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Thank you for visiting my website.

My name is Wang Yi Shing,

Director of Acorn Counselling & Psychotherapy

 

You may be here because you are experiencing problems

at work, at home, or with your relationships,

or you may have problem sleeping,

feeling stressed and anxious.

 

If so, I am sorry to learn that you are struggling.

 

I want you to know that you don’t have to suffer alone,

That professional help is available.

We will work together to uncover your inner strength

So that you can overcome your difficulties

 

I invite you to contact us to make an appointment today

 

I wish you well.

 

About Us

Wang Yi Shing
Director, Principal Psychotherapist

B.A.

LL.M (University of London)

M.Soc.Sc. (Professional Counselling)

Registered Counsellor,
Singapore Association of Counselling

Certified EMDR Practitioner

Clinical Supervisor

Yi Shing started her counselling and psychotherapy practice in the community followed by nearly 5 years at the Institute of Mental Health including its Child Guidance Clinic (CGC).


Yi Shing has extensive experience working with people distressed by challenges in life – at work and at home, family relationships, couple conflicts and parent-child / teen relationships.


In particular, Yi Shing specialises in couples and marriage therapy, helping couples to repair their relationship, to overcome aftermath of infidelity, and to re-bond.


She also frequently works with individuals suffering from conditions arising from childhood trauma and life experience distress, depression, anxiety, personality traits.

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Family Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

 “Mindful Living”
A program incorporating mindfulness practice and psychological skills to manage life’s stresses.

 

 “Dialectical Behavior Therapy Family Skills Training
for Parents and Caregivers”

A new program in Singapore, comprising 6-sessions of group training, to help parents manage relationship with adolescents prone to emotional outburst and high-risk behaviour

 

 “Me and My Child’s Recovery”
A psycho-educational talk to empower parents to focus on the recovery of their children from mood and anxiety disorders

 

“Mega Socio-economic Trends
and their impact on
families of CGC patients”
A twice-yearly talk to new doctors and consultants joining CGC

 

“Managing Stress”
A talk to the Singapore Police Federation

Yi Shing was a partner at leading law firms including Rajah & Tann, and has 25 years of practice in international commercial laws. Her experience makes her appreciate the pressures and challenges of professional life in the fast lane, and how these impact individuals and families.

She was named as a leading lawyer in
Asia Pacific Legal 500
(2001 – 2006),
and was also cited in
Asian Legal Business:
Legal Who’s Who
Singapore 2003.

Yi Shing was a frequent speaker at forums in Singapore and China, convened by Chinese state agencies and major corporations, and chambers of commerce of various countries.

Having lived and worked in England and Shanghai for 20 years, Yi Shing is sensitive to and understands the struggles of transitioning and adjusting to a new country

English and Chinese

Challenges People Face

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Why people see me
Couple & Marital Discord
  • Feeling alone, cold and passionless in Relationship / Marriage
  • Sharing the same bed but not the same Hopes & Dreams
  • Distressed by frequent arguments, cold wars
  • Pulled apart by years of unresolved issues
  • They complain they can’t talk
  • They avoid talking to reduce fights
  • Is there life after an Affair?
    Will I - will We - ever get past this?
On the verge of Divorce
  • Couple about to quit, but seek help to make sure they have exhausted all means to repair their relationship
  • Couples seeking ways to shield their kids from fallouts of parents’ divorce
  • Post-divorce:

    Managing co-parenting;
    Learning lessons, &
    Rebuilding life with New Visions

Work & Life Challenges/Stress
  • What is the point of all these struggles?
  • I am short-fused, angry, no one likes me – I don’t like me
  • Will AI replace my job / business, make them obsolete?
  • Panic attack, anxious and depressed about work, no job, retirement
  • I am falling off the high wire juggling between career & family commitments
  • Mental health concerns
  • Should I see a psychiatrist?
Migration, Trailing Spouse
  • Expatriate families missing family support back home
  • Trailing spouse adjusting to change of status
  • Expatriate personnel with problems fitting into a new corporate culture
  • Parents disturbed by their kids demanding gadgets and pocket money to be on par with better-off expatriate kids.
Parents & Kids / Teens
  • Parents feeling shut out by their teens
  • Teenagers feeling their parents “don’t get it”
  • Parents “treading on egg shells”: fearful of their emotionally explosive and angry adolescents
  • Families coping with their children’s / teens’ depression, anxiety, illness

Celebrations!

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We celebrate
When couples:

Go Aha! - and uncover new insight into oneself and the partner.

