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  • Who should seek mental health support?
    Mental health support should not only be sought by those who believe they are struggling with a mental illness, but also anyone who is experiencing stress, intense emotions, or life transitions, and wants to improve their life. Whether it is due to relationship problems, issues at work, personal loss, or any other setback, we all experience stress, anxiety, and other forms of emotional distress at some point in our lives. Whilst we are usually able to bounce back, sometimes we struggle. We might notice feeling low or empty, negative patterns in the way we think or behave, or just feeling unable to "snap out of it". A mental health professional such as a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or a Counsellor creates a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about your experiences and explore treatment options to better equip you to deal with life's challenges.
  • What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist/Psychologist?
    This is a common question, and people frequently get the two mixed up! Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have gone on to train and specialize in the diagnosis and management of mental health disorders. Psychiatrists typically prescribe medication as part of their treatment. Psychotherapists, unlike Psychiatrists, do not prescribe medication. They are trained in a variety of talk therapies that are based on scientific research. The style of the therapy you receive will largely be based on: The nature of your problem(s) Your psychotherapists' theoretical orientation/training Depending on the nature of the problem(s) you are facing, it may be appropriate for you to consult with both a Psychiatrist as well as a Psychotherapist this can be discussed with your specialist, and he/she will advise you accordingly.
  • How do I go about arranging an appointment at Better Life?
    Referrals are not required to obtain an appointment at Better Life. To arrange for an appointment with your chosen specialist, you can contact our friendly admin staff directly at +65 6250 8077 or Appointments are typically available within the week. However, do expect a wait of about 2-3 weeks during busy periods.
  • What should I bring along with me for my first visit?
    On the day of your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes earlier and bring with you: A photo identity for registration purposes (e.g., NRIC, passport) Referral letter (if applicable) Any other documents (such as medical reports, health booklet, academic records) that you think may be useful for your psychiatrist, psychotherapist or dietitian to understand your issues better.
  • What should I expect during my first visit?
    Whether you are here to see a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or dietitian, your experience should be a warm and welcoming one! Generally, the first visit will involve you being orientated to the nature of our services (e.g., confidentiality issues, frequency of sessions, cost, etc.). It will typically involve us asking you a lot of questions to find out pertinent history and background information so as to understand your issues a bit better. If you feel that bringing a parent/spouse/relative/friend will help facilitate the process better, please feel free to bring him/her along with you! Do make use of the initial visit to get better acquainted with your professional, and get a sense of whether or not you will be able to work with him/her. Likewise, your doctor/psychotherapist will assess if he/she is the right person to meet your needs. If not, appropriate recommendations and referrals will be made for you. Choosing the right mental health professional for you is very important, and above and beyond it being someone who is well qualified to deal with your problem(s), it should be someone you feel you can trust and get along with.
  • How many follow-up sessions will I require?
    This depends! While there are certain approximations regarding the minimum number of sessions of psychotherapy required to effect change (APA, 2010),there are many factors that must be taken into account. Simpler, more straightforward issues may only require a few sessions to resolve, whereas more complex and longstanding issues might require a longer treatment process. The nature of support you need can be discussed with your specialist. At the start, regular, weekly sessions are recommended to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.
  • How much do sessions cost and how can I pay?
    The cost of session varies depending on the seniority of clinician, nature of their training, type of intervention provided (i.e., couples vs individual), and the duration of the session. We accept payments via PayNow, Bank Transfer, and Credit Card. Please note that we do not accept cash.
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