As one who is seeking professional help, it is only reasonable you know how I deliver therapy service in my clinic.
My overall objective is to make myself redundant in the longer run – by helping you to recover and strengthen your inner capacity, cultivate new skills and resources, so you won’t need to come back to see me regularly – except perhaps for occasional follow-up “boosters” (please see more below)!Towards that purpose, my service will go through the following phases:
In great majority of the cases, apart from face-to-face meetings, I will request that you fill in a couple of questionnaires at home in your own time. These additional tools would surface further information on client’s psychology, history, current difficulties etc.Such time and cost-effective means provides me with insight to formulate a treatment plan specific to a client’s conditions, and to determine the evidence-based therapy approach appropriate to this client.Questionnaires are used whether the issues concern an individual, couple or family relationships.
Psychological assessment is not unlike an X-ray that guides a doctor to treat, say, a broken wrist. Effective treatment is only possible with accurate information of the ailment.
To ensure efficacy of therapy and sustainable results from my service, my clients will be given relevant psychological, mind, emotional and relational skills that are repeatable at home, and oftentimes, generalisable to other areas of life (e.g. parenting, work, management, leadership).For that purpose, my clients will be assigned homework to be completed between sessions.In this phase, and depending on the issues, the work could include
- Laying the foundation for physical and emotional wellbeing
- Emotional, psychological and mind skills to manage distress
- Helping the brain and the mind to process and integrate difficult life experience
- Learning interaction and conflict management skills to overcome relational problems, whether between a couple, parent-child, or family members.
So my work may be emotionally-focused and experiential at times, and at other times, cognitive and skill-based.
The treatment method could vary from the usual talk therapy, to mindfulness, to utilising the natural processing mechanism of the brain and the mind (please refer to “What is EMDR?” in this “Articles” section).
- Winding Down and Termination
When the emotional and relational distress is contained and tension reduced, therapy will become less intensive and regular. Before a discharge, clients are given skills to prevent recurrence or relapse of the difficulties.
- Follow-up and Boosters:
Depending on their needs, after termination, clients may check-in with me periodically to deal with news stressors in life, iron out some “wrinkles” they have encountered, or refresh skills.