From marriage counsellors to family therapy, find the solution that works for you.
Feeling anxious, stressed and worried? Wondering why you and your partner get into the same quarrels every week, or how to be more patient with your family? You’re not alone. As the coronavirus crisis continues to develop, we are all experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, uncertainty and stress. Being there for our loved ones can be difficult on any day – let alone during a global pandemic when many are working from home and schools are shut down. Many families are thus spending more time together in the same (often small) apartment. It’s okay to feel frustrated in times like these. It does not mean that you’re a bad parent or an ungrateful spouse. These are simply difficult times, and we’re all trying our best, and it doesn’t hurt to reach out to a professional counsellor or therapist to help.
Like shoes, you have to find the right counsellor that fits you. While there are many great therapists in the city, browse through this list of Hong Kong-based family therapists who offer counselling in-person and online (or e-therapy) using video calls. We’ve also included a few counselling centres that specialise in parenting, families, marriage and child development.
Family And Marriage Counsellors Offering Online Therapy In Hong Kong
If you’re looking for support from a mental health professional, you’re in luck: Hong Kong has a wide range of counsellors specialising in helping families and couples – professionals who have helped many to cope with and understand the ups and downs of life. Whether you want to change communication patterns, work out issues with your partner, or better understand your child’s developmental needs, there’s a counsellor out there that can help.
Lo is a family and marriage therapist and registered social worker with several decades of experience working in Hong Kong and Canada. She has taught courses on counselling, social work, and marriage and family therapy at universities in Hong Kong. Lo finds it very rewarding to work with families and couples who try to challenge difficulties and find new solutions. She frequently works with clients who are part of step/blended families, single-parent families, multi-generation families, and cross-cultural families. Lo works with clients in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and has experience offering online counselling.
Ken is a clinical psychologist committed to helping individuals, couples and families faced with different relational and emotional issues. He helps his clients using therapies such as the Gottman Method Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, USA. His areas of expertise include couples counselling, including issues pertaining to communication, trust, infidelity, physical and emotional abuse, and recovery from loss. Ken’s commitment to helping people led him to found a social media platform (Your Relationship Clinic) in 2013, through which he offered emotional support to traditional Chinese-speaking people on relational issues with partners, family, colleagues and pets. Following the social unrest in 2019, Ken also extended his services to emotionally support Hong Kong residents, including those who have been traumatised by witnessing distressing events. Ken works with clients in English and Cantonese and offers online counselling to individuals and couples.
Daniel is a registered psychotherapist and a certified transformational coach. When working with couples, he focuses on helping partners to strengthen their attachment bonds. Trained in Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy and psychobiological approaches to couple therapy, Daniel believes in challenging and guiding his clients “to build and sustain successful and fulfilling personal and professional relationships (starting with the one with themselves)“. He is available for in-person therapy sessions approximately 10 days every month and via video-conference the other days. Daniel works with clients in English and is experienced in offering online counselling.
Reshma works as a counsellor with adults, teenagers and couples. She works to help couples create better channels of communication, deal with stress, improve understandings of each other and themselves, and more. She believes everyone is innately capable of finding solutions to their problems. Therefore, she hopes to help clients build on their strengths while supporting them as they discover new means of empowerment to face challenges.
Quratulain is a registered clinical psychologist (in the UK and Hong Kong) with more than a decade of clinical experience. She has worked extensively with families, couples, children, and adults, and specializes in a range of mental health issues, such as relationship issues, adjustment for expat families, parenting, trailing spouse, stress management, depression, postnatal depression. She also knows how to carry out educational assessments on ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia and ASD. Quratulain is trained in therapies such as Gottman Couples Therapy (Level 3), Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness. She is from the UK and has lived between Hong Kong and Singapore for the past 18 years. She works with clients in English and offers online counselling.
Christine works with adults, children and adolescents, offering parenting support and training, family therapy, and individual therapy. She holds a Master’s in Professional Psychology from the University of New England, Australia. Although she is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and other evidence-based therapies, she will adapt her approach to each client’s unique circumstances. Having lived and worked in Hong Kong for more than 20 years, Christine is familiar with the issues facing individuals and families in the city. She also draws on her experience with counselling primary and secondary students and their families in Hong Kong international schools. Christine works with clients in English and has experience offering online counselling.
