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Ruby is a 32 years old female who has diagnosed Depression 5 years ago. She has been using anti depression psychotropic drugs since then but she increasingly found this medicine doesn’t work well for her anymore. In addition, she feels apathy, diminished interest to everything and gain weight. Over a few weeks later, she starts to feel that her life is totally worthless to the extent that she even wants to end her life to get rid of her suffering.

Many people often link Depression to sadness or down swings in mood. But these are normal reactions to life’s struggles, setbacks, and disappointments. Many people use the word “depression” to explain these kinds of feelings, but some people experience these feelings daily or nearly daily for no apparent reason, making it difficult to carry on with normal, everyday functioning.
Depression is a condition in which a person feels discouraged, sad, hopeless, unmotivated, or disinterested in life in general. When such feelings last for more than two weeks and when the feelings interfere with daily activities such as taking care of family, spending time with friends, or going to work or school, it’s likely a clinical depression.

Features of Depression
The core features of Depression are more than just sadness, and it varies from person to person. But if your symptoms occur frequently (three or more times a week, at least in two settings ie home and work), making you difficult to carry on your daily routine, you may suffer from Depression:
• Pessimism – see the future is hopeless and will only get worse
• Loss of pleasure – can’t get any pleasure from things used to enjoy
• Punishment feelings – feel being punished
• Suicide thoughts – would kill themselves if had the chance
• Agitation – restless ie: have to keep doing something
• Lost interest – hard to get interested in everything
• Worthlessness – feel utterly worthless


The common drugs for depression is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), their mechanism is to block the reuptake of serotonin (a neurotransmitter that related to happiness) so that it leaves more serotonin to function for your brain. But this blocking is artificial and SSRI doesn’t help to produce more Serotonin, it will not help if you don’t have enough serotonin at the beginning; you will need higher and higher dosages and eventually it will stop working altogether. In addition, you would feel the side effect as well like nausea, headache, insomnia, diarrhea and decreased sexual desire. Once you decided to stop using antidepressants you need to deal with withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, mood swings and tremor.

Treatment for depression

Biochemical laboratory tests
Neurotransmitters test is the best way to investigate biochemical cause for depression. It is evident that a lack of serotonin, GABA and Noradrenalin which are some of the brain neurotransmitters or brain chemicals, are some of the causal factors for depression. Neurotransmitters test not only just inform the biological health status of your brain, it provides clues on how to improve the biochemical status of your brain with psychonutrition supplements.
PsychoNutritional Therapy
PsychoNutritional Therapy uses Psycho Nutritional Supplements which can boost up the deficient neurotransmitters or bring down the excessive neurotransmitters, which cause improvement in your mood without any side effects and addictive effects. In case of low Serotonin, giving 5 HTP and L-Tryptophan with other co factors such as Pyroxidal 5 phosphate are excellent to reverse low Serotonin level and complement well with Psychotherapy to treat depression effectively.

Psychotherapy such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) is used to identify the negative patterns in thinking and process unhealthy emotions to become healthy or adaptive emotions. Studies has shown EFT treatment able to reverse depression effectively.
Ruby had her neurotransmitters test which identified her deficiency for Serotonin, GABA and Noradrenalin for which she had psychonutritional therapy to complement 12 sessions of EFT psychotherapy. At the end of these therapies she was able to give up her psychotropic antidepressant medicine without any more withdrawal effects and was able to enjoy her relationship and work again.

For more information, please visit

International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 2727 7434
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Do you struggle to get to sleep no matter how tired you are?

Or do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, anxiously watching the clock?

If you do, you may suffer from Insomnia.

Insomnia is a very common sleep disorder that can make you hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep. As a result, you may get too little sleep and feel tired when you wake up. Insomnia can take a serious toll on your mental and physical health, leading to memory problems, high blood pressure, weight gain, and impacting your immune system. Insomnia can also pressure you into relying on sleeping pills, sleep aids, or alcohol to help you sleep—which in the long-run only makes your sleep problems worse.

