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Our Vision
Our vision is to be the leading family therapy, training and consultancy institute for families in Singapore

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide impactful training and consultancy work for professionals to develop cross-cultural competency in working with families, to be socially connected.

To promote a systemic environment that nurtures individuals, couples and families to be at peace with self and others through evidence-based practice.

To create platforms for members of the Muslim community to be aware and skilled in dealing with issues in relation to families.

Our Philosophy
At PPIS Family Therapy Institute (FTI), every individual matters. The Person, The Professional & The System. Organised by systemic principles, the institute hopes to nurture individuals, couples, families and professionals in negotiating positions through bridging relationships and bettering interaction across an array of contexts through therapy, training and consultancy.

Nurturing as the keystone to every form of relationship, we value, acknowledge and appreciate process, content, context and the uniqueness of each and every circumstance. Each circumstance is different, we believe in making a different kind of difference through nurturing.

Our Rationale
We acknowledge that each relationship is unique and every relationship will go through the process of compromising and negotiating. Some are able and some may still struggle to reach a compromise. In any life transition, we tend to be influence by the circumstances that makes us forget that everyone in the family matter.

At the Family Therapy Institute, we offer the platform for individuals, couples and families opportunities to look at how their family is fitting with each other and each circumstance. We pay attention to how people are fitting with each other and their unique context.

Overview
Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive person makes you feel better. It can be very healing, in and of itself, to voice your worries or talk about something that’s weighing on your mind. And it feels good to be listened to—to know that someone else cares about you and wants to help. It can be very helpful to talk about your problems to close friends and family members. But sometimes, we need help that the people around us aren’t able to provide. When you need extra support, an outside perspective, or some expert guidance, talking to a therapist can help. While the support of friends and family is important, therapy is different. Therapists are professionally-trained listeners who can help you get to the root of your problems, overcome emotional challenges, and make positive changes in your life.

You don’t have to be diagnosed with a mental health problem to benefit from therapy. Many people in therapy seek help for everyday concerns: relationship problems, job stress, or self-doubt, for example. Others turn to therapy during difficult times, such as a divorce. Here at the institute, we offer individual, couple and family therapy for you and/ or your family.

What is Family Therapy?
Family therapy is designed to help families collaborate and calibrate to address family transitions or challenges. The course of treatment is often brief, and most family therapy models seek to address the communication (verbal and nonverbal) styles of the family, as well as any individual issues that may be interfering with the cohesiveness of the family system. Family problems do not have to be severe to warrant therapy.

Working with a therapist, families can expect to learn to understand one another better, communicate more effectively, and work proactively to disrupt unhealthy patterns.

Marriage and family therapists may offer to see the family as a group or as individuals in each session. Most forms of family therapy fall under the umbrella of family systems therapy, though there are a number of treatment modalities suitable to address family concerns.

Ideally, family problems are addressed as they surface, but many times family problems are not handled in a timely fashion and sometimes not at all; instead, issues surrounding an event or family pattern may surface for family members later in life. Family-of-origin concerns are frequently addressed as part of individual therapy, whether the person enters therapy expressly for that purpose or for other concerns. Often families come together only when the something happens be it good or bad.

Which therapy would suit me?
There are different types of therapy. Most therapists don’t limit themselves to one specific type of therapy, instead blending different types in order to best fit the situation at hand. This can offer many powerful tools for the therapist to use. However, therapists often have a general orientation that guides them.

  • Individual therapy. Individual therapy explores negative thoughts and feelings, as well as the harmful or self-destructive behaviors that might accompany them. Individual therapy may delve into the underlying causes of current problems (such as unhealthy relationship patterns or a traumatic experience from your past), but the primary focus is on making positive changes in the here and now.
  • Family therapy. Family therapy involves treating more than one member of the family at the same time to help the family resolve conflicts and improve interaction. It is often based on the premise that families are a system. If one role in the family changes all are affected and need to change their behaviors as well.
  • Group therapy. Group therapy is facilitated by a professional therapist, and involves a group of peers working on the same problem, such as anxiety, depression or substance abuse, for example. Group therapy can be a valuable place to practice social dynamics in a safe environment and get inspiration and ideas from peers who are struggling with the same issues.
  • Couples therapy (marriage counseling). Couples therapy involves the two people in a committed relationship. People go to couples therapy to learn how to work through their differences, communicate better and problem-solve challenges in the relationship.