Clare approaches mental and emotional healing by focusing on empowerment and specializes in issues such as sibling dynamics, parenting empowerment, stress/emotion management, and mindfulness practice to enhance well-being. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Clare obtained her training from Durham University (UK) and Columbia University (USA). She uses a range of therapeutic techniques, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness techniques, and trauma-focused narrative therapy. Clare adopts a warm, non-judgmental approach when helping clients reach their goals and also draws on her own experience as a mixed-race individual, which has made her curious about identity and self-awareness. Clare primarily works with clients in English but is conversational in both Cantonese and Mandarin. She also has experience offering online counselling.
Allison is a counsellor and psychotherapist from New York City now based in Hong Kong. She’s passionate about working with individuals and couples and has experience with marriage counselling, couples navigating the decision to have a baby and any surrounding challenges, work or home-related conflicts, addiction and much more. Her passion is understanding each couples unique language and helping to improve communication. She also can help with relationship transitions following the birth of a baby. Practising at OT&P, you can book face-to-face appointments or online session, whatever works best for you.
Dr. Zeising is a Clinical Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist practising at Mindnlife in Central. Her goal is to compassionately support and empower adults to live an authentic and meaningful life that reflects their individual, sexual and relationship needs and values. Over the past 15 years, she’s worked with individuals, couples, families and groups and taught psycho-educational classes on topics such as stress reduction, mindfulness practices, couples communication and overcoming depression.
In-Person Marriage And Family Counsellors In Hong Kong
Laurene specialises in both relationship and family counselling. She has over thirty-five years of counselling experience and was a founding member of the Hong Kong Family Therapy Association (HKFTA), amongst many other titles. Her counselling goals are to help clients understand their difficulties, relate to their inner selves and loved ones, and to explore new possibilities. The appointment process is to have a chat on the phone first to review what you want to cover and for Laurene to understand how best to help, then book an in-person session. Note that face masks are to be worn at all times until further notice due to the current pandemic.
Joyce is a licensed clinical psychologist practitioner, working with Dimensions Center. She helps both couples and families overcome emotional challenges and is also a member of numerous professional organizations in Hong Kong. Dimensions Center has a quote by Socrates representing their philosophy on how to face difficulties, “the secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Usually, all appointments are face-to-face however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, the first session will be in person then follow up session can be online if needed.
Lori is a couples relationship counsellor who works with Central Minds. She received her Masters from Monash University, Australia and is registered with the Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology. To Lori, helping couples overcome relationship issues have been the most rewarding part of her career. She provides a safe and non-judgmental space for couples to find balance and communicate with each other. Central Minds is also offering online sessions at the moment due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and if you require online sessions in the future this is an option), although they prefer to see clients face to face.
Nikki is a psychotherapist who has helped numerous couples overcome rough patches in the past 10 plus years. She received her Master’s degree from the UK and is a registered sex therapist. Rather than using conventional cognitive-behavioural methods, Nikki believes Emotionally Focused Therapy is more effective in helping couples.
Centres For Family Counselling In Hong Kong (online or in-person)
The Jadis Blurton Family Development Center (online/in-person)
The Jadis Blurton Family Development Center offers family and couples counselling, as well as counselling and psychological therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. In response to COVID-19, the centre currently provides online counselling services (at a 10% discount) in English and Cantonese for clients struggling with issues such as relationship difficulties, mild or moderate anxiety/depression, dealing with transitions and more.
The Child Development Team (CDT) at Central Health Medical Practice offers a range of services focusing on supporting families in Hong Kong and Asia. Their family therapists specialise in working with the entire family and work with families to help them improve their relationships, behaviours, and communication or problem-solving patterns. Families can also choose to work with individual therapists or engage in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an empirically supported treatment for young children that focuses on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s pro-social behaviour and decreasing negative behaviour.
Co-Parenting Through Separation And Divorce Program, St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service (in person)
The Co-Parenting Through Separation & Divorce Program at St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Services focuses on supporting divorced couples and their children. Recognised by Hong Kong’s Family Law Society and Hong Kong’s Family Court, the programme helps children cope with and live with parents who are divorced, and helps divorced couples learn how to work together in raising, nurturing and guiding their children.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Jacquelyn Yuen in Oct 2015 and updated in by Julianne Yang in May 2020