Covid-19 – A Time of Testing Psychological Resilience
We are in times of uncertainty right now, there’s no doubt about it. And it is in uncertain times like this, our psychological resilience is put to test and shows up most evidently. As nations, organizations and individuals brace ourselves in meeting the challenges Covid-19 bring, the reduced business and social activities, changes in how and where we work, is actually giving us a much needed space and time to reflect about life and perhaps finally spending more time with our loved ones.
Adlerian Therapy is an approach that focuses on clients’ social context such as birth order, and lifestyle. Adlerian therapists believe that people are most fulfilled when they are contributing towards society. From the Adlerian perspective, inferiority feelings are a normal condition for everyone. This is because striving to overcome feelings of inferiority enables people to achieve high levels of development. Hence, these people are able to contribute to society as a whole.
Ericksonian hypnotherapy (indirect hypnosis) refers to hypnosis characterised by indirect suggestions. Indirect suggestions are often harder to resist, because the conscious mind does not recognise them as suggestions. An example of indirect suggestion is “You may want to close your eyes if you are feeling sleepy”. Meanwhile, direct hypnosis would be “Close your eyes when I say three”. The indirect suggestion hinted at the possibility of the client’s eyes closing.
Self-Gestalt is a German word which translates to “form” or “shape”, suggesting that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Thus, Gestalt therapy is a holistic process treating people as a totality of their mind, body, and emotions. According to Gestalt Therapy, context affects experience. Hence, Gestalt therapists use techniques to enable clients to become aware of their perceptions and reactions in various situations.
Existential Therapy explores clients’ challenges through a philosophical perspective. This approach focuses on the human as a whole, and emphasises that we have the responsibility and freedom to make choices. It focuses on themes such as meaning, freedom, anxiety, responsibility, and aloneness in relation to clients’ difficulties.
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a nontraditional therapy approach that alleviates distress of associated traumatic memories. EMDR suggests that mental health problems are created from maladaptively stored past experiences, as unprocessed memories.
Reality Therapy was developed under the theoretical basis of choice theory. Choice Theory suggests that we are responsible for our choices, as we have control over our behaviours. Reality therapy is solution oriented as it encourages changing one’s own behaviour to achieve desired goals.
Person Centred Therapy
Person centred therapy, or client centred counselling is a humanistic approach that views clients as always trying to fulfill their inner potential. Counsellors act as facilitators listening empathically without judgment or influencing clients’ process of self discovery. Through this approach, counsellors provide support to clients as clients explore their strengths and identity.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a quick solution focused therapy that emphasises clients’ present and future circumstances. Symptoms are not targeted. Instead, SFBT has a rational approach towards formulating clients’ solutions. This approach also assumes clients are motivated to improve their circumstances.
Psychodynamic Therapy takes a holistic approach towards assessing clients in relation to their problems. Insight is essential to achieve success in therapy. This approach helps clients understand their long standing conflicts from the past. These conflicts are a result of unconscious processes. Therefore, psychodynamic therapy focuses on mental and emotional processes rather than unhelpful behaviours. More specifically, this involves recognising and overcoming repressed and upsetting emotions.
Self Care with Play
As play therapists, we provide a safe space for participants to play, so that they can express their emotions, explore and cope with their daily challenges. Our daily lives consist of responsibilities and stress which may add extra weight on us. Therefore, it is very important that we learn how to take care of ourselves so that we can be better emotional support for our loved ones.
Art as a Way Forward
Many have found solace through the therapeutic benefits through art expression. The ability to express thoughts and feelings through art making has been timeless. Our love for art making goes as far back as the prehistoric ages of the caveman as evidenced on cave walls. Such passion for art making remains evidently so today.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a combination of cognitive and behavioural therapeutic approaches. It focuses on breaking down overwhelming problems into smaller manageable ones.This approach suggests that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected. Specifically, our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviour.
Self-isolation with my young child
A solution-focused approach to staying optimistic in the face of challenges. My preschooler son and I recently returned to Singapore to put down roots after spending several years abroad. Before our self isolation, the idea of being stuck at home for two weeks with my active son made me dread the return flight to Singapore.
Psychological effect of social media
Social media platforms have served multiple purposes. They facilitate ease of online purchase, and are boredom killers. They help us keep in touch with our friends, and melt the barriers of direct communication with our idolized celebrities. Though occasionally discussed, the psychological impact of social media has not been deeply understood. Given that 7 in 10 Singaporeans are active users of social media (Ngu, 2019), social media is undoubtedly involved in our mental life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a therapeutic intervention that teaches clients to stop avoiding and denying their emotions. Instead, clients learn to accept that these feelings are appropriate and important for them to keep moving forward. ACT is an action oriented mindfulness based approach.