Is your child being disruptive and difficult, or are you overwhelmed with helping them face issues at school? Don’t try to figure it out on your own. There are many counselling centres in Singapore that have experienced counsellors, psychologists and therapists who are well-equipped to help you and your children. Here are five places you can look up.
Scott Psychological Centre
Psychologists from Scott Psychological Centre are experienced in working with children who are struggling emotionally, behaviourally or academically. These include learning difficulties, or even the stresses and changes of being a third culture kid. The team first identifies the nature of the issue through assessments such as neuropsychological, cognitive and psycho-educational assessments. For example, if your child is struggling academically or you have a teacher expressing concerns about their academic progress and motivation, a psycho-educational assessment will give a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s learning style to understand strengths and weaknesses and identify if there is a learning disorder (such as ADHD and dyslexia). Academic difficulties can reduce a child’s confidence and self-esteem, contributing to behavioural and social problems.
After finding out more about the issues the child is facing, the Scott team will develop strategies and follow up with counselling (as well as therapy) to tackle them. They believe that systemic family therapy and parental support are helpful for children facing such struggles and can play a part in addressing and managing the issues.
#10-10 International Building, 360 Orchard Road
Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre
Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre offers counselling and clinical psychology services for children. These services are helpful for kids who have emotional or behavioural difficulties, whether it’s anxiety, or issues with anger management or adjustment. The centre can also provide support to cope with difficult circumstances or experiences including grief and loss, trauma and bullying.
Psychotherapy and counselling sessions can help identify and find out more about the problems that your child is facing, while offering them emotional support and finding solutions. The Kaleidoscope psychologist is also able to help with behaviour modification, and to teach children coping strategies for their respective struggles. She makes use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy that focuses on understanding thoughts, feelings and behaviours, looking at how these impact the daily life of the child.
In addition to counselling, Kaleidoscope offers complementary services by other therapists, such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, educational psychology and speech therapy, to meet the needs of the children who visit the centre.
The team at Psych Connect have years of experience in working with children, teens and young adults who are facing emotional, interpersonal, behavioural and academic challenges. Offering support for children as young as two, the psychology clinic works together with families and stakeholders such as schools. They strongly believe that family therapy and parental and teacher support are helpful in addressing and managing the issues that children face. For a holistic approach, they have a team of clinical, counselling and paediatric forensic psychologists along with counsellors, art psychotherapists and educational, speech and occupational therapists.
Challenges they offer help for include but are not limited to learning difficulties, mood disorders, developmental and neuropsychological conditions, and even the stresses of being a third culture kid. The clinic also offers related services such as psychological assessment and therapy sessions including educational, occupational, speech and behaviour therapies.
Therapy goals are determined through careful assessment of the problem the child is facing. Before intervention, the team uses a range of formal tools to objectively assess and gain a greater understanding of processes underlying the issue. These findings are then used to develop collaborative treatment goals. This ensures that therapy is informed and targeted. Once therapy begins, progress toward the goals is regularly assessed through these objective tools.
Singapore Counselling Centre
The Singapore Counselling Centre offers a wide range of counselling services, including those for children and teens aged four to 18 years. They have counsellors who offer a safe space for children to talk about their struggles and get professional advice about them. Appointments can be booked online.
Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC) Counselling
SACAC Counselling has a team of dedicated clinical and educational psychologists and counsellors that have loads of experience with children. Using a collaborative approach, they believe in involving everyone who is in contact with the child, from parents to teachers at school. They can also conduct psychometric assessments to help identify issues so they can be tackled appropriately.
#09-04 Thong Teck Building, 15 Scotts Road
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