Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist Singapore

I am a senior mental health professional with more than 22 years experience. I hold a Clinical Doctorate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the University of Essex (Psychoanalysis Department) and trained at top London clinical mental health institutions including the Lincoln Centre, UCL, Tavistock Centre and the NHS.

I am also an approved training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist for the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC reg’d no 17125). My on-going post doctoral clinical research is focussed on treating complex trauma using a therapeutic method I pioneered, and regularly use, called Applied Cinematherapy.

I specialise in treating complex trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, panic disorder, personality problems, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF) Singapore Association for Councelling (SAC) and Tipul ( I live and practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy in Singapore.

“Where there is longing there is hope” – Dr Ruth Manasseh


All treatments are governed by established psychoanalytic psychotherapy principals, boundaries and setting.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy (PP) is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy underpins all other treatments offered.

Clinical License BPC #17125
Clinical Training Lincoln Centre
Clinical Doctorate Essex University

Applied Cinematherapy (AC), uses film extracts as a supplement technique to the therapeutic work (for more details see my research).

AC is recommended for young adults, and people who remain in impasse despite having undergone previous pharmaceutical, cognitive and psychodynamic interventions.

The AC model is governed by established psychoanalytic psychotherapy practices.

PHD – Clinical Doctorate Essex University

I have spent most of my career working with and researching the treatment of severe and complex psychological trauma and its aftermath.

During my time at the Unit for research of Trauma and its Aftermath at Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, I developed treatment methods and theories around accelerating recovery from severe trauma.

My experience with trauma cases is extensive and includes work for the Women’s Therapy Center, UK refugee services, childhood trauma centres, adult psychiatric secure units as well as in public NHS and private practice.

MBT is a treatment for borderline personality disorders which focusses on stabilising the sense of self and helping the person to reach an optimal level in managing their attachments in relationships and their interpersonal interactions.

For this very fragile group of patients I also use Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) when needed.

The MBT and EDT models are governed by established psychoanalytic psychotherapy practices.

Certificate: University College London (UCL)

Couple Therapy is problem and solution focused. In addition to helping a couple resolve their difficulties, we attempt to help both to see their relationship in a more objective manner, and to cultivate common interests in order to strengthen a couple’s relationship and make it more resilient.

The Couple Therapy model is governed by established psychoanalytic psychotherapy practices.

Certificate: Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust

Clinical Doctorate Essex University

Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BPP) is based on the principles of transference-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The objectives of a brief intervention are to understand a patient in terms of his/her repeating patterns of relatedness and relationship, as expressed in the here-and-now.

This therapeutic stance is active in that it requires the therapist, throughout such treatments, to keep the therapeutic focus and treatment duration continually in mind and to use his/her techniques (interpretation, clarification, etc.) accordingly. Typical duration is 6 months to a year of weekly sessions.

Certificate: Brief Psychotherapy Guild

I trained and practiced CAT in the British NHS. CAT is working together in an empathetic relationship between the client and therapist within therapeutic boundaries, the purpose of which are to help you look at the way you think, feel and act.

We look at events and relationships that underlie these experiences (often from childhood or earlier in life).

CAT brings together techniques and methodologies from effective cognitive and psychoanalytic therapies and typically lasts for around 16 sessions.

Certificate: Hertfordshire Partnership

Art Psychotherapy is a useful mode of treatment for children, adolescents, young people or adults who are struggling with traditional speaking therapies. Art Therapy encompasses psychoanalysis, attachment-based psychotherapy, psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments.

Chloë Benjamin MFA MA AThR joined my practice in Sept ’20 to provide Art Psychotherapy services.  She is a gifted art-psychotherapist and provides services for individuals, public health organisations and schools.  Her clinic is near Raffles Hotel with parking and MRT close by.

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Whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for a particular individual depends on a variety of factors. It is often helpful to have one or more preliminary consultations before deciding whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an appropriate treatment for the person concerned. Treatment can be brief, cognitive analytic therapy (CAT), or longer term to suit individual needs.

“The very fact that the analysis gets into contact with deep-lying unconscious anxieties gives the patient a feeling of being understood and therefore revives hope” . Melanie Klein


“Before the rain turns to a flood unlock your internal dam”  – Dr Ruth Manasseh

My therapeutic approach aims to help you explore and understand how the less obvious, unconscious drivers of your thought patterns, feelings and behaviour impact your daily life.

