During this period of high tension and lots of unknowns, our mental and emotional wellbeing is more important than ever. If you need professional help to manage and treat emotional issues, anxiety and stress, resolve relationship issues or tackle your child’s behavioural struggles, here are some clinics offering virtual therapy and counselling sessions. Read on to find out how these therapists and counsellors can help.
Maria Luedeke from Aspire Counselling offers virtual counselling and psychotherapy sessions for individuals, families, couples and children. Highly experienced in video counselling, she will be able to meet you over a secure online conferencing platform. Maria is a highly qualified American counsellor with international educational qualifications from USA and Australian institutions. She has also undergone advanced training in several areas of therapy including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Choice Theory Reality Therapy and Gottman Couples Therapy. Having studied and worked internationally, she takes on a multicultural approach and possesses great sensitivity when counselling individuals from different backgrounds and nationalities. What’s more, she specialises in anxiety management and self-care, amongst other areas including body image, life changes, relationship issues, addictions, parenting, grief, behaviour and anger management.
Besides being a counsellor and psychotherapist, Maria is also a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) coach. So, in addition to helping individuals who are facing struggles, she’s also able to offer professional guidance to those hoping to live better and more meaningful lives. This can be in work, relationship, health and other domains. Look out for her new weekly podcast, “Aspire to Wellness”, which discusses various mind, body and soul topics to help listeners move towards total wellness.
Counsellingconnectz aims to offer a safe space for individuals to find balance, empowerment, independence and direction in their lives. They conduct tele-sessions via Zoom, all secured with individual meeting IDs and passwords. Using a broad range of techniques, the team provides emotional and mental support to individuals of all ages. Their counsellors are highly qualified and certified master practitioners. They’re registered with the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors of Singapore (APACS), the Singapore Association of Counsellors (SAC), and the Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellor Association (ANZICA). Areas of expertise include acceptance and commitment therapy, depression, anxiety, burnout, change and life transitions, coaching, cognitive behaviour therapy, fertility, couple counselling, depression, grief and loss, pregnancy support, trauma and stress management.
During counselling sessions, besides working through struggles, counsellors will offer self-help tools that you can practice on your own. The clinic also runs an infertility support group, conducts sessions for couples undergoing fertility treatments and provides certification training for professionals. They have also presented study research results at international medical conferences.
Based in Singapore, Gary Ow is a New Zealand-trained professional hypnotherapist and confidence coach. Working with both individuals and couples, he has been using hypnowellness since 2000 to offer patients clear, accurate and reliable guidance and assistance. He uses a combination of sound therapy and hypnotherapy during hypnowellness sessions. Hypnowellness supports management of anxiety, stress and depression. It can also be a powerful supplementary tool to help individuals quit bad habits such as smoking, overeating and nail-biting, as well as aid in keeping on track with weight-loss programmes.
Gary also offers empowerment life coaching, where he uses his keen observational skills and insight to give his clients a clear vision of their goals. His hypnotherapy and counselling sessions can be held via Zoom, Skype, FaceTime or over the phone.
Anita Barot offers virtual and face-to-face psychotherapy sessions for individuals, couples, families and adolescents. With over 10 years in the field, she’s well-qualified to work with individuals and couples who are struggling with depression, anxiety, transition and self-esteem issues. Licensed in California, Anita has undergone advanced training at The Psychotherapy Institute (Berkeley, California) and has certificates in emotional focused therapy for couples as well as family therapy.
Anita believes that therapy is a collaboration between a therapist and client, involving patience, trust and hard work; her aim is to help individuals move forward and achieve their goals. Having lived in America, India, Thailand, and Singapore, she’s aware of what it means to have a global lifestyle, understanding the challenges of figuring out where “home” is and coming to terms with one’s identity. She specialises in helping third culture kids, dealing with women’s issues, counselling couples (affairs, relationship breakdowns, and domestic violence) and cross-cultural challenges.
Promises Healthcare offers a wide range of psychiatric, psychological and physical wellbeing services for children and adults. They provide teleconsultations on secure video conferencing platforms such as Zoom as well as over the phone. The team of psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists (plus a family physician) take on a diverse and multi-disciplinary approach to treatment. The care and wellbeing of patients are at the heart of their service and treatments are based on the latest clinically proven protocols in the neuroscientific and psychology field.
