Individual Therapy Singapore

Mental health is fundamental to general well-being, combining emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It correlates with how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a significant role in our aptness to handle stress, nourish relationships, work constructively, and make sound resolutions. However, just like physical health, mental health can be impacted by various factors, including life experiences, genetics, and brain chemistry. 

Individual therapy is also referred to as individual counselling or personal therapy. It is a type of psychotherapy designed to address mental health concerns in one-on-one counselling. The primary goal of therapy for individuals is to inspire change and improve the quality of life. This life-changing and healing journey helps individuals overpower a broader range of emotional and psychological challenges through confidential and bespoke sessions between a therapist and the individual seeking therapy.

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Who Can Benefit from Individual Therapy?

You would benefit from individual therapy if your well-being is affected by one or more of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Having problems with your family, friends, or romantic partner
  • A history of childhood trauma or abuse
  • Finding it hard to make and keep friends and/or maintain relationships
  • Low mood accompanied by negative feelings such as helplessness, emptiness, and/or lack of motivation
  • Tightness in the chest, fear of certain situations and environments
  • Fear of negative social evaluation
  • Fear of contamination or intrusive thoughts
  • Stress at work or at home (burnout)
  • Angry outbursts
  • Struggling with chronic pain
  • You or someone close to you has been diagnosed with terminal illness

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Individual Therapy in Singapore

Individual therapy in Singapore has gained significant prominence as an essential resource for enhancing mental health and overall well-being. In a fast-paced and demanding urban environment, where stress, anxiety, and life's challenges are commonplace, individual therapy offers a tailored approach to self-improvement and emotional healing. 

During our individual therapy, people may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone, such as anxiety, stress, addiction, abuse, family issues, insomnia, and sexuality. Individual therapy is a powerful tool in addressing and enhancing mental health issues.

What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy, also known as counselling or psychotherapy, is a personal journey toward understanding and healing. A trained therapist provides one-on-one sessions to explore thoughts and emotional or behavioural issues. It provides a safe space for self-reflection and growth, addressing challenges and fostering mental well-being. 

Therapists are highly trained professionals dedicated to offering support while maintaining stern confidentiality. Therapy helps individuals navigate distressing or sensitive matters with customised support to their unique needs, promoting self-discovery and empowering them on their path to positive change.

Therapists prioritise client privacy and only consider breaching it in cases where there is a potential for harm. Here are the core principles of counselling that apply to each and every individual:

  • Confidentiality: All therapists prioritise client confidentiality, only breaking it in cases of potential harm.
  • Client-Centered Approach: Individual therapy is client-centered, fostering a supportive, non-judgmental environment for self-exploration.
  • Trust and Rapport Building: Building a strong therapeutic relationship is crucial for effective therapy.
  • Assessment and Goal Setting: In early therapy, the therapist assesses the client and sets goals together.
  • Evidence-Based Techniques: Therapists use tailored evidence-based techniques from various modalities like CBT, psychodynamic, or humanistic therapy, based on the client's needs.
  • Self-Exploration and Insight: Individual therapy helps clients explore their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours for self-awareness, fostering personal growth and positive change.
  • Coping Strategies and Skills: Therapists help clients manage symptoms with coping strategies like stress management, communication, relaxation, and problem-solving.
  • Emotional Regulation: Emotional regulation is a key part of therapy, where clients learn to manage their emotions effectively.
  • Support and Empowerment: Therapists empower clients to boost their self-esteem and make positive life changes through emotional support.
  • Evaluation and Progress Monitoring: During therapy, therapists assess progress and adjust the treatment plan as necessary to maintain effectiveness.

Individual therapy can tackle a broad spectrum of mental health concerns. The therapeutic methods and strategies employed in these sessions may differ according to the therapist's background and the distinct requirements and preferences of the client.

Purpose of Individual Counselling

Individual counselling, led by trained therapists, offers a confidential space for self-exploration. They help individuals understand their mental health, relationships, and personal growth. Guided by trained therapists, its core objectives are to help an individual understand self, create coping strategies for life's challenges, and assist in understanding and managing emotions for personal growth.

Counselling can put life difficulties in perspective and help find practical solutions to the below-mentioned challenges.

Anger Issues

Anger, a common human emotion from irritation to rage, is normal but becomes problematic when out of control. This can harm work, relationships, and life quality. Counselling offers constructive tools to manage anger, promoting healthier expression and improving emotional well-being and overall life quality.


Depression is a distinct mental disorder influenced by genetics, life events, and brain chemistry. Individual counselling plays a crucial role in managing depression by offering tailored support to address its triggers and develop coping strategies.


