My Approach to Helping
Always remember that YOU MATTER in this world.
Being a mental health practitioner did not prevent me from experiencing burnout due to the demands of life. When I recognized the warning signs of burnout, I was almost reaching the breaking point in which I reached out to my support system to regain my balance and feel healthy and hopeful again. This experience had taught me the importance of reframing the way I look at life challenges and directing my focus on aspects of life that are under my control as there are always steps we can take to improve our state of mind despite the situation we are in.
More Info About My Practice
My journey in people-helping started through providing mental health services to various populations in which some of them are highly sensitive communities such as LGBTQ+, HIV reactive clients, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. I have worked with adults, children and adolescents in areas such as family relations, domestic violence, stress, trauma, self-harming, anxiety, depression, anger management and personal growth.
My approaches are mainly grounded on Choice Theory Reality Therapy (CTRT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) complimented with Gestalt Therapy. I also utilise tools such as expressive art techniques and therapeutic play skills (for children) as and when needed during therapy.
Many clients approach me to work with them in areas related but not limited to stress management, relationship management, anger management, depression, anxiety, finding a direction in life and parenting.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Struggles in coping with mental health issues, health issues, emotional challenges due to daily demands, workplace stress, grief and loss, relationship troubles and other issues can often become debilitating.
According to your needs, several approaches to therapy could be utilised to help you work through the issues that brought you through my door. A safe space will be provided to you to talk openly about the issues that are keeping you from feeling your best, and together we will work through these issues by:
- making sense of your emotions
- gaining new perspectives
- developing healthier and effective habits
- equipping new skills to manage daily challenges in a more adaptive way
- building the life that you want to live
- staying connected with people who are important to you
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Mental health issues developed over months or even years, and they have multiple effects on our wellbeing. Therapeutic work is like peeling the layers of an onion. Each layer represents some mental health related issues to be explored with the therapist to allow hidden parts to emerge. As we peel one layer and then the next, we foster independence, freedom & self-discovery; each time we strip off one layer, we work towards returning to positive wellbeing.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The first session is 90 minutes with psychological assessments. Subsequent sessions are usually 60 minutes each.
Based on the issues that brought you through my door, therapy will take between 4-14 sessions varying between different clients. In the sessions, we will collaboratively work on goal setting, identifying and resolving the most pressing issues for symptoms relief, developing problem solving skills, managing emotional distress and relapse prevention.
Charges are gazetted by the board of counsellors Malaysia so do call or write in to inquire. If any financial difficulty has kept you from seeking mental health services, I am open to discuss about fee adjustment to enable you to seek mental health services.
To make an appointment, you can contact me either by phone +6016 4626312 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.