Following the free association technique pioneered by Sigmund Freud, rather than start sessions with questions, I will usually follow your account, dreams and internal world associations, in keeping with Melanie Klein’s theories, which extended and developed Sigmund Freud’s understanding of the unconscious mind.  By analysing children’s play, much as Freud had analysed dreams, she explored the uncharted territory of the mind of the infant, finding an early Oedipus complex and the earliest roots of the superego.

I use my Applied Cinematherapy technique, anchored in the above core psychoanlaytic theories, to unlock the impasse state of mind in order to reach, and further understand, the more concealed trauma.

A continuous and consistent setting helps people get the most out of their treatment.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy sessions last for fifty minutes and are scheduled at a regular time and day(s), and in the same room. During the therapy period there are breaks. Your treatment is completely confidential and in a private setting.

Gaining insight into the nature of underlying emotional conflicts can bring a sense of well-being, and can open up the possibility of changing unhelpful repetitive patterns, which were previously enacted without self-awareness, thus enabling more effective management of every day life.

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is recommended by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines and classified through the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD10) for complex trauma, anxiety, stress, depression, panic disorder, personality issues, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.

It aims to help people with serious psychological disorders to understand and change complex, deep-seated and often unconsciously based emotional and relationship problems thereby reducing symptoms and alleviating distress. However, their role is not limited only to those with mental health problems. Many people who experience a loss of meaning in their lives or who are seeking a greater sense of fulfilment may be helped by psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Most people experience anxiety or depression at some stage of life, and need to come to terms with pain or disappointment. Often this can be resolved by the individual without outside help. Sometimes, however, the difficulties persist causing unhappiness at home and at work.

Various studies indicate that psychotherapy works well for conditions of depression, anxiety and general concerns after just a few sessions. Indeed studies have shown that the benefits of psychotherapy extend to your physical health as well. Click here for more info at British Psychoanalytic Council website


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy provides an effective treatment for a range of psychological disorders, both as a treatment in its own right and as an adjunct to other forms of treatment. It can contribute significantly to patient’s mental and physical health, to their sense of well-being and to their ability to manage their lives more effectively.

Sometimes people seek help for specific reasons such as eating disorders, psycho-somatic conditions, obsessional behaviour, or phobic anxieties. At other times help is sought because of more general underlying feelings of depression or anxiety, difficulties in concentrating, dissatisfaction in work or inability to form satisfactory relationships, post natal depression, anxieties around fertility and low self esteem.

Whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is the treatment of choice for a particular individual depends on a variety of factors. It is often helpful to have one or more preliminary consultations before deciding whether psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an appropriate treatment for the person concerned. Occasionally, the treatment might be of short duration but generally speaking psychoanalytic psychotherapy is best considered as a longer-term treatment.

It may benefit adults, children, and adolescents. It can help children who have emotional and behavioural difficulties which are evident at home or school. These can include personality problems, depression, learning difficulties, school phobias, eating or sleeping disorders.

  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
  • Applied Cinematherapy
  • MentalisationTherapy (MBT)
  • Couple Therapy
  • Brief Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
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I hold a Clinical Doctorate (PhD) in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the University of Essex. I trained and qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at The Lincoln Centre in London and I am an approved Training Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. I also trained as film maker and have a BFA in Film and Television.

My further professional qualifications include; Couple Therapy at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust, Treatment of Personality Disorders – Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) at University College London (UCL) and the Anna Freud Centre; Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT) for Fragile Patients at Magdalene College Oxford University.

My professional qualifcations for short term therapies include; Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BPP) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) training and practice for both of which were at the British NHS. I also hold a Master Practitioner Diploma in Ericksonian Indirect Hypnotherapy (British Hypnosis Research).

I have many years of experience working in private practice and the British National Health Service (NHS) with severe and enduring mental health patients. I gained experience working with and researching complex trauma at the Unit for the Study of Trauma and its Aftermath at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust. As part of my work I consulted, supervised and taught clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists at the Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust. I also taught and lectured on the Treatment of Psychological Trauma at at universities and psychotherapy training organisations including the British Psychotherapy Foundation.

Dr Ruth Manasseh D.Psych. Psych.



My ongoing research is based on a new treatment I formulated called Applied Cinematherapy which was the subject of my Clinical Doctorate. The research outcome indicates that Applied Cinematherapy offers a way for trauma patients, who are in impasse, to re-engage in treatment.

It is also suitable for young people who find engagement with therapy difficult.

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