Children Psychologist and Psychiatrist in Singapore

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Child & Adolescent Services

Unlocking Your Child’s Potential

Promises is home to some of the best child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists in Singapore. Our child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists are dedicated to helping families, and firmly believe that every child and adolescent has the potential to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.

We recognise the challenges children and their families face on a daily basis. Based in Singapore, our team takes a holistic approach, interweaving multidisciplinary input from our psychiatrists and counsellors to better understand your young one. This technique allows us to develop individualised strategies and therapies for empowering your child. This ‘whole child approach’ guides our practice, so you can rest assured that their needs always come first.

Our Child and Adolescent Services

At Promises, our team of child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists in Singapore is dedicated to empowering children and adolescents to lead fulfilling lives. We take a holistic approach, combining multidisciplinary expertise to understand your child’s unique needs. Our comprehensive services include individual therapy, parenting skills training, family counselling, and psychological assessments. Whether your child needs counselling or a diagnostic evaluation, we prioritise their well-being. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards better mental health for your child.

Frequently Asked Questions About Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Psychotherapists for Children and Adolescents in Singapore

What Is The Difference Between A Child Psychiatrist, A Child Psychologist And A Child Psychotherapist At Promises Healthcare In Singapore?

At Promises Healthcare in Singapore, there are distinct differences between a child psychiatrist, a child psychologist, and a child psychotherapist in terms of their roles and expertise:

Child PsychiatristA child psychiatrist at Promises Healthcare is a medical doctor who specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental health disorders in children and adolescents. They have completed medical school and have extensive training in psychiatry, including child and adolescent psychiatry. Child psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medication when necessary to address mental health conditions. They assess the biological, psychological, and social factors influencing a child’s mental well-being and provide comprehensive treatment plans.

Child Psychologist: A child psychologist at Promises Healthcare is a licensed mental health professional who specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological and behavioural issues in children and adolescents in Singapore. They have Masters, Post Graduate or Doctorate degrees in psychology and have undergone specialised training in child development and child psychology. Child psychologists employ various evidence-based therapeutic techniques, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and play therapy, to help children and adolescents overcome emotional, behavioural, and social challenges.

Child Psychotherapist: At Promises Healthcare, our child psychotherapists are highly qualified professionals with a minimum of a Masters Degree in Counselling. They have undergone extensive training and possess specialised knowledge in providing psychotherapy to children and adolescents. With their expertise and advanced education, our child psychotherapists are equipped to offer therapeutic interventions that support emotional healing, personal growth, and positive change. Through modalities such as talk therapy and expressive arts therapy, they create a nurturing environment where children can explore their thoughts, emotions, and experiences. Rest assured, our team of dedicated child psychotherapists is committed to providing compassionate and effective care to help children and adolescents thrive.

Each of these professionals plays a crucial role in supporting the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents at Promises Healthcare. Depending on the specific needs of the child, a collaborative approach involving a child psychiatrist, child psychologist, and child psychotherapist may be recommended to provide comprehensive and tailored care.

How Will I Know If My Child Needs To See A Child Psychiatrist Or Child Psychologist Or Child Psychotherapist?

Determining whether your child needs to see a child psychiatrist or child psychologist depends on the nature of their difficulties and the specific expertise required. Here are some factors to consider:

Child Psychologist:

  • Emotional and Behavioural Concerns: If your child is experiencing emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, or behavioural challenges like aggression, defiance, or difficulty in social interactions, a child psychologist can help.

  • Learning and Developmental Challenges: If your child is struggling with learning difficulties, attention problems, or developmental delays that impact their academic performance or social functioning, a child psychologist can provide assessments and interventions.
  • Counselling and Therapy: Child psychologists specialise in talk therapy and provide support for various mental health concerns, helping children develop coping strategies, improve emotional well-being, and enhance social skills.

Child Psychiatrist:

  • Diagnosing and Treating Mental Health Disorders: If your child’s difficulties appear to be more complex and may require medical intervention, such as diagnosing and treating conditions like ADHD, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, or psychotic disorders, a child psychiatrist’s expertise may be beneficial.
  • Medication Management: If medication is deemed necessary for your child’s mental health condition, a child psychiatrist can evaluate, prescribe, and monitor medication effectiveness and potential side effects.
  • Severe or Persistent Symptoms: If your child is exhibiting severe symptoms, experiencing significant distress, or their symptoms persist despite other interventions, a child psychiatrist can offer specialised assessment and treatment options.

