Damien Kwok

Damien Kwok

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English and Cantonese. 

Damien is committed to helping people share their struggles, explore their strengths, and take steps to move toward a more resilient and fulfilling way of living. He works with adolescents and adults who need support for difficulties in emotional regulation, relationships, self-image, health issues, and problematic behaviour.

Damien draws from a variety of counselling methods, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing, to work with clients in a safe, supportive, and collaborative relationship with an individualized approach that meets each person’s unique situation and needs. Sometimes, people just need to be heard and understood without judgment. Other times, they look to gain a deeper understanding of their thoughts and feelings, more clarity on their difficulties, and find ways to move forward. He helps clients build self-awareness, clarify values, and identify their strengths to find realistic action plans to work with their issues.

Damien believes we all have the capacity for personal growth and making changes in life. Maintaining our health and well-being is a set of skills we can all learn and practice in our life.

Damien is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English and Cantonese.

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Athena Wong

Athena Wong

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English, Cantonese & Mandarin 

Athena has spent over a decade in professional services Marketing and Business Development. While born in Hong Kong, Athena spent her early and university years in Canada, working in multicultural settings with people from all walks of life. Working in high-pressure and work-volume environments, she is in tune with how this impacts people’s bodies, minds, emotions and relationships. 
 
Whilst continuing to learn about further modalities, Athena follows a person-centred approach and draws from evidence-based modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). 
 
Her approach is to provide a listening and empathetic ear in a non-judgmental space to work together on your life goals, navigate through life changes and unhelpful thoughts, and explore more ways to connect with yourself and others – whichever it may be. 

Athena is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English.

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Laurence Munoz – UK

Laurence Munoz – UK

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: Low Cost Counselling (LCC) HK$250 per 50mins – Online.

AVAILABLE ONLY FOR UK OR EU RESIDENTS

Languages: English. 
 

I have lived and worked in Hong Kong for over 18 years and am currently based in the UK.

An ex-lawyer, I have worked in executive search for over 20 years, predominately within the legal and financial sectors.  I understand the challenges of working within a high-stress, corporate environment and believe in the importance of mentoring and helping people build their careers alongside exploring productivity, empowerment, and confidence in the workplace.

Studying and working as a counsellor means I can now work with clients in a more holistic way.    I want to help my clients achieve their full potential, by understanding their goals in life and assisting them in finding the right tools and techniques in order to reach those goals.  Life has a habit of throwing all sorts of unexpected challenges our way.  I am particularly interested in working with clients navigating significant life changes – often, we are not equipped to tackle the obstacles and challenges of everyday life – big or small.

I work with clients facing depression, anxiety and transitional issues arising from life changes – divorce, redundancy, ageing, menopause, relocation, parenthood, death and grief – as well as understanding the impact of past trauma.  I work with clients to build self-awareness and improved self-esteem and self-worth, as well as taking an active problem-solving approach.  I believe in building a therapeutic relationship through empathy and trust. I will tailor solutions and therapy to fit individual clients using a person-centred approach, incorporating CBT, problem-solving, positive psychology and mindfulness.  

Mostly, I’ll be there to listen and support you through your life journey.

I am a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  I am a mother of two 13-year-olds and an energetic cocker spaniel, and am often hiking the coastal paths of Devon where I live.   I am French-Australian with a love of beaches, travelling, reading and learning.

I am available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English.

Recent training:  I have undertaken courses in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Trauma.

Laurence is available in the UK for ONLINE Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English.

Find out more about LCC here

BOOKINGS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR UK OR EU RESIDENTS

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Testimonial:

‘I have had quite a few counselling sessions over the years and what stood out about Laurence was her gentle way of pushing me forward and looking to think about the future, to set realistic goals and, importantly, to get me to think of some of the steps of how to get there.  I really felt the sessions moved me forward instead of just dwelling on the past.  I always felt upbeat after our sessions, even more emotionally challenging ones, as I felt I had a workable plan to achieve a more positive future.  When I couldn’t think of answers, Laurence managed to get me to work out the answers for myself with her gentle but persistent style.  I really enjoyed our sessions as I found Laurence very easy to open up to.’