Apply skills to reduce tension and re-experience long lost warmth

Re-bond and re-connect after they learnt to tune into and satisfy each other’s need for security and nurturing

When a client:

Turns up every week, persistently learns skills to cope better – and over time, claws himself out of the black hole ...

Processed and overcome past trauma and pain

Comes to terms with the past, and moves forth with peace and confidence

Recovers her confidence and inner power to move herself on

Repairs his relationship with his wife, his kids, his parents
– one little step at a time

When parents:

Apply new skills to make positive changes at home: family tensions then simmer down... there are more kindness and warmth at home.

That in turn lends enormous support to the children / adolescents: they now have more emotional and mental space to learn coping skills to help themselves.

If you are

  • Overwhelmed by emotions,
  • Burdened by relationships,
  • Anxious about work,

Come and see me:
So that I could assess and help you with
Evidence-based treatment methods appropriate for you.

Testimonials

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I didn’t want to see Yi Shing. I felt I didn’t need help. I walked in acting like a tough cookie but soon I was crying non-stop.

I didn’t want to see Yi Shing. I felt I didn’t need help. I walked in acting like a tough cookie but soon I was crying non-stop. Not that Yi Shing was hard on me, but she spotted a problem I spent my life running away from. The abuse I suffered as a child weighed on me all my life.

Every session, I had “aha” moments. Yi Shing helped me to make sense of my past, and to gain relief from the painful and vivid images that disturbed me.

If I didn’t see Yi Shing, I would still be suffering in silence, trusting no one, and harming myself and those who truly love me.

Yi Shing also helped my partner understand my pain, and that brought us closer together.

I am glad that I took that first step to walk into Yi Shing’s office.

Client

42 years old

The Intensive Program for Couples conducted by Yi Shing jolted me and my wife out of years of poisonous bickering and verbal attacks.

The Intensive Program for Couples conducted by Yi Shing jolted me and my wife out of years of poisonous bickering and verbal attacks. So many simple plain truths and basic good manners got lost in our fights – years of fights. It was like we forgotten – like Yi Shing said – we were life partners, not enemies. I could see all the wrongs about my wife but didn’t notice how I talked and acted hurt her.

Through our sessions, we now have the skill to help us stop our painful arguments before they start. Let me add: it was not easy – both of us worked and are working really hard. But it was worth the effort – I have learnt more about myself and my wife. Our home life is a lot less tense and cold. We feel better about each other.

Client

52 years old

It was a journey of self-discovery: I learnt about aspects of myself I never realised before, and why my partner and I were stuck in these cycles for so long.

It was a journey of self-discovery: I learnt about aspects of myself I never realised before, and why my partner and I were stuck in these cycles for so long. I learnt that my partner too could be suffering and experiencing pain. So instead of attacking to defend myself, I learnt to listen.

Although we have decided to part ways, we agreed on that with maturity and calm. I am at peace with myself and how my relationship ended. Therapy helped us to achieve that.

Client

30 years old

Yi Shing was very patient and sharp – she understood perfectly what we were going through.

Yi Shing was very patient and sharp – she understood perfectly what we were going through. Our relationship improved greatly with the conflict management skills she taught us.

So I am happy to say we are getting married!

Client

43 years old

Therapy with Yi Shing allowed me to throw off things that had been sitting on my chest for a long time, helped me to look at them differently,

Therapy with Yi Shing allowed me to throw off things that had been sitting on my chest for a long time, helped me to look at them differently, and gave me skills to deal with issues to apply one step at a time.

I began to feel lighter, deal with problems calmly, and improved how I interact with my staff. My relationship with people around me became better.

And what’s really important to me: Yi Shing helped me to repair my relationship with my son.

Client

45 years old

I was very sceptical of counselling but came to see Yi Shing as the last resort – to save my marriage.

I was very sceptical of counselling but came to see Yi Shing as the last resort – to save my marriage.

My experience of the therapy has been outstanding: I learnt how to focus to change my behaviour instead of expecting my wife to change hers, to see things from another person’s perspective, and to accept that certain things in life will not change and I have to learn to deal with them.

Consequently, I have become a lot calmer and at peace with myself.

Client

44 years old

It was a good healing process – it repaired and put our relationship back on track.

It was a good healing process – it repaired and put our relationship back on track.
I learnt how we were each adding on to the other’s insecurity, how we let issues pile up that pushed us to the brink of breakup.

Most important: I learnt to pull down the wall I put up between us – and realised that actually it felt a lot free-er, and I was in a happier place to relate to my husband.

