Psychology and Counseling

Welcome to our Psychology and Counselling Summary

In our section, we specialize in providing counselling and therapy services tailored to address a variety of challenges. From childhood behavioral and emotional issues to family conflicts and parental concerns, we offer interventions grounded in psychological theory and evidence. Our goal is to support individuals in reshaping their thoughts, behaviors, and relationships to enhance their psychosocial functioning.

We’re not just focused on individual well-being; we’re committed to empowering families. Through our services, we aim to equip families with coping strategies, foster family well-being, expand social networks, and help manage crises effectively. Additionally, we’re vigilant in identifying early signs of relapse and providing necessary support.

Advocacy is a key component of our work. We advocate for our clients when needed and collaborate with other agencies to ensure the overall well-being and best interests of children. Our interventions are offered both at the individual and group levels, conveniently accessible in-house or within the community.

Join us in this journey towards improved mental health and strengthened family dynamics.

Let’s navigate this path together.

Meet the Team

My name is Gerard Lim Sam, and I am currently honored to serve as the Manager of Therapeutic Interventions at the esteemed National Council For Children. My journey with NCC began in May 2004, where I commenced my role as a dedicated counselor. In July 2024, I was privileged to be confirmed in my current position, marking a significant milestone in my career. With over 15 years of invaluable experience in counseling, I bring a wealth of expertise and passion to my role.

My educational background includes a Diploma in Counseling from the Academy of Distance Learning (ADL), complemented by an A Level in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. Additionally, I hold a “Baccalauréat Canonique (Licence) en Théologie” from the University of Toulouse, underscoring my commitment to holistic approaches in therapeutic practice.

Specializing as a bereavement counselor, I excel in both individual and group counseling settings. Beyond my role as a counselor, I undertake multifaceted responsibilities, including:

Cultivating strong collaborative relationships with diverse professionals in the public and private sectors dedicated to serving children and families.
Ensuring that our team delivers tailored therapeutic interventions that effectively address the emotional, social, and behavioral needs of our clients.
Designing and implementing specialized treatment programs such as bereavement and anxiety workshops, fostering resilience and coping strategies for children and their families.
Actively participating in pertinent meetings, workshops, and conferences centered on issues impacting children and families, staying abreast of emerging trends and best practices.
Providing expert testimony in legal proceedings and representing NCC as needed, particularly in cases concerning children referred to our organization.
It is my sincere commitment to uphold the highest standards of care and advocacy for the well-being of children and families entrusted to our care. I am deeply passionate about making a positive impact in their lives and am dedicated to ensuring that our interventions are both effective and compassionate.

Tell: +428 4283900 Email: glimsam@gov.sc

The other members of the team include:

  • Mr. Reuben Lavigne – Counsellor Email: rlavigne@gov.sc
  • Ms. Dolores Fabien – Child Psychologist Email: dfabien@gov.sc
  • Mrs. Karine Trioullier – Clinical Psychologist Email: ktrioullier@gov.sc
  • Mrs. Dina William – Provisional Psychologist Email: dwilliam@gov.sc
  • Ms. Cherelle Belairy – Provisional Psychologist Email: cbelairy@gov.sc
My name is Mrs. Dinah William, currently working as a Provisional Psychologist with the National Council for Children.  I have been working with the NCC since 2018.
I have a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the Nelson Mandela University of South Africa and I  also hold a Higher Diploma In Social Work obtained from the Edith Cowan University of Australia.
My duties include helping a wide variety of patients improve their lives by teaching them effective coping mechanisms that will help them to change and improve their life situations and behavioural patterns.
Working in the Psychology field has been my lifelong calling and I believe that with my educational background, knowledge and personality I make a valuable contribution towards the NCC and towards the children of Seychelles.

My name is Ms. Cherelle Belairy and I am currently working as a provisional psychologist at the NCC. I joined the team in May 2022.

I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counselling from the University of Middlesex in 2020. My ambition is to contribute towards the wellbeing of families in our society by encouraging communication, understanding and providing mental health care.

