Psychology  Services

A clinical psychologist works closely with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals to enable patients to manage and improve their mental and physical health.

A clinical psychologist is qualified to provide assessment, counselling and psychotherapy for patients with stress-related problems, common mental health problems, with or without physical health conditions. A clinical psychologist also helps patients with an understanding of the factors that contribute to their problems and that maintain them. Through working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals, a clinical psychologist also helps patients manage unhelpful thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This aims to improve patients' mental well-being and increase readiness to take steps to change thoughts, emotions and behaviours to reduce symptoms and increase healthy lifestyle habits. 

If you have any of following concerns, you can see a psychologist to get an assessment of your problem, seek better understanding about the factors that contribute to your problem and acquire strategies to improve your situation.

(i) stress in your personal, work or social life

(ii) anxiety (e.g., have symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, phobia, posttraumatic stress)

(iii) depression

(iv) grief and loss

(v) memory loss (e.g., wondering if you have symptoms of dementia)

(vi) mood swings, emotional distress

(vii) sleep problems

(viii) difficulties managing chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia, asthma, chronic pain, autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome)

(ix) difficulties adjusting to changes in lifestyle habits (e.g., dietary, exercise, smoking cessation, weight management)

(x) difficulties managing stressful life transitions (e.g., birth of newborn, change of work, loss of job, caregiver stress, retirement, change of marital or romantic relationship status)

(xi) difficulties following your healthcare team's instructions to manage treatment prescribed

(xii) risk of harming yourself or others, difficulties dealing with life crisis.

 

The Psychology Services aims to address the concerns of children, adolescents, adults and the elderly by providing: 

(i)    Assessment, counselling and psychotherapy for people with stress-related problems, based on a bio-psycho-social approach:

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Grief and Loss
  • Self-harm / harm to others
  • Sleep Difficulties 
  • Difficulties adjusting to new lifestyle habits (e.g., dietary, exercise) 
  • Difficulties carrying out doctor’s prescribed treatment
  • Workplace stress and interpersonal conflicts

 

(ii)   Our methods of intervention include:

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • Mindfulness based interventions
  • Problem-solving therapy
  • Schema therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Social skills and assertiveness training
  • Communication skills training

 

Commonly asked questions 

  1. Does seeing a clinical psychologist mean that I have a mental illness?
    No. When people face stress-related life challenges and have difficulties coping, it is normal to have unpleasant reactions towards the situation.  Seeing a clinical psychologist can help you to manage the condition effectively.  
     
  2. How do I get access to NHGP's Psychology Services?
    Psychology Services are available across all NHG Polyclinics. Patients may get a referral to Psychology Services from doctors, nurses and allied health professionals of NHGP.
     
  3. How much does a consultation with a psychologist cost?
    There is a charge for Psychology Services. You may approach clinic counter staff, or contact our hotline at 6355 3000 for more information.

 

 

 

Polyclinics with this service:

Ang Mo Kio 
Hougang 
Toa Payoh 
Woodlands 
Yishun