In a personal session with a trained therapist, you gain valuable insights into your thoughts, behaviours, and emotions related to anxiety. A skilled therapist helps you explore the root causes of anxiety, enabling better management. This personalised approach is crucial for effective anxiety control by developing coping strategies and relaxation techniques to build self-awareness and minimise anxiety’s impact on your daily file.

Relationship Challenges

Individual counselling fosters self-awareness, empowering people to address relationship challenges and grow personally. It provides insights into behaviour patterns and unresolved issues, promoting healthier connections.

Marital Stress

Counselling provides a confidential space for self-exploration, improving communication and managing insecurities in marriage. It addresses past traumas, fostering self-awareness and strengthening and maintaining healthy marital relationships.

Career Counselling

Career counselling guides individuals to make informed choices by identifying their strengths, interests, and values. Experts delve into personality, skills, and goals to offer tailored guidance, boosting the chances of a satisfying career. This personalised approach enhances job satisfaction and life contentment, empowering individuals to reach their professional aspirations.

Personal Life Changes

Counselling offers vital support during life changes, like career shifts, marriage, divorce, and emotional challenges, such as grief, anxiety, or depression. It provides:

  • A safe space for self-exploration.
  • Aiming to promote clarity.
  • Coping skills.
  • Informed decision-making.

Additionally, it imparts essential life skills, self-awareness, and resilience, fostering healthier perspectives on life, stress management, and adaptability.

Behavioural Patterns

Behavioural patterns are the regular actions or reactions that individuals consistently show in different situations. Understanding these patterns helps to know how someone typically behaves or responds. Recognizing these patterns is important to spot trends, predict future actions, and use strategies for positive change when needed.

Substance Abuse

Counselling is important for dealing with substance abuse. A trained therapist helps individuals reflect on themselves and grow in private sessions. They explore emotions and find reasons like past trauma for substance use. This understanding helps create better ways to cope and avoid going back to old habits. The therapy plans are personalised, using proven methods like CBT and motivational interviewing to promote strength and long-term recovery.

School Issues

Counselling offers a safe space for students to address academic pressure, bullying, family expectations, social isolation, cultural and racial stress, and more. They help identify issues and provide personalised support to foster a positive learning environment, promoting their well-being and success in both academic and personal spheres.

Low Self-Esteem

Individual counselling provides a safe space to explore underlying causes for low self-esteem. With a trained therapist, individuals uncover past experiences and thought patterns. They then receive personalised strategies to boost self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-confidence, leading to a healthier self-image and more fulfilling lives.

Early Attachment Trauma

Individual therapists create a safe space to discuss past disruptions that led to early attachment traumas. They help you understand how it affected your emotions and support healing for better relationships and self-identity. This counselling also helps improve coping skills and emotional control, leading to healthier relationships and personal growth.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Counselling is a safe place to understand and deal with trauma. By talking about your trauma, a therapist helps you deal with your past trauma and gives you tools to cope with it. They provide cognitive-based therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) to handle symptoms like flashbacks and being overly alert.

Benefits Of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy, also known as psychotherapy or counselling, provides a private and supportive space for individuals to address personal challenges and mental health issues. It involves one-on-one sessions with a trained therapist, helping individuals discuss their emotions and situations to improve their mental health. Those who seek therapy find relief from symptoms and an improvement in their overall quality of life. These benefits extend to anyone dealing with stressful life events, not just those with diagnosed mental health conditions. Key benefits of individual therapy include:

Enhance understanding of one's mental health

Identifying triggers for symptoms or unhealthy behaviours

Developing coping skills for stress and daily challenges

Increase happiness and life satisfaction

Improve physical well-being

Enhance relationships and interpersonal interactions

Helps in overcoming fears

Improve communication abilities

Better sleep patterns

A sense of empowerment

Individual Therapy at Psychology Blossom

At Psychology Blossom in Singapore, our clinical psychologists and counsellors offer personalised individual therapy in a safe and supportive environment. We use active listening and evidence-based techniques to empower you. We prioritise one-on-one therapy focusing on goal-setting and positive change. Whether you're dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, or life transitions, our tailored therapy can help. Take the first step toward better mental well-being with us. Contact us today to start your journey.

Client Journey from First Contact to Conclusion

The connection between you and your therapist plays a vital role in making your therapy journey a success. Your personal path to healing begins with that very first interaction, whether it's a phone call, an email, or a visit to our cosy office. It's during this initial connection that you'll open up about your worries and set up an assessment appointment. Here at Psychology Blossom, we're committed to kickstarting your therapeutic adventure by nurturing a strong and supportive bond with you. Join us as we embark on this journey together, from our first interaction to the very last chapter of your healing process.

