Therapists / Psychologists
Dr. Sharmeen Shroff
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
M.A. Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
MSc. (Hons) Psychoanalytic Development Psychology from University College London in conjunction with the Anna Freud Center, United Kingdom
BSc. (Hons) Psychology from The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
With over 14 years of experience, Dr Shroff has worked in community mental health centres, private psychology clinics, medical clinics and both outpatient and inpatient units in hospitals in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and the USA. She is one of the few clinical psychologists in Hong Kong that have been intensively trained to practice psychotherapy from a psychodynamic depth perspective.
She works to enhance her client’s self-awareness and identify repetitive themes and patterns in client’s lives and relationships. Dr Shroff believes that many of us develop patterns over the years, whether positive or negative, that become ingrained in us. In times of stress, worry, anger, or emotional turmoil, we repeat what is familiar and what feels safe – this can often lead to negative reactions and behaviour in our relationships and cause us to feel stuck. Dr Shroff uses her expertise in psychodynamic therapy to help her clients’ identify important pieces of the puzzle in order to gain insight and create opportunities to facilitate lasting change in their lives.
Dr Shroff’s speciality areas are working with issues related to cultural identity, diversity, life transition issues and individuals who feel that some aspect of themselves or their relationships causes them distress, undermines the quality of their lives or leads them to feel as if they are not making progress in their personal lives and careers. Dr Shroff also has expertise in working with Stress, Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Psychotic Disorders.
Dr Shroff is passionate about conducting corporate training and workshops for multinational corporations to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around issues related to employee mental health. She has assisted numerous organisations to address these issues more effectively and create psychologically healthy workplaces in order to reduce burnout and absenteeism.
Dr Shroff has been fortunate enough to be raised in Hong Kong, and work in both the United Kingdom and the USA, providing her with the invaluable experience of working within a diverse environment and amongst a variety of cultures. She understands first hand what it feels like to be an immigrant and the challenges that come with moving to a new country. It is her own experience of living abroad and moving to various countries that has helped crystallise her desire to work with multi-cultural populations by utilising depth therapy.
Dr Shroff provides individual and group supervision to counsellors, psychologists and other mental health professionals. Additionally, Dr Shroff is a regular contributor to several publications in Hong Kong and acted as an associate profession at City University of Hong Kong where she supervised and taught Doctoral Level Psychology students. She is also a service provider providing pro-bono therapy and Medico-Legal Assessments to refugee and asylum seekers.
Dr Shroff is a registered member of the Division of Clinical psychology (DCP) of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) and the American Psychological Association.
Dr. Tess Browne
DClinPsy Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Level III EMDR from Richman EMDR Training, UK
BSc. (Hons) Applied Psychology from Cardiff University, UK
Dr Browne is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist, CBT and EMDR Therapist. She has worked in the field of mental health for almost twenty years in clinical, academic, research and corporate roles. Dr Browne specialises in working with adult clients who have experienced trauma, or who are navigating the challenges of early parenthood (from pregnancy through to postpartum).
Dr Browne is a compassionate, reflective and thoughtful practitioner. She adapts and integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with other evidence-based interventions, depending on the unique needs and goals of her clients. In addition to CBT, her common therapeutic approaches include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT); Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) and Schema Therapy. Dr Browne advocates a holistic approach to mental health; working collaboratively with individuals to develop & nurture healthy interactions between the body & mind.
In addition to therapy, Dr Browne frequently provides training and consultation related to Corporate Wellbeing, and provides clinical supervision & training to trainee & qualified mental health professionals. She has lectured on various university psychology programmes, and has published academic research in a range of peer-reviewed journals. Dr Browne is experienced in working as a psychologist in the media, having participated in commentary for TV & printed press.
Dr Browne is a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), and registered with the UK’s regulatory body for Clinical Psychology, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). She is also a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) and an approved therapist of the EMDR Association of Hong Kong.
