Therapists / Psychologists / Counsellors

Meet Central Minds' Psychologists, Therapists and Counsellors in Hong Kong and Online

We are a group of professional and experienced clinical psychologists, psychotherapists and counsellors. We offer the most effective, tailor made approaches to help resolve your difficulties. Our clinicians go that extra mile to ensure you receive compassionate, empathetic and effective interventions.

Dr. Sharmeen Shroff - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Psychodynamic Depth Therapy & Repetitive Patterns

Language: English

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.

Hong Kong Institute of Clinical Psychologists (HKICP) (#CP00351)

Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) (DCP534)

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (#PYL37912)

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Dr. Natalie Loong - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Psychodynamic Attachment & Existential Therapy

Language: English and Cantonese
Dr. Loong is currently fully booked and not taking on new clients.

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…

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

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Bhavna Bharvani - Clinical Counsellor Relationship Counsellor

Specialising in LGBTQIA + Trauma & Self Actualisation

Language: English

Bhavna is a US-trained Licensed Professional Clinical Counsellor, registered with the California Board of Behavioural Sciences (LPCC 10182). She started out practicing in San Francisco, where she worked with individuals, couples, teenagers, and LGBTQIA+ folks with chronic and complex trauma. She worked across a range of settings including community mental health, schools, and..

California Licensed Professional Clinical Counsellor (Lic. # LPCC 10182)

Full Member and Registered Counselor, Hong Kong Society for Counselling and Psychology (HKSCP 0183)

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Dr. Kaili Chen - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Interpersonal Relationships

Language: English

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.

Member of the American Psychological Association (99259747)

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (388865)

Registered Clinical Psychologist of the New Zealand Psychologists Board (90-06212)

Registered Member of the Hong Kong Association of Doctors in Clinical Psychology (300010954)

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Dr. Melissa Chan - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Depressive and Anxiety Disorders, Self – Criticism & Self – Esteem Issues

Language: English, Cantonese and Mandarin

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 (e.g. social anxiety, bipolar tendencies etc). She also works with people who are struggling with low self-esteem, stress, grief and bereavement, adjustment difficulties and those…

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (PYL38663)

HK’s accreditation register (HKICP) as a Clinical Psychologist. (#CP00269)

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Teresa Chan - CBT Therapist

Specialising in CBT, Anxiety Disorders (including PTSD & Social Anxiety)

Language: English, Communicate in Cantonese

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…

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Dr. Aurélie Comes - Clinical Psychologist & CBT Therapist

Specialising in CBT, EMDR + Depression & Anxiety Disorders (including Eating Disorder & Trauma)

Language: English and French

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…

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Josanna Lai - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Narrative Therapy, Relationships, Anxiety, Depression + Personal Growth Obstacles

Language: English and Cantonese

Born and raised in Hong Kong, being fluent in English and Cantonese, Josanna has worked as a clinical psychologist for over twenty-six years in Hong Kong and Australia in diverse clinical settings including child assessment center, inpatient PTSD wards, outpatient psychiatric center, university counseling service, NGO for special education needs and certainly private practice.

Josanna finds Narrative Therapy and mindfulness particularly attractive in addressing psychological issues that are associated with modern hectic lifestyle.

Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)(DCP026)

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Dr. Christine Mok-Lammé - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Psychodynamic Therapy and Complex Trauma

Language: English, Cantonese and Mandarin

Dr. Mok-Lammé was born and raised in Hong Kong. After completing her undergraduate degree in the USA, she taught in a secondary school in Hong Kong for two years. She then emigrated to the USA to continue her education and work in several non-governmental organisations in California and western Colorado. She has experience working with immigrants, migrant farm workers, and homeless youth. She also has experience working in community mental health centres, psychiatric hospitals, and crisis services. For the past few years, she has been working in a private practice in western Colorado, serving diverse populations. She is excited to be back in Hong Kong, providing much-needed mental health services in her hometown…

Colorado Licensed Clinical Psychologist (License number: PSY0004039)

Massachusetts Licensed Clinical Psychologist (License number: PSY5000468)

Registered member of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (2015001826)

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Michael Beckham - Clinical Counsellor

Specialising in Anxiety, Depression, Self – Esteem and Communication

Language: English

Michael Beckham is a US-trained and licensed Clinical Counsellor with over 16 years of experience. He assists his clients to understand how they see themselves, to understand how they see the world, and to understand how they see themselves in the world. Michael approaches therapy without judgement of his clients. He creates a safe, confidential, objective environment in which the client can feel secure to express themselves in ways they may have never approached before…

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Dr Elaine Ching - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Mood difficulties, Trauma and Adjustment

Language: English and Cantonese

Dr. Ching is a UK trained Clinical Psychologist, offering support to adults with difficulties around anxiety, low mood, stress and burnout, self-esteem, childhood or event specific trauma, interpersonal relationships, and life adjustments (e.g. relocation, grief, chronic physical health, third culture kids). She also has experience with individuals with individuals with emotional
dysregulation and high sensitivity (HSP). Born in Hong Kong and raised in various countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom, she uses her personal narratives and experiences of relocation and adjustment to form connections with her clients. She has over ten years of experience working in ……..

