To provide wholesome student services, we offer comprehensive counselling services to address students’ needs at each stage of their education journey with us.
TMC provides pastoral Counselling Service to assist students to gain balance in their academic and personal well-being. The TMC counselling service provides information, prevention, intervention and referral services on psychological, educational and emotional issues and concerns.
Ms Vashnarekha Kumarasuriar is TMC’s qualified and professional counsellor providing pastoral counselling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology as well as a Master of Social Science (Counselling), and has experience in counselling prior to joining TMC Academy.
Ms. Vashnarekha has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology from the National University of Malaysia, and a fourth year Honours degree in Psychology from University of Queensland, Australia. She also obtained a Master of Social Science (Counselling), from University of South Australia. Prior to joining TMC, she worked for eight years as a lecturer at a private university in Malaysia. Her experience working for the Psychology Department there involved conducting lectures, tutorials, and some involvement in research collaborations. Her research interests include multicultural counselling, aggression, sexuality and spirituality.
Ms. Vashnarekha currently holds the position of Senior Lecturer at the TMC School of Psychology and is actively involved in teaching modules for both the Higher Diploma in Psychology with Counselling and the BSc(Hons) final year program, as well as supervision of undergraduate research projects.
Students can make appointments (in person, by telephone or email) to meet the qualified counsellor for private consultations and/or they can be identified and referred to the counsellor by their course administrators and/or lecturers. Students can be assisted to find solutions on the following issues:
- Transition to higher levels of learning
- Procrastination, motivation and other academic problems
- Self-esteem and confidence issues
- Stress, anxiety and depression management
- Difficulties in interpersonal relationships (peers, parents, etc.)
- Cultural and diversity awareness
- Time management
TMC Counselling Service helps students in:
- Individual counselling for adjustment or interpersonal problems
- Career path/career guidance
- Prevention educations (drugs, gambling, alcohol and other issues)
- Consultation to students, parents, faculty and staff
- Referral assistance (when additional services are needed)
Career Guidance Programmes
The TMC Counselling Service also provides learning venues through various seminars and trainings to guide students in their career choices and options to pursue academic programs at TMC and its partner schools and universities. Student can approach the Student Recruitment & Marketing department for details on the programmes and universities.
Counselling on Poor Attendance
Course administrators and the Academics work closely to counsel students with poor attendance rate. Every month Warning Letters are generated and sent to students who do not meet the minimum attendance requirements. The Course Administrators will meet them one-to-one for counselling and to identify the symptoms of stress or abnormalities in the students.
The Academics will be roped in to help if students’ poor attendance was due to difficulties of coping in their studies. The academics will monitor them. Should the problem persist or the student is still not doing well, the case will be referred to the School Counsellor.
TMC Academy provides free, professional and confidential psychological counselling services. Qualified and experienced student counsellor is available to guide students to solutions for pressing concerns and personal difficulties.
All counselling sessions will be done in the TMC Counselling Room. In some cases, the school counsellor may refer students to professional counselling services provided by government bodies, professional associations or registered non-government organisations.