HOW THERAPY WORKS

PULSE+ Psychology Services

Have you been ...

  • Under a great deal of stress and at-risk for burnout?
  • Struggling with a personal problem and need someone to talk to?
  • Experiencing a mental health condition and needs professional guidance? 

Whether you are dealing with any of the above or other personal problems, our psychology service can help anyone who is going through a challenging time in their lives. 

Therapy provides a safe space for you to share your issues, express your feelings and get the right support to resolve them so you can move forward in life. 

Our Psychologist can:

  • Provide a non-judgemental, empathetic listening ear, and also the expertise to guide you towards the right direction.  
  • Help you to regulate difficult emotions
  • Guide you toward solving your problems and live a more enriching, purposeful life. 
  • Understand yourself better, increase your self-confidence and grow as a person.  
  • If you are struggling with a mental health issue, we would conduct evidence-based interventions to get you on the road to recovery. 
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What Can Therapy Help With?

  • Stress & burnout
  • Depression 
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety (generalised anxiety, social anxiety, health anxiety & more)
  • Anxiety/panic attacks
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Trauma & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 
  • Grief
  • Adjustment disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship, marital and other interpersonal issues
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Emotional support for individuals undergoing  challenging or chronic physical health conditions, such as cancer, neurological conditions, epilepsy and others.

Please note that this list does not include everything that we can help with. If your issue is not listed, please check with us. 

What Our Clients Say

“I had an excellent experience with Dr. Jaswyn. Her deep breathing exercises and self care techniques have been incredibly helpful in managing my workplace anxiety and stress. Her extensive experience and person-centred approach really shine through in her sessions. She’s not only knowledgeable about various mental health issues, but she also offers evidence-based practices. I appreciate her dedication to helping others and her interest in making psychological interventions accessible. Highly recommend her services!”

—Vetiver
“I find my sessions with Dr Jaswyn very helpful with managing stress and anxiety. She’s very warm and understanding, and listens to what is on my mind. My sessions with her has been a great reminder of the tools that I currently have to manage stress and she provides new perspectives to look at stress differently.”

—Cynthia
 

How Can a Psychologist Help?

A registered psychologist is a highly trained mental health professional experienced in treating a wide range of emotional issues and mental health conditions. The therapy approaches used are usually tailored to the client’s presenting issue, needs and personal preferences. 

There are, though, some essential elements of therapy that all clients usually benefit from. 

Providing a non-judgemental listening ear

Even though we may be surrounded by family and friends, when it comes to tough times or highly personal issues we may be reluctant to speak to our loved ones even when we need support. A common reason is that they may not be naturally good at listening or providing support. Some people, even with the best of intentions, may respond in ways that make you feel worse when you open up. For example, by immediately suggesting solutions, cutting off your sharing, or telling you that you should stop feeling the way you do. 

The truth is, when people are upset they simply need to be heard and feel supported. A professional psychologist is trained to understand what clients need when they are upset and how to help them feel better. Thus, a major part of therapy involves:

  • Providing a non-judgemental listening ear to your personal troubles and emotions
  • Allowing time and space for you to reflect on your own thoughts and feelings so you can understand yourself and your situation better.
  • Helping you to feel supported and understood

At the end of therapy sessions, patients often report feeling better and having clearer ideas on how to resolve their issues.  

Managing difficult emotions

When we face strong or painful emotions beyond the usual ups and downs; such as intense sadness, or anxiety;  it can feel overwhelming. Some of us may become unsure of how to react to them. Some may even respond in ways that worsen these emotions or prevent them from becoming resolved. 

For example, a husband going through a separation from his wife may feel intense emotional pain. Instead of dealing with it, he focuses instead on distracting himself to ‘numb out’ the feeling through drinking alcohol, gambling or playing games. This results in unresolved, persisting pain and possibly other consequences if these unhealthy habits become excessive.

With difficult emotions; from  anxiety, grief, sadness to anger; they need to be fully felt before they can naturally resolve and we can move on. Our psychologist can help you to process and resolve these emotions by providing a safe space for you to:

  • Talk about the painful situation
  • Express and label your emotions
  • Experience any pain you may have avoided, 
  • Challenge negative self-beliefs, and 
  • Exercise self-compassion 

Guidance on Problem-Solving

You are always the best person to know how to solve your own problems, because no one else knows them better. 