Counselling Process

At Psychology Blossom, we embark on a heartfelt journey with you, one that's tailored to your unique needs and well-being. It's a path that involves not just counselling but truly understanding your concerns, establishing trust, applying techniques customised just for you, and continually assessing your progress. We're here to provide you with effective support and help you flourish on your personal growth journey, broken down into the following five stages:

1. Therapist-Client Relationship Building

Our first goal at Psychology Blossom is to establish a trusting and compassionate therapist-client relationship before we start therapy sessions.  We create a safe space for open communication and mutual respect, aiming to build rapport for clients to freely share thoughts and feelings.

2. Initial Assessment and Diagnosis

After building a strong alliance, our therapist conducts an initial assessment, gathering information, assessing symptoms, and understanding the client's concerns, history, needs, goals, and mental health issues.

3. Goal Setting

We establish collaborative therapy goals after understanding the client's challenges and diagnosis. These goals are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound. A personalised treatment plan then outlines objectives and strategies, guiding the therapeutic process.

4. Problem-Solving

In this phase, we work with clients to address issues, support personal growth, and use therapeutic techniques. We assess progress, adjust plans, and implement problem-solving strategies to develop coping skills and effect positive changes in the client's life.

5. Progress Monitoring & Follow-up

We regularly assess the client's progress in therapy, concluding the journey when goals are met or mutually decided. Adjustments are made as needed, and follow-up sessions ensure gains are maintained, and new challenges are addressed.

First Session

After choosing a therapist and scheduling your first session, it's normal to feel some uneasiness, especially if it's your first time in therapy. Despite that, it's an important step toward improved mental well-being. In the first session, we do the following:

Initial Contact and Scheduling

In the initial session, we establish a connection and evaluate compatibility. Clients often reach out to us through phone or email to convey their interest in therapy. We collect essential information and coordinate the first appointment, fostering a positive atmosphere for a comfortable relationship.

Intake Forms and Documentation

After establishing a bond, we do some paperwork such as consent forms, insurance details, personal history questionnaires, and assessments. This meticulous approach allows us to maintain comprehensive client records and ensures adherence to legal and ethical standards in therapy.

Follow-up Sessions Procedure

Follow-up sessions in individual therapy are essential for evaluating progress and addressing ongoing concerns. These sessions involve structured procedures guiding therapists to offer personalised guidance, insights, and interventions aligned with therapeutic goals.

Session Structure and Flow

Follow-up sessions in individual therapy follow a structured format involving a review of the client's progress, feedback, and insights. We may incorporate goal assessment, skill-building, and problem-solving, occasionally assigning homework for a productive and therapeutic atmosphere. Clients actively participate, monitor progress, and work towards their therapeutic goals in a supportive environment.

Review Previous Sessions

Reflecting on previous therapy sessions holds great significance. This involves assessing the client's progress, discussing mental and emotional changes, and evaluating the effectiveness of therapeutic techniques. This reflective process benefits both us and the client, providing insights and allowing for adjustments to the treatment plan. It fosters collaboration and informed therapy, contributing to the client's growth and well-being.

Addressing New Concerns

At Psychology Blossom, clients have the opportunity to bring up new concerns. These meetings allow for discussing evolving challenges, thoughts, or emotions that may have emerged since the last session. We encourage clients to express these concerns to ensure that therapy stays responsive to their changing needs, enabling adjustments to the treatment plan. This flexibility is crucial for effective individual therapy, offering support and guidance as clients navigate life's complexities.

Determining Therapy Goals, Frequency, and Duration

Setting therapy goals, frequency, and duration is crucial in individual therapy at Psychology Blossom. This step directs the therapeutic journey by collaboratively defining objectives and ensuring sessions align with the client's unique needs for positive change and personal growth.

Setting Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

At Psychology Blossom, individual therapy goal-setting is client-focused. In the short term, we identify immediate objectives, like stress management or coping skills improvement, as measurable milestones.

Simultaneously, we collaboratively define long-term goals, encompassing aspirations for personal growth and well-being, such as boosting self-esteem or fostering healthier relationships. By establishing clear short and long-term goals, we tailor therapy to each client's unique needs, guiding them toward lasting positive change and fulfilment.

Deciding on Session Frequency

At Psychology Blossom, we tailor the frequency of individual therapy sessions to each client's unique needs and goals, whether weekly, bi-weekly, or a customised schedule. We aim to make therapy effective and adaptable to the client's lifestyle, playing a pivotal role in fostering positive change and personal growth.