The causes of Insomnia include:
• Excessive worry over a stressful life event (health issues, relationship difficulties, job difficulties)
• Too much caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine
• Keeping an irregular sleep schedule (going to bed or waking up much later or earlier on some days than others)
• Stress too much about not being able to fall asleep
• Jet lag

Insomnia can also occur as a result of certain medical conditions, including:
• Mental health problems (depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder)
• Medical conditions that cause pain (arthritis, vertebral stenosis)
• Neurotransmitters and hormonal imbalances (low GABA, melatonin and serotonin; excessive stress hormones: cortisol and adrenalin)
• Other sleep disorders (sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, periodic limb movements)

Don’t resign yourself to sleepless nights. You can seek help from a psychologist trained also in nutritional medicine to help your sleep difficulties. Addressing the underlying causes eg doing a neurotransmitters and hormone tests (see which will inform on necesssary natural nutritional medicine needs (see and making changes to your thinking, emotional patterns, lifestyle, daily habits, and sleep environment through psychotherapy and counseling with a professional psychologist can help to overcome sleep disorders and you will be able to enjoy a good night’s sleep again.

Welcome to our public talk: Sleep Soundly Again
Date : June 17th 2017 (Saturday)
Time: 10am – 11am
Fees : RM 98
Venue : International Psychology Centre
11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.
For enquiry please contact Chloe: +603 2727 7434
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Do you hardly get any sleep no matter how tired you are?

Do you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours, keep rolling in your bed, anxiously waiting for time to pass?

It is very common we have trouble sleeping at one time or another. Usually it’s due to stress, travel, illness, sadness, or other temporary interruptions to your normal routine. But if sleep problems occur regularly, you may be suffering from Insomnia.

Lack of sleep takes a toll on your energy, mood, and ability to function during the day. But you don’t have to resign yourself to sleepless nights. Addressing the underlying causes and making changes to your lifestyle, daily habits, and sleep environment can help to overcome sleep disorder and enjoy good night’s sleep again.

Welcome to our public talk: Sleep Soundly Again

Date : April 15th 2017 (Saturday)

Time: 10am – 11am

Fees : RM 60

Venue : International Psychology Centre

11-1 Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa,Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.

For registration please contact  Chloe: +603 2727 7434

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We, International Psychology Centre provides a workshop: Counselling Skills at the Workplace, for you to learn how to be a better teammate and employee. This workshop is experiential and aimed at developing a strong foundation to be an effective therapeutic agent to help team members with various workplace issues. Being a strong therapeutic agents can also help you from achieving significant personal development!
This workshop also provides foundational education in:
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Empathy to people concern conceptualisation
  • Crisis Management
  • Different evidence based counselling techniques 
  • Developing counselling skills and understanding that support an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counselling goals
The Primary Learning Modes of the workshop includes self-reflective writing, lecture, case studies, skills practice and small and large groups discussion.
To explore the secrets of being a supportive teammate, we share with you the effective ways to become a great therapeutic agent!

Public Workshop Details:

Date       :21st – 22nd February 2017

Time      : 10am-4pm

Venue    : International Psychology Centre Sdn. Bhd.

Speaker : Dr Edward Chan, Principal Consultant Psychologist

Fee           : RM 1,500 per person. [10% off for early bird_ENDS on 8th  Feb 2017]

For details, please call 03-27277434 or email to or  visit


Sammy Sam

Supervised Psychologist

International Psychology Centre®

Being expressive can be very touching, most of us use verbal communication to express our feelings, thought to others. Language development can start from early childhood, even starting from the first year.

It is important for you to be concerned about the language development of your children. Knowing what’s “normal” and what’s not in language development can help you figure out if your child is right on schedule. Here’s some developmental norms may provide clues:

Before 12 months

Toddlers within one year old babbles rhythmically, copy some of the sounds and gestures of caregiver make; they play with making different sounds – for example, ‘aaieee’, ‘booo’, ‘ahh’ at varying pitches and volumes.

From 1 to 2 years

Children at this age begin to imitate and approximate sounds and words modeled by family members, and typically say two words sentences spontaneously. Most toddlers are saying about 20 words by 18 months and 50 or more words by the time they turn 2. By age 2, kids are starting to combine nouns and verbs simple sentences, such as “baby crying” or “Daddy smile”.

From 3 to 4 years

Kids at this age can make sentences length four to five words, they have about 1000 words vocabulary. They can tell what they did on that day, they know last name, name of street, even recall several nursery rhymes.

From 4 to 5 years

They have 1500 words vocabulary, they ask many question like “why” and “who”. As they grow their vocabularies are gaining, they are beginning to master basic sentences structure. They also can identify colors, shapes, and comprehend descriptive concepts (big versus little, for example).