My name is Mr. Reuben Lavigne, and I am a Counselor. / Information Officer for the last past 9 years. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Social Work University of Seychelles

My main duties at NCC are:

Case work:
Facilitating individual or group Counseling sessions. / Assessment of cases/ planning of cases/ case notes/ Report writing/ liaison with other services.

Access to Information:
Ensure that the Access to information act is implemented/ facilitate public requests for information/ monitoring proactive disclosure mainly through the website/ Assisting with website activities.

Presidents Village group support:
Provide a group of residents with a platform to express themselves with regards to their wishes and feelings as well as receiving guidance that will support positive behaviors and relationships.

My name is Karine Trioullier, and I am proud to bring over 15 years of dedicated service to the National Council for Children (NCC). With a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the esteemed faculty of Paris 7 in France, my journey in the field of psychology has been one of both passion and purpose.

My professional path began in Paris, where I had the privilege of working with the elderly for two years, gaining invaluable insights into human behavior and emotional well-being. However, my calling led me to Praslin, where I embarked on a fulfilling tenure as a psychologist at the Youth Residential Treatment Center (YRTC) for four years.

Driven by a profound commitment to the well-being of children, I made the conscious decision to focus my efforts on providing a compassionate ear and unwavering support to the younger generation. Central to my approach is the belief that every child deserves to feel valued and respected. By fostering an environment where their thoughts, feelings, and abilities are acknowledged, I aim to empower them to articulate their emotions and needs with confidence.

Within my role at NCC, I specialize in working with children from Praslin and La Digue, aged 3 to 18, who are grappling with various psychological challenges stemming from trauma or environmental factors. Whether it’s depression, behavioral disorders, or other issues, my goal is to guide my young patients towards understanding, managing, and ultimately overcoming their emotional struggles. Collaborating closely with parents, educators, and social services, I strive to deliver holistic support tailored to the unique needs of each child.

You can find me at the NCC premises located in the Horizon Complex at Baie St. Anne, where I conduct consultations with my patients. Additionally, I am committed to providing weekly therapeutic sessions at every school in Praslin and La Digue, ensuring accessibility and continuity of care for the children under my guidance.

It is both an honor and a privilege to be entrusted with the well-being of the youth in our community, and I am deeply dedicated to making a positive difference in their lives.

My name is Dolores Fabien and I am a Child Psychologist. I completed my undergraduate degree from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Master’s degree in Child Psychology from Kingston University – London, UK. I have worked with the NCC for the past 13 years and I am currently a part-time employee.

I believe every child has the capacity to change the world and I am passionate about helping them see the uniqueness they possess, the potential they have, and the possibility life holds. I love to help shape young minds and to allow them the opportunity to truly heal and continue to move upward and forward.

Our services 

Psychology and Counseling

Frequently asked Questions

Different steps of the service/ Customer journey

Therapy Section Statistics over a three year period

Number of clients seen

Year

Number

Comments

2021

232

An increasing trend over the past three years. This is partially due to the availability of an additional part time psychologist.

2022

302

2023

321

 

Gender Analysis

Gender

2021

2022

2023

Comments

Boy/Male

124 (53%)

175 (58%)

178 (55%)

More boys have sought the services of NCC’s therapists. The gap was wider in 2022 (16% more boys than girls cf to 10% in 2023 and 6% more in 2021).

Referrals come from parents. schools or Social Affairs.

 

Girl/Female

108 ((47%)

127 (42%)

143 (45%)

 

Total

 

232

 

302

 

321

 

The more common causes for seeking treatment are

  • Beahvioural issues
  • Parental separation
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management and
  • Emotional issues

Book your appointment by calling 4283900 or email yumarji@gov.sc / glimsam@gov.sc.

For statistics on the number of clients of the section, go to the Publications page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I seek assistance for my child?

To book an appointment, call the office during weekdays from 8am to 4 pm on 4283900.

What if I need help immediately?

In crisis situations, you can call the office during office hours. After 4 pm time call the Children’s helpline on 4262626.

How can I be sure that whatever I divulge will remain confidential?

The information provided are kept in the office of the therapist in a locked cabinet and when the cases are closed, they are kept in the archives.

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