Psychological counselling services in Singapore

The difference between a psychologist, psychiatrist, and counsellor in Singapore

Hello readers,

Over the years I’ve learned that people get confused between the terms, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, and Counsellor. Today I’ll write a short little article to clarify them.

What does a Psychologist do?

There are many different type of psychologists, but the one I’m referring to in this article are Clinical psychologists. Clinical psychologists in Singapore are Master/PhD graduates who are trained in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. Clinical psychologists can conduct psychological assessments for clients, and typically provide talk-therapy for clients. (This is me!)

What does a Psychiatrist do?

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are specialised in mental health during their training. Just like cardiologists are medical doctors who are specialised in cardiovascular health. They can check your general health and can prescribe you with psychopharmacological medication and typically do not provide talk therapy.

What do Counsellors do?

Counsellors also provide talk-therapy but usually are trained to serve a population with less severe mental health issues. They have a Masters in counselling or counselling psychology.

Here’s an image to sum it up:

How do you make an appointment with a psychologist or counsellor in Singapore?

In Singapore there are 2 routes: The

public and private route.

To see a private psychologist, psychiatrist, or counsellor, you do NOT need a referral from a GP. You can contact them directly to set a session up.

For public services, you will have to go to the polyclinic to get a referral to see a psychologist, counsellor, or psychiatrist.

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