With a focus on holistic specialist care in mental health and addictions, the clinic also provides help in a whole host of areas such as anxiety, depression, anger management, adolescent psychology, family and marriage therapy, forensic psychiatry and psychology. It’s also the only private clinic in Singapore to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a non-drug depression treatment. In addition, Promises Healthcare offers personalised primary care services for patients and their families – particularly for those on psychiatric medication. This allows them to address needs more holistically. Services include preventive medicine, acute and chronic disease management, health screenings and health coaching.
Clinicians from Psych Connect have been providing teleconsultations for many years. They are experienced with conducting counselling and therapy sessions on online platforms and believe that therapy doesn’t need to be limited to a clinic setting. Psych Connect offers online individual and group psychological therapies (such as emotional regulation and social skills groups for children) and educational therapy sessions. They also have individual and group art psychotherapy sessions (including parent training). Catering to children aged seven to 11, the emotional regulation group course is especially relevant for times like these. It enables kids to learn how to manage their feelings and stress. The team of therapists have experience with a huge range of ages. They have even conducted psychological therapy and counselling sessions for children as young as three years!
Psych Connect uses a convenient online platform called PlatoConnect – connecting to it for a session is easy. Upon confirmation, just click on the invite sent to you. The system is protected by AES-256 encryption and SSL Certificates, so only authorised parties can access the consultation. So, you can be assured that the communication with your therapist will be kept fully confidential.
Boasting a Masters in Counselling, a PhD in Sociology and numerous other coaching certifications, Ralitza Peeva is a wellness and life coach and counsellor. She has lived and worked in Europe, the United States and, for the past 18 years, Singapore. She offers therapy and counselling sessions on Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and over the phone. Taking on a person-centric and solution-focused approach in her consultations, she strongly believes in tailoring her sessions to individual needs and qualities. Ralitza supports individuals to manage emotions, identify their priorities and create a balanced lifestyle with healthy and satisfying relationships.
With the aim to create a supportive and safe space for guidance, Ralitza offers support in various areas. These include anxiety, stress and depression management, relationship issues, life transitions, parenting challenges, divorce or separation, grief and loss as well as empowerment and life coaching. She also integrates multiple disciplines and methodology in her practice. As a certified administrator and facilitator of scientific tools such as the MBTI instrument, she is able to learn more about her patients to help them more effectively. Through these tools, individuals are also able to learn more about themselves.
State of Reiki
Stephanie Schueller has been a certified Reiki practitioner since 2018 and uses the Usui method of Reiki founded and taught by Dr Mikao Usui. Suitable for anyone, Reiki aims to improve the flow of energy around the body. It enables relaxation, reduces pain, speeds up healing and reduces symptoms of illnesses. Stephanie also practises “distant Reiki”, where the energy is sent remotely. It can treat body pains, illnesses as well as emotional issues. During the Circuit Breaker, you can choose the amount to pay. It will be donated to It’s Raining Raincoats, a non-profit organisation supporting foreign workers in Singapore.
All you’ll need to do is provide your name, a photograph of yourself, the country you live in, a brief description of the state of your health and your desired outcome. After the session, Stephanie will send written feedback of her findings. Lasting about an hour, sessions can be done anytime and sent anywhere in the world. Patients are said to feel a change in mood, and an improvement in their energy and stress levels.
The Psychology Practice
This specialist psychological practice provides a secure and reliable space to work through concerns. The team of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists are experienced clinicians with an array of specialties that allow them to put themselves in patients’ shoes, keeping their needs in mind and helping them achieve their goals. Choose either face-to-face sessions at the clinic in Tanglin or opt for video consultations via the secure online platform. Patient safety and a sense of security during the coronavirus is important to them and they take these issues seriously.
Having worked in various public and private healthcare contexts locally and overseas, The Psychology Practice’s therapists are sensitive to the individual and cultural needs of both Singaporeans and expats. They offer a range of mental health services in the specialist areas of perinatal, child, adult, geriatric, disability and addictions. Apart from these, they’re also active in the provision of training and professional supervision, as well as community outreach. Visit the website to learn more about their offerings.
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