Psychotherapists in Malaysia
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Online psychotherapy in Malaysia can help you overcome obstacles with the help of expert professionals.
Our research shows that nearly 98% of our clients would recommend Talk Your Heart Out (TYHO) to others.
Reach out to a psychotherapist at TYHO. We hope you find the help you need.
How Therapy Works on TYHO
Select a Psychotherapist
To choose a psychotherapist – watch their videos and visit their full profiles to read about their specialisations and therapeutic approaches. You can also read the client reviews before deciding.
Schedule Your Session
To view the pricing and availability of your psychotherapist, click the ‘Book a Session’ button in their profile. Here, you can also create a TYHO account to confirm and schedule your session.
Begin Your Therapy
To start therapy, fill out the Intake Form to share insights about your issues. You will work on a structured program with your psychotherapist. You will use the Therapeutic Plan to achieve your goals!
Why Psychotherapy in Malaysia With TYHO?
Connect with our Malaysian psychotherapists, known for their expertise and commitment to client-centred care.
Psychotherapy in Malaysia: Introduction
1) What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy in Malaysia is a service we offer to help you manage your emotions, improve your communication skills, improve your relationships, handle conflicts with co-workers, and cope with symptoms of mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
Psychotherapy is also known as ‘Talk Therapy’. During psychotherapy sessions, you will be engaging with your psychotherapist in an open and guided conversation.
Therapy is different from receiving advice from our loved ones. For example, when you are overwhelmed by work and find it hard to manage time – your friends or family might support you but may not have any tools to help you through the issue.
On the other hand, TYHO psychotherapists can use therapeutic modalities like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to teach you time management strategies, goal setting, breaking down your tasks into smaller or more achievable steps, and prioritising your tasks.
Similarly, psychotherapists at TYHO use a holistic approach based on your issues and needs and draw from several techniques, including interpersonal therapy, gestalt therapy, and narrative therapy.
People seek psychotherapy for several different reasons. No matter what you are going through, you can receive support from our psychotherapists. There are no rules around the reasons for seeking help.
In general, you can seek help for:
- Coping with major life changes
- Managing mental health conditions
- Changing behavioural issues such as risk-taking habits
- Understanding yourself and your goals
According to research, the efficacy of psychotherapy lies in solving problems, improving self-awareness, and developing healthy coping mechanisms.
2) What are the types of psychotherapy available in Malaysia?
At TYHO, psychotherapists in Malaysia are skilled in multiple therapeutic approaches.
The two most common types of psychotherapy include:
a) Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Psychotherapists use CBT tools like SMART goal setting, behavioural activation and guided discovery to identify negative thought patterns.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. While setting goals, we often tend to underestimate or overestimate our capabilities. Hence, it might help to have a professional help you through the process.
Similarly, psychotherapists use behavioural activation to use your behaviours to ‘activate’ pleasant emotions. By putting action first, you do not have to wait to feel motivated yet still gain the benefits of the said action.
Psychotherapists use CBT to help with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and phobias.
b) Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Psychotherapists use DBT tools such as mindfulness, distress tolerance skills, and emotion regulation to help reduce self-harming behaviours.
For example, distress tolerance is a technique where your psychotherapist will help distract you and get you through difficult emotional situations one moment at a time.
Most people may struggle with labelling their emotions and become frustrated when they can’t identify what they are feeling. During such situations, your psychotherapist may use mindfulness exercises to help you become more aware of your emotions and thoughts.
Psychotherapists may use DBT to help you with borderline personality disorder, depression, and anxiety.
Lastly, psychotherapists also offer several therapy services, such as:
- Family psychotherapy
- Couples psychotherapy
- Child psychotherapy in Malaysia
Please note that your psychotherapist will work with you to decide what type of psychotherapy to use that best fits your needs and conditions.
3) What happens during a therapy session?
During a psychotherapy session, you will engage in a structured conversation with your psychotherapist.
Initially, to get to know you better and to build rapport, your psychotherapist may ask you several questions about your background, work experience, relationships, family history, medical history, issues you are currently facing, your childhood memories, and more.
Sharing your details honestly will give your Therapist a complete picture of your problems.
After building a positive therapeutic relationship with your Therapist, you will be working on setting goals and intentions for therapy.