Please note Dr Browne is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
Dr. Melissa Chan
DClinPsy. Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Manchester, UK
MSW Masters of Social Work from the University of Hong Kong
MSc Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, UK
BA (Hon) Psychology and Economics from the University of Virginia, USA
Dr. Chan is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist, who has worked in the field of mental health taking up clinical and research roles in the community and academic settings for ten years. She is experienced in treating people with symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. She also works with people who are struggling with low self-esteem, stress, bereavement and grief, adjustment difficulties and those affected by physical health problems.
Dr. Chan uses a variety of evidence-based approaches (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and the schema approach for more complex and longer term struggles. She is also trained in the Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy to support people struggling with relational difficulties.
Born and bred in Hong Kong, Dr. Chan understands the immense stress people experience studying and working in HK, having to meet all sorts of high standards and expectations from others and ourselves. Prior to returning to HK, she had the humble opportunity to live and work in the US and UK for ten years. She is a strong believer in the need for more self-care and self-compassion for each individual, and she hopes to promote a more compassionate culture in the society at large. Dr Chan works part time at Central Minds and holds a part time position at the University of Hong Kong as a Training Officer, promoting mental wellbeing in the community.
In therapy sessions, Dr Chan aims to provide a mental space for clients to reflect, process their feelings and thoughts, and to identify what’s most important for them. She specialises in addressing self-criticism and is able to help you identify factors that keep your struggles ongoing. In the sessions, she will explore more in depth into your beliefs and behaviours that might give rise to your current struggles. She works in a collaborative manner with clients to set goals and decide what support the client may need together.
Individual and Couples Relationship Counsellor
MA.Counselling from Monash University, Australia
BA. Psychology from The University of British Columbia, Canada
Completed Gottman Level 3 – Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Lori is a sensitive and patient relationship counsellor who has worked with individuals and couples on a variety of issues including:
- Couples who fight over the same issues repeatedly
- Couples who have trust issues
- Individuals who want to learn how to decrease stress, panics and anxiety
- Individuals who are going through a separation or break-up
- Individuals who want to improve their relationships
Working with clients on relationship issues has been the most rewarding part of her career. Lori is extremely passionate about her work in helping clients rebalance their lives through mental well-being, spirituality, healthy connections and exercise.
She understands that couples can sometimes fall into unhealthy communicative patterns that result in unresolved issues and constant arguments. With that come emotional distancing, stress and even relationship damage. Lori strives to help her clients learn how to listen to each other in constructive ways and develop healthy communication skills.
As a relationship counsellor, Lori also has the opportunity to work with individuals on different stages of their relationships with their partners. She works with clients who have issues ranging from the beginning of a relationship to the aftermath of a separation. Clients have overcome stress, frustration, anxiety, worry, hurt and pain. Clients are now more in control of their own lives and have rediscovered their strengths.
Lori’s sessions give her clients a chance to find themselves and learn about their partners through a safe, non-judgmental space and learn different coping methods for well-being and balance in life.
Lori is a registered member of the Australian Counselling Association and The Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology.
Please note Lori is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
Dr. Hannah Sugarman
DClinPsy. Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
MSc Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London, UK
BSc. (Hons) Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from University of Nottingham, UK
Dr. Hannah Sugarman is a Clinical Psychologist from the UK. Dr. Sugarman completed her clinical training in the NHS in London, working with people across the lifespan presenting with a range of different difficulties. She has worked in the field of mental health for over ten years.
Therapeutic work: People often attend therapy when they feel stuck and find that they are not able to live their lives in the way that they want to. This may be because of mental health problems such as anxiety or depression, or due to low self-confidence or poor motivation. For some people, painful experiences from the past can give rise to difficult thoughts and feelings. These difficulties can lead people to use unhelpful coping strategies such as overworking, avoidance or substances to help them to manage.
Dr. Sugarman can work with you to help to make sense of any problems that you are experiencing and explore how they are getting in the way for you. She can then support you to learn tools and strategies that enable you to handle difficulties more effectively so that they don’t get in the way of your life. Dr. Sugarman uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as the primary models in her therapeutic work; however, she is trained in a number of approaches and will integrate concepts from different models to tailor the treatment to you.
