Service Category

COUNSELLING

Life has its ups and downs. During times of struggle, many seek help from people who won’t judge them. They also look for help from those who don’t tell them what to do. Instead, they find solace in being with people who will listen, support, and guide them in finding solutions to their problems. Counselling services in Hong Kong can provide these to people who are going through difficult times.

What is counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy or psychotherapy that provides people with a safe, confidential, and reassuring environment to discuss their problems and share their feelings. Counselling in Hong Kong can help people who are suffering from a mental health condition like anxiety or depression; a difficult life event like the loss of a loved one, or even a frustrating physical health condition such as infertility.

Why counselling?

Many people choose counselling because they get to interact with a trained professional who will not judge them nor tell them what to do. It’s also ideal for people who find it hard to speak with their partners, friends, and family members about personal issues. Speaking with a professional who can provide an objective viewpoint can be a more appealing and practical option.

How does it work?

During Counselling: During a counselling session, the therapist will ask certain questions to better assess the patient’s situation. Some of the questions may be about the patient’s motive to seek therapy, personal history and current situation, and symptoms. Diagnosis of the problem may take one to two sessions.

Role of the Therapist: The therapist would then discuss with the patient a plan moving forward. This typically involves setting several general goals as well as the frequency of the meetings. The patient may also ask the therapist questions about the plan of treatment.

Team Effort: It is worth mentioning that counselling should not be treated as a quick-fix. It can take several sessions before progress starts to become apparent. Additionally, counselling requires a strong bond between the counsellor and the patient. This important element can lead to an effective treatment plan for resolving any issues or problems confronted by the patient.

Liz's Approach

My approach to counselling is based on using Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness. This will allow us to tackle the mental, emotional and physical problems that are causing you distress. An important part of this process is being able to talk in confidence to a trained professional. This is what I offer to you. A safe space to work through any of your psychological issues.

Counselling is offered in different formats, including individual, couple, family or group therapy sessions, and it is effective for all age groups. The way that a session is conducted varies depending on the individual situation.

When to use this service type?

If you are struggling with any of the below, consider seeking professional help:

Anxiety Disorders — this includes phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder

Mood Disorders — such as bipolar disorder and depression

Addictions — such as alcoholism, substance abuse, and even compulsive gambling

Eating Disorders — such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa & binge eating

Personality Disorders — they are many and varied and can range from odd behaviour to extreme fear

Stress — depending on the severity, personal and work stress can be helped with only a few sessions

What issues can it help with?

Psychotherapy can be used to address numerous problems and challenges.

    Addictions

    Whether it is addiction or over-reliance on an activity or substance, it likely involves psychological addiction. Through counselling, the root cause of psychological addiction is explored to find a way to relieve it.

    Bereavement

    The loss of a loved one can bring up emotions like anger and sadness. Speaking to a counsellor can help ease those emotions and even resolve remaining issues that the person may harbour.

    Depression

    Depression is unlike an occasional bout of sadness. It affects a person’s day-to-day activities and is a debilitating psychological problem. Depression counselling in Hong Kong helps patients make sense of underlying feelings to improve their feelings and consequently improve their lives.

    Illness

    Suffering from a serious illness like cancer can turn any individual’s world upside down. Through counselling, clients can come to terms with their ailments while getting emotional support

    Mental Health

    Any mental health issues can cause a person to feel isolated and alone. Counselling can lead to the client gaining a better understanding of feelings that are a result of a mental health issues. Counselling helps provide support to overcome personal challenges that mental health problems can aggravate.

    Trauma

    The psychological impact of trauma, whether due to an accident or being a victim of abuse, can last for years after the actual incident. In counselling, trauma victims get to explore their feelings about distressing events and find ways to resolve or change their state of mind.

    The beauty with counselling is that it can be tailor-made to suit the individual. This type of counselling takes several forms or types such as:

    Face-to-face: One of the more widely popular psychotherapy formats, it gives the patient the opportunity to meet the counsellor in person. It can also provide patients with the chance to react to any emotions or issues that may arise during the session.

    Telephone: An alternative to personal counselling, it is ideal for people who don’t have the time to attend a face-to-face counselling session. It is more flexible, too, and can lead to the reduced waiting time for the patient.

    Online: This offers patients the chance to hide their identities. Utilizing technology and using email instead, it also allows the patient time to through ideas, emotions, and feelings they want to share with the counsellor.

    Family Counselling

    Helping you achieve harmony in the family

    There is no such thing as a perfect family. While it is a source of love, support, and encouragement for most people, a family can also be at a disconnect and put its members feeling isolated, overlooked, or worse, at odds with each other. The good thing is that there is a type of talking therapy – family counselling – which can help families deal with problems and build a more harmonious home.

     

    Key Features

    Family counselling sessions are conducted by a family therapist, which can be a psychologist or social worker. Family therapy typically involves 10 to 12 sessions on the average. But the length of the therapy will largely depend on the issues that need to be addressed or resolved.

    Through family counselling, families are aided by therapists in communicating better, understanding underlying issues, solving problems, and finding new ways to co-exist. While it is true that family counselling is not an assurance that family problems will go away, this form of therapy still gives family members a chance to get through tough times or situations.

    Issues Tackled

    • Substance abuse
    • Separation or divorce
    • Infidelity and trust issues
    • Disagreements between family members
    • Mental illness or ailment of a family member
    • Financial problems or conflicts involving money
    • School problems like poor grades or bullying
    • Difficulties between siblings
    • Shared custody of children
    • Kids’ behavior problems
    • Death in the family

    Benefits

    Improved Communication

    Often times, lack of communication between family members can fuel discontent in a home. It can also cause family members to grow apart, creating a perfect breeding ground for problems to crop up in the future.