During the goal-setting process, feel free to share your life goals, therapy goals, and expectations from your psychotherapist.
You will also acquire skills to improve your communication, assertiveness, decision-making, confidence, self-esteem, and self-perception.
To explore how many sessions you need per week, you can talk to your psychotherapist. Based on your issues and needs, they will recommend the duration of therapy for you.
At any point in time, if you disagree or have changed your preferences, feel free to let your psychotherapist know.
All therapy sessions at TYHO are strictly confidential. Your psychotherapist will not share any personal information with anyone outside therapy.
However, your Therapist in Malaysia may have a legal and ethical responsibility to inform your emergency contact person if they notice that you are in danger of harming yourself or someone else.
How Can Psychotherapy Help You?
Psychotherapy at TYHO is for everyone from all walks of life. You can seek therapy if you:
- Need a diagnosis for a mental health condition
- Need help managing a mental health condition
- Want to improve the quality of your life
- Want to develop healthy habits and professional growth
It is hard to list out an exhaustive list of all the issues our psychotherapists can help you with. However, please know that you can seek help for any issue you may face.
Below is a list of specific issues psychotherapists at TYHO can help with:
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts and trauma
- Depression and mood swings
- Bullying, discrimination or harassment
- Chronic pain or physical illness
- Substance abuse
- Unhealthy coping mechanisms
- Life transitions
- Grief or loneliness
- Parental and caregiver stress
- Intimacy & sex-related issues
- Elderly issues
Psychotherapy can help with several mental health issues.
Below is a brief outlook of issues psychotherapists at TYHO can help with.
- Mood disorders, which include MDD (major depressive disorder) and bipolar disorder, often identified by extreme fluctuations in mood and energy levels, can be managed through psychotherapy.
- Anxiety disorders, a category including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder, can also be effectively addressed through psychotherapy. Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), for instance, has proven efficacious in restructuring anxious thought patterns and reducing symptoms through tools such as cognitive restructuring.
- OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) can be managed with psychotherapeutic tools. Additionally, psychotherapy can also help manage compulsions and trauma responses.
- Personality disorders, including borderline and narcissism, can be treated using therapeutic techniques such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which improves interpersonal relationships and emotional stability.
- Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa are treated through psychotherapy. Therapy can also help address distorted body image and unhealthy eating behaviours.
Moreover, psychotherapy helps in managing the complexities of addiction. Your psychotherapist will focus on the underlying issues and triggers that contribute to your addiction.
Be assured that TYHO psychotherapists are qualified in approaches such as behavioural therapies and services like family counselling or individual counselling in Malaysia. They will be with you on your journey to recovery.
Lastly, psychotherapy also helps with daily issues such as life transitions, anger management, relationship conflicts, and self-esteem problems.
To get the most out of therapy, you may need to choose someone you feel comfortable with.
At TYHO, we want to make sure that you start therapy with a professional who understands your needs and therapy goals.
Hence, after you book a session with us, you will be asked to fill out the intake form and the therapeutic plan. Here, you can list your presenting problems, long-term goals, and your expectations from therapy.
Similarly, your psychotherapist will also list their diagnostic and clinical impressions and therapeutic approaches they may use during therapy.
After filling out the form, you can start therapy and prepare a list of questions to ask your psychotherapist in Malaysia.
Asking questions and clarifying your doubts in the initial few sessions will increase your confidence in therapy and improve your therapeutic relationship with your Therapist – all of which, in turn, will help you progress.
Some questions you can ask are listed below:
- What is your educational background?
- How long have you been conducting psychotherapy?
- What is your area of expertise?
- What types of therapies and approaches do you use?
- Can you explain your approach?
- Do you regularly work with clients who face the same issues as mine?
- How do you set goals?
- How do you track progress in therapy?
- Are all therapy sessions with you confidential?
- How do you handle crisis situations?
Frequently Asked Questions
Psychotherapy in Malaysia can help you for a short period of time or support you in the long run.
TYHO psychotherapists use tools like narrative therapy and schema therapy to help you:
- Overcome and manage issues such as depression, social anxiety, and mood swings.
- Learn healthy ways to express and manage your emotions.
- Develop your interpersonal relationships, verbal communication skills, and conflict resolution skills.
- Improve your self-awareness and purpose in life.