Thus, rather than offering simplistic solutions or telling you how to solve your problems, our psychologist will guide you towards thinking on how to resolve these problems on your own. They would do so through asking questions, exploring possible solutions with you and more. Through this process, usually clients are able to come up with the best solutions to their problems that are aligned with their own wishes and values.

Note though, in the case of mental health conditions, your psychologist may take a more active stance by giving you specific strategies on what needs to  be done to overcome your conditions based on their clinical knowledge and expertise. 

Management of mental health issues

When a client is experiencing a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, our psychologist would provide more specialised clinical guidance and interventions, such as: 

• Providing psychoeducation on your condition. 

This involves explaining to you what your condition is about, identifying common signs and symptoms, understanding possible factors contributing to your condition and the available evidence-based treatment to help you overcome your condition.

• Evidence-based psychological interventions

These are therapy methods with strong research evidence for being effective in treating the specific conditions. For example, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has the strongest evidence base as an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. 

An experienced psychologist is usually trained in multiple therapeutic methods to be able to effectively treat different conditions. 

• Motivate you to take the necessary steps to improve your condition and work towards recovery. 

Maladaptive coping are ways of dealing with problems which end up worsening the condition. For example, avoiding feared or anxiety-provoking situations tends to reinforce your fear or anxiety towards the situation instead of overcoming them in the long run. In the case of depression, withdrawing from engaging in social or pleasurable activities tends to contribute to low moods. During sessions, your psychologist will point out any such patterns that may be maintaining your condition, and equip you with more adaptive coping strategies.   

Whenever our clients may need additional help beyond therapy, we can also make referrals to a psychiatrist. We also routinely collaborate with psychiatrists, GPs to TCM physicians to help clients maximise the effectiveness of treatments and achieve mind-body health. 



What Can You Expect?

When you come for therapy, this is how it usually unfolds: 

1. Clinical interview: This is the main focus of the first session. You will be invited to share about the problem, life events or stressors that have brought you to seek help. Your psychologist will also explore with you the impact of these events on your health, emotional, social or occupational functioning. 

2. Assessment and diagnosis: Your psychologist may administer psychometric tools and tests to assess your psychological well-being. Based on the results and information from the clinical interview, your psychologist may form a diagnosis when relevant (e.g. Panic disorder,  or burnout from work stress). 

3. Psychoeducation:Your psychologist will provide you with the necessary information so you have a better understanding of your presenting problem, condition or diagnosis. You will also learn what are the treatments available for your condition.

4. Goal setting and Intervention planning: You will work collaboratively with your psychologist in identifying your goals for therapy and in coming up with an intervention plan that is aligned with your goals.

5. Psychological intervention: This is usually the focus of subsequent sessions. Your psychologist will provide interventions tailored to help you overcome your presenting problem or diagnosis. This may include cognitive restructuring, mindfulness and relaxation training, as well as problem-solving skills as deemed appropriate to help you better cope and/or overcome your presenting issues.

6. Setting homework: At the end of each session, your psychologist may ask you to continue practising coping skills or strategies learned in session at home. This is known as homework. Examples of homework may include keeping a mood and thoughts diary, practising diaphragmatic breathing exercises etc. In the following session, the psychologist will review your progress and homework, as well as address any other (new) issues that you might want to address.

7. Monitoring Progress: Your psychologist will review your therapeutic progress periodically and review your treatment goals.

8. Case Closure: Towards the end of treatment, your psychologist will work with you on consolidating your therapeutic gains, what you have learned and equip you with relapse prevention strategies to help you maintain your progress in the long run.

Meet Our Psychologist

Dr Jaswyn Chin

Lead Clinical Psychologist
  • Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), James Cook University Singapore*
  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology, Murdoch University Australia
  • Registered Psychologist with Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)
  • Singapore Register of Psychologists (SRP) Approved Clinical Supervisor
  • Full member with Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Full member with Singapore Psychological Society (SPS)

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese (Fluent in all)

Dr. Jaswyn is a registered clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience.  She has extensive experience providing intervention for various  a wide range of mental health issues from anxiety, depression, grief, insomnia, OCD, personality disorders, stress management to trauma; as well as emotionally supporting patients with chronic physical illnesses  (E.g. cancer, Parkinson’s Disease and HIV).

