Showing posts with label psychotherapy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label psychotherapy. Show all posts

Friday, August 20, 2021

MICP Senior Accredited Member - Psychotherapist





Our Clinical Director is a registered psychotherapist with the International Council of Psychotherapists (#361846). He is also the Senior Accredited Member of MICP (With more than 9 years clinical experience, training and supervisions)



The National Council of Psychotherapists is well positioned to enable and support practitioners in this developing and ever increasingly well evidenced field, in a manner underpinned with an ethos of robust public protection and self-reflection at all levels. 

We were  formed in 1971, which makes it one of the longest established societies of its type in the UK. We are a register of and national association of therapists, to whom individuals looking for Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Coaches and Hypnotherapists may confidently refer.

The NCP is dedicated to advancing the development of quality, service driven integrative and Multimodal Psychotherapy provision. This is illustrated by working models at solution focused, holistic and specialist levels of professional therapy service and is characterised by evidence based yet holistic working practices. 

Most schools of psychological thought are represented within our current membership and a wide variety of therapeutic approaches are offered. We do not legislate against any model of therapy, providing the practitioner comes under the classification of psychotherapist and  is suitably qualified to our standards.


 All of NCP registered practitioners are qualified at minimum UK Level 5 or are working towards completing that level, equivalent to a UK foundation Degree or HND (widely considered the appropriate level for professional practice). Many also hold undergraduate or post graduate qualifications. All practitioners adhere to strict and enforced codes of ethics and practice and are required to hold comprehensive insurance and adhere to clinical supervision and high quality Continuous Professional Development.


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Agoraphobia and Panic Disorder Treatment in Malaysia - Psychological Hypnosis Method

What is Agoraphobia?
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
With agoraphobia, you fear an actual or anticipated situation, such as using public transportation, being in open or enclosed spaces, standing in line or being in a crowd. The anxiety is caused by fear that there's no easy way to escape or seek help if intense anxiety develops. Most people who have agoraphobia develop it after having one or more panic attacks, causing them to fear another attack and avoid the place where it occurred.

Agoraphobia treatment usually includes both psychotherapy and medication. It may take some time, but treatment can help you get better.

Typical agoraphobia symptoms include:
  • Fear of being alone in any situation
  • Fear of being in crowded places
  • Fear of losing control in a public place
  • Fear of being in places where it may be hard to leave, such as an elevator or train
  • Inability to leave your home (housebound) or only able to leave it if someone else goes with you
  • Sense of helplessness
  • Overdependence on others
In addition, you may have signs and symptoms of a panic attack, such as:
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trouble breathing
  • Feeling shaky, numb or tingling
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Sudden flushing or chills
  • Upset stomach or diarrhea
  • Feeling a loss of control
  • Fear of dying

Panic disorder and agoraphobia

Some people have a panic disorder in addition to agoraphobia. Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which you experience sudden attacks of extreme fear that reach a peak within a few minutes and trigger intense physical symptoms (panic attacks). You might think that you're totally losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.
Fear of another panic attack can lead to avoiding similar circumstances or the place where it occurred in an attempt to prevent future panic attacks.


Also known as talk therapy or psychological counseling, psychotherapy involves working with a therapist to reduce your anxiety symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, including agoraphobia.
Generally a short-term treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on teaching you specific skills to gradually return to the activities you've avoided because of anxiety. Through this process, your symptoms improve as you build upon your initial success.
You can learn:
  • That your fears are unlikely to come true
  • That your anxiety gradually decreases if you remain in public and you can manage those symptoms until they do
  • What factors may trigger a panic attack or panic-like symptoms and what makes them worse
  • How to cope with these symptoms
  • How to change unwanted or unhealthy behaviors through desensitization, also called exposure therapy, to safely face the places and situations that cause fear and anxiety
If you have trouble leaving your home, you may wonder how you could possibly go to a therapist's office. Therapists who treat agoraphobia will be well aware of this problem. They may offer to see you first in your home, or they may meet you in what you consider a safe place (safe zones). They may also offer some sessions over the phone, through email, or using computer programs or other media.
Look for a therapist who can help you find alternatives to in-office appointments, at least in the early part of your treatment. You may also want to take a trusted relative or friend to your appointment who can offer comfort and help, if needed.

