Sometimes our own thoughts and emotions can get unbearably overwhelming. That’s where the importance of communication comes to play. We’re talking about where to get counselling in Hong Kong.
Repeat after us, mental health is just as important as physical health. From sharing personal stories on living with an anxiety disorder, tips on self-care, and our favourite podcasts, we’re keen on highlighting the importance of fostering a healthy platform to openly discuss mental health. Along that note, we’ve gathered some trustworthy places to get counselling in Hong Kong.
Where to go for counselling in Hong Kong
1. Open Heart by Arise Asia
Here’s your ticket to mental health care beyond borders! Newly launching in Hong Kong in November 2023, Open Heart’s online therapy matching platform allows you to connect with a global network of registered clinical psychologists across almost 30 different areas of expertise, including careers, relationships, child psychology, and more. On top of that, Open Heart believes that the body and mind are inevitably connected. This is why the team provides an additional, one-of-a-kind directory of holistic, integrative residential and day-care trauma treatment options in Asia, with handpicked trauma specialists at your aid.
This platform also stands out as a pioneer in AI-enhanced mental health support (coming soon in 2024). Continuously evolving alongside cutting-edge technology, Open Heart offers therapists valuable insights, resources, and data-driven recommendations, all while keeping clients’ information absolutely confidential. This assists counsellors in delivering more effective and personalised therapy sessions, ultimately benefitting clients and providing a new level of accessibility for both parties. You’re always in a safe space at Open Heart – feel free to open up today.
Find out more about Open Heart by Arise Asia online.
2. All About You
Believing that seeing a therapist for emotional pain is as normal as seeing a doctor for physical illness, Sonia Samtani and her team at All About You are on a mission to destigmatise mental health by providing accessible counselling services in Hong Kong. The top English-speaking platform for mental wellness in the city, All About You specialises in mental mastery, emotional intelligence, progressing through coping mechanisms, and working with the subconscious mind. Expert practitioners in hypnotherapy, tarot reading, couples counselling, and other healing modalities offer private sessions, group classes, and workshops that all promote self-empowerment. All About You is a safe space where you can uncover your innermost challenges, and gain profound insight in navigating life’s highs and lows.
All About You, Unit 10A, Wing Cheong Commercial Building, 19-25 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 2992 0828 / 5435 8119 (Whatsapp)
3. Connect Counselling
Finding it difficult to stay connected with your partner or those around you? Visit Connect Counselling for in-person and online therapy, offered to individuals or couples seeking intimate and meaningful connection. Services are also available for those looking to better manage a breakup or divorce transition. Using evidence-based therapeutic methods and an empathetic approach, clients are gently guided towards internal symmetry. Connect Counselling can help you reconnect with others, as well as yourself.
Connect Counselling, Suite 1302, 13/F, Tak Woo House, 1-3 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5190 0058 (Whatsapp only)
4. Henry Lam Online Productivity & ADHD Coaching
Are you or your loved ones performing inconsistently or falling behind at work, school, or in the household? This may be a sign of unharnessed ADHD. Other symptoms include being easily distracted, frustrated, disorganised, forgetful, and procrastinating a lot. But did you know? ADHD has its own gifts! Fellow ADHDer and productivity coach, Henry Lam, is here to help unleash your untapped potential to live your life to the fullest. Learn how to overcome your overwhelm or so-called “laziness” with innovative individual solutions, on top of a powerful positive mindset. Don’t miss out on the chance to realise your full potential – sign up now for a free session to learn more about ADHD with Coach Henry!
Find out more about Henry Lam Coaching online.
5. St John’s Cathedral Counselling Services (SJCCS)
With flexible payment options and a range of counsellors, St John’s is a centrally located option that we really like. The staff are friendly and help put at ease any worries or concerns you may have about the process. Whether you’re looking for self-help or if you want to strengthen your relationship, one of the 30 counsellors on the team will be able to help – and in a variety of languages, too.