Dr Jaswyn adopts a person-centred approach to therapy where she believes in working collaboratively with individuals through the process of recovery. She is also trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and eye movement desensitisation reprocessing therapy (EMDR).

During her free time, Jaswyn enjoys music and plays the piano. She is also a keen learner of new languages and loves to travel.

*According to current Ministry of Health (MOH) Healthcare Services Act (2020), psychologists with doctoral qualifications are to have a disclaimer of a non-medical or non-dental qualification.

Prices**

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First-session consultation* at $188 (U.P: $240)

3 sessions package at $588 (U.P: $720)

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A-la-carte

Individual psychotherapy session with Lead Clinical Psychologist (60mins): $240

Still unsure whether therapy can help with your issue and want a briefer discussion with our psychologist? 

We also offer a trial online video consultation* (30 mins) at $90

*Only applicable for brand new customers to PULSE Psychotherapy.

**Prices are exclusive of GST. 

If you have further questions about the psychotherapy service, you may SMS or whatsapp us at 9831 9912 or email us at  .

 

Begin your journey to mental well-being and a more satisfying life.

Book an appointment with a PULSE+ Psychologist today.

Have more questions about your mental health or seeking guidance from a psychologist?

Visit our AskPULSE portal to ask our PULSE+ Allied Health specialists or PULSE TCM Physicians any questions about your health or about our services.

FAQs

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Therapist or a Counsellor?

A clinical psychologist usually has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s or Doctoral degree in clinical psychology. They would have received longer, more comprehensive training on psychological theories, mental health conditions, assessments, and therapeutic techniques. They are qualified to work with clients on a wider range of issues, from general life challenges, emotional problems, to mental health conditions.

A counsellor or therapist, on the other hand, usually holds either a bachelor’s degree in counselling or psychology and/or a postgraduate diploma or master’s degree in counselling, which usually focus on general counselling or therapy skills. A counsellor or therapist typically helps clients on general life problems and challenges, such as stress, family or relationship issues. They may not have the resources or capacity to handle mental health cases such as clinical depression, anxiety or other diagnosed psychological conditions.

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have completed medical school with further specialised training in psychiatry. In practice, they focus on diagnosing and treating mental health conditions through prescribing psychotropic medications (e.g. antidepressants, anxiety medications).  A psychologist, on the other hand, aims to help clients improve through therapeutic interventions. They focus on psychoeducation as well as changing the way clients respond (think and behave) to improve their conditions.

Psychiatrist consultations are usually much briefer than therapy sessions, typically ranging from 15 to 30 minutes. The session usually focuses on keeping track of the patient’s symptoms and responses to medication, and in adjusting the prescription. Some psychiatrists; although less common; may also provide psychological interventions.

It is common for clients with mental health conditions to see a psychiatrist to help alleviate some of their symptoms through medication, and also work with a psychologist to make longer-term changes that will help them recover from their conditions. Our psychologist would refer a client to also see a psychiatrist whenever it is deemed necessary.

How can I prepare for the first session?

There isn’t anything specific required from you. Our psychologist would guide you through the session by asking questions to get the information needed. Simply show up on time or slightly early on the appointment day to fill out the necessary forms. 

How long does therapy usually last?

The therapy sessions at PULSE is up to 60 minutes. When needed, there is also the option to extend the therapy time (charges apply). 

How many sessions will I need?

This varies widely among clients and usually depends on many factors, including the severity of their conditions, or complications of their presenting issues, motivation towards the therapy work, and more. Some clients may resolve their issues within a few sessions, while others may need long-term support. As a general guide, four to eight sessions are more common.

Where are you located?

PULSE+ Allied Health clinic is located at Camden Medical Centre, by Orchard Boulevard MRT. 

How can I book an appointment?

Simply fill out our Appointment form below and we will get back to you to confirm the appointment. 

https://pulseallied.health/book-an-appointment/

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