Counsellors in Singapore
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Talk Your Heart Out (TYHO) (est. 2020) is proud to be a Singapore-headquartered therapy platform focused on quality, ease of use, and superior client outcomes.
At TYHO, we go above and beyond to ensure you receive the highest quality counselling in Singapore. In fact, 98% of our clients would gladly recommend TYHO to others.
Counsellors Handpicked Just for You
We provide both online and in-person sessions. The addresses of Counsellors providing in-person sessions are indicated on their short profile below – they include Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place, Bencoolen, Paya Lebar and Novena. For more profiles please click on “Find More Counsellors” below.
We encourage you to go into the details of each TYHO counsellor in Singapore. Explore their profiles, videos, and client reviews before making a decision.
Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Aparna provides individual and couples counselling for anxiety, stress, depression, eating concerns or body Image, and relationship issues.
Danial provides counselling to individuals facing anxiety, stress, depression, burnout, self-esteem and relationship issues.
Patrice specialises in anxiety, depression, life transitions, marriage / couples counselling and trauma-related issues.
Tarin provides counselling to teenagers, young adults, and adults variety of issues from anxiety, low self-esteem, boundary issues, and depression to grief and loss.
Hannah provides counselling to adolescents and individuals. She specialises in working with women on issues of separation, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD.
Abigail uses various counselling modalities for separation, grief and loss, relationship issues, couples counselling, existential issues, trauma & PTSD.
Maltrish is an experienced counsellor and works with children, youth, and adults and provides support for anxiety, depression, stress, LGBTQ+, and relationship issues.
Wooi Fong provides counselling to adolescents, individuals and couples facing anxiety, stress, depression, life transitions and relationship issues.
Hannah provides counselling to adolescents and individuals, and specialises in working with women on issues of separation, grief and loss, trauma and PTSD.
Nandini provides counselling to adolescents, young adults and individuals facing anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, and LGBTQ-related issues.
Taya provides individual and couples counselling for anxiety, stress, self-esteem issues, addictions and relationship issues.
Anusha provides individual and couples counselling for various age backgrounds facing anxiety, stress, depression, anger management, and childhood trauma.
Yen provides counselling for anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, family relationships, self-esteem, parental stress, grief, self-awareness and trauma.
Charlie provides individual and couples counselling for anxiety, stress, depression, marriage preparation, grief, and relationship issues.
Sripriya provides individual and couples counselling on issues ranging from anxiety, stress, depression, anger management, fear or phobias, self-esteem, and childhood issues.
How Counselling Works on TYHO
In Singapore’s rich cultural and social setting, your mental well-being deserves personalised care. Our user-friendly platform helps you find counsellors in Singapore who understand your unique needs and cater to different languages, age groups, and specific mental health concerns prevalent in Singapore.
Choose Your Counsellor
Browse through our counsellors’ short videos and read their profiles. Doing so will help you find out about the issues counsellors can help with, their therapeutic approaches, and even get a glimpse into their personal interests.
Book a Session
Click the ‘Book a Session’ button on your chosen counsellor’s profile. During booking, you can select the type of service, medium, and date to see the total cost and availability of the counsellor. Create a TYHO account to schedule and manage your counselling sessions conveniently.
Work with your counsellor on a structured counselling programme using tools like your Therapeutic Plan and Intake Form. Your journey is unique, and so should be your counselling experience.
Why Counselling With TYHO?
You can find affordable, accessible, and high-quality counselling in Singapore at TYHO. We also provide valuable information to improve your therapy experience with us.
Counselling in Singapore: Introduction
If you are looking to start counselling for you or your loved ones, this section can help you understand:
- What counselling is
- Signs you might need counselling
- Common goals of counselling
What is counselling?
Counselling is a professional space where you can talk about your most private and vulnerable experiences with your counsellor.
However, you might wonder when or if you truly need a professional space.
Due to our negative experiences in life, we tend to think lowly of ourselves and struggle with various issues like low self-esteem, overthinking, feeling sad and upset, and losing trust in our decisions and thoughts.
How can counselling help?
Talking to your counsellor can help you improve your mood, change your negative thought patterns, and learn to manage your emotions healthily. It can also help you build healthy relationships with those around you by building communication skills, assertiveness and boundaries.
