Better Life | Better Life FAQ
List of frequently asked questions patients have about appointments or the psychiatric, psychological and dietetic services offered by Better Life Clinic.
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FAQ

How do I go about arranging for an appointment at Better Life?

Referrals are not required to obtain an appointment at Better Life. You can contact our friendly counter staff directly at +65 62508077 or email them at clinic@better-life.sg to arrange for an appointment with your chosen specialist.

Appointments are typically available within the week. However, do expect a wait of about 2-3 weeks during busy periods.

 

What should I bring along for my first visit?

On the day of your appointment, please come 15 minutes earlier and bring with you:

  1. A photo identity document for registration purposes (e.g. NRIC, passport)
  2. Referral letter (if applicable)
  3. Any other documents (such as medical reports, health booklet, academic records) that you think may be useful for your psychiatrist, psychotherapist or dietitian to understand your issues better.

 

What should I expect during my first visit?

Whether you are here to see a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or dietitian, your experience should be a warm and welcoming one! Generally, the first visit will involve you being orientated to the nature of our services (e.g., confidentiality issues, frequency of sessions, cost, etc.). It will typically involve us asking you a lot of questions to find out pertinent history and background information so as to understand your issues a bit better. If you feel that bringing a parent/spouse/relative/friend will help facilitate the process better, please feel free to bring him/her along with you!

 

Do make use of the initial visit to get better acquainted with your professional, and get a sense of whether or not you will be able to work with him/her. Likewise, your doctor/psychotherapist will assess if he/she is the right person to meet your needs. If not, appropriate recommendations and referrals will be made for you.

 

Choosing the right mental health professional for you is very important, and above and beyond it being someone who is well qualified to deal with your problem(s), it should be someone you feel you can trust and get along with.

 

What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychotherapist/Psychologist?

This is a common question, and people frequently get the two mixed up!

 

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have gone on to train and specialize in the diagnosis and management of mental health disorders. Psychiatrists typically prescribe medication as part of their treatment.

 

Psychotherapists, unlike Psychiatrists, do not prescribe medication. They are trained in a variety of talk therapies that are based on scientific research. The style of the therapy you receive will largely be based on (1) the nature of your problem(s), and (2) your psychotherapists theoretical orientation/training.

 

Depending on the nature of the problem(s) you are facing, it may be appropriate for you to consult with both a Psychiatrist as well as a Psychotherapist this can be discussed with your specialist, and he/she will advise you accordingly.

 

How many follow-up consultations or sessions will I require?

This depends! While there are certain approximations regarding the minimum number of sessions of psychotherapy required to effect change (APA, 2010),there are many factors that must be taken into account. Simpler, more straightforward issues may only require a few sessions to resolve, whereas more complex and longstanding issues might require a longer treatment process. The nature of support you need can be discussed with your specialist. At the start, regular, weekly sessions are recommended to enhance the effectiveness of treatment.