Each child’s language development grows with different pace. At the age of two, about one in five children shows signs of having a language delay. Some of these children will catch up as they get older and some do not.

Your child might have language delay if you see some of the following signs in your children:

By 3 years old:

  • Seldom have eye contact
  • Not trying to communicate with you, particularly when they need help
  • Unable to say about 50 different words
  • has difficulty understanding simple verbal requests

Between 3 to 5 years old:

  • Does not understand prepositions or action words
  • Does not use at least 200 words
  • Does not ask for things by name

Language delay involves impaired comprehension or use of a spoken, written, or other symbol systems.  The disorder may involve: the form of language (phonology, morphology, and syntax), the content of language (semantics) or the function of language in communication (pragmatics). There can be a number of causes of language disorder. The most consistently reported risk factors include a family history of speech and language delay, male sex, premature birth, and low birth weight. It most often co-occur with Autism Spectrum Disorder which is linked with heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut or gut dysbiosis and a signature of genetic mutations.


A psychologist will be able to conduct the psychological test such as Phonological Test, Dyslexia Test, Pragmatic Language Test and Cognitive or IQ test to diagnose the specific language and other disorder.

Psychologists also trained in PsychoNutritional medicine and therapy such as Dr. Edward Chan, the principal consultant child psychologist at ChildPsych, Centre for Child Psychology of the International Psychology Centre who was accredited by the Amen clinics led by the world renowned psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen, can also conduct mental health lab tests including heavy metal toxicity hair analysis, leaky gut urine test, gut dysbiosis stool test and saliva gene tests after the confirmed language disorder diagnoses.


Please seek evaluation if you suspect your child has language delay. According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), 200 studies have found that 70 percent preschool children show improvement after treatment. The treatment include:

  • Individual speech therapy: A psychologist trained in speech therapy such as those at the Child Psychology Centre at the International Psychology Centre will interact with a child by playing and talking, using pictures, books, objects, or ongoing events to stimulate language development. This can help the child to build his vocabulary and improve his grammar.
  • Psychotherapy: If your child has emotional difficulties as a result of language issues, you might want to consider psychotherapy.
  • PsychoNutritional Therapy: If your child has heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut or gut dysbiosis their language delay symptoms will drastically improve once these causes have been treated especially if they get treated before the age of 7 according McCandless, psychiatrist and author of Children with starving Brains; a medical treatment guide to Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Parents are an extremely important part of their child’s therapy program. There are ways you can help your child’s oral language skills at home:

  • Communicate with your child as much as you can: During infancy, sing and play lots of music. Spend a lot of time to communicate with your child, talk about what you see when you’re driving in the car or at the supermarket.
  • Read to your child. Make reading an interactive experience with discussing the book’s pictures, and let your child make up a new ending or act out the story with puppets. Later, let your child point to recognizable pictures and try to name them. Then move on to nursery rhymes, which have rhythmic appeal.
  • Ensure that you do not have heavy metals toxicity before you conceive by doing a heavy metal toxicity hair test because toxic heavy metal can be passed directly to your fetus.

Whatever your child’s age, recognizing and treating problems early on is the best approach to help with speech and language delays. With proper therapy and time, your child will likely be better able to communicate with you and the rest of the world.


This article is contributed by Psychologists and PsychoNutritional Therapists at ChildPsych, Centre for Child Psychology of the International Psychology Centre.

Address: 11-1, Wisma Laxton, Jalan Desa, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2727 7434





Greetings from the International Psychology Centre!

There will be a free preview of 1 hour for the International Certification Course – Child Psychotherapy by ChildPsych™, Centre for Child Psychology which held at International Psychology Centre®, 11-1 Wisma Laxton , Jln Desa, Tmn Desa, 58100 KL on 27th June 2015.

Psychotherapy refers to a variety of techniques and methods used to help children and adolescents who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions or behavior. Although there are different types of psychotherapy, each relies on communications as the basic tool for bringing about change in a person’s feelings and behaviors.

During the class, we will guide you to understand and help those children with Anxiety, Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Conduct  Disorder and so on.

This course is accredited by Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP).

For more information on Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP), please kindly visit the following link:

International Certification Course – Details:

Date:27th June 2015

Time: 10am-1pm

For details, please call 03-27277434 or email to or  visit



Supervised Psychologist

International Psychology Centre®


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