How I took charge of my life

How I took charge of my life

When I look back on the past few years of my life, I can say that I found it easy to blame everything wrong with my life on someone or something else. It was always someone else who caused me problems, or the economy wasn’t great. There was always something to blame for why I was stuck and not advancing.

Then I decided I had to do something; by taking control of my life. It may sound like it was something that I decided on overnight, but the truth was that it took a long time to get to that point. By the point I decided to do something, I was already trying to find ways out of my situation.

I was doing well in my career, but I wanted to do something more meaningful with my life; and career was such a huge part of my life. I just felt so stuck, and despite making more and doing more, it felt so empty and hollow. Over years, I came to the realisation that I needed to do something different. I needed to do something that I felt something for, gave me a sense of my purpose, and something that fulfilled me. I wanted to help people in some way.

After thinking and overthinking, I decided to stop making excuses. I decided that it doesn’t matter if the time isn’t right, or the economy isn’t great for it. I had to take action and go back to school for counselling psychology. It ended up being more practical than I thought as I could do it part-time; allowing me to work during the day and attend lessons in the evenings. Doing this really opened up my mind and eyes to what I had pent up all these years.

I was learning how to hone my natural talents and attributes. Along with studying and learning about how to listen and help people, I was learning more about myself as well. I knew then that I was finally making the right choices for myself; choices that had real meaning to me. The alternative was to follow a road doing things that didn’t have any real meaning to me, and trying to justify why my life choice wasn’t my own.

Taking the steps to enrol in CAE’s counselling psychology programme opened my eyes to a world I knew I was meant for but had previously did not really know much about. It was a real learning experience that empowered me to move forward with my life, regardless of my excuses.


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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (PGDICP) is a counselling psychology course accredited by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC). The part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology programme focuses on developing and enhancing experiential knowledge and skills through a holistic approach. Some of the subjects covered include Counselling Children, Addiction Intervention, Crisis Intervention, and Family Therapy.  

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology (ADICP) trains students to apply appropriate counselling skills in different situations while understanding their underlying theories. The ADICP programme introduces students to the nature of psychology and relates it to the theories and concepts of counselling. Students move on to explore themselves in order to promote personal growth and self-awareness, acquiring the key attributes of a competent counsellor and the proper methods of applying those skills.

Diploma in Counselling Psychology (DCPSY) is a counselling course covering a range of conceptual and functional skills in counselling. It trains students to apply appropriate counselling psychology skills in different situations, and equips students with the ability to work effectively as a counsellor.


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