The Department of Psychology at Sengkang General Hospital provides psychological assessment and intervention services for various health and mental health issues.
Our team of Psychologists focus on helping patients learn skills to manage their mental health and emotional challenges, as well as to handle stressful life events better. Our psychologists aim to help our patients live fuller, healthier and more meaningful lives.
The department is able to support patients with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma, chronic pain, sleep disorders and more using psychotherapy. Please refer to the list of conditions below for more information. In addition, the department provides neuropsychology assessment services for dementia, intellectual disability and other neurological conditions (e.g. post-stroke).
The department provides psychotherapy, as well as neuropsychology assessment services.
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy provides a safe and supportive environment for patients to talk openly about their difficulties. Psychologists help patients understand the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that keep them from feeling their best. Patients will learn new skills to better cope with challenges that they currently face and that may arise in the future. Please refer to "Our Treatments" for some of the types of therapy we provide.
What can I expect at my appointment?
At your first appointment, your psychologist will ask you questions about yourself. These may include questions about your background and current difficulties, as well as your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. You may be given questionnaires that measure your mood and/or difficulties.
Your psychologist will work with you to understand how your difficulties came about and/or are maintained. Your psychologist will also discuss with you the goals you would like to work on during your subsequent psychotherapy sessions.
How long and frequent are psychotherapy sessions?
Typical psychotherapy sessions last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. They may occur on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis. The total number of sessions required depends on your needs, e.g. the types of difficulties you face, your goals, the things going on in your life and how fast you make progress. Typically, patients attend between 8 to 12 sessions of psychotherapy before discharge.How do I prepare for my appointment?
To make the most of your session, prepare a list of the things you would like to discuss and work on in psychotherapy. You may bring a notebook to write down any useful information during sessions. More importantly, keep an open mind so that you can use this opportunity to learn more about yourself.
Is what I share confidential?
Yes. Information shared in our sessions are confidential. You do not have to talk about anything that you are not comfortable with sharing. While your psychologist will record information relevant to your care in your hospital notes, the only people who can rightfully access these notes are your doctors and the treating team.
In some special circumstances, your psychologist may be duty-bound to break confidentiality. These circumstances will be explained to you by your psychologist at your first session.
What is a neuropsychology assessment?
A neuropsychology assessment examines a patient's cognitive (i.e. thinking skills), emotional and behavioural functioning through a detailed interview and standardised tests. Psychologists play a crucial role in helping doctors diagnose and monitor how a disease is progressing. Through the neuropsychology assessment, psychologists can identify your profile of strengths and difficulties, and help you adjust and adapt to possible challenges in your day-to-day living.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
Who can come with me to my appointment?
You may wish to bring along a family member or close friend who knows you well. With your permission, your psychologist may see you and your family member together, or speak with your family member/ friend alone to find out more about your difficulties. During testing, your family member may sit in the waiting area.
What happens after my appointment?
Who gets the results of my assessment?
Your results are confidential. The only people who can rightfully access your hospital notes are your doctors and your treating team.
The department also works within multi-disciplinary teams with doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals in the management of patients with various health-related issues such as:
Depending on your presenting issues and goals, your psychologist will discuss with you the best approach to manage your mental health difficulties. This includes (but is not limited to) the following:
Psychological Disorderso Adjustment Disordero Anxiety Disordero Bipolar Disordero Depressiono Insomniao Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)o Panic Disordero Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)o Phobiaso Somatic Symptom Disorder
Other Psychological Issueso Anger Managemento Grief and Bereavemento Relationship Issueso Stress and Burnout
Health-Related Issueso Adjusting to/Coping with Illnesso Chronic Paino Diabeteso Irritable Bowel Syndromeo Weight Management
Neurocognitive Disorderso Dementiao Strokeo Traumatic Brain Injury
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