Depression Counselling SG

Depression Counselling in Singapore

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At TYHO, we go above and beyond to ensure you receive the highest quality depression counselling in Singapore. 

Depression counselling in Singapore

Depression Counsellors Who Can Help

Have you considered counselling for depression in Singapore? Below are some of our Singaporean counsellors who may be able to assist.

Depression counsellor in Singapore - Abigail Yang


Professional Counsellor

Abigail uses various counselling modalities for separation, grief and loss, relationship issues, couples counselling, existential issues, trauma & PTSD.

Starting from S$ 174.40 (w/GST)

Depression counsellor in Singapore - Glenn


Professional Counsellor

Glenn works with individuals and couples facing anxiety, stress, depression, relationship issues, and LGBTQ-related issues. 

Starting from S$ 174.40 (w/GST)

Depression counsellor Singapore - Punita


Counselling Psychologist

Punitha is an experienced psychologist who specialises in couples therapy, self-harm, addictions, trauma and PTSD, burnout & childhood issues.

Starting from S$ 174.40 (w/GST)

Depression counsellor - Joseph


Professional Counsellor

Joseph specialises in depression, mood instability, work stress, burnout, BPD, health issues, LGBT issues, habit change, and suicidal ideation.

Starting from S$ 130.80 (w/GST)

Depression is a mental health disorder. Two primary and most observable signs of depression are sadness and hopelessness.  

Living with depression could affect a person’s academic/work performance, relationships, thoughts, and daily activities like hygiene.  

Depression can make day-to-day life more difficult. We urge you to seek help if you relate to the list of symptoms given below.  

Depression counselling in Singapore can help you reduce or manage the symptoms. 

Symptoms of Depression

Common symptoms of depression include: 

Depression counselling in Singapore

How Is Depression Different From Sadness?

Depression differs from sadness in several ways.  

Types of Depression

1. Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)

MDD includes sadness, chronic emotional distress, and a lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed.   

Symptoms of MDD include a significant change in weight or appetite, sleep issues, and fatigue. 

Depression counselling in Singapore can help treat or manage MDD effectively.  

2. Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD)

PDD, or dysthymia, could last for two years or more.  

The major sign of PDD includes consistent low moods that may affect daily activities such as brushing, bathing, cooking, or cleaning.  

Other common symptoms are low self-esteem, procrastination, stress, shame, guilt, indecisiveness, and struggles with habit change.  

3. Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes extreme fluctuations in moods (also known as ‘mood disorders’). However, in bipolar type, you may cycle between two distinct mood states: depression and mania. 

Similar to other depression disorders, a depressive state is a low mood where a person may feel sad and low and lose interest in activities they used to enjoy. 

Symptoms can also include drastic changes in appetite and sleep, low energy levels, feelings of worthlessness and guilt, and thoughts of self-harm or suicide

Mania is the opposite extreme of depression, where a person may experience high levels of energy, feel extremely happy or irritable, have racing thoughts, and engage in impulsive or risky behaviours. 

People with bipolar disorder may also have a reduced need for sleep and exhibit delusions of grandeur. 

Grandiosities refer to an exaggerated sense of self-importance, power, or abilities that a person may have. 

The delusions can lead to a person believing that they are superior to others or capable of achieving things beyond their abilities. 

For example, someone with grandiosity may believe that they are a genius, even if they have average intelligence, or may think that they have special abilities, such as reading minds or communicating with the dead. 

These beliefs can be harmful, leading to unrealistic expectations and disappointment when the person realises they cannot live up to their grandiose ideas. 

People with bipolar disorder may benefit from appropriate treatment, including online counselling for depression.

4. Postpartum Depression (PPD)

You may have PPD if you have given birth recently. PDD usually begins within the first year after childbirth. 

PPD can significantly impact your ability to care for yourself and your child.    

Common symptoms of PDD includes chronic sadness, mood swings, worthlessness, and a feeling of uselessness. The symptoms can manifest differently for everyone.  

