As we’re burdened with work, bills, family obligations, and all this responsibility that no one is ever prepared for, we forget that kids and teens can experience the same levels of stress in their day-to-day lives, not to mention when tragedies, divorce, or significant changes shake up their worlds.
Mental health is a wide spectrum. Hong Kong’s therapists, counselors, and psychologists can help your kids get to know themselves better and uncover their healthiest selves no matter the severity of their struggles!
Though the terms counselor, therapist, and psychologist are often used interchangeably, counselors can generally have diverse backgrounds and are trained to listen to people and give them advice about their problems, therapists can imply licensed psychologists, social workers, and experts from related fields, and psychologists are health professionals with specific training including psychological research into human behavior.
Therapy is paramount in treating mental illness, but the world would be a better place if we didn’t shy away from working on mental wellness, to begin with!
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SPOT is one of Hong Kong’s leading pediatric clinics with a warm and caring team of highly experienced specialists, conducting therapy in specialized pediatric and family-friendly spaces. Their doctoral-level psychologists and masters-level counseling professionals specialize in supporting children, adolescents, parents, and families through multiple assessments and tailored therapy including play and art therapy. The SPOT team is trilingual and they come from diverse backgrounds, therapy focuses on clients’ strengths and needs. SPOT strives to make a positive difference in families' and individuals' lives and is committed to helping them overcome roadblocks and challenges that have surfaced. SPOT therapists are solution-oriented and seek to help clients achieve tangible goals and positive life changes. Call the SPOT clinic to speak to one of the team and find the right therapist to suit your needs.
The Jadis Blurton Family Development Center offers psychological therapy and counseling, psychoeducational assessments, and speech and language therapy. Their multi-disciplinary team of professionals works with adults, teens and children to assist with issues such as depression and low mood, anxiety, stress, anger management, ADHD, OCD and parenting. They also offer couples counseling, addressing communication, commitment and trust, physical and emotional abuse, and infidelity. The center has a diverse team of therapists who are registered in Hong Kong, Canada, the UK and New Zealand and provide in-person or online services in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. EMDR Therapy is available. LGBTQIA+ friendly.
ChildPsy is a multi-disciplinary centre that provides support to students with diverse learning, behavioural, and social communication needs to children of all ages. Their psychologists and therapists are multilingual (English, Cantonese and Mandarin) practitioners who provide comprehensive assessments, evidence-based interventions and support. Counselling sessions promote the well-being of children during the critical period of developmental process. Through discussions and role-plays, children build healthy thinking habits to make sense of complex social and emotional experiences. With individually tailored support, children are empowered with valuable lifelong skills.
MindSpace is run by Ashima Sharma, who has more than 12 years of experience working at inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and child care departments and paediatric clinics. She has worked with infants, kids and teens. In her practice, Ashima uses evidence-based solutions to equip her clients with lifelong tools to Reboot, Reflect and Revive. She specialises in a broad range of mental health concerns, providing assessments and treatment solutions for child and adolescent academic, mental and behavioral concerns. Other areas of specialty include anxiety, trauma, stress management, anger management, bipolar and personality disorders and cyber addictions. She offers a free 20-minute meeting in person or on the phone.
At Focus Psychological Enrichment Centre, they work with youths 11-12 years and up. Their dynamic, innovative team has had great success in working with families to find the right path for kids experiencing anxiety, depression, social and academic stress and challenging family relationships. FOCUS PEC counselors do not emphasize diagnosis or illness and instead work to develop life skills while building greater emotional intelligence. Working with youths is one of their favorite services because there is so much great change available at that time in life. Therapy approaches include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and EMDR.
Lifespan Counselling has team members trained in working with children and teens, using techniques specifically designed for these age groups across issues including anxiety, stress, depression, addiction (including gaming/internet), procrastination, time management, school motivation/performance and trauma. Their counsellors can assist children with specific needs such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and special needs. They also have counsellors specializing in LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy.
Lifespan Counselling offers assessments by clinicians, with single test and comprehensive options available. Therapy is available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Sindhi, and Italian.
The Child Development Centre comprises a team of dedicated special educational needs professionals and has provided assessments, interventions, therapies, and parent support in Hong Kong for over four decades. Their team of psychologists consults on behavior management strategies. It conducts psycho-educational assessments in English or Chinese to determine whether a child or teenager has developmental, social, attention-related and/or learning challenges. The in-depth evaluation provides a profile of strengths and weaknesses, leading to tailor-made recommendations. Find more details here!