Our counsellors in Singapore use evidence-based techniques (like cognitive-behavioural therapy and narrative therapy) to help you explore your feelings, thoughts, and beliefs so that you feel self-reliant in coping with your difficulties.
A common misconception is that support from loved ones can replace counselling. Although community support is essential in dealing with problems like low confidence and indecisiveness, it is quite different from professional counselling.
What truly sets the counsellor-client relationship apart from generally seeking advice from friends or family is the counsellor’s commitment to keeping their biases and influence out of the therapy setting.
We believe that you are the best person to understand yourself and your life experiences. That is why TYHO counsellors are experts in ensuring that their ideas do not cloud your judgement and decisions during counselling.
Why choose TYHO counsellors?
- TYHO’s Singapore counsellors are professionals with relevant qualifications (all our Professional Counsellors have at least a Master’s degree in counselling).
- Our counsellors provide in-person and online counselling in Singapore to local as well as international clients.
- Counsellors at TYHO are also well-equipped to address specific issues faced by men, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, children, couples, and families.
How do I know whether to go for Counselling in Singapore?
We understand that you might have many apprehensions about seeking counselling. To make this easier for you, we have listed some of the common concerns people usually seek counselling for.
Read the questions below and check if you relate to any of the specific symptoms or signs. Some of the questions to ask yourself are:
- Do you constantly feel sad, anxious, or angry?
- Do you find difficulty in performing routine and daily tasks (eg brushing your teeth, taking a bath, cooking, exercising, eating)?
- Do you rely on unhelpful activities to cope with or ignore your problems? For example, activities like binge-eating, doom-scrolling (eg scrolling endlessly on social media), excessive gaming, shopping or drinking can lead to a cycle of negativity and mood swings.
- Do you constantly feel like something is wrong or like you cannot make any decisions in your personal or professional life?
If you answered yes to 2 or more questions, counselling could help you gain clarity on the issues. You can learn tools to overcome your unique problems.
At TYHO, our approach is rooted in understanding and respect. We believe that you are the expert in your life.
TYHO counsellors in Singapore are professional and empathetic. No matter where you are in life, you can find help with us and work on your mental well-being!
What are the common goals of counselling?
Everyone seeks counselling in Singapore for several reasons – all very different and valid. Some people may choose counselling to develop or improve their habits, while others may want to improve their communication skills.
Regardless of the reason, counsellors will help you make sense of your experiences, challenging you to push past your comfort zone and help you set short and long-term goals based on your needs.
Some common goals of counselling are as follows:
1) Work on challenges and explore the next steps
In the initial sessions at TYHO, you may gain insights into your issues by identifying patterns in how you think, feel, and act with your counsellor. Doing so will help you discover patterns in your life that might have otherwise may have been in your blindspot.
Once you identify the specific problems troubling you, you can explore the next steps with your counsellor. During this step, you and your counsellor will decide on which therapeutic approach to use for your unique problems.
2) Get long-term support
Growth and healing are not a linear process, and you may find yourself slipping back to your unhealthy coping mechanisms once in a while. That is completely okay and normal. Over time, however, you will find yourself getting closer to the goals you set out for yourself.
Through long-term support from your counsellor, you will never feel alone on your mental well-being journey.
TYHO counsellors in Singapore will support you and offer you their unwavering guidance and objective views as you work towards achieving your goals.
3) Build your strengths
As Sigmund Freud once said, “Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength,” – your counsellors will celebrate your milestones in therapy.
Through assigned homework (outside therapy sessions) and assertiveness skills, counsellors will help you build upon your inherent strengths.
Counselling in Singapore: How Can It Help You?
If you have ever felt stressed and burnt out by work pressure or struggled to maintain a relationship, you are not alone.
Many people in Singapore face similar challenges, and professional counselling can help you find balance in your personal and professional life.
Common issues treated in counselling include:
Counselling is for everyone from all walks of life. You can seek counselling if you need help with a specific issue (eg managing social anxiety) or if you want to seek personal growth (eg developing healthy habits).
We provide a safe and non-judgmental environment in all our counselling sessions in Singapore. You can use the professional therapeutic space to seek guidance for low moods, racing thoughts, and feeling personal or work-related stress.
