Petrina De Silva
Petrina De Silva¡¯s interest in counselling began after a fulfilling life as wife and mother. This led her to attend a course in counselling at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur in 1995. She subsequently obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Masters in Counselling from the De La Salle University, Manila in 2002 to further enhance her knowledge and skills in counselling.
She has been consulting in the areas of Employee Assistance soon after graduating with the Master¡¯s Degree. In the organisation that she was attached to as a consultant, she assisted employees who faced challenges with both wosrk and family problems that affected work life balance and added to the stress in the individual. With the support offered, employees benefitted and were able to bring about changes that were a great return on investment to the organisation.
Her thirst for knowledge led her to learn new ways of counselling; she learned about expressive therapy and sand tray therapy to aid her clients to express themselves better.
A compassionate person, Petrina has volunteered her skills and services as a counsellor to numerous organisations. She was with the Assunta Hospital for several years, caring for the patients and family members on mental health well-being.
Petrina specialises in family and marital related issues. Her skills in accompanying couples in exploring the challenges faced in relationship, both before marriage and after marriage makes her an effective marriage and family counsellor. In addition, Petrina and her husband have helped facilitate a preparation for marriage program for the past sixteen years.
Today, Petrina has taken a step further to begin lecturing adult students who are interested to return to school to obtain further knowledge in the field of counselling and psychology. She has been teaching courses in counselling skills and interpersonal relationships using the various experiences she has encountered in her work in marriage and family therapy.