Counsellor’s Ramblings – March 2020

February has witnessed the outbreak of the COVID-19. The raise of DORSCON level has sent many of us into a wild frantic over the perceived lack of hand sanitizer, wet wipes, and masks. Organisations retreated back to safety. Here at The Lion Mind, we have put in place effective precautionary measures such as daily temperature taking for all staff and visitors, issuance of masks, and encouragement frequent hand-washing. Following the advisory from the Ministry of Health, we have put on hold the upcoming “Coping with Anxiety” seminar to reduce the risk of exposure through events. Also, one of the unfortunate results of this “outbreak” is the postpone of the Happiness Conference and the Happiness Film Festival to August 2020.

With regards to the effects of COVID-19 on mental health, It is heartening to have NMP Anthea Ong to call on the government to improve the affordability, accessibility, and quality of mental healthcare in Singapore in her Budget Speech. There she championed the importance of mental health to receive equal importance as physical health. She also highlighted that Resilience is not without good mental health, and the importance of Singaporeans to seek the necessary mental health treatment.

On 4th February 2020, my team has collaborated with NTU Graduate Student Association on their annual Mind Matter event. I have personally given a talk to demystify mental health counselling to the students. This helps students to understand what exactly goes on in the counselling room, how a typical counselling session works, and why there is a need to have more than one counselling session.

On 23rd February 2020, I have facilitated an Introduction to Counselling workshop. A total of 7 participants came. Participants have learnt applied communication micro-skills. Check out the pictures here!

There are limited seats left for the upcoming “Introduction to Art Therapy” workshop. Sign up now if you have not done so!

The Lion Mind team is expanding! We are bringing in a senior clinician who specialized in couple counselling and family therapy. Stay tuned to find out more!

The March school holidays are near. Do take this opportunity to rest and recharge for the coming months ahead.

Stay safe!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – February 2020

The Lion Mind team has not stopped working hard to bring quality programmes to the community! On 4th Jan (Saturday), our team went down to Ngee Ann Polytechnic to facilitate a workshop for student volunteers of the NP Peer Helpers. This workshop equipped the volunteers with the skills needed to help follow student peers facing emotional problems and / or mental health issues. On 14 Jan (Tuesday), we have collaborated with Happiness Initiative at The Red Box to provide free mental health assessment for participants attending Screwed-up Moments #9.

In February, we have brought back the workshop “Introduction to Counselling” by popular demand! This workshop has been improved based on the  feedback we have received from course participants. Come learn how to improve your communications with your friends and loved ones! See below for more details.

Another workshop that is back by popular demand – “Introduction to Art Therapy” by Mrs Vijaya Mohan would be facilitated in March 2020. Join us to learn more about art therapy!

The Lunar New Year is observed in late January and will last till 8th February. However, it is advisable to take good care of your physical and mental health during this long festive period!

­čĺśLove is in the air in February! With that, The Lion Mind team is growing and evolving! We have brought in an expert in couple and family therapy. More to be revealed in March!

Wishing all a prosperity Lunar New Year & a happy Valentines Day!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – January 2020

It’s a brand new year!

Before December 2019 has come to a close, The Lion Mind team has made one final sprint!

My fellow co-founder Mr Yap Weiren was featured on VF+c (Venture Fashion + Consulting) in an article entitled “Maintaining Mental Wellbeing with Yap Weiren” for the first edition of UNDERCOVER on 9 December 2019. In the article, Weiren has highlighted that “we often sacrifice our mental wellbeing over other needs. It is never enough to emphasize the importance of mental wellbeing“. When is the last time you have taken a break just for yourself?

We have successfully concluded our third run of the Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Approaches (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Specialization) workshop on 21 December 2019. We have invited several senior mental health specialists in a mini networking session to for these aspirating CBT Psychotherapists.The session was well received by the participants as they have gained insights about the mental health industry.

In collaboration with NUS Psychology Society, we have ran three small but important qualitative studies to find out the current status of the mental health assessments (aka screeners). These studies are crucial as it would help us to further improve the quality of our counselling services.

Good news! We have been supported by the Health Promotion Board in our efforts to provide community outreach into the heartlands of Singapore. Keep a lookout for us in 2020!

In collaboration with Happiness Initiative, my team will be presenting on two sessions during the Happiness Conference. See below for more information!

Wishing everyone a Happy 2020!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – December 2019

‘Tis the season to be jolly!

As the year 2019 is coming to a close, let us look back at all the positive things that this year has provided and prepared us for toward 2020.

We have achieved an excellent track record of corporate and community outreach this year, with nine corporate talks and four outreach in total. The latest outreach was a corporate talk on “The Definitive Guide to Combating Workplace Stress & Burnout” to IVICT (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. on 11 November 2019 (Monday). In addition, we have been featured a couple of times in the media. The latest media feature was our new Associate Psychotherapist Mr Amos Tan who was featured by Shin Min Daily News on 23 November 2019 (Saturday, page 7). I am grateful for my solid team of dedicated team members.

We have successfully facilitated new workshops and are making final tweaks to an exciting series of workshops for 2020. Existing workshops such as Basic Counselling Skills will be revised and updated to be even more relevant. New workshops such as Introduction to Emotion-focused Therapy, and Introduction to Solution-focused Brief Therapy are in the pipeline. Do keep a lookout for them!

With the evolving scene in the mental healthcare landscape, we would be bringing in specialized services in 2020. These may include Couple & Family Psychotherapy, Play Psychotherapy, and Psychological Assessment. We are also planning to have a more in-depth community outreach into the heartlands.

The year-end holiday season may be difficult to some of us. The Lion Mind continuously provides quality counselling and psychotherapy services at an affordable rate. Do approach us to find out more on how we could help you with your issues. 

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas 2019!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – November 2019

October has been a fruitful month for TLM team in spreading mental health awareness in Singapore.

Our team provided free mental health assessment during the Happiness Initiative’s Screwed Up Moment #8 event on 8 October 2019. We collaborated with Shell on 9 October 2019 (Thursday) to provide an outreach programme for their staff, and presenting a talk on “Coping with Workplace Stress & Burnout” for their staff as well. We have also collaborated with Aileron Wellness,on 12 October 2019 (Saturday) with a seminar on “Coping with OCD”.

In addition, our in-house Wellness Consultant, Ms Belinda Lau, had the pleasure of being invited to the event “WeWorkxEsquire Singapore: A Piece of Mind” event on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) as a panelist to discuss on the topic surrounding men and mental health.

As the representative of APACS, I have presented a talk on “The Definitive Guide to Combating Workplace Stress & Burnout” on 24 October 2019 at The 17TH SISO WSHO Conference 2019. The Guest-of-Honour: Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Manpower & Second Minister for Home Affairs, spoke about the importance of mental health care at workplace during her opening speech.

My Co-founder of TLM, Weiren has collaborated with Happiness Initiative and Fabl Productions for a podcast episode featuring his personal issues on stress & burnout. 

Special shout out to Sherman from Happiness Initiative, who is also the Executive Committee Member of the Singapore Film Society, for extending the invitation to us to attend the Singapore premiere of Pedro Almod├│var’s latest masterpiece PAIN AND GLORY  (Dolor y Gloria) on the 29th October 2019 (Tuesday),  jointly presented Shaw Organisation, The Embassy of Spain and the Singapore Film Society

In November, my team will be heading down to IVICT (Singapore) to present a corporate talk on “The Definitive Guide to Combating Workplace Stress & Burnout”, to and Aileron Wellness for another round of wellness talk.

Wishing all an early Happy Thanksgiving!