Counselling can help you with several issues. Some of the most common ones are listed below.
You may need professional help if you:
Counselling sessions can be scary, especially if it is your first time seeking counselling in Singapore.
In the initial sessions, your counsellor will focus on building rapport with you. Developing rapport with your counsellor will set the foundation for therapy. Moreover, getting to know your counsellor will also improve your relationship with them and help you feel more comfortable.
During the first counselling session, your counsellor will ask you several questions to understand you as a person and your life experiences.
In the next step, your counsellor will move on to specific questions about your symptoms and what has brought you to counselling. Listening to your experiences will help them choose an approach that best fits your needs.
An important note to remember is that you can ask any questions you want to your counsellor at any time during the sessions. There are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ questions.
The process of exchanging questions and answers can initially feel intimidating or messy – however, it will help set clear boundaries with your counsellor.
TYHO counsellors in Singapore are trained in several therapeutic approaches. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. Hence, your counsellor will work with you to develop a therapeutic plan personalised for you.
For example, the therapeutic plan may include applying certain CBT tools in your daily life, working on ‘homework’ that your counsellor may ask you to submit, or tracking your mood or appetite changes.
Some of the types of therapy that TYHO counsellors use include:
Counselling Services in TYHO
At TYHO, we offer several counselling services in Singapore to help you manage and overcome issues in different aspects of your life.
Our counselling services are listed below. Click on the ‘Read More’ button to gain an in-depth understanding of the particular counselling service.
Frequently Asked Questions
The cost of a counselling session depends on many factors, such as whether the session is taking place online or in-person and whether the session is for an individual, couple, or family.
In-person sessions may cost more than online sessions due to additional costs like the rental of a venue, and couple or family sessions may cost more than individual sessions.
For more information about the price of different types of counselling sessions at TYHO, refer to our pricing page.
If you are employed, you may wish to check with your company’s Human Resources department about whether your company has an existing Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
The EAP programme gives you access to fully or partially subsidised online counselling sessions, depending on your company’s specific EAP arrangement with the service provider.
TYHO provides customised services based on your company’s budget and needs. All our Therapists in Singapore come from diverse backgrounds and are experienced with both local and international clients.
If you are currently a student, you may check with your school’s staff regarding the counselling services available.
Most schools in Singapore have at least one school counsellor, with which students may have counselling sessions at no additional cost.
At TYHO, we collectively refer to our professional counsellors and psychologists as ‘Therapists’. We use counselling and therapy interchangeably.
The important point to note is that regardless of the differences, you may want to select a Therapist in Singapore whose services and counselling approach align with your needs and goals.
In general, both counselling and therapy involve speaking about your challenges with a qualified mental health professional.
However, counselling generally refers to talk therapy. In contrast, therapy may involve working with other elements like art, music, and even physical movement (eg Walk and Talk therapy) throughout the therapeutic process.
There is great flexibility in terms of the types of counselling sessions. For instance, a counselling session may be for an individual, a couple, or a family. Any of these sessions may take place online (by video, audio, or text) or in person, depending on your preferences and needs.
Talk Your Heart Out (TYHO) offers a range of services, including individual, couples, family, grief, child, art, walk and talk, and hypnotherapy.
We also deliver workshops and facilitate discussions on mental health and well-being, as well as personal and professional development. You can find more information by subscribing to our newsletter below!
On our platform, a Therapist may be a professional counsellor or a psychologist.
Counsellors in Singapore are highly skilled in using integrative therapies to help you manage your personal and emotional issues, including from events such as divorce or loss.
On the other hand, psychologists in Singapore can diagnose and manage more serious mental health disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
However, it is worth noting that for mild to moderate mental health issues, there often is a lot of overlap in the work that counsellors and psychologists do. For such issues, it becomes more important to select a mental health professional on the basis of fit and degree of comfort the client feels.
Ultimately the best determinant of good client outcomes is the rapport between the client and their Therapist.
You may wish to look through various Therapist profiles before making a decision. The important thing is that you pick someone you feel comfortable with.
Some people try therapy with a few different TYHO Therapists in Singapore before finding the right fit for themselves; that is fine too!