Child Psychotherapist:

  • Broad Range of Mental Health Concerns: Psychotherapists specialise in providing therapy for various mental health concerns and can assist children with emotional difficulties, behavioural challenges, relationship issues, trauma, and more.
  • Talk Therapy and Emotional Support: Psychotherapists use various therapeutic approaches, including talk therapy, to help children process emotions, develop coping skills, improve communication, and work towards positive change.
  • Art Therapy: Some psychotherapists may integrate art therapy techniques into their practice, combining verbal dialogue and artistic expression to enhance therapeutic outcomes and cater to individual needs.
  • Collaborative Care: In some cases, a child psychotherapist may collaborate with child psychologists and child psychiatrists to provide comprehensive care, integrating different modalities and perspectives for the child’s well-being.

It is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional in Singapore, such as a paediatrician or mental health specialist, who can assess your child’s needs and make appropriate referrals to a child psychiatrist, child psychologist, or child psychotherapist based on their expertise and the specific concerns at hand.

When Should A Child See A Psychiatrist In Singapore?

There are several compelling reasons to take your child to a psychiatrist for children in Singapore. For example, if you suspect that your child is struggling with a psychological disorder, such as anxiety disorders, clinical depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, manic depression, and so on, a child psychiatrist can assist your young one in effectively managing their condition. Furthermore, if your child is experiencing significant levels of stress either at home or in school, a child psychiatrist can help them resolve their difficulties and alleviate tension.

What To Expect From A Child Psychiatrist In Singapore?

During the first visit to a child psychiatrist in Singapore, the doctor, your child, and you will have an opportunity to get to know each other. The psychiatrist will inquire about any challenges or difficulties your child is facing and ask about any previous medical or mental health concerns. The nature of the initial appointment will depend on the child’s age and situation. For younger children, the parent will likely be present to assist the psychiatrist in comprehending the circumstances. Older children may benefit from a private session with the psychiatrist without the parent’s presence as some children may feel more comfortable to communicate freely without their parents around.

After the assessment, the psychiatrist will discuss their findings and the suggested follow-up plan with you, which may include specific testing, more extensive evaluation, or medical therapy. If there is anything you do not comprehend, be sure to ask questions. A competent child psychiatrist in Singapore will gladly clarify any issues and spend as much time as necessary to ensure that everyone is at ease moving forward.

What Would A First Visit To A Child Psychiatrist At Promises Healthcare Look Like?

During the first visit to a child psychiatrist at Promises Healthcare, the focus is on establishing a positive and comfortable rapport with both the child and the parent or caregiver. The psychiatrist will create a safe space for open communication and understanding.

The initial appointment typically involves gathering comprehensive information about the child’s medical and mental health history, as well as any current challenges or difficulties they may be experiencing. The psychiatrist may ask questions about the child’s symptoms, behaviours, emotions, and social interactions to gain a holistic understanding of their condition.

For younger children, the parent or caregiver will likely be present throughout the session to provide additional context and support. Older children and adolescents may have a private session with the psychiatrist to encourage open and confidential dialogue.

Based on the information gathered, the psychiatrist will conduct a thorough assessment to determine an accurate diagnosis, if applicable, and develop an individualised treatment plan. This plan may include various approaches, such as therapy, medication, or a combination of both, depending on the child’s needs.

The psychiatrist will discuss their findings and recommendations with the child and their parent or caregiver. They will explain the treatment options, potential benefits, and any possible risks or side effects. It’s essential to ask any questions or express any concerns during this time to ensure clarity and understanding.

What Would A First Visit To A Child Psychologist Or Child Psychotherapist At Promises Healthcare Look Like?

During the first visit to a child psychologist or child psychotherapist at Promises Healthcare, the focus is on establishing a strong therapeutic relationship and understanding the child’s unique needs. The session is designed to create a safe and comfortable environment where the child can express themselves freely.

The initial appointment typically begins with an introduction and an opportunity for the child and their parent or caregiver to meet the psychologist or psychotherapist. This helps build trust and familiarity. The therapist may also explain the purpose and goals of therapy, ensuring that both the child and the parent have a clear understanding of what to expect.