Who will see me?
Our trained family therapists who practice family therapy model and systemic thinking will be seeing you and/ or your family members. Our therapist too receives on-going clinical supervision by our team of Clinical Supervisors to ensure appropriate intervention to suit the cultural context of our community.

What to expect from family therapy?
Every therapist is different, but there are usually some similarities to how therapy is structured. Normally, sessions will last about an hour, and often be about once a week, although for more intensive therapy they maybe more often. Therapy is normally conducted in the therapist’s office. Expect a good fit between you and your therapist. Don't settle for bad fit. You may need to see one or more therapists until you experience feeling understood and accepted.

  • Therapy is a partnership. Both you and your therapist contribute to the healing process. You're not expected to do the work of recovery all by yourself, but your therapist can’t do it for you either. Therapy should feel like a collaboration.
  • Therapy will not always feel pleasant. Painful memories, frustrations or feelings might surface. This is a normal part of therapy and your therapist will guide you through this process. Be sure to communicate with your therapist about how you are feeling.
  • Therapy should be a safe place. While there will be times when you’ll feel challenged or when you’re facing unpleasant feelings, you should always feel safe. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed or you’re dreading your therapy sessions, talk to your therapist.

What are the charges?
Our fees for the therapy session are as follows. Your concern needs to be addressed and you can approach any of our staff should you need further information and assistance with regards to fees.

Income Fees (before GST)
GST (7%) Total Fees Payable
Intake Session $18.60 $1.40 $20
< $1500 $20.45 $1.55 $22
$1500 < $3000 $51.15 $3.85 $55
$3001 < $5000 $83.70 $6.30 $90
> $5001 $125.55 $9.45 $135

We work with families at different platforms and on different contexts. In our Outreach to Reach Out programme, we make connections with families as well as those who work with families. This is mainly because the idea of families is constantly changing and this includes the family construct and how families functions. Our outreach hopes to be able to:

  1. Create a platform to discuss about family construct and family function amongst different segments in the community.
  2. Increase awareness on the role of family therapy in strengthening families and making therapy as part of their journey in marriage and family life.
  3. Nurture a supportive platform for fellow professionals to work collaboratively through regular discussions.

Enrichment
The enrichment programme is aimed at complementing the therapeutic services provided at the Family Therapy Institute. We recognise that in our day to day interactions, we may get patterned into a particular way of interacting. These patterns may be deeply ingrained in us that we may no longer notice it. When we are not able to see patterns, we may also not be able to see its impact; be it positive or negative. The enrichment programme hopes to provide a platform for participants to be able to recognise, relook and renegotiate these patterns of interactions.

Reach to Enrich: Families (RE: Families)
RE: Families is a programme catered for couples in their 5-10 years of marriage. It is a 2-day workshop-based programme. Prior to the workshop, couples can expect to go through a Marriage Check Up session and an evaluation with our Family Therapists.

FTI recognises that our community is well-aware of their rights and responsibilities within the family and within the marriage. We believe that the foundation of the family lies in the values and beliefs that holds the family together structurally. When a couple comes together in a marital union, they go through a process of finding a fit with each other’s values and beliefs. Negotiating through values, beliefs, rights and responsibilities, can be overwhelming for the family. Through this programme, we would like to invite couples to have conversations about differences and about sameness.

Participants can expect to be engaged in conversations surrounding:

  • Expectations
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Values and Beliefs
  • Boundaries within and around us

We hope that through this programme we are able to offer a platform for couples to bridge their experiences of family living by renegotiating and relooking at the conversations within self and with others.

Enriching & Reaching Out to Professionals (E.R.P)
E.R.P is a programme catered for professionals within the social service industry. At the same time we also recognise that this programme may also be useful for professionals working in any organisation. It is a 2-day workshop-based programme.

Professionals go through their work routine daily and are expected to hold themselves together whilst at work. They may also be expected to hold the clients that they are serving. FTI also recognises that in holding themselves and their clients, they are also needing to hold their families. These may pose a deep struggle for some professionals which may lead to Burn-Out and stress. Through this programme, we would like to invite these professionals to have conversations to connect with these struggles in achieving a connection with the self and others around them.

Participants can expect to be engaged in conversations surrounding:

  • Work balances or imbalances
  • Balancing Families
  • Caring for self

    We hope that through this programme we are able to offer a safe platform for professional workers to recognise, develop and articulate congruent skills in promoting self-care.