Ng Jing Xuan

I have been working in Singapore General Hospital for about 9 years providing individual psychotherapy to individuals facing various psychological issues such as depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In addition, I worked in a multi-disciplinary team to provide specialised treatment for clients with eating disorders. Besides individual psychotherapy, I conducted groups such as the Motivational Enhancement Group and co-facilitated support groups for individuals facing eating disorders and their caregivers. Currently, I work in SGH on a part-time basis as a senior clinical psychologist providing developmental assessments to children born very premature/with very low birth weight and clinical supervision to fellow psychologists.

Profession

Clinical Psychologist

Specialities

ANXIETY AND PANIC DISORDERS
DEPRESSION
GENERAL RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES (FAMILY, FRIENDS, CO-WORKERS)
TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
PERSONAL GROWTH AND SELF-ESTEEM
PERSONALITY DISORDERS
LIFE TRANSITIONS
PARENTING
WOMEN’S MENTAL HEALTH (PREGNANCY, INFERTILITY AND POST-PARTUM)
EATING DISORDERS AND BODY IMAGE
CHILDREN & YOUTH
OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER
SELF-HARM AND SUICIDAL FEELINGS

Finances

$$

Training

  • MPsych (Clinical)

What kinds of treatment or therapy do you provide?

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Children & Youth Counselling
  • Behavioural Activation
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Compassion-focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness

What language can you conduct the session in?

English and Chinese

What was your path to becoming a therapist?

It has always piqued my curiosity about what shapes an individual into who they are and what influences their actions. I am interested to understand why individuals may act in certain ways or act differently in the same situations. This curiosity led me to study psychology as an undergraduate. As I learnt more about psychology and provided assistance to those in distress via a helpline service, I learnt the value of empathic listening and compassion which led me to discover my calling as a clinical psychologist.

What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?

The COVID-19 pandemic led to realisations of the importance of social connectedness and support and an emphasis on psychological resilience and wellness. I am hopeful that more and more will learn to be open to sharing their stories in a space space to bring about healing, growth and purpose.

What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?

I attend peer supervision with colleagues and seek formal supervision with an experienced therapist to ensure a reflective practice and regularly attend trainings to learn new therapeutic modalities.

What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?

Being open creates the space for possibilities to happen, both in therapy and in life. It is normal to feel anxious about seeking therapy. Although it can be difficult to open up about your struggles and vulnerabilities with a stranger, rest assured that I will do what I can to provide you with a safe and non-judgmental space to share your stories. Know that your psychologist is as human as you are and facing her own struggles. Consider this Two Mountains Metaphor. Imagine that you and your psychologist are on 2 separate mountains. And from where the psychologist is on her mountain, she can see things on your mountain that you cannot see - like what is the alternative pathway to take or if there is an impending landslide.Thus, being able to provide you with guidance from the different perspective she has. However, your psychologist is also climbing her own mountain, facing her own struggles, and learning alongside you to climb more effectively and enjoy climbing.

How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?

I work flexibly to adapt to each individual’s needs while being guided by my values of reflectiveness, openness and compassion. By reflecting on my practice, this helps me to regularly review if my practices are effective for a particular individual and to continually learn and update my skillset. Openness allows me to remain grounded and non-judgmental while listening with empathy and providing compassion.