Many of the reasons that bring people to therapy are not easy to talk about with their friends and family. As an objective professional, Dr. Sugarman aims to offer you a space where you can feel comfortable to speak openly and without feeling judged. This is of the utmost importance in creating an environment where change can occur.
Adult assessment: Dr. Sugarman developed a special interest in cognitive and neuropsychological assessments of adults during her clinical training, during which she regularly completed these assessments in a variety of settings. Dr. Sugarman is experienced in neuropsychological assessment with people experiencing conditions such as stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as assessment following traumatic brain injury. Alongside their application in medical settings, these assessments can also be of use in identifying the strengths and weaknesses across an individual’s cognitive profile to help to determine whether there are any inconsistencies or deficits that could indicate organic pathology (e.g. dementia) or a neurodevelopmental condition (e.g. ADHD). Dr. Sugarman is one of the few clinical psychologists in Hong Kong who is able to offer expertise in this area for English speaking clients.
Other work: Dr. Sugarman is passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health. She is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with Mind Hong Kong, and she delivers this training alongside Mental Health Literacy training. This aims to help people to better understand mental health and increase their skills to support people who are experiencing mental health problems. She also delivers this training in corporate settings on behalf of the City Mental Health Alliance. Dr. Sugarman is also involved in pro-bono assessment and medico-legal report writing to assist with non-refoulement claims for asylum seekers, in collaboration with The Justice Centre Hong Kong.
Dr. Sugarman is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council in the UK.
Please note Dr. Sugarman is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
Dr. Kaili Chen
PsyD Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, Hong Kong/USA
MA Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, Hong Kong/USA
BA Psychology from the University of San Francisco, USA
Member of the American Psychological Association
Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society
Registered Clinical Psychologist of the New Zealand Psychologists Board
Registered Member of the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology
Areas of expertise:
- Adult Individual Therapy
- Adolescents 14+
- Interpersonal issues
- Identity exploration
Dr. Chen has worked in the field of psychology since 2010 in several non-profit organizations and community mental health centers. Before settling in Hong Kong, she has lived in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China, and the United States, and understands firsthand the stresses expats face living abroad and the intricacies of multicultural lifestyles.
Before establishing herself as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Chen worked for a major global supply chain management corporation and was subjected to the immense work stress well known for in Hong Kong. This experience greatly highlighted the need for sustainable work-life balance, as it was apparent that the pace of modern-day life subjected humans to an immense amount of stress that can include moving, work, family dynamics, friendships, financial considerations, medical illnesses, worldwide political issues, and even vacations. Reflecting on her own experience, she realized that not only were adults predisposed to high levels of stress but that adolescents in school were similarly struggling with stress as well. Although some can process stressful events easily, others can find it challenging as it may be overwhelming. As a result, self-care is essential to both physical and mental wellbeing.
Dr. Chen strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere in the therapy room with all her clients. By utilizing a tailored psychodynamic and schema therapy approach for each client, the emphasis is placed on attaining awareness and insight of past experiences to create more adaptive coping strategies moving forward.
When working with adolescents, Dr. Chen is intentionally mindful of the fact that they are still in the tumultuous mental space of forging their own identities. She, therefore, focuses on building a strong rapport with adolescents as part of the process, with the understanding that trust is essential in creating a safe space for them to speak their truth and uncover the deeper reasons for their behavior.
Dr. Chen is also trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment primarily used for individuals who have experienced trauma, which is an emotional response to a deeply distressing or disturbing event that can include but is not limited to war, assault, natural disasters, abandonment, neglect, or illness. The treatment works with the brain to begin processing information that may be too traumatic for the brain to process on its own. Once the memory is cleared, the healed brain can associate itself to similar situations without feeling triggered in the same way. As mentioned earlier, everyone processes stressful events differently, yet others may find it challenging to process overwhelming events that can be difficult to articulate. In these cases, EMDR can be a beneficial treatment to be able to reduce these triggers.