Some people with PPD may also experience anxiety, irritability (eg anger management issues), and difficulty making decisions. In severe cases, PPD can lead to thoughts of harming oneself or one’s baby.    

Try to seek depression counselling if you or somebody you know has symptoms of PPD.    

Depression counselling in Singapore

5. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

Menstruators may suffer from PMDD.  

PMDD is a severe classification of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Common signs include mood swings, uncontrollable emotions, cravings, irritability, muscle cramps and sores, and low moods.  

Moreover, symptoms such as anger and increased sensitivity to rejection might also manifest because of PMDD. The symptoms usually occur in the week or two before menstruation.  

6. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

You may have SAD if you live far in the north, especially with shorter daylight hours.   

SAD is also a type of depression that manifests during specific seasons, most commonly during winter or when there is a lack of natural sunlight.    

Research shows that the main reason or cause of SAD may be related to a lack of sunlight.  

Lack of sun may cause a drop in serotonin (ie chemical neurotransmitter in the brain) and melatonin levels. 

While serotonin regulates our mood, melatonin regulates our sleep patterns. A disruption in both these brain chemicals may cause SAD. 

Some of the most common symptoms of SAD include suicidal thoughts, reduced performance in school or work, social withdrawal, mood swings, a need to oversleep, and food cravings. 

7. Atypical Depression

Atypical depression may be similar to mood swings; however, this type of depression is chronic and affects a person’s life for months or years.  

If you have atypical depression, you may notice a temporary improvement in your mood, especially in response to positive events that may happen in your life.  

Since the type is quite uncommon and has unique symptoms, it may be challenging to diagnose. However, TYHO Therapists in Singapore can help you cope with the symptoms through depression therapy.  

Common signs of atypical depression include increased appetite or weight gain, excessive sleeping, and a heavy, leaden feeling in the arms and legs. 

Depression Counselling in Singapore

Note: At TYHO, we use the term ‘Therapists’ for all our mental health professionals.  

Depression counselling in Singapore may be helpful if you suspect that you may have depression or other mood disorders. 

During depression therapy, the Therapist may be ‘talk therapy’ to help you identify, understand, and address symptoms that may be causing a negative impact in your life.  

Their role is to listen, evaluate progress, and develop a personalised therapeutic plan. The plan may contain clinical impressions, effective coping strategies (eg CBT), and a framework to reach your goals.  

At TYHO, we offer both online and in-person sessions for depression therapy in Singapore.  

For in-person therapy, you can find the respective address on the Therapist’s profiles.  

Counsellor conducting online depression counselling in Singapore.

Benefits of Depression Counselling in Singapore

How effective is depression counselling in Singapore?  

Read this section to understand the effectiveness and benefits of depression counselling at TYHO.  

At TYHO, psychologists in Singapore use several approaches, such as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), to help you manage your: 

Depression therapy works effectively when you follow some key points, including: 

  • Participating actively during sessions 
  • Working on your therapy homework 
  • Sharing honest feedback with your depression counsellor 
  • Building a healthy relationship with your counsellor 

Research shows that a strong therapeutic bond will typically produce positive therapy outcomes! 

At TYHO, depression counselling in Singapore can help with the following:  

Techniques and Interventions for Depression

Below are some of the approaches used at TYHO for treating depression:   

Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy is a long-term approach that focuses on dealing with deeper issues affecting your life. TYHO Therapists may use interventions like cognitive-based therapies to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones.  

Mindfulness and meditation: Mindfulness-based interventions can help you become aware of your thoughts. TYHO Therapists may use guided meditation and awareness strategies to reduce and manage your mood swings and negative automatic thoughts (NAT).  

Some of the other alternatives you can try alongside therapy in Singapore include:  

Antidepressant medication: SSRIs are usually prescribed to treat depression. These medications increase the level of serotonin and reduce symptoms of depression. Consult your medical doctor to discuss the treatment plan and dosage.  

