There were many exciting happenings over our centre this month. On 1st February, our Associate Psychologist – Vivien gave a lunch talk on the topic “Coping with Insomnia” Institute of Technical Education (ITE). We have acquired a new (and more sturdy) sofa for our waiting area! We have gotten some new cushions for our sofas as well! Also, we have put spice up our centre with seasonal decorations!

There are many public misconceptions of mental health. I would like to use this platform to clarify. This month, I will be shedding some light on the misunderstanding of Psychologists and the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 

Many believed that only Psychologists can provide Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to help with mental health issues. Counsellors and psychotherapists can provide CBT. While CBT is taught in many counselling and psychotherapy postgraduate programmes, some mental health postgraduate programmes do not include CBT as part of the training. The good news is that CBT knowledge and skills can be obtained through other external programmes such as the one provided by The Lion Mind.

Psychologists, on the other hand, may or may not use CBT as part of their practice. They may use various psychotherapeutic approaches that suit them in their clinical work. Also, the main focus of Applied Psychologists is not providing counselling / psychotherapy. They are intensively trained to provide Psychological Assessments, Tests, Diagnosis, and Intervention.

Finally, as we progress through the rest of the year, let us not forget the blessings that we received.