Child Development Team provides an incredibly comprehensive range of counseling and psychotherapy services. Their expert, collaborative team, consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, dieticians, general practitioners, nurses, and more, makes sure your kiddo is supported from every angle necessary. CDT has dedicated specialized clinics for Eating Disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Selective Mutism, and (among others) Psychological & Counseling services that include family therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, play therapy, assessments, and group programs for different age groups!
MindWorX is OT&P's dedicated private mental wellness clinic that gathered a team of psychologists, mental health counselors, a psychiatrist, a behavioral therapist, a clinical hypnotherapist and an educational psychometrician to help preserve, improve, or regain mental wellness! MindWorX offers specialized adolescent therapy to help teens with issues ranging from exam stress, bullying and parental divorce to anxiety, depression and autism, ADHD and everything in between. For child & developmental psychology, go here! They also offer family therapy, assessments and are LGBTQIA+ friendly.
MindWorX, 6/F Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 25269886, www.otandp.com/services/mindworx-mental-wellness
MindnLife is a Hong Kong-based private psychology practice and a winner of Expat Living’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2021. Their experienced team of psychologists and counselors provides an excellent care standard, using clinically-proven therapeutic interventions and individualized treatment plans. They focus on Client-Centered Therapy to help clients overcome personal barriers to growth. MindnLife offers various services and support for individuals, adults, children, teens, families, and couples facing a wide range of issues. They also offer Educational Assessments that are firmly based on psychology data and research.
Beautiful Mind’s Dr. Bertie Wai provides child and adolescent therapy. She generally works from the psychoanalytic psychotherapy and the Tavistock Relationships models; when working with children, she starts by engaging them through different means depending on their interests and maturity. She helps kids process their distress in verbal and nonverbal ways and helps them overcome social and emotional difficulties and process loss, and restore a sense of self-mastery. Meetings with parents are central to her approach to working with children – especially for kids under 12, while adolescents have a say in the level of their parent’s involvement. Her FAQ can help you understand child & teen therapy better, and there’s loads of generally helpful info here!
Beautiful Mind, 10/F, Central Building, 1-3 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9147 4234, www.beautifulmindhk.com
Shelly Mok is a counseling psychologist who practices psychodynamic therapy. She has extensive experience in working with children with emotional and behavioral difficulties. More specifically, she practices play therapy for kids between the ages of 3 and 9 with issues ranging from oppositional behaviors, anxiety & depression, abuse, trauma, chronic illness to difficulties stemming from life changes like moving or divorce. Learn more about her here!
Shelly Mok Counselling Psychologist, (by appointment:) Unit 1301, 13/F, Fortune Centre, 44 - 48 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. (MTR Causeway Bay Exit F1) +852 6633 5047, email@example.com, www.shellymok.com
Integrate offers play therapy and ongoing therapy for kids and a kid's divorce support group. Play therapy at Integrate uses a psychotherapeutic approach to help kids and adolescents aged 3 to 16 communicate and consequently resolve emotional and behavioral issues in a safe environment. The center also offers clinical psychology to kids and adolescents to diagnose existing or potential disorders and counseling to help cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and a range of other difficulties. Both counseling and clinical psychology are offered either individually or in groups. Read more here!
From play therapy for little ones, to couples counseling and psychotherapy for stressed parents, IMI are dedicated to ensuring that you, and your family have a place to be heard. IMI take the time to ensure you and your kids are matched to a therapist who meets your individual needs. Their counselors, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists have extensive experience supporting and empowering children and adults with a range of conditions, including ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, sleep problems and more. Appointments are available in-person in Hong Kong, or online, so that you can get quality counseling, psychotherapy and clinical psychology services, anywhere in the world.
Andrew Adler, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in New York State (US) and has specialized in evaluating and treating a wide range of psychological difficulties for the past 19 years. He is the Adler Family Centre director in Hong Kong and a member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Family Law Association, and Secretary of the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong. Dr. Adler’s expertise is in identifying and using clients’ strengths and abilities to help clients master life challenges to achieve greater contentment. He provides various services, including the following: Individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults, Family therapy, Couples counseling, Parent counseling, Child custody evaluations, Autism, and more!
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