My Approach to Helping
I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP; CP1-0281). Regardless of whether individuals struggle with emotional, behavioural, relational, or other mental health difficulties, I am dedicated to assisting them as best as I can. While I am predominantly trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy, I often incorporate creative methods to assist my clients in expressing their difficult feelings.
Aside from my clinical role at private practice, I also work with the underprivileged and disenfranchised refugee communities who have undergone trauma and adaptive stress. This experience has strengthened my ability to relate to individuals from diverse backgrounds, in addition to being culturally mindful of societal differences which helps me to better assist clients with varying needs.
In therapy sessions with clients, it matters the most to me to provide a safe avenue for clients to narrate their stories, relieve their pain, gain new insights as well as find adaptive ways to cope with life.
More Info About My Practice
Everyone experiences adversities at some points in life but seeking professional help may seem scary not knowing what to expect. Let me break down the therapeutic process in several phases:
1. Assessment & Exploration
The initial phase of therapy would be an assessment of your difficulties, your feelings, thoughts, responses towards your difficulties. While listening to your struggles in a non-judgmental manner, I would also gather information on your background on several aspects of your life. You only have to share to the extent you are comfortable with. This process is important as I would be able to assist you better knowing you as a person rather than focusing on your difficulties. Sometimes I use psychometric assessments (usually in a form of questionnaire) to help me in assessing your difficulties in an objective manner. We will also spend some time setting goals of therapy.
Formulation means a hypothesis of potential factors that make you more likely to developing the difficulties you are experiencing, the triggers of your difficulties, factors that could maintainworsenalleviate your difficulties. I might have an idea about these based on my clinical judgement, but it would be a collaboration between you and I because I believe that you know yourself the best.
The formulation will then guide the intervention in therapy. Depending on your difficulties, we will implement evidence-based interventions that suit your needs. It could be helping you to identify, express your emotions and learn ways to manage them more effectively. It could also be looking at your thought patterns, evaluating them and learning ways to see them in a more balanced perspective. Sometimes it could involve exploring possible newalternative behaviours. Learning to treat yourself more compassionately could be incorporated as well.
4. Monitoring & Evaluation
As the sessions progress, we will also review your goals to check if we are headed to the right direction. Your feedback are also valuable to me so that we can find ways to enhance your therapeutic experience.
It is important to note that it might not be a linear process as oftentimes the phases overlap with one another. During therapy, you may be required to carry out between-session exercises which are collaboratively decided to maximize your therapeutic gain.
I hope understanding more about therapy helps you feel more comfortable in seeking help. Looking forward to working with you!
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