Deborah Hanley

Deborah Hanley

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 
 

Deborah is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives. She understands the complex factors relating to a person’s  health, physical, emotional, psychological and social needs.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Deborah has lived in Hong Kong since 2007. As a pastoral leader in international education, and a physical and health educator, she has worked successfully with young families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.  She is looking to work with individuals who have specific needs relating to their family relationships, friendships, education, work and health. She is committed to helping individuals manage their day-to-today challenges and find realistic and achievable goals through a person-centred approach.

Deborah is dedicated to enhancing her professional abilities throughout her career. She is currently practicing traditional counselling methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy and positive psychology, and is broadening her skills to take into account an individuals’ overall well-being to incorporate a more holistic approach.

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

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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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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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Shane Tang

Shane Tang

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English, Cantonese & Mandarin. 
 
Shane grew up in Canada and Hong Kong. Her experience as a TEFL teacher and as an internal consultant in the commercial sector has enabled her to work with people from diverse backgrounds. She has also been coaching and mentoring children, youths and parents for the past 11 years. Approachability, empathy, and a clear mind are her assets when working with clients with different needs and developments.  Most clients quickly build rapport with her. Shane enjoys her work as a counsellor because it allows her to walk with people in all seasons of their lives. She is committed to support her clients’ journey of self-discovery non-judgementally through person-centred approach.
 
She has worked with clients with depression, anxiety, bereavements, marital issues, work/school stresses, parenting/family matters and personal developmental needs. Shane has been exposed to various therapies including Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Cognitive Therapy (CBT), which she finds to be effective with her clients. Shane is devoted to develop her professional skills continually throughout the counselling career so that she can best support her clients.
 
Education: Master in Counselling, Monash University, Australia
B.A in Sociology & English Literature, University of British Columbia, Canada
Cert in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Canada
 

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

 

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Samantha Chu

Samantha Chu

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. Samantha was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Vancouver, Canada.  Upon her return to Hong Kong in 2010, she worked in the legal industry and for the majority of her legal career, worked with divorcing clients in their separation and the children and financial issues they faced as a result of the divorce.  Samantha is a trained mediator and through her experience in mediation, she believes that conflicts are often resolved when parties are given an opportunity to speak, to be heard and to compromise with some assistance of a professional third party.

Samantha has always been inclined towards helping others.  She has enjoyed working with organizations that assist individuals in new communities to explore new resources, overcome challenges/struggles and create a new sense of belonging. Some examples are cultural centres that help new immigrants or university programs that help new international students on campus.  Samantha believes that coping strategies and mental health are extremely important as people go through different experiences in life.  Therefore, in her counselling, Samantha strives to understand and work with each client to find strategies and solutions that also work and integrate well into the other aspects of their lives including the client’s family, work environment, social network, cultural or religious beliefs.  Samantha is pursuing her passion to help others and to learn more about mental health issues by studying a Master of Counselling at Monash University.

Samantha is approachable, patient and empathetic.  She provides a comfortable, safe and non-judgmental environment for her clients to explore their thoughts, needs or the next course of action.  Because of her upbringing and work experience in Hong Kong as well as in Canada, she has a good understanding of Asian and Western cultures and values which help Samantha to communicate effectively with clients from different backgrounds.  Her goal in counselling is to build a strong therapeutic relationship with each of her clients, to help strengthen their mental health and to empower each of them to build a “tool-box” they can use when making their own decisions to achieve a well-balanced life with the help of counselling.

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

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Jared Dubbs

Jared Dubbs

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 

Hi, my name is Jared and I’m here to help.  This is about you and I’m here to facilitate your journey in counselling and help you make the changes you want in your life.  I can provide a safe space to help guide you to identify and work on whatever issues you may be facing.  I believe that we all have the capacity for change, even though it can feel overwhelming at times.  I hope to be a source of comfort and safety as we navigate the changes you want to make in your life.  I feel that authenticity and compassion are the most important traits that a counsellor can have and it’s what I try to bring to each of my sessions.

Couples:  Managing a relationship is difficult and it takes a lot of work.  It’s easy to get entrenched in your opinions and ideas; sometimes you need an outside perspective.  If you’re coming to see me for couples counselling, I want to work with you both to help strengthen or re-establish communication.  I’m here to listen, help and support couples to work together to find a solution that works best for your relationship.

Clients:  I look forward to working with adults, teens, and children on a variety of matters including (but certainly not limited to) behavioural changes, ADHD, LGBTQ+ issues, self-esteem, relationships, men’s issues, anxiety and couples issues.

Experience:   I have over 15 years of experience in education as a teacher, director, marketer, and problem solver across Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, and the USA.  I have built and run schools in Hong Kong and Malaysia.  I feel these experiences have made me open to different people and experiences which I bring to my counselling.

Training:  I am currently studying for my Masters in Counselling (MoC) at Monash University in Australia.  I have completed training courses in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and am interesting in all forms of therapy.  And I prefer to use a dialectical approach to counselling where we find a goal you want to achieve and work together to get you there.

I also hold a teaching qualification in the USA and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Austin College, Texas, USA which I find helps me to see problems from a logical and different angle.

I look forward to working with you.  I am available in person or on zoom.

​Jared 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.

Leona Chan

Leona Chan

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: Cantonese, Mandarin & English. 
 

Leona is a member of the MOC student counsellor team and is now based in Macao. With more than ten years of work experience before becoming a counsellor, she is experienced in communicating with people from various cultural backgrounds. Leona is also an empathetic listener with an open-minded and flexible attitude.

Leona is interested in counselling techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Art Therapy, mindfulness skills, etc. Her own experience and interest in mental health and self-care knowledge and skills have been transformative, bringing her a deep sense of peace. Leona is looking forward to meeting clients and sharing these techniques about mental health and coping skills, with the added benefit of her ongoing learning as a student.

Besides, Leona is inspired by person-centred therapy and believes that neither our physical distance nor our personal differences will stand in our way of counselling, particularly under the current COVID-19 situation. Diversity means variety, which makes the world beautiful. She welcomes individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds in a safe and accepting virtual space to explore common problems such as depression, anxiety, and stress, as well as any difficulties with relationships, career, or family that you may experience.

Leona is based in Macao and is available for Online, Low-Cost Counselling (LCC) sessions in Cantonese, Mandarin & English. 

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