United Kingdom’s regulatory body for Clinical Psychology, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC PYL35139)

British Psychological Society (BPS) – Chartered Clinical psychologist

Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology of Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS DCP636)

Hong Kong Institute of Clinical Psychologists (ICPHK CP00421)

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Dr. Karen Wai Liem - Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, and Aviation Psychologist

Specializing in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Object Relations, Trauma & Mood Disorders

Language: English and Cantonese

Dr. Liem is a Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, and Aviation Psychologist practicing in Hong Kong. She offers psychotherapy for adolescents, adults, and couples with psychological or relationship problems. She believes that “everyone has their own unique and complex story and experiences, struggles, fears, and painful feelings. Your background, life experiences, and various interpersonal traumas shape these emotional experiences. These need to be listened to and understood…

Registered Clinical Psychologist of the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPCPYL35931)

Registered Clinical Psychologist of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA PSY0002192819)

Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) of the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) (DCP656)

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Shamistra Soysa - Clinical Psychologist

Specialising in Perfectionism, Low Self – Esteem and Anxiety

Language: English

Dr. Shamistra Soysa has worked in the field of psychology and mental health for more than a decade in multiple countries including Australia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and greater China. She has worked in clinical and non-clinical settings with a special focus on adults presenting with difficulties arising from anxiety, overwhelming emotions, perfectionism, low self-esteem and stress.

Shamistra works within an evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework and draws on techniques such as mindfulness, acceptance, imagery rescripting and story telling.....

Registered Psychologist of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA PSY0001621131)

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Online Therapy

Not everyone can attend weekly therapy sessions in an office environment, for various reasons. Research suggests that online therapy is just as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy. At Central Minds, we have a group of therapists who work predominantly online. If you think online therapy may be the better fit for you, please contact us about one of our therapists listed below.

Simon Westcott - Counsellor

Specialising in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, CBT and Anxiety, Depression

Language: English
Online Therapy Only

Simon Westcott is an English-speaking Counsellor educated in the UK, US, Australia and Hong Kong. Simon believes in the benefits of both short-term, goal-oriented counselling and longer-term, ‘in-depth’ psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He has experience working with adolescents and adults with issues ranging from low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, relationship problems, adoption, men’s mental health, life transitions, LGBTQ identity and sexuality, trauma, addiction, teen resilience and mood disorders…

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Dr. Elizabeth Howl

Specialising in CBT, Somatic & Functional Neurological Symptoms

Language: English
Online Therapy Only

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…

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Jill Carroll - Psychotherapist & EMDR Practitioner

Specialising in Psychotherapy, Grief & EMDR

Language: English
Online Therapy Only
Jill is currently not working with couples and not taking on new clients

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 has experience facilitating process groups for people struggling with grief and loss…

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Psychotherapy FAQ

What is the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

A psychologist and a psychiatrist are often confused as having the same meaning. While both study the brain, emotions, feelings and thoughts, there is a distinct difference between the two fields of study.

Psychiatrists begin their careers in medical school and then go on to four years of residency training typically at a hospital’s psychiatric department.

Psychologists go through five to seven years of academic graduate study and hands-on clinical training, culminating in a doctorate degree.

As medical doctors, psychiatrists can prescribe drugs, whilst psychologists cannot.

What is Psychotherapy?

Some people refer to psychotherapy as “talking treatment” because it is generally based on an individual talking to a therapist. However, psychotherapy is much more than talking about your problems. A trained psychotherapist will help you to tackle a specific or general problem by giving you the tools to be able to cope more effectively. In psychotherapy, therapists apply scientifically validated procedures to help people develop healthier, more effective habits. There are many different professionals that practice psychotherapy such as; clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, counsellors, marriage and family therapists and social workers.

Psychotherapy is a professional relationship between a therapist and a client. Psychotherapists are trained to understand what you say and how you say it. They pay close attention to body language, voice tone and content to fully understand what you are trying to say.

While family or friends can help you feel better or even provide good advice for change, this is not psychotherapy. You can tell therapists things without having to worry about your information being told to others or in any way affecting your job, family or relationships.

How Does Psychotherapy Work?

Psychotherapy provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. You and your therapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behavior patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

By the time you’re done, you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will have learned new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.

The way in which our psychologists and counsellors will work with you will depend in part on what you seek from psychotherapy, how you understand your difficulties, available support, and any time-constraints you have. We believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client should be a collaborative one, in which we both work together to come to an agreement on the goals and focus of therapy.

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