Both counsellors and clinical psychologists are trained to provide counselling and psychotherapy, however a counsellor has a stronger focus on healthy individuals, who have fewer pathological symptoms. On the other hand, a clinical psychologist has a stronger focus on those with pathological symptoms or other serious mental health issues. A psychiatrist would be able to provide both psychotherapy and medication.
All three mental health professionals would be able to help you with the issues that you are currently dealing with, however if you notice that the symptoms are still manageable, then it would be good to start off with making an appointment with a psychologist or a counsellor.
Medication will only be prescribed by a psychiatrist if the symptoms that you are currently experiencing is at a severe level and it is disrupting your ability to function on a day to day basis. Not all individuals who see a psychiatrist would be prescribed with medication.
Not necessarily, the medication dosage may be tapered down as supervised by your psychiatrist as your symptoms become better and more manageable.
Most of the tests online may not be completely reliable, and if the test that you took is a diagnostic tool, it is best to have it interpreted by a psychologist rather than trying to interpret it ourselves, hence it is advisable to schedule an appointment with a therapist in order to have a proper clinical interview conducted to identify the severity of your symptoms.
No, not all government hospitals in Malaysia have psychological services.
Unfortunately, the laws in Malaysia would not permit for minors to undergo psychotherapy sessions without attaining their parents’ written consent first.
In your first therapy appointment, you would be requested to fill up a coupe of forms such as the client information form and the informed consent form, both of which are vital for your therapist to know a little bit about you before your session and to also highlight matters of confidentiality. Your first session with your therapist would last between 70 to 90 minutes and this is when your therapist would focus on understanding the struggles and challenges that you are facing at the moment and to also work together with you on coming up with your treatment goals.
A lot of individuals would benefit from psychotherapy regardless of the issue that you are currently facing. Some indicators would be if you are experiencing emotional or physical difficulties that are currently affecting your ability to function in your daily lives (e.g., stress, relationship issues, anxiety, etc.) or if you require assistance in your journey of self-discovery, goal setting, and growth facilitation.
Our emotions tend to fluctuate from day to day for a number of reasons. It can be from hormones or chemical imbalances, or it can simply be that some days produce more challenges than the others. However, if you notice that this is happening too often, almost like a consistent cycle, then it may be best to seek for professional help.
If you would like to make appointment with a particular psychologist and therapist, you may contact us to find out more about his or her available time slots. On the other hand, if you are not too sure about which psychologist or therapist is suitable for your recovery process, you may contact us through the inquiry function at our home page, we will attend to you within 24 hours, and guide you through the process of attending psychotherapy and counselling services.
It is very important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that a certain level of rapport has been established before you’re able to trust your therapist enough to share your struggles with them, hence if you are not able to connect with your therapist enough to form a safe and trusting therapeutic relationship, then it is perfectly reasonable to speak to your therapist about wanting to be referred to another therapist.
The number of psychotherapy sessions required depends on a client’s needs and goals, but on average, clients are encouraged to attend a minimum of 6 to 8 therapy sessions to fully indulge in the therapy experience. Usually, treatment is completed upon mutual agreement between the client and the therapist. You should not be expected to attend therapy sessions forever as the goal of treatment is to help you get better and that should be achievable with a certain amount of sessions that is agreed upon between the client and the therapist.
Anything that you share with your therapist will remain private and will not be shared to anyone with three exceptions: (1) the client is a potential danger to self and others, (2) child or elder abuse is suspected, and (3) where mandated by the court or law, information may be shared without written consent.
Often times what we see on TV has been exaggerated or heavily scripted for entertainment purposes, and although some elements may be similar (e.g., seating arrangement in the therapy room, matters of confidentiality, etc.), the contents of the therapy sessions on TV may be fairly different as compared to real life psychotherapy sessions.
Yes, you can. There are different types of therapy services such as individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and family therapy, hence if you would like to have your family members with you in session, you can request for a family therapy session with your therapist.