Message from your clinical hypnotherapist (Hiro Koo):
"Give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day; teach him how to fish, and he'll eat for a lifetime,"
I will use clinical hypnosis as an adjunct to psychotherapy session (Psychological hypnosis method): Hypnosis method is used to help patients to reduce cognitive and physical symptoms of anxiety (Frankel and Macfie, 2010; Elkins and Perfect, 2008), and provides you with more control in every day situations (Baker and Nash, 2008). I will also teach you self-hypnosis techniques so you can continue your treatment at home. So next time you feel anxious or overwhelmed, you can practice a brief self hypnosis method and trigger a sensation of calm. 

You can complete the self rating assessment below to understand your condition better (Welcome to email me your result, it will be kept as P&C):
Panic And Agoraphobia Scale


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Advance psychotherapy training by Bryan Perry at Sunway Medical Centre

Advance psychotherapy training (oversea lecture tour by Bryan Perry) at Sunway Medical Centre. 
Trainer of the day: Bryan Perry, also known as the Grandfather of Hypnotherapy in Australia. He is the author of 'A Handbook Of Hypnotherapy'. 86 years old Bryan has been practicing since 1952 (until the present) and has accumulated more than 50,000 patients over a wide spectrum of disorders in conjunction with psychiatrists and other professionals. 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Types of Mental Health Care Practitioners in Malaysia

Types of Mental Health Care Practitioners in Malaysia

Psychiatry, psychology, hypnotherapy, counseling and coaching are overlapping professions. Practitioners -- psychiatrists, counselors, hypnotherapists, psychologists and coaches -- are mental health care professionals. Their area of expertise is the mind -- and the way it affects behavior and well-being. They often work together to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. And they are committed to helping people stay mentally well. But there are differences between psychiatry, psychology, hypnotherapy, coaching and counseling. And people sometimes find those differences confusing, especially when they are looking for help. The largest difference between the types of professionals is usually what they focus or specialize in, licensure requirements and their educational background.

The key to choosing which one of these professionals is right for you is to determine what kinds of things are important to you and finding a professional that seems to fit with your needs and personality. Feel free to email me ([email protected]) for more info.

Professional governing body in Malaysia: The Association of Hypnotherapy Practitioners, Malaysia (AHPM)-AHPM is a member of The Federation of Complementary and Natural Medical Associations, Malaysia (FCNMAM). FCNMAM is a body recognized by the Department of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia. 
Expertise: practice hypnotherapy and may practice psychotherapy but cannot do physical examinations, cannot prescribe drugs

Professional governing body in Malaysia: Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia-The Counselors’ Act 1998 sets the minimum competence level for the credentialing of a professional counselor in Malaysia. Only a person who is licensed to practice counseling under this Act is allowed to represent himself or herself as a counselor in the country.
Expertise: practice counseling and psychotherapy but cannot do physical examinations, cannot prescribe drugs

3)Clinical Psychologist
professional governing body in Malaysia: Allied Health Malaysia-The Allied Health Professions Bill 2015 was tabled for the first reading by Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam at the Dewan Rakyat. The Bill seeks to set up the Malaysian Allied Health Professions Council to register persons practising in the allied health industry which include clinical psychologist.
Expertise: practice psychotherapy but cannot do physical examinations, cannot prescribe drugs

4) Psychiatrist 
Professional governing body in Malaysia: Malaysian Medical Council-Psychiatrist need to apply for a Malaysian Medical License at the Malaysian Medical Council.
Expertise: able to diagnose and prescribe drugs, may practice psychotherapy, use electroconvulsive therapy, and admit people to the hospital.

5) Coach
professional governing body in Malaysia: None
Expertise: practice life, business, wellness or corporate coaching but cannot do physical examinations, cannot prescribe drugs

6) Neurotherapist
Professional governing body in Malaysia: None
practice neurotherapy/EEG biofeedback/neurofeedback technique. It is a safe, non-invasive, alternative treatment option that relies on EEG biofeedback machine to monitor and visualize brain activity, and is used to help a variety of psychological and medical problems. But cannot do physical examinations, cannot prescribe drugs.

