Chocolate cake? Long walks in the park? Chillin’ on the couch? Would those be self-care or stress relief? Hey, I’m not one to argue semantics. Really. To each their own. So I’ll just share my totally personal response. Those are Stress Relief. Self-care to me denotes something bigger than an “escape” activity. Self-care almost seems […]
Emotional Neglect – And the role your parents played.
Continuing from my last post on childhood Emotional Neglect, is this article on how it can happen in the 1st place. I first heard about the idea of Emotional Neglect during therapy last year, and have since heard it mentioned in various psychology publications. The prevalence of Emotional Neglect among Singaporeans was also discovered in […]
Emotional Neglect – Why You Need to Understand The Impact
Last year, in a bid to understand all my complex and conflicting emotions towards my “family”, my psychologist had asked me about my childhood, especially about who had supported my emotional needs. And I drew a blank. “I don’t recall talking to either parent about my issues,” was what I told her. I had started […]
Pouring out the feels: My Music x Mental Health Journey
I’ve not had much time or energy to update my blog the past few weeks. I’ve had a few things on my plate, both personally and professionally. But, I wanted to drop a short note on is that I’ve been busy working on a very exciting and deeply personal project – launching a music album […]
Did last year’s birthday hope come true?
Exactly one year ago, I shared a post on my birthday declaring that I would be seeking professional help to manage my mental and emotional well-being. I ended the article saying that it was a birthday present to myself – hope of better mental health. One year later, how am I? Has therapy helped, is […]
How to get the most out of your therapy sessions
So, you’ve found a therapist, dealt with the initial nerves, and are committed to improving your mental health. What can YOU do to get the most out of your therapy sessions? 1. Firstly, you have to go in with an open mind and heart. You can doubt what you will gain out of the sessions, […]
7 Myths about therapy, busted!
“So, come on in. Lie down on the couch and close your eyes. Think back to when you were 5. What were you doing? How do you feel?” Is that really what happens in therapy? Well not really! I think this perception started with Freud because that’s what he would do with his patients. But […]
What it’s really like to see a therapist.
You know how you’re watching a show and there’s a scene with a psychologist “therapising” his client, who is laying on a couch, or maybe calling his therapist in the middle of the night and screaming at him? Ok, so I’m pretty much describing Louis Litt from one of my favourite shows, Suits. But, no. […]
Confused by all the different options? How to find the right therapist for you.
So, you’ve considered whether you should explore therapy and decided to give it a try. Where do you start? For me, I wasn’t very familiar with the differences between counsellors, therapists, psychologists, is there a difference in the 1st place? Do they have to have certain qualifications? Should I go for subsidised options or do […]
Should I go for therapy?
It took me a really long time to take the 1st step towards therapy. I had spent the bulk of my life self-therapising and depending on the sagely comfort of my hubby and good friends. I wasn’t just getting by, I was thriving. Well, so it seemed. Successful at work, awesome social life, amazing travels… […]