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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Therapeutic Presence


Research has shown that the self of therapist is one of the important tools working with clients. How then, can therapists use the internal resources within self as a tool is a subject that attracts much interest in the field.

Therapeutic presence is not a replacement for technique, but rather a foundational therapeutic stance that support deep listening and understanding of the client in the moment. With this stance, therapists are able to enter the state of having one’s whole self in the encounter with a client by being completely in the moment on the different level, physically, emotionally, cognitively and spiritually.

With a good blending of theoretical knowledge and experiential exercises, this workshop aims to equip therapists to connect deeply with their clients.


  • To provide an overview of the history and theoretical background of therapeutic presence
  • To introduce the model of therapeutic presence
  • To develop a deeper understanding of the neurobiology and challenges of therapeutic presence
  • To introduce different approaches to cultivate therapeutic presence


  • Theoretic background of Therapeutic Presence
  • Model of Therapeutic Presence
  • More Perspectives on Therapeutic Presence 
  • Cultivating Therapeutic Presence


Counsellors, Social Workers and Therapists


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fee (Nett)


Early Bird Course Fee (Nett)

To be advised


Subsidies/ Funding S$

VCF pre-approved funding at 45% for Singaporean/PR staff of Social Service Organisations (Ref No: PAS00002610, End date of approval: 17 Jan 2023)



Dr. Guo Lih Jia has been involved in counseling, supervision and training for more than 10 years with the intention of equipping people helpers in supporting individuals to improve their quality of life. She has worked in the family service center and counseling center in Singapore and is familiar with the common challenges people helpers face in their quest to support those in need. 

Lih Jia is an experienced trainer conducting training in different settings to develop knowledge and skills of practitioners from communities in the local and over the globe. She has involved in lecturing in academic programs, such as Diploma in Counseling, Diploma in Family Life Education, Bachelor in Counselling, and Bachelor in Social Work, to name a few. 

Academically, Lih Jia holds a Doctor of Psychology (USA), Master of Social Science in Counseling (AU), Master of Science in Mathematics (USA) and Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Mathematics & Computer Science (CA). Professionally, Lih Jia was formerly working in the IT industry as a system architect and project manager. These experiences helped her to develop a sharp analytical mind. After changing her career into the helping profession, Lih Jia has been actively involved in face-to-face counseling, individual and group supervision and conducting training in academic settings and continual education for existing practitioners. Her analytical mind enabled her to deconstruct complex concepts into easy-to-understand knowledge blocks; Lih Jia is well-known for her ability to help learners integrate building blocks of knowledge and translate them into practical life skills. 

Today, Lih Jia is focusing on clinical supervision and counseling-related training. She is passionate in equipping individuals to use self as a tool to facilitate healing. Because of the fervent enthusiasm, she is well known for reflective and inward-looking and experiential training sessions.


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Course Schedule

Duration 28 hours
Dates No dates scheduled at the moment
Timing 9.30am - 5.30pm
Trainer(s) Dr.Guo Lih Jia
Venue(s) Onsite (to be advised)