The question does not have a straightforward answer, as the effectiveness of counselling differs for clients due to several factors like:
- Motivations for seeking support
- Goals of counselling
- Levels of commitment
- Client-therapist fit
It may be helpful to note that according to research, after attending an average of 8 sessions (Foundation Psychology; Saxon et al., 2016), individuals report the most significant decrease in psychological distress and are most likely to experience positive life changes.
In addition, those who decide to withdraw within or just after three sessions are less likely to experience positive outcomes as things often start taking a turn for the better after the third session (Crago & Gardner, 2012).
People tend to associate counselling with life problems and difficulties. While that is one possible reason for seeking counselling, it is not always the case. People seek counselling for all sorts of other reasons, too.
Some examples include self-improvement, gaining clarity on one’s thought processes and coping, learning to draw boundaries more effectively, and learning to be more assertive, to name a few.
A common goal in couples or family counselling is for partners or family members to communicate more effectively. Communication prevents resentment from building up over time.
If you go to the gym regularly to work on your physical muscles, why would you not go for counselling to work through your emotions?
Another common myth held by many is that a problem needs to be ‘severe enough’ or ‘major enough’ before one begins their counselling journey. Some people might compare their situation to that of others and mistakenly perceive that their situation does not quite ‘justify’ the need to see a counsellor. They then wait for their problem to worsen and find that coping becomes increasingly difficult as time goes by.
The reality is that each of us is unique; if something is important enough to you and you want to talk about it, you may chat with a counsellor. Our counsellors in Singapore are trained to provide a safe and comfortable space to talk about your concerns.
Some people only go to the gym for physiotherapy after an injury. In contrast, others go out of habit in pursuit of a healthy lifestyle without waiting for an injury to occur. Working on one’s own emotions is not that much different.
Counselling can benefit individuals of different ages – adolescents/youths, adults, and seniors.
Counselling is delivered in several ways in Singapore. A therapist may see you in person at their office/counselling centre or your place (during a house visit), speak with you online (via audio/video conferencing), or over the phone.
At TYHO, besides English and Mandarin, you may also converse with your Therapist in your preferred language (eg Malay, Tamil, Hindi) or even dialect (eg Cantonese, Hokkien).
You and your Therapist would typically discuss your struggles and feelings during your session. Your Therapist may then employ relevant therapeutic approaches/techniques, take you through specific exercises/activities, or perform assessments to help you better manage your challenges.
In addition, different services (eg individual, couples, or family therapy) may call for different mediums.
For instance, a family may find attending their family counselling session in person easier than online. What matters is that you (and the other person(s) involved) select an option you find comfortable.
Each counselling session on TYHO typically lasts one hour. How many total counselling sessions are required varies greatly based on your (or couple’s or family’s) needs.
Clients usually start out with weekly counselling sessions at the beginning of their counselling journey with us, as having regular sessions helps to keep their progress going.
Subsequently, the frequency of counselling sessions may increase or decrease depending on your situation and what you would like to achieve from your sessions.
You can talk to your counsellor to decide the frequency of counselling sessions.
There are various ways to get counselling support in Singapore.
These include individual hotlines for specific purposes (eg crisis support, family violence, mental health difficulties, women’s issues, pandemic-related struggles, and so on) to numerous private practices which cover a broad array of issues.
There are also Family Service Centres (FSCs) located in different areas which offer social and emotional support for the lower-income population and/or vulnerable residents within the community. At Talk Your Heart Out (TYHO), we aim to provide quality counselling services in Singapore that are affordable and accessible, and we have a diverse panel of counsellors who come from different backgrounds.
You can find your nearest Family Service Centre using this locator.
Yes, you can! That is the beauty of online counselling; it can be attended from anywhere, anytime, as long as you have a good internet connection and your device has sufficient battery.
Nonetheless, when you book a session, you may need to be mindful of any time zone differences and convert your session timing to the relevant time zone, depending on where you live.
Our counsellors in Singapore have experience with both local and international clients.
Counselling is confidential, with a few limits to it. Generally, these limits involve situations where there is a risk of harm to the client or someone else; in these cases, safety is prioritised over confidentiality.
Therapists are also subject to the law and the ethical standards of their profession.
Yes, professional bodies that represent counsellors in Singapore include:
- Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
- Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC)
- Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS)
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