Psychology  Services

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

A 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 psychologist 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 psychologist also facilitates the adjustment of unhelpful thinking, enhance emotional well-being and increase helpful behaviors to improve symptoms and 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) chronic pain

(iv) grief and loss

(v) irritable bowel syndrome

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

(vii) mood swings, emotional distress

(viii) sleep problems

(ix) difficulties managing chronic illnesses (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia)

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

(xi) difficulties managing stressful life transitions (e.g., birth of newborn, change of work, caregiver stress, retirement)

(xii) difficulties following doctor's instructions to manage medication prescribed

(xiii) risk of self-harm

 

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:

  • 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:

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

 

Commonly asked questions 

  1. Does seeing a psychologist mean that I have a mental illness?
    No. When people encounter life challenges and have difficulties coping with them, it is normal to have unpleasant reactions towards the situation.  Seeing a 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.
     
  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 
Bukit Batok 
Choa Chu Kang 
Clementi 
Hougang 
Jurong 
Toa Payoh 
Woodlands 
Yishun