Alternative treatments: Some people may find relief from depression through alternative or complementary therapies, such as acupuncture or herbal supplements. For example, in an acupuncture treatment, fine needles are inserted into specific areas of the body. By doing so, it stimulates the release of endorphins and relaxes the body and mind.  

What Do Therapists Do During Depression Counselling?

During depression counselling, the Therapist will start by making you comfortable and building rapport with you.  

You can use this time to ask questions or doubts that you may have about their background or depression therapy.  

Topics you may discuss during the initial sessions could include your: 

  • Personal history 
  • Medical history 
  • Family history  
  • Past and current relationships 
  • Couple goals 
  • Therapy goals  
  • Presenting problems 
  • Intensity and duration of symptoms 

The details you share with your Therapist could help them create a holistic and personalised therapeutic plan.  

In the following sessions, your Therapist may inform you about their therapeutic approaches. You can share your feedback and thoughts about anything related to therapy during this stage. 

Be assured that if something does not work well for you, your Therapist will modify and adjust the chosen methods based on the feedback.  

Throughout the counselling, your psychotherapist may also recommend mental health resources and tools that you can refer to to understand your condition better. Additionally, educating yourself will also help you identify your triggers outside of therapy sessions.  

For example, if you prefer socialising with people with similar experiences, the Therapist might recommend group therapy or activities focusing on your emotional needs.  

The frequency of depression counselling in Singapore may depend on the type of therapy approach and your personal preferences.  

Depression therapy sessions at TYHO lasts for 60 minutes. 

Counsellor taking a client assessment during depression counselling in Singapore

Counselling vs Psychotherapy

At TYHO, we use counselling and psychotherapy interchangeably.  

While both the terms are similar, it is important to note that counselling is usually short-term and psychotherapy is a long-term approach.  

On the one hand, counselling can help with issues like divorce, anxiety, poor self-image, lack of social skills. These may also overlap with symptoms of depression. 

Your counsellor in Singapore may help you develop strategies to: 

  • Manage your emotions 
  • Stabilise your mood 
  • Improve your confidence 
  • Improve sleep and appetite patterns 

On the other hand, psychotherapists in Singapore can help you explore deeper issues that may contribute to your depression.  

Psychotherapy may help you: 

  • Increase your self-awareness 
  • Improve your mindset, habits, and lifestyle  
  • Help with major conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Provide tools to express your emotions in a healthy way 

Most importantly, at TYHO, it is not required to select a specific professional to help you with depression.  

Both types of therapy can manage depression. Your choice between counselling and psychotherapy should depend on your needs, Therapist’s recommendations, and goals.  

How to Find a Counsellor

At TYHO, you can look for a counsellor based on several factors, such as: 

  • Issues they can help with 
  • Therapeutic approaches 
  • Languages they speak 
  • Gender 
  • Mode of therapy (ie in-person, audio or video) 

You can shortlist a few professionals based on the above points. Additionally, watch short videos to get to know the Therapist better. Click the video icon beside the Therapist’s profile picture to watch the videos.  

If you are already seeking support from other professionals, such as medical doctors or social workers – you can also ask them to provide you with recommendations.  

At TYHO, we share all the information you might need to choose a Therapist. Hence, you can also do your own research.  

Finding the right expert may take some time. When it comes to depression counselling in Singapore, the relationship between the counsellor and the client is key to the success of therapy.  

How Effective is Depression Counselling in Singapore?

Depression counselling is effective to treat and manage symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. This is true for both online and in-person mediums.  

Research conducted in 2021 showed that a significant number of participants found online depression therapy to be effective. 

Below are some statistics related to the survey, which assessed the benefits of online counselling: 

  • 65% found online therapy easy to access 
  • 63% found it convenient and comfortable to seek therapy online 
  • 41% found online counselling safe 
  • 37% found online counselling affordable 
  • 32% preferred online counselling due to privacy and anonymity 

Hence, the effectiveness come down to finding the right counsellor, and continuing counselling consistently.  

Reach out to us through email at [email protected] or WhatsApp us (click the WhatsApp icon in the bottom right) if you need help selecting a Therapist!  

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