Therapy and counselling in Singapore are no longer just sitting on a couch and talking.
Many different service providers in Singapore cover a wide range of therapeutic environments to address your mental health issues – from horses, dogs and outdoor walks to targeting kids, families, individuals and relationships, Singapore’s got it all. There’s never been a better time, or better way, to help yourself, your partner or your family!
1. Harmony Counselling
Harmony Counselling offers therapy and life coaching to many different groups of people, including individuals (men and women), groups, families, couples and children of all ages. You can reach out if you may be facing a challenging situation, such as crisis, depression, anxiety, doubts, difficulties, frustration or concerns, or feeling you are not living life as fully as you would like.
One unique thing Harmony Counselling offers is Walk-and-Talk therapy, where you can walk and talk in a park, such as Botanic Gardens. Walking in nature is very therapeutic and is especially useful for those who are not used to expressing their inner feelings, like teenagers, adolescents and adult males. Harmony Counselling is one of the first counselling services in Singapore to offer this kind of therapy, but it is only suggested to existing clients so you’ll have to see a therapist for office sessions first.
Price: $200 per session for individual counselling and $220 per session for couple and family counselling. Contact Harmony Counselling for support group rates as group sessions are arranged in response to specific needs. Schedule an appointment here.
Address: 63B Temple St., 058608 / 10 Anson Rd., #28-14, International Plaza, 179903
Tel: 8908 2187
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sat.)
2. Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC) Counselling
SACAC has long been known as a good place to go if you’re an expat dealing with transition issues. But they do more than that, as they offer a variety of therapeutic modalities to children and adults who are struggling with their mental health.
Founded by a group of parents in 1973, SACAC Counselling was created when the Singapore American Community Action Council (SACAC) wanted to provide recreational and counselling services to the American community at large here in Singapore. Of course, they have expanded beyond that to serve both the locals as well as expats. They also have multilingual therapists, including those who speak English, Mandarin, Hokkien, Malay, Bahasa, Hindi, Cantonese, French, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.
Price: For each 50 to 60 minute session, it’s $185 for exclusively online therapists or counsellors in training (face to face or online), $235 to $280 depending on the therapist selected and $300 with the director. Schedule an appointment here.
Address: 15 Scotts Rd., #09-04, Thong Teck Building, 228218
Tel: 6733 9249 / 8285 0476 (WhatsApp only)
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sun.)
3. Scott Psychological Centre
Scott Psychological Centre features treatment for a wide variety of emotional and psychological difficulties, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), depression, anxiety, stress and career counselling. Modalities used include stress management, lifestyle management, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
They also offer counselling for children with socio-emotional and/or learning difficulties at school and those facing difficulties associated with parenting. Apropos to today’s internal personal pressures and addressing fear of social stigmatisation, Scott Psychological Centre also offers therapeutic support for the LGBT community, many of whom can benefit from counselling aimed at empowering the individual to lead a fulfilling life. Other counselling support includes grief and even infidelity.
Price: From $220 to $375, depending on the service. Schedule an appointment here.
Scott Psychological Centre
Address: 360 Orchard Rd., #10-10, International Building, 238869
Tel: 6733 8919
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sat.)
4. Alliance Counselling
Alliance Counselling has an army of therapists who can cover every aspect of needs, including individual, marriage/couples therapy, pre- and post-natal therapy among others. The pre- and post-natal therapy are new offerings targeting the needs of new parents as they transition into parenthood, while also addressing the possible mental health issues that can arise due to pregnancy, such as postpartum depression, fear of giving birth and complications. Loss of a child is also an area of support, as well as pre-pregnancy issues like fertility. The group also offers Telehealth to adults where you can Zoom with a therapist if you can’t come or are in another country.
Price: $235.40 to $256.80 for a standard 50-minute session (rate applies to phone call or Zoom sessions too), $353.10 to $385.20 for Gottman 80 minutes couple session and $5350 for a two-day marathon couples therapy. Schedule an appointment here.
Address: 501 Bukit Timah Rd., #03-02 and #04-03, Cluny Court, 259760
Tel: 6466 8120
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
Counsellingconnectz is a counselling service in Singapore that supports diverse couples, individuals, families and children. Founded by Tanja Faessler-Moro in 2012, this Swiss-Italian certified fertility coach and psychological counsellor, along with her team, specialise in areas such as couples therapy, fertility issues, IVF and donor counselling, pregnancy and birth counselling, and grief and loss counselling. The team also provides hypnotherapy for children and young adults to address and overcome issues like anxieties, childhood trauma, school problems, and sleep disorder.
