Therapy Q & A

How long is treatment?

Treatment lengths depend on a variety of factors, including the nature, scope, and history of your presenting issues.  This is something we can discuss in an initial consultation.

How long is your session?

Initial consultation sessions as well as ongoing therapy sessions are 50 mins long.

What is an initial consultation?

An initial consultation will be our first contact. The purpose of the initial consultation is for us to get to know each other, and to see if working with me will be helpful to you. I can get a sense of what you (or you two as a couple) need help with, and you can get a sense of how I work. We will also discuss what areas we will be focusing on if we continue with treatment.

An initial consultation can be one to a few sessions long. At the end of the consultation period we will decide what the next step is.

Child therapy (aged 12 and under): An initial consultation with parents (without child) will be the first session; then I will see your child for a few sessions to get a sense of how your child is doing. Then parents (without child) and I will meet again to discuss what will help your child (e.g., assessment, therapy, or what parents can do).

Adolescent therapy: With older adolescents (aged 17 and above), I will see them first for an initial consultation to get a sense of what they are struggling with. Adolescent therapy requires a more flexible arrangement because they are at a stage where they value their privacy.  Some adolescents will want to involve their parents, while others want therapy to be private and confidential. I will need to understand the adolescent first before a decision is made about how, when, and whether to involve the parents.

What is your cancellation policy?

During the initial consultation period I have a 48 hour cancellation policy. If after the initial consultation period (which can be 1 to a few sessions long) we decide to continue with treatment then I will reserve a time for you each week. You will be responsible for that time. Missed sessions will be charged.

Do you run any group therapy or support groups for people with BPD, Asperger’s/autism, or ADHD; and for their spouses/families?

I don’t run group therapy or any other form of support group for people with mental illness, for their spouses or families. St John’s Counseling (http://www.sjcshk.com) is a big agency in HK that provides more services including support groups. You can check with them to see what services they are currently providing.

Will you also treat my sibling, partner, or best friend, because they need a therapist too?

If you are already in treatment with me, I will NOT be accepting referrals to work with anyone with whom you have a close and significant relationship.  This is in the interest of protecting the private space of therapy.  I will be happy to provide them with a referral if they also wish to see a therapist.

I need an individual and a couples therapist.  Can you be both?

I can only be your individual OR couples therapist.  Having said that, my experience is that some people find it helpful to have their own course of individual therapy alongside coupes therapy.  I will be happy give you a referral to see someone for a separate course of therapy.

Do you provide Skype/online therapy?

I do. I provide online sessions for clients who experience difficulty coming to my office, who are traveling aboard, or who need emergency sessions to deal with life-disruptive circumstances.

In terms of parental involvement, is there a difference between child and adolescent therapy?

I work with parents closely in child therapy (aged 12 and below).  Older adolescents, on the other hand, tend to have their own views about whether they want parents to be involved. Adolescents are at a developmental stage where they value their privacy, and so having their own space is important to them. Some adolescents want me to see their parents, while some don’t. So, whether and how often I see their parents and the scope of their privacy are issues that I discuss with adolescents directly. Some late adolescents will request their own therapy without involving their parents. Depending on what the presenting concerns are–if they need help with family or peer relationships, for example–I will address the issue of whether and how important it is for me to meet with parents, as I get to know the adolescent better.

How do I find out about my child’s progress in therapy?

I will meet with parents on a regular basis if your child (aged 12 and under) is in treatment with me. Initially, I typically see parents once a month. The frequency of these parents’ sessions can vary, depending on the circumstances of your child and your family, and how long your child has been in treatment. Parents’ sessions are for you to discuss with me your concerns and observations of your child, and for me to support your self-care as a parent and your efforts to help your child make progress.

Find out more about child therapy.

Where is your office?

Please visit our Location page.