We all face challenges in our lives at some point.
Even the strongest and most successful among us do.
Sometimes we overcome these challenges ourselves, sometimes with the help of our family and friends. Sometimes we just need some extra help, and that is perfectly okay. Just like going to the gym to work on your physical body, therapy works on improving your mental health.
Counselling provides a safe, therapeutic environment for you to explore some of the challenges that you are facing in your life. As a professionally trained counselor, I listen to what you have to say without any judgement. What we discuss during our sessions will be kept in strict confidence.
During the process of working together, I will ask questions and initiate activities that help you gain more insight into yourself and the issues that you are struggling with. This is part of a mutually established counselling plan that we will work out together during our sessions.
Our sessions are focused on building strengths and taking actions that will bring you closer to what you desire. In a conducive environment, we will work together in making positive changes in your life by using the relevant counselling techniques.
Dissatisfaction with Life
Our challenges in life do not fit neatly into boxes.
These are some of the common issues that an individual may seek counselling for. However, what we are going through most of the time is complex and multi-faceted. What you are going through may resemble one or a few of these common issues, or may resemble none of them at all.
The philosophy of our clinic is based on positive psychology. Instead of taking a pathological approach (i.e. illness or disease) to mental health, we believe that being well is about reaching the best state of health and well-being an individual is capable of.
Hence, in contrary to popular belief, you do not need to meet the diagnostic criteria, or have one of these ‘common issues’ to seek help. You are highly encouraged to seek the help of a counsellor if your quality of life is affected and you would like to make a change.
As a professionally trained counsellor, I am still highly informed on the diagnosis, treatment and research of mental disorders. When the need arises, I follow the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) diagnostic criteria.
When You Should Seek Counselling
You are going through a difficult time and find it hard to manage on your own
You feel really anxious that something bad is going to happen
You feel overwhelmed and cannot seem to be able to think straight
You feel that none of your usual self-help strategies are working for you
You feel listless and have no motivation to do the things that you normally like to do
You find it difficult to speak to anyone around you about what is going on
You feel stuck and cannot get out of your unpleasant situation
Your work, family and relationships are affected
You feel down and have been feeling this way for some time
Your friends and family say that you are behaving differently and are worried about you
“Remember, you are not alone”