Dr. Chen is passionate about her work with her clients and cares deeply about helping them achieve their goals in therapy. It has always been her belief that progress is not necessarily linear, and that success looks different for everybody. An avid traveler, functional fitness athlete, and dog owner, she has recently incorporated these interests into her work and developed a fascination for aviation psychology, sports psychology, and animal-assisted therapy.
Dr. Natalie Loong
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
M.A. Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology
B.S.S. Psychology, University of Hong Kong
California Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Lic. # PSY 29694)
Member of the American Psychological Association
Registered Member of the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology
Dr. Natalie Loong is a California licensed clinical psychologist with years of experiences working in community mental health, outpatient, residential, and private practice settings in Hong Kong and the United States. As a bilingual psychologist, Dr. Loong provides services in both English and Cantonese and has extensive experiences working with adults, adolescents, and children from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Trained in Psychodynamic and Existential-Humanistic traditions of psychotherapy, Dr. Loong specialises in providing psychotherapy that is in-depth and insight-oriented with the goal of creating lasting changes in clients’ lives. Dr. Loong works closely with clients to explore and work through unconscious aspects of their experiences, recurring themes and patterns in their lives, and underlying functions of their difficulties. Through the experiential and intellectual learning that takes place in the process, clients develop deeper understanding and appreciation of themselves, discover new ways of being and relating and are empowered to liberate from old symptoms, behaviours, and patterns.
Dr. Loong is also experienced in providing play therapy – a developmentally appropriate psychotherapy approach for children that uses play as a medium for communication. The symbolic function of play allows children to comfortably and safely express troubling events and experiences. Utilising play, Dr. Loong attempts to experience, understand, and work on difficulties interactively with child clients, empowering them to consider new solutions to their problems, learn adaptive ways of coping, and change the way they think or feel in the process.
Over the years, Dr. Loong has worked with a broad spectrum of clinical and non-clinical issues across the lifespan including stress-related or adjustment difficulties, interpersonal relationship problems, struggles with meaning and purpose in life, difficulties with parenting, depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, gambling disorder, school refusal, aggressive behaviours, oppositional and defiant behaviors, enuresis, separation anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), selective mutism, and self-harm. Despite so, Dr. Loong sees each client as a unique individual beyond his/her problems and is committed to empowering and accompanying her clients through their own journey of suffering, discovery and growth.
In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Loong is an adjunct faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology – Hong Kong, Alliant International University. She currently chairs students on their doctoral dissertations and has taught courses on multicultural and social justice psychology, research methods and designs, as well as psychometrics and statistics in the past.
Please note Dr Loong is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
MA Clinical Counselling from California School of Professional Psychology, San Francisco
BA Psychology from Georgetown University, Washington DC
EFT Couples Therapy – Certification Track
Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 2 Certified
EMDR Basic Training – pursuing EMDRIA Certified Therapist status
Bhavna is a US-trained Associate Professional Clinical Counsellor, registered with the California Board of Behavioural Sciences (APCC#3254). She is trained in San Francisco, where she worked with individuals, couples, teenagers, and LGBTQIA+ folks whose lives have been disrupted by chronic and complex trauma. Bhavna has worked across a range of community mental health settings, high schools, and residential substance use treatment centers.
Bhavna is passionate about collaborating with adolescents, adults, and couples of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender expressions so that they can know themselves deeply and cultivate fulfilling, meaningful lives and relationships.
Couples: There is something undeniably powerful, and healing about being in a secure loving partnership. However, when our important relationships come under stress, they can be completely debilitating. Bhavna provides a safe space for couples to identify negative patterns of interaction, access and communicate their primary needs to each other, cultivate the intimacy they want in their relationships, and work through sexual issues. Bhavna is also polyamory and non-monogamy informed, and kink/BDSM aware. In addition, Bhavna also works with clients who wish to end relationships through an intentional breakup process.
