Tribute to Anthony Yeo

Mr Anthony Yeo lived a life of service and compassion.

In 1972, he was one of the first two Asian staff to serve as counsellors at the Counselling and Care Centre. He became Director in 1980 before handing over the directorship in 1996. He then took on the position as Clinical Director and subsequently Consultant Therapist.

During his life of service, Anthony had always been passionate, focused in and dedicated towards helping people discover and appreciate themselves, to deal with problems of living, to cope with emotional and situational problems, and to improve quality of relationships.

Most of all, he gave voice to those who were silenced or marginalised, gave ears to those who needed to be heard, and a heart to all who needed love. He was a civic activist, opening eyes to injustice and social concerns. He lived by the laws of humanity. He emulated what it means to be authentic; as his life of service was a reflection of his belief in not just talking the walk but also walking the talk.

In Memory of Anthony Yeo (1948 – 2009)

Anthony advanced the field of counselling in Singapore by the programmes he initiated with the team at CCC.

It began with the launching of the Counsellor Training Programme in 1981 (now known as the Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice), the Master of Science in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, with the latest being the Diploma in Clinical Supervision in 2000 (which is further developed to today’s Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision). He was a much sought-after marital and family therapist, trainer, mentor, supervisor and consultant both locally and around the Asian region.

He believed in sharing his thoughts and this he did through his writings. His seminal book on “Counselling – A Problem Solving Approach” is the only locally written book widely used by mental health practitioners in Singapore. “When Mourning Breaks”, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “A Living Sacrifice” speak to all about how to live life; “Partners in Life” speaks to couples and the meaning of intimacy.

All in all, Anthony’s writings emphasise the sanctity of relationships – be it relationship with self, with others or with a higher Being.

“My Vocation is a Ministry of Grace & Compassion”

Anthony Yeo (1948 – 2009), First Asian Director for CCC; also called as the
‘Father of Counselling’ in Singapore.

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