For those who feel the need to consult a counsellor or psychotherapist, it is important to trust this inner wisdom and follow your instincts. However, with so many psychotherapists in Singapore and an unregulated environment, finding the right help can be confusing for those seeking help.
However, it’s important to know that there are many resources and support systems available. There are many organizations, clubs and communities that can provide the support you need. It’s worth exploring these options to find someone who can solve your particular problem. There are also online self-help resources to help you adjust your mood and stay calm while you make the decision to see a therapist or wait for an appointment.
Key elements of a good psychotherapist are empathy, acceptance, trust, competence, and responsiveness.
A good therapist can understand and empathize with their clients. They can put themselves in their customers’ shoes and understand what they are going through.
Good therapists accept their clients as they are. They don’t criticize them or try to change them. They allow themselves to be themselves and express their feelings without judgment.
A good therapist can be trusted. You are the person to whom your clients can share their secrets and deepest thoughts. They maintain confidentiality and are readily available when customers need them.
A good therapist has the skills and knowledge to help their clients. They are able to assess the client’s needs and develop an appropriate treatment plan. I am also able to communicate effectively with my clients and help them progress.
Making time for clients:
Good therapists attend to customers. You have the opportunity to meet with them regularly and be there when they need you. We can also respond to customer needs in a timely manner.
The best way to find out if a therapist is right for you is to ask, call, or ask someone you know and trust if they have had similar experiences or successful therapy sessions.
The approach is a little different for each person and depends on the therapist’s situation and experience (both experienced and learned).
Bernadette Chin, psychotherapist in Singapore
Bernadette Chin, psychotherapist, clinical hypnotherapist, founder at My Inner Child Clinic, a psychotherapy and hypnotherapy clinic in Singapore, is focused on trauma recovery and inner child healing.
The core belief behind the psychotherapy sessions is that instead of focusing on coping and dealing with a traumatic experience as a problem or worse, an illness, our clients are encouraged to see aspects where they demonstrated resourcefulness and resilience and then help them develop skills to mood regulate and calm the physiological response when emotionally triggered.
As part of this healing process, different techniques common in psychotherapy such as mindfulness, cognitive behavioural theory can be weaved into the talk therapy process. In most cases, the outcome can be more effective with a trained clinical hypnotherapist.
The salutogenic approach to trauma healing is a strengths-based approach that focuses on personal resilience and healing abilities. This approach emphasizes the demonstrated skills, virtues, and strengths of the traumatized person and explores alternative perspectives and meanings to the traumatic experience. And we develop new strategies for mental resilience together with our clients.
The core belief behind psychotherapy sessions is that the client is not focused on managing and coming to terms with the traumatic experience as a problem, or worse, as a disease. Instead, they are encouraged to recognize their resourcefulness and resilience aspects and develop habits and learn skills to help regulate and calm their physiological reactions when they become emotional. I’m here.
As part of this healing process, various techniques commonly used in psychotherapy, such as mindfulness and cognitive-behavioral theory, can be incorporated into the talking therapy process. In most cases, more effective results are obtained with the guidance of a trained clinical hypnotherapist.
The role of a psychotherapist
At My Inner Child Clinic, the psychotherapy process incorporates a salutogenic approach during my psychotherapy sessions to reveal inner resources, abilities, virtues and strengths, and build my client’s dignity and hope.
Some of the key elements of the salutogenic approach to trauma healing include:
- Finding meaning in the experience of trauma
- Developing new mindsets and strategies for resilience
- Building a strong support network
- Engaging in activities that are meaningful and enjoyable
- Seeking professional help if needed
Instead of focusing on the situation, through our conversations and in guided clinical hypnosis, I work with clients to see their inner resourcefulness, where they survived through ordeals and demonstrated resilience and good thinking to keep them safe.
How technology can help psychotherapists in Singapore with better therapy outcomes
In order to have an effective therapeutic outcome, good psychotherapists in Singapore would have to demonstrate empathy, good listening, the ability to build rapport and to provide a safe and secure environment to establish trust and common understanding between therapist and client.
Time and availability of good therapists remains an issue because the better therapists tend to have lesser time for clients. Even if available to clients, some traumatic experiences and emotional triggers occur between sessions or in the case of therapy for eating disorders, triggers can arise daily at each meal time!
Hence there must be a better way.
My Inner Child Clinic, together with Calm3d co-developed an immersive tool for stress relief and relaxation, and are adopting other novel and fun experiences to build mental resilience and boost general wellbeing.
This science-based approach to mood regulation uses an immersive experience to guide a user through sensorial stimulation of sound, music, visual aids, breathing and guided visualisations to calm a person down and to redirect the thoughts away from the trauma and towards feeling more regulated and in control of a difficult situation.
In this way, the psychotherapist can continue to help the client practice healthy habits such as mindful breathing and positive meditation, and more importantly, allow the client to self-adjust over time. You can give your clients hope that you are.
This is important because therapy should go beyond sessions, but it is impossible for a therapist to accommodate every client at the moment of a painful experience.
My therapy sessions are conveniently located at 36 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059915 on weekends and 9 Sin Ming Road, Thomson V One Singapore 575630.