St John’s Cathedral, 7/F, Wings Building, 110-116 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2524 2777
6. Hong Kong Psychological Counselling Centre
HKPCC is a private institution that offers psychiatric and counselling services. Appointments can typically be made within seven days. Counselling services cater to individuals, families, married couples, and pre-marriage couples. Each session lasts about 50 minutes (the prices vary depending on the counsellor and service), and it can be conducted in either English or Putonghua. Online video counselling is available for individuals only.
Hong Kong Psychological Counselling Centre, Unit B, 5/F, Hua Chiao Commercial Centre, 678 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 6676 4236
7. Better Help
Counselling has become ever-so convenient thanks to the Better Help app. Their aim is to make professional counselling accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere. Upon downloading the app, you will be asked a few questions to assess which counsellor to get matched with (which takes about 24 hours), and from then on you can regularly chat with your counsellor via phone calls, video calls, or text messages. We’ve tried this app and we love how convenient and cost-effective it is.
Find out more about Better Help.
8. Breakthrough Counselling Centre
Targeting age groups between 19 and 30, as well as family counselling, Breakthrough Counselling Centre’s counsellors have undertaken professional training and offer their services at an affordable price. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and each session costs 1.7% of your monthly income (you need to provide supporting documents to show your monthly salary). Services are provided in Cantonese only.
Breakthrough Counselling Centre, 2/F, 191 Woosung Street, Jordan, Hong Kong, p. 2377 8511
9. Oasis: Hong Kong Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy
The Vine is an international church that also offers English counselling services under the name Oasis. Before you’re able to sign up for regular counselling, the counsellor will first set up a free 15-minute consultation via phone call. Subsequent paid sessions will last about 50 minutes.
Oasis, Suite A, 19/F, Times Media Centre, 133 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 3527 6054
Established almost 50 years ago as a registered charitable organisation, Resource offers multi-lingual professional counselling service for people residing in Hong Kong. Counselling focuses on relationship difficulties, parenting issues, anxiety, stress, depression, and more severe mental health issues. At present, they can offer counselling in at least seven languages: English, Cantonese, Putonghua, Russian, Hindi, Marathi, and Marwadi.
Resource, 701, China Hong Kong Tower, 8-12 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
11. OCD & Anxiety Support
Free counselling service is a rarity and we’re very much appreciative to OCD & Anxiety Support Group, a non-profit organisation that holds weekly online meetings. They have both support groups and individual sessions, along with families if needed. The public can make donations and help raise money for this organisation.
Register for its free sessions on its MeetUp page.
12. The Samaritans
The Samaritans Befrienders Hong Kong runs 24-hour crisis intervention and emergency emotional support service to people struggling with suicidal thoughts and tendencies. They have organised a support group called “Live the Rainbow”, which provides one-stop services including counselling, small groups, and continuous support service.
Find out more about The Samaritans.
13. Maple Tree Counselling
Maple Tree Counselling takes a holistic approach by tailoring its therapeutic techniques to meet each individual’s unique needs. The team offers evidence-based therapies including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). With the aim of empowering individuals towards positive change and resilience, this centre nurtures personal growth while fostering emotional well-being.
Maple Tree Counselling, 18/F, China Building, 29 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p.6375 6098
14. Renewed Edge
You can find an extensive range of counselling services at Renewed Edge, including general counselling, hypnosis, hypnotherapy, coaching, and courses. In addition to these in-person services, the centre also provides self-hypnosis apps to extend its reach and effectiveness. The dedicated team is committed to helping individuals achieve their full potential by equipping them with the necessary tools and resources to surmount their challenges. Rooted in the belief that everyone possesses the ability to improve their lives, Renewed Edge stands ready to facilitate such transformative change.
Renewed Edge, Suite 1108, 11/F, Asia Standard Tower, 59-65 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9884 8036
[This article was originally published in March 2021 and updated in 2023 by Catherine Pun.]