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. The therapist will use appropriate therapeutic approaches to help client overcome the issues that trouble him, gain a new perspective of himself and his predicaments. As a result, the client will feel empowered to determine his direction going forward. Where there is homework in between sessions, it will facilitate 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.
Broadly speaking, they could help one to
- Better understand oneself, and know how the past impact on present life
- Heal from the past
- Learn skills to overcome challenges
- Explore options and solutions
- Rebuild relationships
- 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 also required if there is continuing or fresh stressful events.
- These will become clearer after the assessment.
If there are current high tension and chaos, the frequency could be weekly, or even a couple of times a week. As the client becomes calmer, this could be reduced to fortnightly and longer intervals depending on the circumstances. This may be discussed on an on-going basis.
The fees vary according to duration of the session. Typically, a session for individual is 75 minutes, and for a couple, 90 minutes.
There is some flexibility to schedule for appointment time. We can discuss and find a slot that works for both you and me.
Yes, I am happy to work with you in Chinese
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.
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
- How they affect your relationship at work and at home
- Your health and medical history
- What do you hope to achieve through therapy
It therefore will be helpful if you could spend a few moments organising your thoughts on these topics before our first meeting.
We will also talk about confidentiality.
I encourage my clients to have a notebook handy, whether electronic or in hard copy, so that you can organise all things relating to the therapy in one place. For instance, you may wish to note from time-to-time new learning, insight and observations, as well as psychological skills that you have found helpful to you. The notebook will also act as a toolbox for your current and future reference. It will also record the milestones of your recovery. Active engagement by clients facilitates positive shifts in thinking, self-belief, emotion and behaviour.
We request that you be punctual for your appointment. Turning up late would result in a shorter session.
If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please text or call 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.