What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy -- uses guided relaxation, intense concentration, and focused attention to achieve a heightened state of awareness that is sometimes called a trance. 
The person's attention is so focused while in this state that anything going on around the person is temporarily blocked out or ignored. In this naturally occurring state, 
a person may focus his or her attention -- with the help of a trained therapist -- on specific thoughts or tasks. 
Hypnotherapy can be used in two ways, as suggestion therapy or for patient analysis.

1)Suggestion therapy: The hypnotic state makes the person better able to respond to suggestions. 
Therefore, hypnotherapy can help some people change certain behaviors, such as stopping smoking or nail biting. 
It can also help people change perceptions and sensations, and is particularly useful in treating pain.
2)Analysis: This approach uses the relaxed state to explore a possible psychological root cause of a disorder or symptom, 
such as a traumatic past event that a person has hidden in his or her unconscious memory. 
Once the trauma is revealed, it can be addressed in psychotherapy.
The hypnotic state allows a person to be more open to discussion and suggestion. 
It can improve the success of other treatments for many conditions, including:
-Phobias, fears, and anxiety
-Sleep disorders
-Post-trauma anxiety
-Grief and loss
Hypnotherapy also might be used to help with pain control and to overcome habits, such as smoking or overeating. 
It also might be helpful for people whose symptoms are severe or who need crisis management. 

What is Counseling?
Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing. Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. How long does counseling take? Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. '

What is psychotherapy?

In recent years, significant advances have been made in the field of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as talk therapy, works on the assumption that the cure for a person's suffering lies within that person and that this cure can be facilitated through a trusting, supportive relationship with a psychotherapist. By creating an empathetic and accepting atmosphere, the therapist often is able to help the person identify the source of the problems and consider alternatives for dealing with them. The emotional awareness and insight that the person gains through psychotherapy often results in a change in attitude and behavior that allows the person to live a fuller and more satisfying life.

Psychotherapy is appropriate in a wide range of conditions. Even people who do not have a mental health disorder may find psychotherapy helpful in coping with such problems as employment difficulties, bereavement, or chronic illness in the family. Group psychotherapy, couples therapy, and family therapy are also widely used.

Most mental health practitioners practice one of six types of psychotherapy: supportive psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or interpersonal therapy.

What is coaching?
International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today's uncertain and complex environment. To determine whether you or your company could benefit from coaching, start by summarizing what you would expect to accomplish in coaching. When an individual or business has a fairly clear idea of the desired outcome, a coaching partnership can be a useful tool for developing a strategy for how to achieve that outcome with greater ease. Since coaching is a partnership, ask yourself whether collaboration, other viewpoints, and new perspectives are valued. Also, ask yourself whether you or your business is ready to devote the time and the energy to making real changes. If the answer is yes, then coaching may be a beneficial way to grow and develop.

What is EEG biofeedback/neurofeedback/neurotherapy?

EEG biofeedback is a painless and drug-free way of helping an injured brain or impaired brain function return to a healthy state. It helps the brain to do a better job of regulating itself and the body. It is biofeedback for the brain and the body. EEG biofeedback is a method used to train brain activity in order to normalize Brain function. 
The electroencephalogram (EEG) is a measure of brain waves. Like other computers, the brain gives off tiny impulses that appear as electrical waves. The raw EEG can be separated into waves that vibrate at different rates or frequencies; beta (fastest) to alpha, theta, and delta (slowest). Brainwaves should be faster at front, slower at back; faster at left and slower at right. A “backwards brain” (slow at front and left, fast at back and right) tends to be poor in focus and attention, depressed or anxious. Brainwave slowing suggests brain injury and impairs normal brain function.


Monday, December 15, 2014

National Seminar on Counselling & Psychotherapy 2014

I represent my healthcare centre to this seminar.
This was one of the most informative seminars I have ever attended.
I have learned a lot from professors from UTM and professional hypnotherapist.
I am delighted that the contribution of hypnotherapist and other professional helpers have been recognized by professors there.

The Topics Covered include: 
1. Transference and countertransference in couselling
2. E-Counselling
3. Professional Issues & Challenges in Counselling and Psychotherapy in Malaysia
4. Issues and Challenges in Family Therapy
5. Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the Helping Profession

They were also discussing to form a new psychotherapy association under the MOH-TCM.

With Prof. Datuk Dr. Mohd. Tajudin Ninggal (UTM) and Dr.Soo.