Supporting you and your loved ones with Psychotherapy and Counseling in Singapore.
Your therapy sessions are designed to be holistic, experiential and motivating. Each session is tailor-made to suit your needs in the here-and-now of the therapy session. Sessions may include psycho-education, especially for trauma survivors. As the therapeutic process unfolds, I may incorporate the use of creative media like art and music, dreams and body work to sharpen awareness. My work centers around your therapy goals, and your search for answers to often difficult questions.
To make an appointment or to enquire about psychotherapy or counseling, contact me.
Address: 111 North Bridge Road #08-14, Peninsula Plaza, 179098 Singapore.
I believe in a cross-cultural Psychotherapeutic attitude
Coming from a multi-cultural background myself, I am aware of issues pertaining to cultural differences.
Psychotherapy for expat community as well as migrant community in Singapore. I provide psychotherapy in German. In other foreign languages, I work well with translator. My therapy method is accessible to anyone regardless of verbal language hinderances.
What is Psychotherapy?
“Therapy” is from the Latin word therapīa, from Ancient Greek θεραπεία (therapeía, “service, medical treatment”), from θεραπεύω (therapeúō, “I serve, treat medically”). It is an attempted remediation of a health problem following a diagnosis, usually synonymous with treatment.
“Psychotherapy” is the treatment of the emotional, physical, relational aspects (i.e. the bio-psycho-social parts) of an individual through the treatment of the psyche.
There are many different psychotherapeutic methods. I am a fully accredited gestalt therapist with IGWien, Vienna. I train with gestalt therapists from Europe and America. I am also an active researcher in gestalt psychotherapy.
My Areas of Interest as Psychotherapist
I am a clinical practitioner, working with individuals suffering symptoms of anxiety & panic, depression, psychosomatic pain (e.g. back pain, migraines, paralysis), psychological aid with somatic symptoms (like diabetes, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome). Clients with tendency to self harm and are struggling with addictive behaviors (gaming/ gambling/media/shopping addiction) are welcome.
Areas of special interest & research:
Adult sufferers of childhood trauma. Complex Trauma. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Taking antidepressants or anti-psychotics? For support in coming off psychiatric drugs safely and downloadable ebook, please read here.
Why begin counseling early?
Here are some reasons that may interest you to begin treatment:
Difficulty with sleep. Certain addictive behaviors keeping you from living harmoniously. Obsessive behavior and/or thoughts. Anxiety and panic feelings that occur with no known cause. You notice repeating patterns in your relationships that negatively affect your life. Feeling hopelessness. Crying or heart-racing without known cause. Having uncontrollable rage. Despair. Burnout. Losing grip on work or studies.
When symptoms are less severe, the client’s response to therapy is speedier. The sooner help is administered, the sooner one gets back to optimal living.
“I need help, but I’m afraid others might find out…”
I am, by ethical code and law of the profession of psychotherapy in Austria, with the exception of threat-to-life situations, obligated to protection of the confidentiality of all my past and present clients. I do not engage administrators or receptionists to work in my practice. Your records are thus only seen by me (and my successor, a registered therapist in the EU who is bounded by the same law). In accordance with EU data protection law, your therapy data with me is protected.
“I’m so busy, I have no time for therapy…”
Each therapy session lasts about 45-50 minutes weekly. For busy working people, therapy brings relief from stress, preventing burnout. Psychotherapy helps you remain functional and economically active for many more years to come.
“I am not comfortable devoting this time to myself…”
The kindest and most helpful caregivers amongst us feel uncomfortable being on the receiving end of care. We can be of service to others best if we are okay ourselves beforehand. Following the recommendation from the aircraft safety message is a good idea: “when oxygen is scarce, place the oxygen mask on yourself first before attending to the next person.”
“I need help, but cannot afford the full fee…”
If you need special financial assistance, here are options:
- I devote 5 hours of my work per week to therapy with individuals with real economic hardship. Space is, however, limited, because my resources are. *If you’re keen to be a patron of a client in need, we will be grateful.*
- An alternative for those who have limited financial resources, is to join one of my group therapy sessions.
- Yet another alternative for subsidized therapy sessions is to be part of research. Contact me for information.
All therapy given my me, regardless of financial assistance, afford my fullest regard.
Nicole Chew-Helbig (Mag. pth.) is Singaporean (b.1969), psychotherapist and counselor in Singapore. She has got an Austrian Magistra der Psychotherapiewissenschaft (Masters in Psychotherapy Science) from the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna, Austria, where she is currently a doctoral candidate involved in Psychotherapy research. She is a licensed psychotherapist (Gestalt) in Austria, with a rich experience in clinical psychotherapy and trauma Psychotherapy. Her psychotherapeutic approach is Gestalt therapy, which she was introduced to in 2012-2015 through the Seekers After Truth (SAT) program led by Dr. Claudio Naranjo. Her license is earned from Vienna, Austria, under the training of Institut für Integrative Gestattherapie Wien (IGWien). Her mentors are cross-cultural. Nicole is also trained under the Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles (GATLA) led by Dr. Robert Resnick.
Nicole is also an alumnus of the National University of Singapore, having earned an Honors degree in Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medicine in 1993. Nicole’s practice is friendly towards migrant, expatriate, aged and LGBTQ population. Her personal background is multi-cultural. Her work is religion- and culture-conscious. Face-to-face counseling & psychotherapy is located in Singapore. Psychotherapy via internet / Skype is available.