Price: $285 for the first session of 75 minutes ($315 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays), subsequent sessions are $190 for 50 minutes ($210 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays). Couple sessions go for $285 ($315 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays), $190 for a 50-minute Donor Counselling session ($210 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays), $285 for a 75-minute Hypnotherapy session ($315 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays) and $190 for a 50-minute phone or Skype session ($210 after 6 p.m. or on Saturdays). Schedule an appointment here.
Many people nowadays appreciate how well animals can help humans with mental health problems. In Singapore, Pawsibility offers therapy with dogs that can help with any issue, from anxiety and grief to trauma and self-esteem, and more. Working with dogs can be active or passive, and specially trained therapy dogs can help reduce internal and external stressors, provide social support and motivation, induce the release of the feel-good hormone – oxytocin – as well as make therapy fun.
Price: Rates depend on services and therapists. Schedule an appointment here.
Address: 90 Taman Warna, 276401
Tel: 6497 7932
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.); 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Sun.)
7. Livingston Counselling & Psychotherapy
Horses are another animal friend that can help humans manage mental health issues, specifically trauma. The idea is that if a person cannot communicate their feelings with people, then an equine-assisted therapist can teach them how to connect with the horse to process emotions and engage in healing on a deeper level.
Livingston Counselling has been offering equine-assisted therapy for several years now. It also does regular talk therapy for mental health support. Other modalities used include Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Choice Theory/Reality Therapy.
Price: $175 for talk therapy and $220 per session for equine-assisted psychotherapy. Schedule an appointment here.
Livingston Counselling & Psychotherapy
Address: See website
Tel: 9724 1130 (Text or WhatsApp only)
Opening hours: See website
8. Eros Coaching
Led by clinical sexologist and relationship counsellor Dr. Martha Tara Lee, Eros Coaching can help people overcome issues with intimacy, inhibitions, body image and more. She has a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, a Masters in Counselling, plus two other degrees. She has been in practice for over 12 years and is the resident sexologist for the Pink Lifestyle sexual wellness and adult toy store in Isetan Scotts. She works with all ages, as well as individuals, couples and groups. Part of her work helps people overcome addictions to sex, pornography, sexual trauma and abuse, too. She speaks Mandarin and English.
Price: $250 for a 50-minute face to face or online consultation. Schedule an appointment here.
Address: 69A Pagoda St., The Psychotherapy Clinic, 059228
Tel: 6100 0851
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Tue. to Sat.)
9. HeadStart for Life
HeadStart for Life is a counselling service in Singapore for children that expressly supports Play Therapy. Yep, kids get to play, and hopefully, express any emotions that are troubling them.
HeadStart therapists work within a transdisciplinary model of intervention, providing comprehensive evidence-based and clinic-based intervention programmes across various areas such as speech, language, occupational therapy, play, literacy, numeracy, creative art, handwriting, counselling and social interaction.
The therapists work closely with the families and provide a safe and positive environment whenever they see clients. They offer child-led learning, play-based learning, sensory-based learning and Scaffolding based on Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Their most important rule is to have FUN!
Price: Fees vary depending on the services required and the seniority of the therapist. But as a guide, it starts from $160 per hour for Speech Therapy, $180 per hour for Occupational Therapy, $90 per hour for Social Skills Training, $80 per 45-minute session for Therapeutic Play and $53 per hour for School Readiness Programme. Schedule an appointment here.
HeadStart for Life
Address: 46 East Coast Rd., #09-03, Eastgate (Katong), 428766
Tel: 6893 3171
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Mon. to Sat.)
10. Connect Counselling & Psychotherapy
Connect Counselling is a firm that offers therapy for many mental health issues. But what stands out from others is that it features a cancer support service, which focuses on the patient or caregiver. Dealing with cancer can be extra difficult as feelings are not always processed due to the urgency of the physical medical needs. The therapists involved have cared for people who have had cancer, so they have the first-hand experience.
Modalities used include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Connect Counselling also has a specialised offering for people who have tics and tic disorders, such as Tourette Syndrome or provisional or chronic tics. Also, this counselling service in Singapore offers a free 20-minute consultation call to see how they can best help you.
Price: 1-hour sessions cost between $240 and $300. Schedule an appointment here.
Connect Counselling & Psychotherapy
Address: 360 Orchard Rd., #10-10, 238869 / 63B Temple St., 058608
Contact: Contact via website
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Mon. to Fri.); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sat.)
By Andrea McKenna Brankin, August 2021 + Additional Reporting by Jayme Chong, September 2021