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.

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

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.

“Doing” Leadership

“Doing” Leadership

“DOING” LEADERSHIP by KELLY HUTCHISON

As a long-time leader of teams, I often get asked for my thoughts on how to “do” leadership.  Just recently, I was talking with a bright, early-career entrepreneur who said, “My business is growing like crazy and I’m starting to hire people.  I don’t know how to manage and lead others.  What training course would you recommend? Or are there some books I can read?”

These questions are more common than I’d like them to be.  While they are well-intended, and it’s great that people who seek leadership responsibility actually want to do it well, the assumption (or perhaps hope) beneath the question is that if you read the right books, and/or take the right training course, you will be able to lead.

The question I asked this poor soul in return was, “regardless of the training course or the books – how will you know when you can manage and lead other people?  Does reading the books and attending the training mean you’re done?  Tick, you’re a good leader? Cross it off the list of things to do?”

The truth (like it or not) is that managing and leading others is not a destination.  It’s a practice.  Kind of like yoga.  In fact, yoga can teach us a lot about leadership.  No matter how good you get at yoga, there’s always something more to learn.  There’s more to practice.  You never FINISH working at yoga.  And if you’ve practiced yoga, you’ll know that some days are great – you nail the pose, you go deeper, you balance longer.  Some days are terrible.  You fall over, or you can’t hold even the most basic version of the pose you held for 10 minutes yesterday.  It requires focus, getting back into the pose even when you’ve fallen out of it six times already, and tuning in to your thoughts and feelings. Perhaps most importantly, it requires a willingness to push beyond your comfort zone – taking your pose just a bit further, without a guarantee that you’ll nail it the first time (knowing, in fact, that you’ll probably fall over).

The same is true for leadership.  This is because leadership exists within a human system.  One set of leadership behaviours which works perfectly well with one group of people may completely backfire with another.  Or a style of leadership that works when times are good, fails when times are difficult.  Some days are great – the team is humming, people are happy.  Others stink – business is underperforming, there’s tension between people, tough decisions to be made, and politics to manage.  Pesky human beings – they are so unpredictable.  

So what is this achievement-oriented entrepreneur to do, as the company grows and leadership becomes a necessity and requirement?  While I do not endorse the concept of a “checklist for good leadership”, in the spirit of helping these shooting stars along the journey, I offer the below as a non-linear process.

First: understand the baseline.  Look for clues.  Do you lose people from recruitment processes after they interview with you?  What’s your voluntary employee turnover rate?  If you use an employee engagement survey, what does the data tell you about how people feel about their manager and/or senior leaders?  You should also look inward.  Who’s been your favorite or most respected leader over the course of your career and why?  Who do you emulate as a leader?  

Second: ask your people what they need from you  – what motivates them to perform at their best.  Again, these pesky human beings are all slightly different.  But one thing remains consistent – people join great companies and leave bad managers..  The trick is to find out what “bad manager” means to your people – and practice behaving differently.

On the note of PRACTICE…this is a critical third (and ongoing) step. Just as you don’t become a star tennis player on day 1, and you can’t learn to play the piano with one lesson, leadership is a practice.  Remember that feeling of trying something new when you were a kid?  It’s frustrating and uncomfortable.  Get used to this feeling – in fact, seek it out in your workplace.  It means you’re learning – and learning is supposed to feel uncomfortable.  Try new behaviours.  Refine.  Try again.  Try again.  

Fourth – ask your people how you’re doing.  And “your people” should include those below you, above you, and beside you.  If you’re heading a start-up, maybe there’s no one technically above you.  Whose opinion do you respect and admire?  Do you have a board of directors? An investor or business partner?  Importantly, consider this guide for soliciting feedback (and ignore it at your peril).

Fifth (and arguably the most important element to include in your practice): Reflect on the feedback and use it as a source of data to improve your practice.  Extending the “learning to play the piano” analogy, consider how listening to a recording of your practice can shine a light on areas where you need more practice.  You listen, you think about what you want to work on, and then you work on it.  The same is true in leadership.  What can you learn from the feedback you received?  What should you try differently?

What can you learn?  What can you try?  

Sixth (or maybe first!) – ask for help. What professional athlete does not have a coach? What opera singer doesn’t study under another professional?  It can be very lonely at the top.  Cultivate your network, join leadership forums or communities, and consider a psychotherapist, counsellor or performance coach to help you reflect, learn, and grow.  As someone who has been practicing leadership for decades and advising others who are doing the same, I firmly subscribe to the view that every leader needs a therapist and coach.  

Finally – Repeat steps 1-6.  Often, and for as long as you hold a leadership role.  In doing so, you will exceed your own expectations and you will make a difference to your team, your company and potentially by extension, the world around you.  

After all – isn’t this why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?

Kelly Hutchison

Kelly Hutchison is a psychotherapist, counsellor and executive coach with aMindset, based in Hong Kong. 

To book an individual consultation or discuss mental health & wellness initiatives for your organization, contact Kelly on +852 9179 4454 or kellyamindset@gmail.com 

Other Articles by Kelly:

Find out more about Kelly here

Qualifications:

  • Master of Counselling, Monash University, Australia
  • Master of Applied Science (Innovation & Organisation Dynamics), RMIT University, Australia
  • Bachelor of Arts (Liberal Arts/Music), Florida State University, USA
  • Executive Coaching – Level Two Coach, Institute of Executive Coaching & Leadership, Australia
  • Member, Hong Kong Society of Counselling & Psychology
  • Member, Australian Counselling Association
  • Member, Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association

If you would like to speak with a counsellor about how Kelly or AMindset can support you, please contact us.

