Psychotherapy and Counseling
What are psychotherapy and counseling?
Psychotherapy and counselling are types of talking therapies typically used to treat emotional problems and difficulties. Usually psychotherapy occurs over multiple sessions and is carried out by a single specialist who meets with a patient regularly to discuss their mental health. However in some instances group therapy or counselling occurs where a specialist meets with a group of patients. Counselling is usually conducted over a shorter period of time, and centres around behavioural issues.
In psychotherapy, the therapist discusses strategies to tackle the patient’s mental health and help manage their symptoms. This process occurs over many weeks, with the patient taking an active role in their treatment. As part of this process, the patient may have to go away and put the specialist’s suggestions into practice, reporting back on what has worked and what hasn’t. Over time the specialist and patient will work together to overcome the patient’s mental health struggles.
What conditions can be treated with psychotherapy and counseling?
Psychotherapy and counselling can be used to treat a range of different conditions. These include (but are not limited to):
● Anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder)
● Drug addictions
● Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
● Eating disorders
When should you see a psychiatrist for psychotherapy and counseling?
Anybody suffering with one of the mental health conditions described above is advised to seek psychotherapy from a psychiatrist. Psychotherapy is considered by many specialists to be the most effective first-line option for patients suffering from mild or moderate symptoms.
If you are suffering from symptoms such as a low mood, anxiety, or obsessive thoughts, psychotherapy could be an option. Enquire about psychotherapy and counselling at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre today.Enquire with our psychiatrists.
Did you know?
Psychotherapy has been shown to be as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate major depression.¹
How do I maintain or improve my mental health after psychotherapy and counseling?
Planning ahead is part of psychotherapy and patients are taught to be prepared after their therapy has finished. Most therapists will work with their patients to make a “remission plan” that should guide the patient into maintaining their new healthier mental state after counselling.
Part of the recovery process is learning new habits and making lifestyle changes to create an environment that will encourage and support good mental health. Here are a few tips on how to maintain good physical and mental health:
● Exercise regularly.
● Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
● Get enough sleep.
● Drink alcohol only in moderation.
● Accept yourself, imperfections included.
● Talk about your feelings.
● Ask for help if you need it.
● Set realistic goals.
● Care for others.
● Be optimistic.
What facilities and practices do our psychiatrists apply to psychotherapy and counseling?
In psychotherapy and counselling, the most important factor is the conversation between the specialist and the patient. Our team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and psychotherapists are highly skilled and experienced in working with their patients in a collaborative approach, in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. The goal of this dialogue is for the patient to live a happier, healthier, more productive life and our health professionals are committed to this best possible outcome.Request an appointment with a psychiatrist today.
 Ng CW, How CH, Ng YP. Managing depression in primary care. Singapore Med J.2017;58(8):459-466. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2017080