During the first session, your therapist would gain an initial understanding of your situation through the process of active listening. Thereafter both of you would work on the changes you wish to see or the therapy goals. Based on these goals, we work out a treatment plan.
It depends on the severity of the situation or difficulties you are facing. For more severe situations, we would like to meet more regularly (i.e. once a week or once a fortnight) at the beginning phase of therapy. Thereafter, with the improvement of your situation, the interval between sessions would be extended.
The length of treatment will depend on the degree and intensity of your struggle. A simple rule of thumb: emotional and adjustment issues may take between 4 to 6 sessions to change one given struggle; and between 6 to 12 sessions, and longer, for situations that have been affecting for an extended period of time.
Each clinical session will be 60 minutes long.
Counselling can help with a wide range of problems such as (but not limited to):
– Anxiety and depression
– Bereavement, grief and loss
– Low self-esteem
– Phobias and fears
– Relationship troubles such as divorce, loneliness, affairs etc.
– Workplace issues
You can learn about our therapists and their approach/ethos by reading the individual profiles under “Our Team”. You can also speak with our FrontDesk who can provide you with further guidance. For your therapy to be effective, it’s important you work with a counsellor or psychotherapist you feel you can trust.
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) proposes that emotions have an adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change. This view of emotion is based on the belief that emotion, at its core, is an innate and adaptive system that has evolved to help us survive and thrive.
Emotions are connected to our most essential needs. They rapidly alert us to situations important to our well-being. They also prepare and guide us in these important situations to take action towards meeting our needs.
Clients are helped in therapy to better identify, experience, explore, transform and flexibly manage their emotions. As a result, clients become more skillful in accessing the important information and meanings about themselves and their world that emotions contain, as well as becoming more skillful in using that information to live vitally and adaptively.
As human beings, we are born with emotions – it determines much of who we are. Emotions are our central system of communication, and they have a major influence on our cognition (i.e. thoughts) and behaviour. Therefore, emotional change is understood to be fundamental to long-lasting cognitive and behavioural change.
EFT helps you to better identify, experience, process, accept, transform and make productive use of your emotions. In therapy, you are thus encouraged to face your dreaded emotions to process and transform them, thereby creating new meaning that strengthens a resilient and coherent self.
EFT can also allow you to better understand the complexities of your lifelong relationships and manage interactions in a healthy manner.
The outcome is that you will be equipped with the skills of accessing and making sense of valuable information about yourself and your world which you can use to live more adaptively.
$120 to $280, depending on the different levels of the therapist’s experience.
The key difference lies in their education, training, and the scope of their work.
The minimum education requirement for a counsellor in Singapore is a postgraduate degree in counselling. A counsellor focuses on helping your present problems and supporting you in solving them.
The minimum education requirement for a psychologist is at least a Master’s degree in psychology. Some key tasks undertaken by a psychologist include conducting an assessment of your needs, making psychological diagnoses, and developing and implementing treatment plans.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor, with a specialisation in psychological medicine or psychiatry. Medications such as antidepressants can only be prescribed by a psychiatrist.