 



Cecilia Yu

Cecilia Yu

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$1,150 per 50mins. 

Languages: English and Mandarin. 

Cecilia Yu is originally from Taiwan and moved to Hong Kong in 2003. She has worked in multinational corporations, tech start-ups, and educational institutions throughout her career. Familiar with the challenges of working in demanding work environments, and managing complex teams, Cecilia also has expertise in positive parenting and helping families with special needs children.

Cecilia is passionate about providing psychological support for diverse individuals and groups to rebalance their lives towards healthy changes. She has trained to help clients with diverse needs and especially those with traumatic experiences to learn to process their overwhelming emotions. Cecilia offers a safe and confidential space to understand the client’s struggles and together they will explore thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, as well as learn how to handle hardships while moving towards a richer and more meaningful life.

Each session provides emotional support but also has a mission to set treatment plans collaboratively as a team. Cecilia provides counselling therapy methods best suited to the client’s needs. These methods include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),  Emotional Focus Therapy (EFT), Internal Family System Therapy (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and the Gottman Method for Couple’s Therapy.

 
Cecilia offers Counselling and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) services in English and Mandarin
  • HK$1,150 per 50 min session – (Note that 4 x sessions are the minimum booking for the EMDR therapy – discounted packages of 4 are available via the link below)
  • A free 20-minute intro consultation is available for new clients. Please email office@amindset.hk for more details.

Education & Qualifications: 

  • Monash University, Australia – Master of Counselling  /  University of Southern California, USA – Bachelor of Business Administration
  • EMDR Basic Training- Pursuing EMDRIA Certified Therapist status  /  Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training – Level 2 Certified
  • Prepare/Enrich Premarital & Marital Assessment Facilitator  /  Emotion-Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 1 Certificate Course
  • Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS), Evergreen Certifications
  • Member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA)  /  Member of the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)
  • Member of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association (HKPCA)  /  Member of the Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology (HKSCP)

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

Articles by Cecilia:

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Packages must be used within 12 weeks of the first booking.

Dr. Nicolson Siu Yat Fan

Dr. Nicolson Siu Yat Fan

PhD in Neuropsychology, CUHK

Fee: HK$1,150 per 50mins. 

Languages:  Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

Nicolson Siu is a neuropsychologist and lecturer at The Division of Social Science of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He has been working with children with special education needs for more than ten years.

Nicolson obtained his PhD. Degree in Neuropsychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is committed to exploring the relationship between the brain and behaviour with neurophysiological methods like electroencephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). He conducted intervention studies to support children with special educational needs (SEN). His dissertation focused on training the executive functions of children with an autism spectrum disorder. He received government funding to develop an empathy and compassion parenting curriculum in 2019. He also has consultancy experience for local NGOs on projects related to neurophysiological assessment and training for children with SEN.

Nicolson is also a Registered Horticultural Therapist (RHT). He gained good practical experience through engaging in different horticultural therapy programs. The role of RHT exposed Nicolson to different types of clients, from children, adolescents, parents, working adults, and to elderly.

Being a Master of Counselling student at Monash University, where Nicolson learns professional clinical techniques, he has gradually established himself as an empathetic and non-judgemental counsellor. Combining the knowledge, practical experience, and clinical techniques, Nicolson should be able to deliver a safe, respectful, and supportive environment to clients, explore their issues together and address them appropriately.

Nicolson offers counselling and neuropsychological assessment services in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English.

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

HK$1,150 per 50 min session – (discounted packages of 4 are available via the link below)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology, CUHK (2011)
  • PhD in Neuropsychology, CUHK (2015)
  • Graduate Member, The Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Vice President and Research Committee Co-Chair, Hong Kong Association of Therapeutic Horticulture (HKATH)
  • Registered Horticultural Therapist (HKATH)
  • Master of Education in Counselling, Monash University (In Progress)

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

Recent Interview from Prestige:

Dr Nicolson Siu on Healing Through Horticultural Therapy And The Benefits of Gardening

 

Schedule Appointment Purchase a Package of 4 sessions with Nicolson

Packages must be used within 12 weeks of the first booking.

Karuna Kapoor

Karuna Kapoor

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$850 per 50mins.

Languages: English and Hindi.

Karuna is from India and has been residing in Hong Kong for almost 25 years which she now considers her home. Although she has worked in multiple industries in the corporate sector, her attentiveness to mental wellness has been her focus from the time she studied Psychology at an undergraduate level.

Karuna has a natural interest in supporting people and believes there is always both help and hope for any person experiencing distress in all spheres and stages in life. Karuna is patient and focuses on giving her ears to her clients within a non-judgmental and confidential space. She is of acceptance that most people often just need someone non-biased to speak with to feel better. Her aim is to work collaboratively with her clients, so they feel empowered to make their own choices to optimise a balanced life.

Karuna is appreciative that many challenges often go unnoticed in adolescence and is forthcoming to aid teens, young adults, and their parents in creating meaningful relationships with themselves and others. She also uses life skills and experiences to help persons in embracing grief and loss and concurrently encourages taking steps toward self-compassion and further purpose.

Karuna considers attributes of cognizance and vigilance as key components to adopting healthy thought processes. Karuna regards counselling as a powerful proactive and reactive medium to mitigate several mental health concerns with the aid of psychoeducation.

Karuna is available for Counselling sessions in English and Hindi – More details here.

HK$850 per 50 min session

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

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

 

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