Adults: Conscious and unconscious beliefs, assumptions, and relational patterns can hold people back from living the lives they envision. Bhavna is passionate about helping people move through “stuckness”, manage depression and anxiety, overcome self-doubt, deal with change, learn coping skills for stress, heal shame, shift their inner critical voice and befriend themselves, and develop greater awareness of their feelings, needs, and desires.
Teens: Bhavna helps teens cope with the challenges of adolescence, including the pressures that come with a 24/7 online presence, anxiety around school/exams/friends, depression, feelings of inadequacy, and addictions. Bhavna also provides coaching to teens to unlock their potential, motivation, and self-confidence, and helps bring them in alignment with their goals.
Bhavna’s style is warm, relational, and non-judgmental. She believes that trust and connection with the therapist are essential components of successful therapy. Her goal is to provide culturally-sensitive, empathetic, and strength-based psychotherapy through an integrative approach. She is primarily client-centered and combines techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness principles, attachment theory, narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy and dialectical behavioural therapy to suit the unique needs of each individual client. Bhavna consults with Clinical Supervisor Dr. Erica Liu Wollin (PSY 18103) on her cases.
In addition to her therapeutic work, Bhavna works with Mind HK to reduce the stigma around mental health issues by developing and delivering training on Mental Health First Aid in workplaces. Bhavna also volunteers on The Zubin Foundation’s crisis and support hotline, Call Mira. Prior to becoming a therapist, Bhavna worked in investment banking, television journalism, and market research. She has substantial experience relating to people from diverse backgrounds, having worked in Mumbai, New York, London, and San Francisco.
Please note Bhavna is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
Master of Counselling from Monash University, Australia
MSc. Anthropology and Ecology of Development, from University College London, UK
BSc. Psychology, from Stockholm University, Sweden
Saville and Holdsworth Ltd.
Qualified to analyse and interpret Occupational Personality Questionnaires and Ability Tests (Level 1 and Level 2), Surrey, UK.
Malin is passionate about improving clients’ psychological wellbeing in a non-judgmental and confidential setting. She has experience from working in pressurised high performing environments and believes that, through regaining balance in your mind, you can become more confident, content and empowered in your life.
Malin uses a Person Centred Counselling approach, tailormade to the client’s issues at hand. She aims to understand the client’s experience from their perspective to enable reconnection with their inner values for the individual to progress. She draws upon evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques. These interventions can provide insight, tools and strategies to improve an individual’s wellbeing.
Malin has experience working with multicultural clients on varied issues such as anger management, adjustment issues, grief and bereavement. She specialises in stress and anxiety management, increasing low self-esteem, developing resilience, interpersonal skills training, depression and support during difficult times.
Malin also works in partnership with corporations to support employees’ psychological wellbeing. Her aim is to empower and engage staff to prevent ill health caused by negative stress, as well as support employees going through organisational changes or other personally challenging times. The potential benefits are reduced absenteeism, presenteeism and burnout. The collaboration can expedite career development and personal growth, as well as improve engagement and retention of valuable staff.
In addition to Malin’s clinical work as a therapist, she provides workshops supporting female business leaders at The Women Foundation. She is also a columnist in a local community magazine and a speaker at various Chamber of Commerce events with the aim of promoting improved psychological wellbeing and reducing stigma around mental ill health.
Malin’s professional background is within Human Resources, with various multinational corporations as well as niche HR consultancies. Malin is a bilingual Counsellor (Swedish and English) with extensive international experience, having worked and lived in Sweden, Australia, England and Hong Kong.
She is a graduate member of the Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology and a full member of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association.
MSc in Psychoanalytic & Developmental Psychology (The Anna Freud Centre in conjunction with University College of London, London, UK)
MA in Play Therapy (Roehampton University, UK)
BA in Psychology (York University, Canada)
Cogmed Working Memory Coach (UK)
FRIENDS™ for Life facilitator (UK)
Parents Forever Facilitator (University of Minnesota, U.S.A)
Custody Evaluator (PACE, USA)
Parental Coordinator (Mindy F. Mitnick, USA, 2015 & Robin M. Deutsch, 2019, Hong Kong)
Lora has over ten years of clinical training and experience with children and adolescents within a variety of settings, e.g. private practice, non-profit sectors, social work and school settings. Her practice encourages clients to draw on their own ability and inner resources to develop the skills needed to change destructive patterns of behaviour.
