the careers she pursued. In academia for 15 years, she was Assistant Professor and Associate Professor at NTU and SUSS respectively, teaching courses and overseeing programmes in education, counselling, life-coaching, expressive arts therapy at both undergraduate and graduate levels. As a practitioner, she was a community counsellor for a decade at two family service centres, working with clients across the life-span from children to the elderly in individual, couple and group counselling. She had a particular burden for the poor, marginalised and disenfranchised, especially the incarcerated and their families. Cecilia's doctoral thesis was on multicultural counselling, and she adopts an integrative approach to counselling, drawing on Adlerian Therapy and systems theory. She hopes to bring to RGS a consolidation of her knowledge, practice and wisdom to impact and influence students directly through counselling and vicariously through training/psychoeducation, as well as to introduce life-coaching as a complementary modality.

Ms Karen Lau
School Counsellor  
MSc Professional Counselling  
Family Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy Practitioner  

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Karen’s passion in working with children and youths begun at an early age. She was a coordinator in Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) programmes where she provides academic and counselling support to students with special needs, families and volunteers. She later pursued a Masters degree in Professional Counselling with Swinburne University. Her experience includes working closely with juvenile delinquents and children under care and protection order in Children’s Aid Society, Melrose Home. Over the years in private practice, Karen facilitated support groups and conducted group and individual counselling for children as young as 3 years old to adolescents, older adults and families. She provided consultation to teachers and parents on special needs and mental health issues and skills for first-line intervention. Karen firmly believes in the basic goodness and respect of humankind and she adopts a humanistic approach to counselling. The range of therapies utilised in Karen’s sessions focuses on how the student interacts with self, others and life challenges and aims to fulfil one’s potential and live an authentic life, meaningful life.

Ms Zahira Masauood Ahmad
School Counsellor
MSocSc Professional Counselling
GradDipSocSc Professional Counselling


Zahira’s philosophy is that everyone is a unique, dynamic human being. She takes on a compassionate, non-judgmental, empathetic and nurturing approach when helping individuals to empower themselves. Her journey in counselling started from the vast life experiences in living abroad for almost a decade amongst a diverse community - caught her interest in Applied Psychology which led to her Master’s Degree in Social Science (Professional Counselling) from Swinburne University of Technology.  Zahira is also a Certified Behavioral Consultant (CBC Personality Analyst). Her counselling experience includes working with youth rehabilitation in juvenile homes where she helped individuals reintegrate themselves back into the society, working in schools and higher learning institute where she focuses on behavioral issues, academic concerns, psychological needs, personal and social development of students by implementing individualized counselling programs. Her specialization in therapeutic intervention and solution-orientated techniques are aimed to aid students in coping effectively with their social and emotional development, as well as their process of maturing into poised and sanguine young adults. She has a strong belief that the essence of her work is to ultimately provide care and support for change through the utilisation of her training and expertise in Reality therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Mindfulness based therapy and Positive psychology emphasising on unconditional positive regard and active listening. 

Mrs Mariya Angelova  
Education and Career Guidance Counsellor  
BSc Psychology (Honours)
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Mariya is the Education and Career Guidance Counsellor at Raffles Girls’ School and holds a Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology. She meets with students to discuss their future academic and professional plans and helps them develop skills to better handle their academic demands. She also organizes and oversees the Work Experience Programmes, Career Day events, as well as other talks and workshops on Education and Career Guidance and Counselling.

Mariya was born and raised in Bulgaria. Upon graduating from school, she received a scholarship to pursue her higher studies in the Netherlands. She graduated with an Honors Degree in Social Sciences (Major in Psychology) from University College Utrecht, which focused on a multidisciplinary approach to education and research. 

In her second year of University, Mariya completed an exchange programme at NUS. Upon graduation, she returned to live in Singapore and started her career as a teacher. Her experience includes teaching Academic English at an International College, preparing students for their further studies and working with people from various backgrounds and nationalities. The greatest motivation for Mariya is working with the students. She has also done voluntary work with children from low-income families and children with special needs.


Students or RGS staff may make appointments with the counsellors through the INET booking system that is accessible by this link: http://bit.do/RGS-Book-Appointment  

Parents may make appointments by contacting us through our DID or email (please refer to the “contact” tab)

Before making an appointment, you are advised to check our availability at our calendars: 

Ms Karen Lau: https://tinyurl.com/MissKarenLauCalendar
Ms Zahira Masauood:
Mrs Mariya Angelova:  http://tinyurl.com/MsMariyaAngelovaCalendar

Our working hours are from 8.30am-5.30pm on Mondays-Thursdays and 8.30am-5pm on Fridays. We also work during the school holidays. 





Dr Cecilia Soong: 6838 7708
Ms Karen Lau: 6838 7876
Ms Zahira Masauood: 6838 7708
Ms Mariya Angelova: 6838 7880


20 Anderson Road 
RGS Guidance Centre (D211) 
Singapore 259978



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Y1 Introductory Talk (Counselling) 
Y1 Introductory Talk (Career Guidance) 
Y1/Y2 Starting Right, Staying Well (Growth Mindset) 
Y3/Y4 Starting Right, Staying Well (Growth Mindset) 
Y1-Y4 Counsellor’s introduction Talk


Infograhics of socio-emotional issues (Completed by WEP(Counselling) Students in 2015) 
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