Toh Catherine Mui-Hua

Toh Catherine Mui-Hua

Toh Catherine Mui-Hua


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  • GCCS Clinical Supervision, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 2022
  • GDRM (Tropical Environments and Societies), James Cook University, Australia, 2021
  • MS Counselling, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia, 2020
  • BA English, Singapore University Social Sciences, Singapore, 2006
  • DipEd, National Technological University-National Institute of Education, Singapore, 2000


Catherine Mui-Hua is currently pursuing her higher degree research at James Cook University Singapore. Her research project aims to explore over a duration of 18 months how trainee counsellors in Singapore make sense of their hindering self-awareness (HSA) experiences or when their self-awareness becomes overwhelming to manage during counsellor training. The purpose of this study is to investigate HSA and the perceived influence on trainee counsellors’ counselling self-efficacy and supervisory working alliance. Beyond her PhD, Catherine is a registered member of the Singapore Association of Counselling, Singapore Transactional Analysis Association, and a certified practitioner with the William Glasser Institute. Additionally, she is active in social outreach and mental health advocacy.

Thesis Title

Am I competent enough? A longitudinal phenomenological study exploring trainee counsellors’ hindering self-awareness experiences and the perceived influence on counselling self-efficacy

Advisory Panel

Primary: Dr. Joanna Barlas, Secondary: Dr. Smita Singh

Research Interests

  • Trainee counsellors’ development
  • Supervision and supervisory alliance
  • Adverse childhood experience
  • Youth mental health