November has been an exciting month for my team. We have collaborated with SIM Psychology Society (SIM PsySoc) for their in-house event: “Do You Even Mind?” at SIM Global Education on 18 November. We had a Grand Opening for our Counselling Centre and we were encouraged by many who have turned up for the event. We have completed two well-received public talks. We have also completed an-house seminar by a senior Psychology student from the Singapore American School!
We have launched a series of Christmas merchandise. As a non-profit organisation, one of our primary aims is to promote and spread the awareness of mental well-being. This festive season would be the ideal time to do just that. A simple gesture of sending a Christmas card may give hope, joy, and love to that someone that you have not been in touch for many years.
Ending off, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a fun-filled December and a Happy Christmas!
October has been an eventful month for my team. We have met up with three tertiary Psychology clubs, namely the Murdoch Psychology Society Singapore (MPSS), NUS Psychology Society, and SIM Psychology Society (SIM PsySoc) to provide outreach into the community, raising the awareness that mental health is just as important as physical health. In addition, we are also working with the Singapore Psychology Society’s Aspiring Professional Special Interests Group (SIG) to see how we could collaborate to bring quality programmes to students and members of the public.
This year, we will be having our first major course – The Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Approaches (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). CBT provides a good solid psychotherapy foundation for Psychology Graduates (people with a bachelor degree in Psychology) to start practicing clinical with their clients. Armed with CBT, graduates may proceed to further their psychotherapy expertise in the area of ACT, DBT, and / or MCBT.
We are planning for more ACA On-going Professional Development (OPD) accredited workshops (e.g. Group Psychotherapy) in 2019 to cater to the needs of students and members of the public.
Ending off, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a great November!
The Lion Mind Counselling Centre was officially launched on 10th September 2018. We were blessed with many people coming to us for help. There were support from Psychologists who came for our public workshops. Certified MSA Therapists from Indonesia also came down to congratulate us on our opening.
We are working closely with the Association of Psychotherapists And Counsellors (Singapore) (APACS) to bring quality clinical courses. These courses are designed for Psychology (degree and diploma) graduates to gain the necessary skill sets to work as a Psychotherapist (with APACS membership).
Since the launch, my team has been working with various tertiary Psychology clubs, namely the Murdoch Psychology Society Singapore (MPSS) and SIM Psychology Society. We are working to provide outreach into the community, raising the awareness that mental health is just as important as physical health.
To end off my rumblings, I wish all of you an eventful October and a Happy Deepavali in advance.
Why seek professional treatment when I can find my besties to talk to?
Seeing a mental health professional can help you restructure your thinking process, trace back the roots of your issues, deconstruct your faulty cognitive beliefs and rebuilt them. Psychotherapy/counselling services provided by these professionals are evidence-based (scientific).
Psychologists and counsellors are bounded by their ethics to provide you with any bits of advice. Instead, they guide you to seek answers. While they are the experts in using psychotherapy to assist you, you are your own subject matter experts.
Advice from friends may sometimes not work for you. There is no one-size-fits-all solution to the exact same problem 2 different individuals may face. While it is free, sometimes these advices (although with good intentions) may harm you more than they could help you.
Mental health professionals (e.g counsellor, psychologists) are obliged to keep your case confidential with exception to the court order (normally for criminal cases).
A similar parallel case would be to self-medicate instead of seeing your doctor – although you may recover from your mild physical illness, many times the illness become worse instead.