What is counselling / psychotherapy?

Counselling is a process that focuses on enhancing the psychological well-being of an individual. 

Psychotherapy is a form of psychological intervention based on a psychological theory on how to treat an individual. 

Counselling / psychotherapy allows an individual to reach his full potential and live an enriching life.

For more information about the types of counselling and psychological services provided, visit here.


Who is counselling / psychotherapy for?

A common misconception about counselling is that only people with severe mental health issues need counselling. In reality, many people who attend counselling are bright and stable individuals looking for solutions to everyday stress and relationship problems.


Are all counselling / psychotherapy session confidential?

Yes. All information and written records disclosed within the counselling session and pertaining to the session are confidential. This information and written records may not reveal them without written consent. Except for when the law requires it or if you were to pose a danger to yourself or others, in which case we would notify the relevant parties.


What should I expect for the first session?

Generally, your first session will be used as a consultation to find out more about you, rather than for treatment. Your mental health clinician will administer an assessment also known as intake assessment. The intake assessment allows you to identify your issues as you see them and for our clinicians to start to understand your needs.


How long do I need to see a Counsellor for?

There is no fixed number of sessions for which you need to see the Counsellor. The treatment period varies from person to person depending on factors such as your progress, and the observations of the Counsellor. The first few sessions will be weekly, and subsequent sessions’ frequency will be based on your Counsellor’s recommendation.


How much does individual counselling session cost?

Each session is up to 50 minutes and costs $100 per session. Any extension will be $50 per 30 minutes, subject to availability.


Do you prescribe mediation?
No. We do not prescribe medication as we do not have an in-house psychiatrist at The Lion Mind. Only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication.


What counselling modality / Psychotherapeutic Approaches is used?

We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) together with Person-centred Approaches. CBT is a goal-oriented treatment that takes a hands-on approach to problem-solving. Its goal is to change patterns of thinking or behaviour behind people’s problems. In studies, CBT stands out as the most effective treatment for numerous mental health issues, is usually shorter, and results are more enduring than those of other treatment methods.

Our accredited and certified mental health clinicians provide person-centred experiences. These unique experiences allow our clients to feel safe in our counselling centre.


Is counselling for life?

No, counselling is not for life. Counselling aims to help clients overcome their existing issues. Once you have resolved (coped better with) the problem, you can request your clinician to close the treatment plan.


What is a Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Psychologist, and / or Psychiatrist?

A Counsellor is trained in the art of providing counselling and psychotherapy services to the client. Most Counsellors in Singapore have a Master’s degree in counselling. While Counsellors usually know about Psychology, a bachelor’s degree in Psychology is not a prerequisite to being a Counsellor.

A Psychotherapist has specialized postgraduate training in a specific psychotherapy skill set. Examples (not limited to) are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Art Therapy, and Child-centred Play Therapy (CCPT). However, a psychotherapist may not have a Master’s degree in counselling.

An Applied Psychologist is trained in psychological science to provide a psychological assessment(s) and intervention(s) to the client. Most Psychologists in Singapore have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Psychology followed by a master’s degree in Applied Psychology (e.g. clinical, counselling). 

Counsellors, psychotherapists, and psychologists treat mental health disorders by psychological rather than medical means. They cannot prescribe medication as they do not have a medical degree but may work closely with a Psychiatrist to provide the necessary patient care.

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor with advanced training in psychiatric medication. Psychiatrists can diagnose mental health disorders (psychiatric evaluation) and prescribe psychiatric medication. In Singapore, Psychiatrists work closely with Psychologists to provide the optimal mental health treatment plan for clients.

For more information on our available mental health team, visit here.


What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling is generally used to describe a relatively brief treatment focused mainly upon behaviour. It predominantly targets a specific symptom or problematic situation and fosters awareness and discernment for dealing with it. Counselling tends to be wellness-based and provides increased insight and learning to overcome problems and challenges.

Psychotherapy is often treatment-based to address mental health issues such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. Counselling / Psychotherapy can use it in tandem with medication, but this isn’t always the case. Psychotherapy focuses on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. Its focus is on the client’s thought processes and way of being in the world, rather than specific issues.

However, psychotherapy is generally conducted by trained mental health professionals such as registered Psychologists, Social Workers, or Psychotherapists. While a Psychotherapist is qualified to provide counselling services, a Counsellor may or may not have the training and skills to provide psychotherapy.


Do I need a Diagnosis?

While having a Psychological Diagnosis would greatly help our mental health clinician better formulate a treatment plan for you, not everyone requires one. It is essential to discuss with your mental health clinician to find out more.

In addition, not all psychological / counselling issues have a psychological diagnosis. Some examples include Burnout, Fear of missing out (FOMO), and Workplace Stress. Furthermore, having a psychological diagnosis may sometimes be even disabling for clients as this may affect their future career employment and career progression (e.g. scholarships).

Our mental health clinicians can perform counselling assessments during the counselling sessions to identify your issues without a complete diagnosis.

For more information on the psychological diagnosis provided, visit here.

Note: we have stopped offering Psychological Diagnosis service starting January 2022. For client below 25 years old and who is still in academia, BASC-3 assessment is available.