“I AM NOT WHAT HAPPENED TO ME. I AM WHO I CHOOSE TO BECOME.”
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a way to help people with a broad range of mental health or emotional difficulties1. It is often considered as gold standard treatment for a range of conditions due to its strong research evidence base2. However, psychotherapy is not only for those experiencing severe emotional distress! Anyone who is seeking to understand themselves better, or have a desire to examine and/or shift their ways of thinking, feeling, or behaving will benefit from it.
Psychotherapy can be short-term (a few sessions) dealing with immediate concerns, or long term (months or years) working through longstanding and complex issues. The hourly sessions are typically held once every fortnight in a conveniently located yet discrete office in Chinatown. In the first few sessions, we will discuss your goals for treatment and arrangements for how often and how long to meet.
Research shows that most people who receive psychotherapy experience positive changes in themselves and their lives3. This includes increased capacity to express and regulate emotions, enhanced school or work performance, personal wellbeing, and better interpersonal relationships3. Consistent with this, preliminary research have demonstrated psychotherapy's ability to modulate our brain activity4.
Since psychotherapy involves being open about your private thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, it might elicit uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, and loneliness. I will support you through this process, and you can be assured of strict confidentiality except in the most extreme situations.
To support your journey in finding a right fit for a psychologist, your first session at Talking Therapy is complimentary. Subsequent sessions are at $120/h.
1 American Psychiatric Association (2020). What is Psychotherapy. Retrieved from
2 Leichsenring, F., & Steinert, C. (2017). Is cognitive behavioral therapy the gold standard for psychotherapy?: The need for plurality in treatment and research. JAMA, 318(14), 1323-1324.
3 American Psychological Association (2017). What is Psychotherapy?
4 Karlsson, H. (2011). How psychotherapy changes the brain. Psychiatric Times, 28(8), 1-5.
DR CHARMAINE LIM | PSYCHOLOGIST
Hi! I am a clinical psychologist who strongly believes in providing quality and affordable mental health care to the man (and woman!) on the street. My advocacy for mental health extends into research and lecturing at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Singapore.
Doctor of Psychology, James Cook University
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology), National University of Singapore
Singapore Register of Psychologists Registration No: 1909003
Singapore Psychological Society, Full Member
After years in the events and entertainment industry, I decided to pursue my love for psychology to help alleviate human distress.
In 2013, I started as a counsellor at a residential home for children and youths, whose trust first taught me how to enter my clients' world. Later, my doctoral clinical training (1500 practica hours) allowed me the privilege of journeying with clients in a wide variety of settings including the Singapore Armed Forces, National University Hospital, and James Cook University. Post-graduation, my firm belief that mental health care should be accessible to all led me to work primarily in the community, with individuals, couples, and families.
I also enjoy contributing to the ever-growing body of psychology research that continues to shed light into the whys and hows of psychological conditions. My doctoral dissertation focused on the origins and maintaining mechanisms of depression, which I presented at the Australian Association for CBT conference held in Adelaide, October 2019. You can find more of my research here.
Individuals and Couples
Depression and Anxiety disorders
Obsessive compulsive disorders
Stress and trauma
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Gottman Couples Therapy
Person Centred Therapy
Charmaine is a sincere therapist who works with her heart. She helped me discover my strengths, and her sessions are not at all threatening. She is a good psychologist who gave me the courage to live a little better.
Desiree*, 29*, Healthcare Professional
I wish every hurting queer person has a therapist like you.
Sarah*, 45*, Educator
I decided to seek assistance from Dr. Charmaine when I was going through a harrowing family crisis. Initially, I wasn't sure what psychotherapy entailed, or whether it would benefit me at all. But I decided to take a chance since the alternative of doing nothing seemed a nightmare. I was pleasantly surprised to find Dr. Charmaine a patient listener who didn't judge me. After some sessions, my voice would choke, my eyes well up, but at the end my head felt lighter, and that's when I decided the therapy sessions were worthwhile. The journey made me stronger, resilient, and more positive about myself. My friends and colleagues noticed this positive change too.
Alan*, 38*, Consultant
* All names and ages have been changed
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