A sneak peek at the different types of therapeutic treatments in Singapore

Are you considering therapy? If yes, you may have found out that there are different types of them. While some can only help address a particular issue, others can help with various issues.

During a therapy session, you will have a heart-to-heart discussion with a mental health specialist. What you will discuss during each session depends on the issue you want to address and the method of your therapist.

Note that you may have to talk about challenging situations and work through distressing thoughts. While this may be difficult for you at the moment, you need to keep in mind that the end result is going to be amazing.

Below is an overview of some common types of therapeutic treatment available in Singapore.  

Behavioral therapy

Behavioral therapy centers on action-focused techniques to address mental health issues.

Behavioral theory pointed out that some of the behaviors we adopted in the past can affect our lives negatively or positively in the future.

Behavioral therapy helps individuals change their behavioral responses.

Who this therapy is best suited for

People with the issues listed below may benefit from behavioral therapy.

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues that sprang up emotional challenges
  • Defiant behaviors Phobias
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • OCD (Obsessive-compulsive disorder )

Sub Types of behavioral therapy


This method involves you facing your fears directly. For example, if you are afraid of needles or cats, you may be given a see-through box that contains one of two needles or a room with adorable cats.

Aversion therapy

Here, you will learn to associate the behavior you want to change with something unpleasant.

Humanistic therapy

This is a holistic approach that examines how the way you look at the world affects the choices and decisions you make.

This therapy is built on the belief that we understand our needs and experiences better than anyone else.

Humanistic therapy can give you a new perspective and help you understand what you are experiencing.

Who this therapy is suitable for

People going through the following issues may benefit from humanistic therapy.

  • Self-esteem issues
  • Depression
  • Feeling of worthlessness
  • Difficulty in coping with health issues
  • Relationship issues

Sub-types of Humanistic therapy

Gestalt therapy

In this approach, you will take a trip down memory lane to look for unresolved issues like family conflicts and consider how they affect your emotional health.

Person-centered therapy

This approach centers on the belief that emotional issues spring up when others criticize your decision or your choices.

Psychodynamic therapy

This therapy was developed from psychoanalysis, a popular approach to address mental health.

During a session, you will talk about anything lingering on your mind to uncover behaviors and thoughts that are causing you distress. You may have to talk about everything from recurring dreams to your childhood past and even things you fantasize about.

The therapist may also explore the connection between the decision you make and your unconscious mind.

 Who this therapy is suitable for

 Psychodynamic therapy is best suited for people who want to address the following issues.

  • Eating disorder
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Depression

Final note

Picking among the various types of therapy that are available is likely going to be difficult, as you don’t know the one that will be able to address your issue.

To make an informed decision, you may have to consult your health care provider. They may be able to recommend the best treatment based on your needs and preferences.