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!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – October 2019

For October, we celebrate the Mental Health Awareness Month 2019, the OCD Awareness Week from 13 Oct to 19 Oct 2019, and the World Mental Health Day on 10th October.

To start things off, we have presented a seminar on “Coping with OCD” to the Association of Professional Trainers, Singapore (APTS) for their 155th APTS Networking & Workshop on the 26 September 2019 (Thursday). 

We will be collaborating with Shell on 10 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. This is to help de-stigmatize mental health and raising awareness of the mental health resources available.

In collaboration with Aileron Wellness, we will be having a wellness seminar on 12 October 2019 (Saturday) on “Coping with OCD”.

Mental health is not all about staring into the Medical Model in despair. There is a new school of thought that is tackling mental health through positive psychology. As such, the Happiness Initiative will be having Screwed Up Moment #8 edition cum the Launch of Podcast Series on 2 Oct 2019 (Wednesday) over at The Red Box. Our team will be there to provide free mental health assessment during the event. Do come and support!

Spread the love and awareness for Mental Health!

Counsellor’s Ramblings – September 2019

In the month of August, we have opened up our internal clinical group supervision to participants who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Psychotherapeutic Approaches (CBT Specialization) with us. The topic covered this month was  The Application of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Counselling.

In addition, we have completed our pilot run of ‘Depression Counselling & Intervention’ with a cozy group of five participants. Positive feedback was received by our participants. Our seminar on ‘Coping with Anxiety’ by our Centre Manager, Mr Tan Wei Jie, was very well received.

This month, we will be having a free seminar on’ Coping with Loss & Grief’. The workshop ‘ABCs of CBT’ is back by popular demand! Come learn the art and science of Cognitive Therapy in this four hours of experiential workshop facilitated by me.

Wishing everyone an early happy Halloween!