Improve your child's academic motivation

All children have within them the gift of learning

  • Gain awareness to your child's motivational barriers to learning.
  • Understand your child's goals and motivation. Leverage them towards academic performance.
  • Help your child set concrete SMART goals towards better performance in school.
  • Learn how to better manage your child's low motivation towards school and studies.


"Thank you for being the MAGICIAN to my boy, dealing with his challenges. You have helped him so much, no words can describe my THANKS to you..." - P. Kuan

Featured and Worked with...

helping children for the last 9 years...

helping children for the last 9 years...

Chua Sze Siong

MindfulBear Founder & Chief Therapist

  • Therapeutic intervention specialist for children and teens.
  • Certified MOE counsellor.
  • Certified suicide intervention counsellor.
  • Father to an amazing daughter.

What we do...

  • Guide your child and uncover their specific barriers to learning.
  • Identify your child's deep motivation and aspirations through play therapy.
  • Harness your child's goals and aspirations towards better academic performances.
  •  Create management plan and tools to deal with phases of low motivation.

Our 4A Counselling Approach

Stage 1: Awareness 

Like shining a light through a dark room, this is where we identify your child’s issues. This helps you understand why your child does what they do. This helps us formulate an action plan designed to help your child move towards long term desirable change. 

Stage 2: Activation

We kick-start the change process with motivational interviewing and replacement technique. We gradually chip away their harden existing belief making room for positive ones. Inducing your child to take their first step of positive change. 

Stage 3: Adjustment

We review and iterate the best approach for your child. The human mind is complex, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. We have a map to get your child to the destination, but base on feedback, it is subjected to change. We iterate, we customise, we find the shortest path to steer your child towards long term change.

Stage 4: Advancement

Success. You can visibly see changes in your child. Now we need to make it long term, permanent and sticky. Here we guide your child to internalise the achievement they had accomplished. We arm them with life skills, teaching them how to deal with lifestyle stressors when they happen so they never go back again.

What to expect on the first visit?

On the first visit, we start the discovery process for your child.

With a few choices questions, we slowly peel away the layers of your child. Uncovering the problems they are facing, the struggles they are silently experiencing. A side that is causing all their social, emotional and or behavioural pains.

This is where we start for every child, AWARENESS of their underlying issues. By the end of the first session, you will get a glimpse of why your child do what they do.

What others say...

Many parents had walked through our doors feeling happy about their child's progress. Kids had walked through our doors feeling better, well behaved, motivated, happier and active for the life ahead of them.  

Yue Ting
Yue Ting
06:10 09 Nov 23
Chance upon Mindful Bear website, and that was a wise choice made. At the end of each session, we noticed the progression and changes in my child. It was such a blessing for us. My child looked forward to the session with her therapist. It was such a bittersweet feeling when she completed her last session. But most importantly, we could not have progressed so far without the help of them. Once again, thanks, Ms. Mary and Mindful Bear, for assisting us during the lowest period of time.
Toh LuSee
Toh LuSee
05:24 09 Nov 23
I will like to said many many thanks to joey. And also all the staffs there . They are so friendly. Thanks
10:16 08 Nov 23
Muhd Ridhwan
Muhd Ridhwan
04:40 08 Nov 23
Google T
Google T
08:46 27 Oct 23
Saima Jawad
Saima Jawad
14:08 06 Apr 23
I would highly recommend MindfulBear, especially Adelyn who worked really well with my daughter and now with my son. She’s dealt with both of my kids very patiently and was highly accommodating. My daughter used to get panic attacks for months and after a few sessions with Adelyn, I saw a huge improvement for my daughter. My son is suffering from intense OCD, we tried several therapists but none of them were able to build a rapport with my son. However, after our daughter’s experience we wanted to try Adelyn for our son as well. And we are already seeing significant improvement for our son, after just a few sessions. Thanks a lot Adelyn
Jolene T
Jolene T
09:09 17 Feb 23
Our counsellor Mr Chua is very caring and professional. He is able to connect with my boys, and encourage them to improve their behaviour. Thank you Mr Chua!
Kelsang Dolma
Kelsang Dolma
04:17 06 Jan 23
Mr Chua is really good at engaging both parents and child, and was able to identify the issue, and offer comprehensive tips to help us manage. My child looks forward to the sessions and has built trust with Mr Chua very quickly. Mr Chua is also very pragmatic and honest, and informed us that 3 sessions is what we need at the moment - unlike some places that would make you go through multiple sessions unnecessarily. We’re keeping the conversation going while monitoring our progress and Mr Chua is happy to do so over emails in the coming months. Definitely recommend 👍
Yvonne Tey
Yvonne Tey
12:44 11 Oct 22
Uncle Chua, friendly beary uncle to my 6 years old son. Mr Chua is able to relate and understand what my son is going through. He gives realistic advices and guidance to us parents and open our mind to the child’s world. My husband and I are thankful to have come across mindful bear and Mr Chua. Very experience and friendly counselor. Definitely recommends him for his professional service.
Nora Aw
Nora Aw
09:28 11 Oct 22
I met with Mr Chua to consult him regarding my son who’s under a lot of stress due to National Exams. Mr Chua’s approach was professional yet friendly. He was able to pin point and discuss with me what my son is facing and the potential underlying issues. I appreciate his approach of talking to the parents first before meeting with my son. His sharing shows that he has amassed wide experience on teens and their issues and was able to approach and carry on consultation with my son who was not very receptive of the idea at first. Overall satisfactory experience to date with Mindful Bear.
Ash L
Ash L
03:46 01 Sep 22
MindfulBear counsellor, Mr Chua Sze Siong, is very relatable and understanding. He worked with me and my child’s school as a team to help my child get back on the right track. I highly recommend MindfulBear for youths who are going through a difficult period.
Rowen Ong
Rowen Ong
07:35 27 Aug 22
Mindful bear teaches my son emotion control and triggers.The therapist is approachable and kind.Notices andHighlights someMatters relating to my son which I did not notice
Rebecca Tan
Rebecca Tan
08:16 15 Aug 22
my child's counsellor manage to get my child to open up and instantly engage with him during their first visit. very detailed, very experienced and goals were met! highly recommended!!!
Cindy Tan
Cindy Tan
03:31 27 Jul 22
Mr Chua is an engaging, encouraging and compassionate Counsellor. Our child has benefited from his sessions with Mr Chua and has improved leaps. Mr Chua will provide insightful observations and support that have helped us to understand our child better.
Sapphire Ong
Sapphire Ong
04:23 20 Jul 22
Mr Chua is a truly compassionate and committed therapist who is able to connect and form a trusting relationship with my child. His ability to see beyond spoken words and engage has also offered very insightful observations and support that have benefited my child greatly.
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How much does it cost and for how long?

