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FAQ for holding ground

Frequently
Asked 
Questions

1. Who do you see?
 

At our centre, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive psychological support to aspiring, expectant, and existing mothers. We understand that mothers are a crucial part of the family unit, and we believe in taking a holistic approach to treatment. That's why we offer services not just for mothers, but also for children, youths, young adults, fathers, couples, and families. Our goals are to help our clients improve their mental health and well-being, and to promote healthy and positive relationships within the family.

2. Does therapy work?

Research has consistently shown that therapy can be effective in helping people overcome mental health concerns and lead more fulfilling lives. The success of therapy largely depends on the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. At Holding Ground, we prioritize building a collaborative and trusting relationship with our clients to ensure the most successful outcomes. Our team of psychologists works with you to understand your unique needs and goals, and develop a personalized therapy plan that is tailored to your specific concerns.

 

While therapy can be effective on its own for many concerns, in some cases it may be most effective when combined with other treatments, such as medication. Our clinic works alongside psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals to ensure that we are providing you with the most comprehensive and effective treatment possible.

3. What can I expect at the first session?
 

The first session typically runs up to 60 minutes. 

Firstly, it is essential for you and your therapist to get to know each other. At Holding Ground, we would like to understand you as a person and your goals for therapy. This typically starts off with “what brings you to our center”. Your therapist would then ask further questions to have a sense of who you are and what life is and has been for you, your challenges and what you are hoping to get out of the sessions. The therapist would then introduce you to therapy, explain how it might work, and answer any questions you may have about the therapy process. Lastly, they will work with you to establish your therapy goals. 

 

It is important to note that therapy isn’t a quick fix because you are not broken. It takes time for you and your therapist to work together to piece together your story, uncover your strengths and learn new skills that will allow you to build resilience and thrive, despite the challenges that arise in life.

4. How can I prepare for my first session?
 

It is normal to feel anxious about your first therapy session, and we acknowledge the courage it takes to take this step towards improving your mental and emotional well-being. To help you prepare, you might find it useful to make a list of things you want to discuss or address in your first session. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • What motivated you to seek therapy and why are you seeing the therapist?

  • Your goals for therapy and what you hope to achieve from the sessions.

  • Any questions you may have about therapy or the therapist's approach.

  • Any other relevant information that you think would be important for the therapist to know during the first session.

5. What happens in subsequent sessions?

 

Subsequent individual sessions typically run up to 60 minutes, unless otherwise discussed or stated. All couple and family sessions typically run up to 90 minutes. Typically, sessions begin with a check-in on how you were between sessions; you might bring up an issue that happened between sessions that bothered you and that you wanted to discuss. Your therapist may also review homework from the previous session and discuss the applications. You and your therapist will use various psychotherapy methods to address your targeted goal. The therapist will consolidate key points, wrap up the session with your reflections, and schedule your next appointment. 

6. How frequent are the sessions?
 

Sessions are typically scheduled on a weekly or fortnightly basis to maintain continuity and ensure progress in therapy. As therapy progresses, the frequency of sessions may be reduced to monthly booster sessions until the end of therapy.

Please refer to the schedule for group programs as the frequency of sessions may vary.

7. How many sessions are needed?

 

Each individual's experience and concerns are unique, and therefore the length of therapy can vary. For some, 5-10 sessions may be sufficient to address recent adjustment difficulties, while others with longstanding issues rooted in childhood may require longer-term therapy. Your therapist will periodically check in with you to assess your progress and ensure that therapy is aligned with your goals. It is important to communicate your needs in sessions to ensure that you receive the most effective treatment.

8. What is expected of me in therapy?
 

Active participation and commitment are important in achieving the best outcome in therapy. Regular attendance to the recommended number of sessions is strongly encouraged. To enhance progress, practice assignments will be given outside of the sessions, and it is recommended that you take an active role in your treatment process by practicing new strategies (where appropriate) and openly sharing reflections and learning with your therapist. Any questions about the therapy process should also be asked at any point during therapy.

9. What are your charges?
 

Our fees vary depending on the type of service and duration. Please refer to our fees here.

10. What are the modes of payment?
 

We accept Visa / Mastercard and PayNow. To secure your appointment, we require a valid credit card to be on file at the time of booking. However, we will not charge your credit card until after the session has been completed, unless otherwise agreed upon by both parties. By providing your credit card information, you authorize us to charge the credit card for any missed appointments or late cancellations in accordance with our cancellation policy.

11. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my session?
 

If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, we kindly request that you reschedule in advance so that we can release the slot to another client. To reschedule or cancel your appointment, please contact us at 8508 4846. Please note that cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be subjected to a 100% fee. However, we understand that emergencies can happen and we may waive the charges on a case-by-case basis.  

12. Can I stop therapy?
 

It is important to note that therapy is a voluntary decision and you have the right to discontinue at any time. However, we strongly encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have before terminating therapy. Your therapist will be happy to address any issues or questions you may have and work with you towards a successful completion of your treatment plan. If you do decide to terminate, your therapist will work with you to ensure a smooth and appropriate ending to your therapy.

Have a question unanswered here? 

 

We are committed to providing you with the best possible care and experience, and will be happy to assist you. Please reach out to us at wellness@holdingground.sg or 85084846 / 8512 5246.

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