Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist?
A: Psychologists do not undergo medical training but typically hold a postgraduate degree in the behavioural sciences. They do not prescribe medication but use a range of behavioural, emotional and psychological techniques to help individuals manage their distress.

Q: Who should see a psychologist?
A: Psychologists work with people experiencing a range of psychological and emotional difficulties. Some may have diagnosed conditions such as anxiety and depression, while others simply need help through a difficult time (for example, marital difficulty or work related stress). Individuals are encouraged to consider seeing a psychologist if they find that themselves experiencing high levels of emotional distress and/ or struggling to cope with daily activities.

Q: What about children?
A: Children are not immune to psychological distress and some children may benefit from seeing a psychologist. Our principal psychologist, Ms Shelwyn Tay, treats emotional and behavioural problems such as exam stress, school refusal and separation anxiety. As a Clinical Psychologist, she is also qualified to test for and diagnose developmental disorders such as autism and Asperger's Syndrome as well as learning difficulties such as dyslexia and ADHD.

Q: What does it mean when you say that The Integrated Psychology Practice provides "psychological health services with a Christian world view"?
A: The Integrated Psychology Practice sees clients from all different races and religions. It provides professional mental health services rather than religious counselling. However, it is run by a Christian psychologist who actively tries to explore and incorporate faith beliefs in her work with clients. This approach may be particularly suited to patients who are Christian.

Q: What are your fees like?
A: Regular counselling and therapy sessions typically last 45 to 60 minutes and cost between $180 and $220. Clinical assessments may take between half a day and 3 half-days. Costs vary depending on the nature of the assessment.

Q: How do I make an appointment?
A: Because each session lasts a minimum of 45 minutes, our psychologist typically works by appointment only. Doctors may make a referral on behalf of their patients by calling The Integrated Psychology Practice at 6469 0450. Patients may make an appointment on their own by calling the same number or emailing