22017Jun
10 Effective Ways to Boost Low Self Esteem

10 Effective Ways to Boost Low Self Esteem

Before we talk about improving low self esteem, we must first take a look at what self esteem actually means. In psychology, the term self-esteem means a person’s overall sense of self-worth or personal value. As human beings, we each have the ability to not only be aware of ourselves, but to measure our worth…

Read More
292017May
Coping with a Break Up

Coping with a Break Up

First, try to remember that feeling sad after a breakup is normal. All breakups represent a form of loss, even breakups that are amicable and those that represent the end of a toxic relationship. As with all forms of loss, it is important to go through the grief process. There is no “right way” to…

Read More
262017May
How Exercise May Help Reduce Your Anxiety

How Exercise May Help Reduce Your Anxiety

When you have anxiety or depression, slipping on a pair of runners and heading to the gym may feel like the last thing you want to do. Being motivated can seem an overwhelming task when you’re depressed, but as they say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Depression and anxiety…

Read More
252017May
Life’s Hard Choices 

Life’s Hard Choices 

by Dr Sam (Wee Hong) Tan “The Spirit of A Man Is Constructed Out of His Choices” – Irvin Yalom James came to therapy seeking a way to move forward with his life. For the last 10 years, he has been struggling to hold down a job because of stress. Now, he feels a strong…

Read More
222017May
Role of Emotions

Role of Emotions

This article is about the role of emotions and, more specifically, how emotions are helpful even when they are unpleasant. Even though emotions are generally a useful tool, people can run into problems with them when they experience too much or too little of an emotion; or when they experience an emotion at an inappropriate…

Read More
202017May
SOME STEPS TO EASE COMING OUT TO ASIAN PARENTS 

SOME STEPS TO EASE COMING OUT TO ASIAN PARENTS 

by Dr Sam Tan, Senior Clinical Psychologist In a previous article, we explored how cultural narratives can add on another layer of complexity in the coming out process for Asian LGBTIQ people. In this article, we will explore some ways to deal with these issues. Step 1. Evaluation Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Why…

Read More
172017May
Crisis Management

Crisis Management

by Dr Sam Tan, Senior Clinical Psychologist As cliché as it may be, we will all experience emotional crises in our lives. It is an inevitable part of our lives. Emotional crises occur when life changes occur in an intensity or frequency that overwhelms our usual abilities to cope. Mood changes such as numbing, depression,…

Read More
152017May
COMING OUT TO ASIAN PARENTS

COMING OUT TO ASIAN PARENTS

by Dr Sam Tan, Senior Clinical Psychologist Bring glory to the family  Don’t shame the family; or make us lose Face Don’t air dirty laundry in public These are the implicit cultural injunctions that underpin a lot of Asian societies and cultures. And they add on another level of complexity in the coming out process…

Read More
142017May
Tips to Coming Out

Tips to Coming Out

Coming out is one of the biggest milestones in the life of someone from the LGBTI community . It can be a freeing and liberating experience. It is also a nerve wracking prospect that is associated with a lot of anticipatory anxiety. Every person’s experience is different.  below are some tips and points for consideration…

Read More