Psychologists conduct individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments for various health and mental health issues and conditions.
Common Mental Health Issues
In this section, we outline some common mental health issues. Research has shown that psychotherapy can help with the management of these issues.
Depression is a debilitating emotional disorder that can affect a person’s day-to-day functioning. Some symptoms of depression are: persistent low moods or agitation, loss of interest and motivation, change in appetite or sleep, low energy, poor concentration or memory, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, recurrent thoughts of dying.
Anxiety can be useful in keeping us alert and motivating us to deal with problems. However, when these feelings are too strong, it can interfere with our everyday lives. Excessive anxiety can lead to uncontrollable worrying, panic attacks, avoiding situations or places, fatigue, or poor concentration.
Trauma is a strong emotional response to a significantly distressing event. Traumatic events often involve a threat to one’s physical or psychological safety. Some symptoms of trauma include, re-experiencing the traumatic event (e.g., recurrent nightmares), avoidance (e.g., of places and people), hyperarousal (e.g., easily startled), and disturbances to appetite or sleep.
Psychosis is a condition where a person’s thoughts and emotions are affected, leading to a loss of contact with reality. Psychosis is typically characterised by delusions (false beliefs or thoughts) and hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
Psychotherapy: What Is It Like?
During our sessions, you can share about your current concerns. The psychologist will also ask more questions pertaining to your During our sessions, you can share about your current concerns. The psychologist will also ask more questions pertaining to your past difficulties and challenges. Through an understanding of your background, thoughts, behaviours, and current situation, the psychologist can then help you understand how your difficulties came about and/or are maintained. The psychologist can share with you skills and strategies that can help you cope with and reduce your current difficulties.
During the session, you do not have to talk about anything that you do not feel comfortable with sharing. Information shared during the session is also confidential.
We offer a number of different therapy techniques, depending on our assessment of the patient’s problems. These include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Therapies, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Depending on the type of therapy, psychotherapy sessions may include the following:
- Relaxation skills
- Stress management strategies
- Problem-solving skills
- Working with thoughts, feelings, and behaviours
Intellectual ability assessment
Intellectual ability assessments generally measure one’s intellectual functioning and cognitive abilities.
Neuropsychology assessments examine a variety of cognitive abilities, such as attention, memory and language. These systematic tests are important in assessing brain functioning.
Adaptive functioning assessments assesses one’s ability to manage daily demands in life, such as home living and self-care. These assessments also focus on one’s ability to live and function independently.
These assessments measure one’s emotional difficulties, the impact it has upon the individual’s life, and the individual’s ability to cope with these difficulties.
Personality assessments provide a better understanding of one’s personality type and profile.