According to Statista, an average of 700,000 people die due to suicide globally every year. It is one of the reasons why many are ramping up their mental health awareness programmes and making mental healthcare more accessible and available. Yet there is still a stigma surrounding psychotherapy in Singapore.
Stigma is one of the reasons why people are hesitant to seek professional help despite their anxieties, depression, and mental health conditions. Medical professionals encourage people not to neglect their mental health.
This article will shed light on the truth behind the myths and misconceptions about psychological counselling in Singapore:
MYTH #1: Psychotherapy are only for depressed and people with mental health conditions
Indeed, depression counselling in Singapore can help people struggling with depression, and psychotherapy can help treat people experiencing complex psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. But psychotherapy is not limited to mental disorders alone.
For instance, psychological counselling in Singapore can help you build your self-esteem, manage stress, improve communication skills, and understand yourself.
MYTH #2: Psychotherapy is just a talk
Some people view psychotherapies, such as anxiety counselling in Singapore, as casual talks, like a type of conversation you would have with a friend with whom you can vent your problems.
Experiential psychotherapy is a psychotherapy approach that uses recreational activities and expressive modalities in which the clients can participate. The therapy’s goal is to help the clients evoke the emotions they can’t express or communicate well. Examples of experiential therapies are art therapy, music therapy, and role play.
MYTH #3: All psychotherapies are the same
Each therapy is not the same. Yes, clients may seek the same therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but the approach, activities, and prescribed medication, can be different. It all depends on the needs of the client.
For example, the depression counselling approach in Singapore may work for you but not for other clients despite having the same mental disorder.
MYTH #4: You can get better after one psychotherapy session
Although the goal of psychotherapy is to make the client feel better, it does not happen overnight. It could take weeks, months, or years. You cannot guarantee the number of sessions to attend to feel better. But if you are consistent with your therapy and have a strong support group with you, it is not impossible to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Prioritise your mental health, and don’t let these myths stop you from seeking professional help.
Redwood Psychology provides psychological counselling in Singapore. Visit Redwood Psychology today.