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)
 
 

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)

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

Articles by Cecilia:

Befriend your Nervous System

Say No to Emotional Blackmail

Negative Emotions Can Be Good for You

Trauma & EMDR Therapy

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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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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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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.

Amanda Sheppard

Amanda Sheppard

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

Master of Counselling Student, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$350 per 50mins. 

Languages: English. 

Amanda is committed to helping clients navigate life’s difficult moments, from dealing with unplanned changes to developing everyday coping skills to strengthen their emotional wellbeing. An advocate of person-centred therapy, Amanda believes in an integrated approach to counselling and is interested in the interplay between conventional therapeutic techniques and complementary therapies including mindfulness.

A journalist by trade, Amanda has spent the last seven years working with people to uncover their stories, delving deep into their worlds and learning what matters most to them. In her next chapter, she looks to apply these skills to help create a warm, open and trusting space for people to begin their counselling journeys.

Born in England and raised in multicultural Hong Kong, Amanda is familiar with the challenges that can arise from cultural identities and contexts.

​Amanda 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.

Articles by Amanda:

Mental Health While Working from Home

Spiralling: Breaking the cycle of “What Ifs”

Lara Melwani

Lara Melwani

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

Master of Counselling, Monash University, HK.

Fee: HK$850 per 50mins. 

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.

Lara is available for LCC Counselling sessions in English – contact AMindset for appointments

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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.