Lora’s approach stresses the importance of the unconscious, past experience and family dynamic in shaping current behaviour; thus, undesirable behaviours are learnt and can be modified.
Lora works with children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 19, who are experiencing difficulties in parental divorce, bereavement, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, selective mutism, social anxiety, ADHD, bullying (being the bully or the victim) and she has a special interest in working with children and young people on the Asperger Syndrome spectrum. Lora’s aim for each child or adolescent is to work towards improving their sense of well-being and thus provide a more stable platform to support their future growth.
To optimize this effect, Lora works with each individual according to their own unique character, conditions and circumstances. Lora practices a child-first approach, putting the needs of the child or adolescent at the centre of therapeutic treatments, whether it is conducted with the child, and/or with parents.
Lora is also a certified parental coordinator, divorce co-parenting facilitator and custody evaluator. She is a Registered Child Psychologist with the Hong Kong Psychological Society.
In addition, Lora is a certified Cogmed Working Memory Facilitator. The Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.
Please note Lora is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.
Dr. Sheri McCurdy-Lightbound
Psy.D. Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Hong Kong/U.S.
M.A. Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Hong Kong/U.S.
M.Sc. Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
B.A.E. (High Hons) from Georgia Institute of Technology, United States
Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society
Registered Member of the New Zealand Psychologists Board
Registered Member of the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology
Member American Psychological Association
Dr. Sheri McCurdy-Lightbound is originally from the U.S. and has lived in Spain, the U.K., Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong. Her goal is to help individuals struggling to find fulfillment at work or school and in their personal lives. She specialises in treating adults with anxiety and panic disorders as well as those with relationship and adjustment issues (e.g., moving, divorce, job change).
Dr. McCurdy-Lightbound utilises a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques, customised by client, to bring about positive change in ways of thinking and feeling. She may also work from a psychodynamic perspective as needed to explore and shift self-defeating patterns of behaviour as well as Bowenian systems therapy to help differentiate thoughts from feelings. For those with sleep difficulties, Dr. McCurdy-Lightbound can provide sleep hygiene and insomnia therapy.
As a leadership development specialist, Dr. McCurdy-Lightbound can assist individuals in removing roadblocks to success and introducing new ways of thinking to improve creativity and strategic planning. Formerly a results-oriented business manager and management consultant for the Fortune 500 and new industry leaders, she combines business acumen with a deep understanding of people.
Dr. McCurdy-Lightbound conducts only online therapy via real-time online video (e.g., via Zoom or Skype).
Please note Dr Sheri is currently not taking on new clients.
PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Masters of Research in Psychological Methods from University of Sussex, UK
PgCert Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment from University of Reading, UK
BSc (Hons) Psychology from University of Hertfordshire, UK
Teresa is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who has over 10 years of experience working in the field of clinical mental health. She has a background in Psychology at both an undergraduate and master’s level and completed her training in the UK, where she specialised in the field of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Being originally from the UK, Teresa is a native English speaker, but can also communicate in Cantonese.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 2018, Teresa worked within several leading psychological therapy services within the National Health Service (NHS) across London, Surrey and Hampshire in the UK. Through her work as a therapist working in primary care, Teresa has gained extensive experience in working with individuals affected by a wide range of depression and anxiety issues (including OCD, academic and work stress, panic attacks, phobias, low self-esteem, body dysmorphia, social anxiety and PTSD).
Teresa has developed a special interest in working with anxiety disorders and has expertise in offering trauma-focused CBT (TF-CBT). She uses an integrated approach to adapt her way of working with each client, tailoring therapy to the specific needs of each individual. She believes that no problem is too great or too small and every client is unique and equally important in their own right, no matter their background.