Client

37 years old

Services

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Counselling and psychotherapy for
  • Couples
  • Individuals
  • Families
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On
  • Marriage Counselling
  • Affairs, Cheating, Infidelity
  • Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attack
  • Mental Health concerns
  • Managing Anger, Fear, Emotions
  • Life changes:
    birth, death, illness, grief,
    retirement, retrenchment, migration
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Additional Services
  • Mindfulness,
  • Mediating and resolving Conflicts

Workshops

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Training on

Mindful Living:

Managing life’s stresses with
Mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and
health strategies
for physical and mental wellness.

See Brochure on Mindful Living in “Articles”

Articles

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FAQ

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What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy is a collaborative process between a professional psychotherapist and client.

The supportive, safe and confidential environment allows you to speak with the therapist openly about problems that are troubling you.

Through dialogues, the therapist uses appropriate therapeutic approaches to help client gain a new perspective of himself and his predicaments. These conversations empower client to determine his direction going forward.

Homework in between sessions facilitates skill-learning that promotes changes in how he thinks, feels and acts.

By participating actively in therapy, the client steers his life onto a more positive and productive path.

Depending on the issues, the therapist may see a client alone, with his/her spouse or partner, with his/her children and/or family members.

How would counselling and therapy help me?

Broadly speaking, they could help one to

  • Understand oneself
  • Understand others and their perspectives
  • Understand one’s environment, relationships and their dynamics
  • Rebuild relationships
  • Learn skills to overcome challenges
  • Explore options and solutions
  • Manage life’s dilemmas

How many times do I have to see you?

It depends on many factors, for instance, how serious or long-standing are the problems, how much time and effort would the parties commit to help themselves and to take advantage of the therapy.

If the problem is not too complex, therapy could complete within a few sessions. Conversely, longer term work stretching into months may be required.

More time and effort are required if there is continuing or fresh stressful events.

These are issues we will discuss in our first session.

You will be able to decide on how much time you want to spend in therapy.

How often do I have to see you?

The frequency could be weekly – or even a couple of times a week – if there are high tension and chaos. This would be reduced to fortnightly and longer intervals as clients learn to better manage themselves and their relationships.

We will also discuss these issues in our first session.

You will be able to decide on this after our discussion.

How much do you charge?

The charges vary for individual therapy, couple or family therapy. Typically, each individual session is 1 hour, and 1.5 hours for a family or couple session.

Again we will discuss these in our first session.

You will be able to decide on this after our discussion.

I can’t come during office hours – I don’t want to lose my job!

I absolutely understand that!

My schedule is quite flexible, so contact us at Contact@acorntherapy.sg

and we will schedule a time that works for you.

I am more comfortable speaking Chinese – are you able to counsel in Chinese?

Yes – I am happy to work with you in Chinese

Can I claim from my insurance or company plan?

Please check with your insurance company and/or your company.

In any event, you will have to pay up-front, and then claim from your insurance or company.

What can I expect in the first sessions?

In our first meeting(s), we will talk about matters such as:

  • Issues that prompted you to see me
  • History of these issues and their current state
  • How they affect you and your wellbeing
  • Relationship at work and at home
  • Health and medical history
  • What do you hope to achieve through therapy

So to help me get a fuller picture, you may wish to organize your thoughts on these topics before our first meeting.

Further, we will talk about confidentiality, frequency and charges of therapy.

What should I bring for the sessions?

Please have your calendar handy to fix future appointments.

I also encourage my clients to bring along a notebook. Active engagement by clients facilitates adoption of positive habits at the levels of thinking/belief, emotion and behavior to improve their life.

Punctuality, Cancellation

We request that you be punctual for your appointment. Turning up late would result in a shorter session, which negatively impacts the effectiveness of our work together.

If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please text, call or email us at least 24 hours beforehand – so that someone else could benefit from that released slot.

In line with standard practice in the profession, you will be charged the full fees if cancellation is made with less than 24 hours’ notice. Naturally, we will deal reasonably with cancellation due to an emergency.

Contact Us

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ACORN Counselling & Psychotherapy Pte Ltd  

#11-01 Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877

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If you are in need of emergency support:
Call

SOS (Samaritans of Singapore)
24-hour hotline: 1800 221 4444

Or go to

Emergency Department of
Institute of Mental Health
10 Buangkok View
Buangkok Green Medical Park
Singapore 539747

or

Accident & Emergency Department of
the nearest hospital