- Develop healthy habits and lifestyle.
The most significant factor that will help you get the most out of therapy is working on your therapeutic alliance.
A therapeutic alliance is when you develop a positive and healthy therapeutic relationship with your psychotherapist.
To do so, be as honest as you can while you talk about yourself and your life experiences. Your honesty will help your psychotherapist receive a genuine and complete picture of your life – after which they can tailor the management plan based on your needs.
Try to set clear goals with your psychotherapist. Work with them to understand what you want out of therapy.
After a few sessions, your psychotherapist may also assign therapy homework. For example, you may be asked to track your mood swings or engage in activity scheduling.
Scheduling your activities is a CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) tool that involves identifying your helpful behaviours and scheduling the same actions throughout the week.
The exercise can help you avoid certain harmful and maladaptive behaviours that you may otherwise engage in due to symptoms of anxiety or depression.
The above is just an example of what you can expect during therapy. Your psychotherapist will assign you homework based on what works best for you.
Remember to take your therapy homework seriously and apply the tools you learn in real-life situations.
Lastly, know that it is okay to face discomfort during therapy. TYHO psychotherapists are skilled in empathy and understanding and will encourage you when you feel down or unmotivated.
Feeling uncomfortable is often a sign that you are moving on from your unhealthy coping mechanism towards progress and growth!
Choosing the right psychotherapist for your needs can be confusing. However, it is important and can shape your therapy experience.
Firstly, try to list out all your issues, preferences and therapy goals. To recall your issues, you can divide them into behavioural problems, emotional problems, and psychological issues.
Alternatively, you can also think about different stages of your life and identify situations or triggers that made you feel distressed. For example, if you have ever faced bullying in childhood, that trauma can affect how you interact in your current relationships.
Once you have your list, visit all TYHO psychotherapists’ profiles and research their specialisations, issues they can help with, and their therapeutic approaches.
Book an introductory session with your shortlisted psychotherapist at TYHO and ask all the questions you can think of about therapy and the professional’s background.
Remember to book a session with a psychotherapist you most feel comfortable with.
In the Therapist’s profile, you can click the ‘Book a Session’ button to view the price and availability. Create an account with TYHO and book your first session.
You can also buy a package of sessions at a discounted rate.
If you are not comfortable with the psychotherapist, please feel free to look for someone else. Finding the right match might take some time.
Reach out to us via email at [email protected] if you need help selecting a Therapist.
At TYHO, we use the term ‘Therapists’ to collectively refer to psychologists, psychotherapists, and counsellors.
Hence, on our platform, selecting a specific type of professional is not important.
In general, however, below are some points to be aware of:
- Both therapists and psychotherapists help manage psychological issues such as mood swings, negative self-talk, obsessive, unhelpful thoughts, grief, depression, anxiety etc. If you experience grief, TYHO’s grief counselling services can help you navigate and understand your emotions better.
- The main difference between a therapist and a psychotherapist is that their approach can differ.
- On the one hand, psychotherapists in Malaysia can provide long-term therapy and help explore your past negative experiences and how they affect your current life.
- Psychotherapists may help you identify and manage your emotions through mindfulness techniques, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and narrative therapy.
- On the other hand, a therapist generally provides short-term therapy and may focus on specific issues such as moving to a new country, cultural adjustment issues, or relationship issues.
Please note that all our Therapists can also help with both short-term and long-term therapy.
In addition, All Therapists on our platform have similar qualifications (minimum master’s in counselling) and can help with a wide range of issues and mental health disorders.
The fee for a therapy session at TYHO starts at RM 180 for one hour. An introductory session costs from RM 90.
During therapy with us, you can gain benefits such as smart Therapist-matching, access to quality online therapy, personalised therapeutic plans, and accessible mental health resources.
The prices may vary based on a few factors like the type of service (eg individual counselling, couples counselling) and packages.
We also encourage you to sign up for our monthly newsletter, where we first share information about any webinars we conduct, exclusive mental wellbeing tips from our Therapists, and more.
Still Contemplating Psychotherapy?
We completely understand! As you consider your options, feel free to engage with our supportive community at TYHO.
We regularly distribute insightful materials via blog articles exploring diverse facets of mental health.
Moreover, we conduct free interactive webinars and events providing therapeutic guidance and strategies.