Her collaborative approach aims to encourage individuals to self-reflect and come up with alternative angles to problems, as well as to equip them with the skills and confidence to be able to self-manage difficulties that may arise in the future. Focus is therefore placed on both the attainment of practical coping skills, together with addressing the root causes of a problem if deemed necessary.
Teresa has a calm and welcoming approach and endeavours to put her clients at ease, whilst offering a confidential and non-judgemental space to explore what it is that has brought them to therapy.
In addition to offering one-on-one therapy, Teresa also has experience as a group facilitator conducting psycho-educational workshops for individuals wanting an introduction in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
MSc. Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy, Middlesex University, UK
PgDip British Sign Language/English Interpreting, University of Central Lancashire, UK
B.A.(Hons) Deaf Studies and Psychology, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Diploma in Relationship Counselling, Relate Institute, UK
- The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
- Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong
- UK Council for Psychotherapy
- British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certified Transactional Analyst, UK Association for Transactional Analysis
- The International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis
- British Association of Mental Health and Deafness
Jill is a UK trained Psychotherapist who has run her own successful private practice in London and worked part-time as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist within an NHS service based in South West London. Jill works with individuals and couples a well as facilitating process groups for people struggling with grief and loss.
Jill is an empathic, warm, open and compassionate Psychotherapist. She works with clients and couples to explore the underlying aspects of themselves that they may not be aware of, to understand how they see themselves, and how they deal with others and see the world. She helps clients to understand why they keep behaving or thinking in a particular way, or why certain things keep happening to them (for example repetitive patterns in relationships). Jill works with clients to understand the influence their past experiences in life can have upon them in the present day as she believes that when a client has awareness of this, they can move towards changing these patterns of behaviour.
Couples: Jill trained and worked with the Relate Institute (UK) as a couples/relationship therapist.
Some of her areas of expertise when working with couples are:
- Communication problems
- How to resolve arguments and conflict
- Split agendas – where one person wants to leave the relationship and the other person wants to stay
- Pre-marriage therapy
- Finding the spontaneity and intimacy in the relationship
- Strengthening the relationship
Jill works with couples to identify issues or problems within the relationship and to explore their feelings, values and find ways to communicate this to one another in a way that acknowledges the other.
Groups: Jill developed and independently ran process groups for individuals who were struggling with bereavement and grief in the NHS, UK. Jill recognizes how isolating grief can be and the impact this has upon people and their relationships with others.
Individuals: Jill has experience working with clients with a range of presenting issues. Her areas of expertise include: traumatic events, both cumulative and single events, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, lack of confidence, struggling with decision making, grief, relationship issues, transitions.
Jill is a native English speaker and can also work with clients who are Deaf and use British Sign Language having previously worked as an Interpreter.
Dr. Elizabeth Howl
PiDip. Clinical Neuropsychology from University of Glasgow, UK (in progress)
DClinPsy. Clinical Psychology from Hertfordshire University, UK
MRes. Masters of Research from Loughborough University, UK
BSc. (Hons) Psychology from Loughborough University, UK
Dr Howl trained as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK. She has over 10 years’ experience working with individuals, couples and families in distress. Dr Howl has worked across a wide range of settings from acute medical hospitals to outpatient clinics, as well as community work supporting those in their homes. She works with a wide range of issues, including depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, stress, and adjustment difficulties, as well as emotional distress experienced due to physical difficulties, such as acquired brain injury, neurological diagnosis and unexplained physical symptoms.
Dr Howl is a compassionate and experienced Clinical Psychologist who looks to provide you with a confidential and non-judgemental space to talk openly about the difficulties or distress you are experiencing. She will spend time helping you to understand the patterns of behaviour that may be contributing to your distress. She will work in collaboration with you to develop new skills and techniques so that you can manage your emotional wellbeing and move towards the things you value in life.
