Mental health matters are chronically left under the radar in Hong Kong. Whether you’re dealing with a long-term condition, struggling to cope with a recent loss or trauma, or you’re simply struggling, the importance of being able to talk openly and honestly can’t be overstated. Recent reports show that as many as one in six Hongkongers suffer from mental illness. Stigmas aside, if you feel like you’re suffering, the options for help abound. Here are just some of the counsellors and help available to you, across the city.
Integrated Medical Institute
The Integrated Medical Institute is a holistic wellness centre, with a focus on the ways that mental and physical health are integrally connected. The team of practitioners offer counselling as a tool for personal development. Other approaches include Core Process Psychotherapy (which has its roots in Buddhist philosophies), Holistic Coaching, and the use of the Emotional Freedom and Lifeline Techniques.
Integrated Medical Institute, 13/F & 17/F, Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central, (+852) 2523 7121
Tim Hoffman offers a range of counselling services, helping individuals and couples work through issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management and dependencies on alcohol, drugs and gambling. Fluent in both English and Cantonese, he conducts his practice primarily in English, and adopts numerous therapeutic techniques, based on the needs of his clients.
Hoffman Counselling, Suite 1302, 13/F Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane, Central, (+852) 6407 1651, contact for further details
St John’s Cathedral Counselling Service
St John’s Cathedral Counselling is a non-denominational counselling service is located in the heart of Central. For those without health insurance or who are worried about the costs of counselling, St John’s offers a sliding scale, depending on your income and profession. Sessions are available for children, adults and teens and for both individuals and couples, to help with a variety of issues, ranging from relationship troubles to anxiety, stress, phobias, eating disorders and substance abuse.
St John’s Counselling, 7/F, Unit C&D, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, (+852) 2524 2777
The team at Central Health know that mental health help doesn’t always appear to be accessible, especially in Hong Kong. They deploy a range of techniques, which include psychodynamic therapies, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapies to help people find that all-important balance in life. With a psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, behavioural therapists and numerous counsellors at the practice, the multitude of techniques and approaches create a safe space for all.
Central Health, 3/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2824 0822
At the Dimensions Centre, psychiatric and clinical psychotherapy services are available to children, teens and adults. Sessions are available to individuals, couples and families. With nine therapists at the practice – each with their own distinct specialities – couples counselling, pharmacological treatments, psychological assessments and more are available to patients, while the practice also offers specialist programmes that address substance abuse, parenting techniques and family interventions, among others.
Dimensions Centre, Room 1601, 16/F, 1 Duddell Street, Central, (+852) 2789 2297
Clinical psychologist and hypnotherapist Dr Melanie Bryan holds more than two decades of experience under her belt. Her Mind Matters practice helps patients address a multitude of concerns, including a fear of flying, the desire to quit smoking, develop a positive relationship with food, anger management treatments, insomnia and more. She also offers more unconventional therapeutic treatments, including using virtual reality to treat anxiety.
Mind Matters, contact by email for more information
Headway Counselling and Coaching
Headway Counselling is run by two counsellors, Sarah Cotillon and Richard Abbott, and executive coach Don Van de Pol. Sarah offers in-person and Skype counselling sessions and draws upon positive psychology, humanistic principles and cognitive behavioural therapies in her practice. Richard focuses on addressing substance abuse, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship troubles and infidelity.
Locations vary, contact for further information
If you don’t feel ready to reach out for face-to-face help, the Samaritans are on call 24/7. The dedicated, trained team listen with open ears and open minds, and are there to take your calls no matter what the issue is. All phone attendants speak English, while many also speak Cantonese and Mandarin. They also provide a guarantee of total anonymity, with no caller ID function to trace your call.
Samaritans, (+852) 2896 0000
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