    Family counselling services provide tools and insights designed to enable family members to open up and be understood by their peers.  It can address misunderstandings within family members and consequently improve their relationships with each other.

    Better Group Dynamics

    Family dynamics could become unhealthy due to misunderstandings or lack of communication between family members. Through family counselling, family members can recognize that those patterns exist and learn new and healthy ways of interacting with each other. Family members will be able to identify reasons behind conflicts and misunderstandings in the family. This can very well end up saving the marriage.

    Improved Self-Esteem

    Poor family dynamics can cause some members to feel depressed. This can be remedied through family counselling sessions. As family members discover source of conflict and work towards the resolution of these issues, they should start to feel better about themselves.

    Conflict Resolution

    Family counselling can help you build a stronger home by aiding family members in resolving conflicts and improving communication in the family.

    Support through Difficulties

    Difficult life stages like death, divorce, and relocation can negatively affect family dynamics. Family counselling can help those who struggle to cope with these stressful moments.

    Couples Counselling

    Romantic relationships can be likened to cars which need regular preventive maintenance. If there is an issue, it is best to have it discussed and resolved as soon as possible to avoid bigger problems that may potentially ruin the relationship. This is where couples counselling can come in.

     

    Key Features

    Couples counselling is a form of therapy facilitated by a professional counsellor, therapist, or psychologist with the aim of helping couples to address issues or problems that may be causing cracks in their relationship. It can also mitigate trust issues with each other and help to bring back intimacy into the relationship.

    Usually, couples who undergo relationship counselling are those who are faced with substantial or serious issues like constant fighting, lack of communication, financial problems, or infidelity. But, there are also couples who see a professional to help them in making critical decisions such as getting married or having a baby. And there are instances when couples decide to go through relationship counselling to better understand each other and, in the process, make a more informed decision about a long-term commitment.

    Issues Tackled

    • Substance abuse
    • Separation or divorce
    • Infidelity and trust issues
    • Disagreements between family members
    • Mental illness or ailment of a family member
    • Financial problems or conflicts involving money
    • School problems like poor grades or bullying
    • Difficulties between siblings
    • Shared custody of children
    • Kids’ behavior problems
    • Death in the family

    Benefits

    Enhance Communication

    Couples counselling can enhance communication and subsequently, improve the understanding between two individuals.

    Communication is vital in any relationship. The ability to communicate with each other, particularly in sharing their dreams, needs and fears, is essential for any couple. A relationship counselor can recognize current communication habits of couples, and more importantly, provide inputs on how to improve these. The professional can also teach couples how to better communicate with each other.

    Rejuvenate Emotional Bond

    Couple counselling can also rejuvenate the emotional connection between two individuals and restore the lost intimacy in a relationship. Emotions such as affection, warmth, generosity, and strong sexual desire are typically strong during the early stages of a relationship. However, as the relationship progresses, couples usually lose the feeling of connectedness. This can be due to various reasons like lack of time spent with each other or daily stress which can get in the way of intimacy.

    Deeper Mutual Understanding

    Relationship counselling helps couples to get to know each other at a deeper level. Through couple counselling, couples can come together and rekindle the lost intimacy or physical closeness.

    Relationship counselling also enables couples to get to the root of their problems. In a distressed relationship, it is common for both parties to raise the same arguments over and over again. This can indicate that there is an unresolved problem bugging both parties. With a counsellor, couples will have an unbiased third party who can help identify and resolve deeper problems.

    Rebuild Trust

    Couple counselling can aid in bringing back the trust in a relationship. Couples who have been dealing with infidelity or betrayal problems naturally find it hard to trust each other again. Through couple counselling, individuals can work through the layers of issues that led to mistrust. Experts point out that infidelity is not an isolated problem; it is often due to other underlying issues which can be addressed through couples counselling.

    Career Counselling

    Key Features

    Do you know that you are likely to spend more one-third of your life at work? With so much time to be spent in the office, wouldn’t you want to have a successful and happy career? Career counselling services can help you achieve that goal.

    In career counselling, a career counsellor, therapist or a life coach aids you in making an informed career decision. This type of counselling can also be useful in managing a wide range of problems ranging from poor concentration, bad time management, and trust issues. 

    Topics Covered

    • What you enjoy doing and that gives fulfilment
    • What you are good at
    • Salary expectations and worthiness
    • Your degree of comfort with risk
    • Stress
    • Finding balance in your life
    • Location and travel
    • Decision maker or team member?
    • Being true to your values

    How do we help?

    Picking the Right Career

    Career counsellors are educated and trained to assess an individual’s aptitude, personality, and interests. They use these qualities to determine and recommend the best career options to the client.

    Expert Resources

    Career counsellors can lend their expertise to students, parents and professionals who want to know their best course of action in the pursuit of a particular field or career.

    Confidence Building

    Career counselling sessions can give you more insight into your career paths. Through their training and education, counsellors can identify their clients’ career challenges. More importantly, counsellors can help to overcome those inevitable career hurdles.

    Changing Unwanted Habits

    Many students and even professionals have bad habits that can prevent them from achieving career growth and success; like procrastination, inability to focus and poor organisation skills, among many others. Career counsellors are trained to identify and correct these unwanted behaviour patterns and restore productivity at work or in school.