The therapist will engage in a conversation with the child, using age-appropriate techniques and language to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. They may use various therapeutic modalities, such as play therapy, talk therapy, or art therapy, depending on the child’s age, preferences, and therapeutic goals.

The therapist will ask questions to gather information about the child’s background, including their family, school, and social dynamics. They will also inquire about any specific challenges or difficulties the child is facing, such as emotional struggles, behavioural issues, or social interactions.

This initial session serves as an opportunity for the therapist to assess the child’s mental and emotional well-being, identify any underlying concerns, and determine the appropriate course of treatment. The therapist may use standardised assessment tools or observation techniques to gain a comprehensive understanding of the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement.

At the end of the session, the therapist will discuss their initial impressions and recommendations with the child’s parent or caregiver. They will collaboratively develop a treatment plan tailored to the child’s specific needs and goals. This plan may include regular therapy sessions, therapeutic interventions, and strategies to support the child’s growth and development.

What Would The Fees Be Like?

At Promises Healthcare, we understand the importance of transparency when it comes to the fees for our services. As fees may vary depending on the specific treatment plan and duration, we encourage you to visit our page regarding our fees on our website for detailed information. Our page provides a comprehensive overview of the costs associated with our services, allowing you to make an informed decision. 

Compassionate People, Passionate Science:

Senior Consultant Psychiatrist, CEO
MMED (Psych), MBBS, CMAC, CCS, FAMS, Addictions Specialist
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
MBBS, MRCP, M.Med (Psychiatry), MRCPsych, FAMS, Psychotherapy and Women's Mental Health Specialist
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
MMED (Psych), MBBS, Depression and Anxiety Specialist
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
MD (Psych), MBBS, FAMS, Forensic Psychiatrist
Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
MBBS, M.Med (Psychiatry), FAMS, DAvMed, Child, Adolescent & General Psychiatry
Consultant Psychiatrist
MRCPsych (UK), MBBS (Singapore), FAMS (Singapore)
Senior Clinical Psychologist
DPsych(Clinical), MSPS, Registered Psychologist (Singapore)
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Ph.D. (Clinical Psych), MA (Theo), BA (Hons) Psych
Senior Counselling Psychologist
M.Soc.Sc (Counselling), Ph.D (Psychology)
Senior Forensic Psychologist
MA (Forensic Psych), BSocSc (Hons) (Psych)
Senior Educational Psychologist
MA (Applied Psych), BSocSc (Hons) (Psych), Dip (Ed Psych)(NIE), Registered Psychologist (S’pore), RQTU (BPS), MSPS
MA (Couns), BSc (Psychology)
MA Counselling (Australia), PG Dip Sec. Edu. (Australia), BA Arts (USA)
Senior Clinical Psychologist
M.Psych (Clinical), MA (App Psych), BSc (Psych, Mgmt, Mktg)
Senior Psychotherapist
M. Soc. Sci. (Counselling), B.A. (Psychology), Registered Counsellor & Clinical Member (SAC)
Senior Clinical Psychologist
M. Psychology (Clinical), B. Psychology (Hons), MSPS, AHPRA
Senior Clinical Psychologist
MPsych (Clinical), B.Sc (Hons) (Psychology)
Senior Psychologist
B.A., PG Dip Psych, MPsych (Couns), MAPS
Clinical Neuropsychologist
MClinNeuro (Clinical Neuropsychology), B.Soc.Sci. (Hons, Psychology)
Senior Psychotherapist
M. Soc. Sc. (Counselling), B. Soc. Sc. (Hons), CMSAC
Art Psychotherapist
MAAT (Art Therapy), AThR (ANZACATA), AThR (ATAS), BA Psyc (Hons)
Senior Psychotherapist
M. Soc. Sc. (Professional Counselling), B. Soc. Sc. (Psych), CMSAC
Family Therapist
MSc (Family & Systemic Psychotherapy), Grad Dip (Family & Marital Therapy), B.A. (Social Work & Chinese Studies)
Senior Psychotherapist
MSoc Sc (Counselling), B. Sc. (Hons), Post-Graduate and Graduate Certificate Expressive Therapies
Psychological & Educational Therapist, MSW
PhD (Social Work), MA (Medical and Psychiatric Social Work), PG Dip in Learning Disorders
Associate Psychologist
BA (Hons) Psychological and Behavioural Sciences
Forensic Associate Psychologist
BA (Psych), Cert. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


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