In 1977 a commitment was made by St. John's Cathedral to include a counselling ministry amongst our spiritual presence in the greater Hong Kong community. That humble beginning in 1977 with one counsellor was at St. John's Cathedral on Garden Road, but the demand for our professional and caring services over the years has made us relocate to a conveniently located, safe, caring, warm, and modern office located on Wyndham Street in Central Hong Kong not far from St. John's Cathedral. St. John's Cathedral counselling commitment continues to grow and professionally serve Hong Kong's vibrant multi-cultural community for children, teens, couples, families, adults and organizations regardless of residency status, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, religion or faith.
Our Community Mission and Well-being Mission
St. John's Cathedral Counselling Service community mission is "to empower the human spirit towards greater awareness in making choices for growth and well-being." Our well-being mission states "Health is more than the absence of disease. It is a state of emotional, social, physical, intellectual and spiritual well-being" Our mission statements are derived from two of the most universally accepted and successfully employed mental health counselling methods: positive psychology therapy (PPT) and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). With regards to positive psychology, it's mission and ours is to "understand, sustain and grow the character strengths and other related factors that allow individuals, communities and society to flourish." CBT on the other hand has a mission at our counselling centre to "increase one's insightfulness in the area of how we think (our cognitions) and how our language and cognitions have an impact and/or influence on our daily emotions and behaviors." Combined, CBT and PPT have guided our community mission, ministry vision, well-being programs and organization values into developing one of the most respected and recognized well-being counselling centers in Hong Kong.
Our Caring Counsellors
Our counsellors are interactive in each counselling session, striking a balance between active listening and empowering interactions by way of presenting challenges, options and opportunities to resolve the presenting issues. Core to the belief of every counsellor at the Counsellor Service is the development of a safe, caring and unconditional positive regard relationship with our clients. In other words, our counsellors are committed to provide an empathetic - attentive presence encompassed with a language of insightful choices and sustained empowerment.
SJCS counsellors are male and/or female with English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Hindi, and Polish language skills. Their qualifications are in art and play therapy, CBT, grief and loss, substance abuse, child and teen counselling, relationship, banking, human resource management, nursing, clergy, training and consulting, law and business. Their rich professional experiences coupled with their academic and recognized experiences in counselling provides our clients with a most unique 360 degree approach in counselling. Our counselling team is led by a clinical psychologist with over 35 years of healthcare experience supported by a clinical social worker who coordinates with our Executive Director/Clinical Psychologist when a client needs additional support in the community such as legal aid, shelter, referral to public health agencies and collaboration with public and private schools.
Our Counselling Sessions
Counselling sessions are 50 (fifty) minutes in duration, by appointment only, and appointments can be scheduled for daytime, lunch period, evenings and weekends. Please note that not all counsellors work in the evenings or weekends. At times clients may receive handouts and reading materials to facilitate the learning and growth process (and sometimes homework!). Our counsellors employ various counselling techniques to include CBT, IMAGO, positive psychology, EFT, psycho-educational dynamics, positive parenting, co-parenting, Gestalt, humanistic and other effective counselling tools to ascertain and sustain well-being. A cancellation notice of 24 hours is required for all appointment changes to ensure all other clients can also be seen in a timely manner.
Our Privacy and Safety
St. John's Cathedral Counselling Service adheres to the data protection and privacy laws of the Special Administrative Region Hong Kong, the Ethical Standards of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, American School Counsellors Association and the American Psychology Association. All counselling sessions are private and confidential for each and every client and no information about our clients is ever released to any third party.
Our Counselling Fees
We strive to make our counselling fees as affordable as possible and our fees are based on a multiple factor sliding fee scale, taking into consideration your monthly household income, days and times you can be seen with your counsellor, how frequent you may require counselling and the type of counselling required. Our Duty to Care principles ensure that at SJCS we are committed to provide an affordable, safe, empowering and effective counselling environment for all clients so that the counselling goals and objectives of each client can be realized with minimal distress over fees and costs.
Counselling fees can be paid in cash, cheque, EPS, and/or credit card (American Express, MasterCard and VISA). We also provide special packages in our counselling services whereby our clients are provided a discount rate when purchasing 5 (five) counselling sessions or more in a package. All packages are non-refundable, can only be paid in cash and do not have an expiration date. Insurance reimbursement and invoice services are also provided on a case-by-case basis. Our counselling services are accepted by most local and international insurance companies.
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