Melissa Chim

Melissa Chim

NOTE: Melissa is unable to take on any NEW clients at present. 

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.

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

Articles written by Melissa:

A Quarantine Survivors Guide

How and Why to be more Assertive

NOTE: Melissa is unable to take on any NEW clients at present. 

 

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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 Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions .

Karuna is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English and Hindi – More details here.

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

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Heda Bayron

Heda Bayron

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 

A 20-year resident of Hong Kong, Heda understands the daily stresses and struggles of working and living in this city, and how difficult it can be to go through these difficulties alone.
While the first step of seeking help may be a hard decision to make, the next steps don’t have to be. As your counsellor, Heda views her role akin to a midwife. She’s there to help bring about clarity to whatever situation you’re facing – working alongside you to untangle convoluted thoughts and overwhelming emotions, and find forward-looking solutions towards a more fulfilling life. Heda views problems as natural reactions to the vagaries of life and, thus, are not something to be ashamed of.
Heda has worn different hats – as a mom, mentor, entrepreneur, author, award-winning journalist, and communication specialist. With this diverse background, she brings an open-minded, nonjudgmental, and collaborative approach to counselling. She’s keen to help you break through life dilemmas, cope with major life changes or transitions, stresses (whether pandemic, career, school, health-related, or others), grief and loss, anxiety, and other issues.
An avid reader and writer, Heda’s interest in counselling stems from a curiosity about people’s narratives – the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and others. She believes our internal narratives influence our external behaviour and emotional responses to situations. As such, they are also the innate superpowers that we can harness to help us change our life’s course.
Heda has had a long career in communications in Asia, having worked for multinational news organisations and global financial firms. She actively volunteers for a local charity focused on the foreign domestic helper community and is the co-author of “Diaspora Journey: Stories of Philippine Migration to Hong Kong.”

​Heda is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English. Find out more here.

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

Articles by Heda:

Far from Home: Dealing with Homesickness

Sarah Hanniffy

Sarah Hanniffy

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 

As a counsellor, I am committed to helping people make positive changes in their lives. I understand that day to day challenges can be overwhelming. I also understand that stressful events can impact our lives in a significant way. My role is to help with processing and responding to these situations.

I am looking to work with clients who are suffering from anxiety, stress and depression in a variety of settings. I also have experience in grief and bereavement and this is a particular space I am passionate about. As a mother of two young children, I have a good understanding of the challenges parents and couples face and I can help navigate individuals or couples through these difficulties.

I am an advocate of person-centred therapy and building an open and safe relationship with my client. I believe in traditional methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Narrative Therapy, combined with more current approaches such as Mindfulness. I believe in building resilience and working with clients to create their own tools that they can utilise throughout their lifetime.

Mental health and wellbeing are important areas of our lives that need to be addressed on a daily basis. I look forward to working with individuals to make their mental health a priority and understand that it doesn’t always have to be so hard.

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

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

Carmen Cheng

Carmen Cheng

NOTE: Carmen is unable to take on any NEW clients at present. 

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.

By 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.

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Iola Tsui

Iola Tsui

NOTE: Iola is unable to take on any NEW clients at present. 

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

Iola holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing a Master of Counselling at Monash University. She has always been passionate about supporting people’s mental health journeys. Iola has 8 years of experience working with children and young people, including children with special educational needs. She is familiar with the stresses and anxieties that can arise from peer and familial dynamics, and how that can affect one’s self-esteem and wellbeing. Iola offers an open and empathic space for individuals to express and process their thoughts and emotions.

Following a person-centred approach, Iola works to empower individuals in making choices that serve their best interests. She respects and appreciates that everyone has their own culture and values, and she aims to personalize evidence-based practices with each of her clients.

Iola works with adolescents and adults on issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, depression, stress, and grief. She draws from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and positive psychology in her therapeutic approach.

​Iola is available for Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

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