Expected Duration of Therapy

At Psychology Blossom, we prioritise flexible therapy durations, adapting to each client's unique needs and goals. Our core aim is to provide effective and tailored therapy. We collaborate, assess progress, make adjustments, and maintain support for well-being, guiding clients toward their therapeutic goals at their own pace.

Duration of an Individual Therapy Session

The standard length of an individual therapy session is commonly known as the 'therapeutic hour,' typically lasting less than one hour. Within this timeframe, our therapists reserve a brief period at the session's end for note-taking and mental preparation. Additionally, a 5 to 15-minute break is included to ensure our therapists can offer undivided attention and expertise. It's important to note that, in exceptional circumstances, our therapist may suggest longer sessions if necessary for your progress and specific needs.

Typical Session Length

Psychology Blossom’s therapy sessions usually last between 45 to 50 minutes, occasionally extending beyond an hour. This timeframe encourages focused and productive interactions between our therapist and client, addressing therapeutic goals while prioritising client comfort. Although session length can vary depending on therapist practices and client needs, the standard duration in individual therapy typically remains within the 45-50 minute range

Factors Influencing Session Duration

The factors influencing session duration in individual therapy at Psychology Blossom are:

Client’s needs and preferences

Our therapist’s approach

Session frequency

Issue complexity

Therapeutic progress

Our therapy sessions are tailored to the client's goals and comfort, allowing flexibility in session length to support their therapeutic progress.

Expectations from Individual Counselling Sessions

Therapist's Role and Responsibilities

At Psychology Blossom, individual therapy counsellors create a secure and confidential environment where clients can openly explore their thoughts and emotions. Using evidence-based techniques, we tailor treatment plans and prioritise collaborative goal-setting. We maintain ethical standards for top-quality client care and confidentiality.

Our therapists actively build trust and empathy with clients, listening, validating, and guiding them to gain insight and coping skills. We stay updated through continuous development, delivering outstanding mental health care and supporting individuals on their path to emotional well-being.

Client's Role and Responsibilities

In individual therapy, clients play a central role. Regular attendance and punctuality are crucial. Open and honest communication about thoughts, feelings, and experiences is vital for addressing issues and making progress. Clients are also expected to participate in therapeutic exercises or assigned homework to aid in achieving therapeutic goals.

Clients are responsible for setting their therapy goals and working collaboratively with the therapist to develop a treatment plan that aligns with their objectives. They should actively reflect on their progress, voice concerns, and ask questions to optimise the benefits of therapy for personal growth and healing.

Confidentiality and Trust

At Psychology Blossom, confidentiality and trust are foundational to our commitment to personal growth and healing. We provide a secure environment for clients to share their concerns openly, ensuring their information remains confidential and protected. Clients can trust in our discretion, whether addressing past traumas, current struggles, or future goals. 

Trust is central to our therapeutic approach, and we create a supportive atmosphere for clients to comfortably disclose their issues through listening, empathy, and respect for their unique experiences.

You can expect a discreet and supportive environment in Psychology Blossom's individual counselling sessions. Our experienced therapists encourage open discussions about your concerns and challenges. Get personalised guidance, set goals, and learn strategies. It's a space to work towards improved mental well-being and personal growth.

Types of Individual Counselling: What We Offer

Individual counselling, also referred to as individual therapy, involves various therapeutic methods to offer personalised guidance. It is chiefly for individuals dealing with emotional, psychological, or behavioural challenges. Individuals collaborate individually with trained therapists to examine their experiences in mental health care. Different types and techniques exist within individual counselling, each customised for specific concerns and overall well-being. Below, we outline some of our common approaches to individual therapy in Singapore:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Psychodynamic Therapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Humanistic Therapy

  • Behavioural Therapy

What makes Psychology Blossom's approach to Individual Therapy unique and effective?

Personalised Approach to Individual Needs

Confidentiality and Privacy

Informed Consent

Evidence-Based Practices

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Cultural Competence and Sensitivity

LGBTQIA+ Affirming

Registered Assistance & Guide Dogs Friendly

Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals

Qualified and Experienced Therapists

Flexible Payment & Billing Procedures

Our Individual Therapists in Singapore

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Claudia Doig is an empathetic clinical psychologist, skilled in diverse therapies, fostering healthier lives and relationships for individuals and couples.

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Priya has over 10 years of experience working with children, youths, adults and families in the social work and counselling field. She has worked with many systems in Singapore such as MSF, Family Justice Courts, and HDB


Nadya Tan offers a safe space using ACT, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness. Specialises in Gottman Method couples therapy. Fluent in English, LGBTQ+ friendly.

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Deborah is a native English speaker. She also speaks fluent Japanese and conversational Mandarin Chinese. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (Individual) with the Arizona Trauma Institute, and has completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy

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