All 1st session is 90 minutes long. Your child will run through a series of test to screen for common issues. By the end of the first session, you will get a glimpse of why your child do what they do. 

Weekdays (Mon - Fri): $288
Weekends (Sat - Sun): $333

All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes long.

Weekdays (Mon - Fri): $160
Weekends (Sat - Sun): $185

Sessions with Mr Chua, Chief Therapist, is $220 weekdays and $245 weekends.

Rest assured. All our therapist has years of therapy experience. They are also vetted and trained with our 4A Counselling Approach. 

How do I know if my child needs counselling help?

Most parents seek help because they feel stuck. Stuck in rectifying their child's disruptive behaviour.

They have tried multiple ways to steer their child in the right direction, but nothing seems to work. 

The parenting journey is an interesting one. If you have tried everything already, why not give this a chance too? Multiple parents had walked through our doors, seeing positive change in their child’s academic, emotion and behavioural wellbeing. 

How can a counsellor benefit my child?

The parent-child relationship is attached with our own bias and belief. Influenced by our past experience on thorny subjects such as internet addiction, lack of motivation to study or anger issues. This personal bias and belief are unfavourable for effective communication to happen; a prerequisite for effective change.

Done in a safe environment, without any bias or judgement. The counsellor is trained to listen, pick up concerns, assess and guide your child through a process of change to help resolve his/her issues and problems.

At MindfulBear, we guide each child through our proven 4A method for effective change.

Will my child incur a medical record when they attend a session?

No. This is a common misconception. No medical record will be made on your child.

In fact, nobody will know if your child comes for counselling. A professional code of ethics guides our counsellors in matters of privacy and confidentiality.

Any information gained in counselling sessions will not be disclosed outside our centre unless you, give us written permission to do so, the counsellor determines that your child is in immediate danger, or the counsellor is ordered by a court of law to do so.  

What is the easiest way to get my child to come down?

Children often think they are going to therapy because they are bad.

It is important to approach your child so he/she does not feel stigmatise or responsible for any dysfunction in the family. Your approach should be one of collaboration, on how both of you can work together to solve the current issue. Therapy is just a way to solve this issue.

You can say something like, “You know how hard it is to [the issue you are facing]? Mummy/Daddy need more ideas on how to help you, so we met someone who helps children and families, and we think you'll really like them too. Plus, these visits are special because you can talk about anything! Even us and it stays private.” You can also suggest a trial session, if he/she does not like it, they could stop anytime.

Remember, how you say is more important than what you say. Your approach should be one of collaboration.

Can I just come alone without my child?

Yes you can.

The therapist will be able to indirectly help your child through you for the moment.

Some parents want to “check out” what a counselling session involved before bring their child down. They may have a couple of questions to ask the therapist privately before committing.

Other parents may have difficulty bringing their child down. Whatever your reasons may be, it is always a good to take active action, to head down by yourself first.

Ask the therapist any questions you may have regarding your child. When your child is ready, you could always bring your child down later.

What can I expect on my first visit?

On the first appointment, here’s what you can expect:

First, you will have a private conversation with the therapist to understand your goals for your child. Next, the therapist will speak to your child privately, to understand your child’s goals and motivations. Finally, both you and your child will join the session together.

It is normal to be anxious, so the session is meant to be relaxing. Like a group of close friends having a casual but important conversion.

The first session is for us to identify key issues and the goals for your child.

The therapist will ask you a series of questions. So feel free to be honest. We actively encourage it. Everything you say is private and confidential. We are bound by a code of professional ethics.

At the end of the first session, the therapist will advise a preliminary action plan and the next step required to reach these goals.

It is important to know that therapy is a process that takes time to reap the full benefit. Give your child the space they need. Let your child work at their own pace.

How often do I need to go for counselling?

When it comes to matters of the mind and heart, there is no one size fit all treatments.

The frequency and numbers of session your child needs depend on you, your child, the counsellor's assessment and your concerns. On your first meeting, you, your child and the counsellor will discuss your goals for counselling and the number of sessions needed to achieve these goals.

It is important to keep in mind that counselling is a therapeutic process that takes time to reap full benefits. We do not limit the number of counselling session that your child can assess too.

Is your centre for everyone?

No. We only specialise in providing psychological help to children and teens between 5 to 16 years old.

Where are you located?

We are located at 2 Kallang Avenue, #11-17, CT Hub, 339407, Singapore

Can I just walk in?

All sessions are by appointment only. You are highly encouraged to book early to secure a session.

Walk-ins will not be entertained to be fair for everyone.

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