Dr Howl primarily uses Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy when working with her clients but draws on a range of evidenced-based therapeutic models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Systemic and Narrative approaches. This enables her to adapt and tailor her sessions to your specific needs and situation.
Additionally, Dr Howl can provide neuropsychological assessment (including psychometric testing) for those with cognitive difficulties, acquired brain injury, and neurological diagnoses. She can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses within your cognitive profile. She works with you, your family and professionals to support them to understand your difficulties and help you to live the life you want.
Dr Howl is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council in the UK and The British Psychological Society.
PhD. Health Services Research from Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK
BSc. Psychology from University College London (UCL), UK
Zoe is a researcher by background and has a strong belief in the importance of ensuring that clinical practice is underpinned by quality research. Her areas of past research include depression, ElectroConvulsive Therapy, personality disorders, Autism and implementation of mental health service provision within a wide variety of clinical settings. She has published in academic journals and other media and currently holds an Adjunct Assistant Professor role at HKU.
She has also worked across the corporate, NGO and international development sectors including working to prevent modern slavery. She is currently the CEO of the City Mental Health Alliance Hong Kong (CMHA HK), a not-for-profit organisation that works to create mentally healthy workplaces which she helped establish in Hong Kong in 2017. Zoe is also passionate about working to increase mental health awareness and is an instructor on the Mental Health First Aid course.
After multiple years working in the field of mental health, Zoe is following her passion to support clients and is currently studying for her Masters in Counselling.
Please note Zoe is currently not taking on new clients.
PsyD Psychology (in progress) from California Southern University, US
PgDip Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Level III EMDR from EMDR Academy, UK
MSc Children and Adolescent Mental Health from University College London, UK
BSc (Hons) Psychology from University of Edinburgh, UK
Aurélie is an experienced Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (CBT) who trained and worked in the UK’s National Health Service. In addition to her CBT specialty, she also qualified as an Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Practitioner.
Aurélie has worked extensively in the private and public sector with clients experiencing mild to severe difficulties (e.g. depression, anger management, substance misuse, sleep problems, life adjustments, individual relationship difficulties). Her areas of special interest include trauma and eating disorders.
Aurélie also provides therapy with adolescents to help with adjusting to a third-culture kid lifestyle, school issues, bullying and transitioning to university.
She is also highly experienced in working with:
- General Anxiety including work stress
- Social anxiety
- Health anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Low Self-Esteem
- Body dysmorphia
Having grown up in Hong Kong, Aurélie recognizes the potential benefits these treatments would have on improving the busy lifestyle of local professionals and students and has decided to bring her expertise in these fields back to her home city. In addition to CBT, she also draws upon evidence-based treatment solutions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Mindfulness-based interventions to promote wellbeing and healing by encouraging people to be compassionate towards themselves to increase self-acceptance. Being trained in multiple models of psychological therapies helps her work creatively with clients to tailor their interventions.
Aurélie also had the opportunity to live abroad, exposing her to different cultural settings. This diverse cultural experience gave her the opportunity to incorporate cultural sensitivity into her practice and take a person-centered approach to evaluate the specific needs of her clients. By identifying the optimum way to approach her client’s treatment, she is also able to adapt their process of acceptance, healing and growth. She aims to provide a safe and compassionate reflective space for her clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors, providing the clients the opportunity of gaining a new perspective and create lasting changes. She emphasizes on working collaboratively with clients to become empowered, develop coping strategies, boost self-assurance and improve mental wellbeing. She is passionate in supporting clients overcome personal challenges. Through this process, clients are able to gain confidence in mastering these techniques to better cope with whatever challenges arising in the future.
In additional to individual therapy, Aurélie can offer psychoeducational groups on symptoms of anxiety and depression to introduce key coping strategies in work places.
Aurélie has received specialized training in providing supervision to trainee CBT therapists. She has previously managed a team of therapists in the NHS and provided regular clinical supervision.
Aurélie is an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Aurélie can provide therapy in both English and French.
Central Minds Ltd.
8th & 10th Floor VC House, 4-6 On Lan Street, Central, Hong Kong