BCP UK Client – Oct 22

Lara Melwani – UK

Lara Melwani – UK

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$450 per 50mins – Low Cost Counselling (LCC) HK$250 per 50 mins – Online Only

AVAILABLE ONLY FOR UK OR EU RESIDENTS

Languages: English.

Lara is a mother of two teenagers and has lived and worked in HK for over 20 years, having previously lived and worked in Africa and the UK.  As a counsellor, she is passionate about the positive impact therapy can have on the quality of life and is committed to helping clients overcome challenges in a supportive, safe and non-judgemental manner.  Her multicultural background enhances her approach to therapy, empowering clients to gain new perspectives and a deeper understanding of their experiences.  Working within the private and NGO sectors, Lara has helped individuals from all walks of life and cultures address and manage stress, anxiety, depression, grief, work-life balance and relationship issues.  She has helped individuals understand the impact of adverse childhood experiences and worked with clients facing life transitions as well as those who have wanted to deepen their self-awareness.

Adopting a multi-model approach, Lara draws from evidence-based techniques that include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as Solution-Focused therapy.  Each client is considered individually and counselling tools are suggested that best resonate with them.  All sessions are conducted in a professional and collaborative manner at the client’s own pace, suitable for their particular situation and needs.  Lara is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Hong Kong Society of Counselling & Psychology (HKSCP) and the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong (PSHK) and adheres to their ethical codes of conduct.

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Lara is based in the UK and is available for:

Counselling and LCC counselling (LCC details Here)

A free 20-minute intro consultation is available for new, full-price clients. Please email office@amindset.hk for more details.

BOOKINGS AVAILABLE ONLY FOR UK OR EU RESIDENTS

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Articles Written by Lara:

Tackling Loneliness in a Pandemic

 

Lara’s Testimonials:

LT, Hong Kong, 25 yrs.

I have met with a couple of other counsellors in the past, but Lara proved to be the most effective counsellor I have ever met. She was able to deal with my problem in a surprisingly short period of time and provided me with a safe and non-judgmental space which helped me to confidently express the issues I was facing for the first time. We looked at how my past history had shaped my views and values. This understanding allowed me to engage better in all my key relationships. Lara was extremely professional but very warm and friendly. I hope many people will be helped just like me.

LB, Hong Kong, 46 yrs.

I am very grateful to Lara for the counselling services she provided when I was suffering with bereavement after the sudden loss of my mother during an incredibly stressful time. She helped me to navigate through the different factors which were preventing me from coping with my loss and helped me to understand what I needed to do in order to move forward. She very quickly understood the type of person I am and what would and wouldn’t work for me. She helped me to find coping strategies and get me to a point whereby I could manage my grief and not let it overwhelm me. She has a very calm and empathetic nature with a pragmatic approach and relatable sense of humour, all of which were critical for me to be comfortable with her. I recommend Lara highly.

Monica Linden

Monica Linden

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English and Tagalog.

Monica is a wife and mother who has lived and worked in HK for almost 13 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. She is currently undertaking the Master of Counselling program at Monash University. Monica’s approach to counselling is that each client is an expert in their own life. That even when people can sometimes feel “stuck,” every individual is doing their best with what resources they have. In counseling, Monica assists clients in gaining a new perspective, learning skills, and acquiring tools to equip themselves better to handle life’s curveballs. Monica offers a safe space and is an empathetic, non judgemental listener to help clients process and digest their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

Monica has worked in the manufacturing, entertainment, and education sectors. Her experience working in multicultural environments gives her insight into various challenges in such settings. Monica works with young people and adults on self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, and relationship problems to help them get “unstuck,” move forward and thrive.

Following a person-centered approach, Monica draws from evidence-based practices, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She tailors treatments and techniques to clients, helping them discover unrecognised strengths and untapped resources. Empowered and equipped, clients can confidently overcome challenges and make choices that align with their values.

Monica is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English and Tagalog.

Find out more here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here.