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.

Carmen Cheng

Carmen Cheng

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English and Cantonese. 

I was born and bred (for the most part) in Hong Kong, spending several years in Canada and London. I am a solicitor by training and spent my career of over a decade working with individuals and families, helping them navigate through some of life’s biggest challenges, including divorce, family breakdown and the loss of a family member. I am also a mother of two young children and understand the challenges of the modern working mother.

Whatever your race or background, we all go through similar human experiences as well as emotional and mental challenges with each life stage. I want to support you through any struggles you are facing, and sometimes it is necessary to unravel things of the past before the path going forward becomes clearer.

Gaining a deeper understanding of yourself and your emotions, it can empower you to begin the changes you desire to become your authentic self. My goal is to support you in becoming the version of yourself you want to be. I will provide an empathetic, non-judgmental environment and work collaboratively with you to achieve your goals.

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

Find out more here.

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Melissa Chim

Melissa Chim

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$1,150 per 50mins. 

Languages: English, Cantonese and Mandarin. 

Melissa is a Hong Kong and England and Wales qualified lawyer. She is also a mediator and has worked in the financial services industry before she joined a statutory body. Her time in the legal and finance sectors gives her insight into work-related issues, such as stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, burnout and depression. Melissa enjoys working with adults on professional development and, in particular, helping working women develop a healthy and balanced approach to career progression. Melissa believes in a person-centred approach to therapy, tailoring each session to the needs of each client. The aim is to work with clients to untangle issues that may be holding them back and to formulate a clear path towards achieving their goals.

Melissa has spent most of her life in Hong Kong and considers this home. She studied in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore and, having travelled extensively for work, Melissa is also familiar with issues that both children and adults face as a result of relocation. She is passionate about helping clients harness their own strengths to navigate major transitions.

Melissa is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights in Hong Kong and would love to offer a safe and confidential space to discuss any issues you may have.

Melissa is available for counselling services in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Find out more here.   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.

Articles by Melissa:

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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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Kelly Hutchison

Kelly Hutchison

Master of Counselling Monash University.

Fee: HK$1,150 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 

Kelly is a corporate executive by background, with 20+ years of working across multiple industries and geographies.  She is also a qualified executive coach. She loves working with clients who are motivated to change and ready to look inward.  Often, people come to counselling with a sense of disconnect or a gut feeling that something isn’t working or isn’t where it should be.  Kelly’s own journey in therapy began with this ‘dissonance’, and she loves working with her clients to discover (or re-discover) who they really are, and what they really want.  The answers to our challenges in life nearly always lie within us, and Kelly works with her clients to build the confidence and self-belief they need to make a productive change and live a life that is true to themselves.  Inevitably, meaningful change results in uncertainty and turbulence, and Kelly’s focus on building resilience and adaptability helps her clients to navigate this change with greater clarity, calm, and purpose.

Kelly’s clients describe her as warm, open, supportive, and unconventional.  Sessions are often a mix of laughter and tears as clients work to understand and challenge themselves in a safe, caring environment. Kelly’s approach is person-centred, drawing on a range of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI); she is also a student of the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. She has a wide range of interests including women’s identity and confidence, life transitions, trauma, healthy aging, couples & relationships, and men’s mental health. ​  She also enjoys working in underserved communities, particularly adults with special needs.

In her free time, Kelly can be found on the water or on one of Hong Kong’s beautiful trails.  She was born and raised in the US and is also an Australian citizen and Hong Kong Permanent Resident.

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

Associations

  • Member, Hong Kong Society of Counselling & Psychology
  • Member, Australian Counselling Association
  • Member, Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association

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.

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

Articles by Kelly:

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Monisha Dadlani

Monisha Dadlani

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$850 per 50mins. 

Languages: English.

Monisha is a trained paediatric nurse who has worked in private practice for close to two decades. In the last five years, she specialised in working with OBGYN patients and was continually depended on for her calm bedside manner and deeply empathetic approach to care. Having supported countless individuals get through their most vulnerable periods, she realised the key role of mental health in helping the physical body heal. With this in mind, she decided to upskill and undertake a Masters in Counselling at Monash University. Having lived in both the United States and Hong Kong, she is the perfect balance of East and West and is able to capitalise on her experience as a “third culture kid” to work with both children and adults on their social, emotional, academic and cognitive development.

Her patient-centred approach draws on a range of therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 
 
Her 10+ years as an OBGYN nurse have given her first-hand experience in caring for those experiencing maternal mental health issues such as postnatal depression, adjusting to parenthood, grieving a miscarriage,  as well changes associated with the ageing process.
 
Monisha’s clients describe her as warm, caring, honest and committed.

Monisha is a member of the Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology (HKSCP). 

HK$850 per 50 min session – (Note that discounted packages of 4 sessions for HK$3,000 are available via the link below)

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.

Schedule Appointment Book a Package of 4 Sessions

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