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 email@example.com.