Our community mission

Our mission is to empower the human spirit towards greater awareness in making choices for growth and well-being.


Our Beginning's . . .

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 Mission and Vision

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 mission statement is 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

St. John's Cathedral Counselling Service counsellors are either interns, counsellors, therapists, clinical social workers, and counselling/clinical psychologists with numerous years of experience and reputable academic qualifications from Hong Kong and overseas institutions. 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. 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 Client Services

We provide these services in three distinct, well-recognized areas: Academic Counselling, Client Counselling and Organization Counselling. To learn more about these three areas please click on the respective sights on the top of this page.

i) Academic Counselling: SJCS has a dedicated child and teen counselling centre in Central that opened in 2013 where we provide art and play therapy, sand therapy, social skills training, academic, vocational and cognitive testing, and general counselling for kids, teens and their parents. Concurrently we provide on-site school counselling services for many international and local colleges as well as referrals from English, French, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Chinese speaking schools for their students to be seen on their school campus or at our counselling centre. St. John's Counselling Service also has a Crisis Response Team to assist schools in dealing with crisis situations and natural disasters. St. John's Counselling Service frequently presents relevant topics at PTA and special school functions such as safe sex and teenage sexuality, self-harm and depression, internet addiction, substance abuse, bullying and other relevant themes. We also provide workshops and training for teachers, parents, students, pastoral counsellors and administrators in numerous areas of academic and non-academic themes;

ii) Client Counselling: counselling for children, teens, couples, families, and adults in areas of co-parenting (for parents going through divorce), adoption, relocation-life transition themes, couples enrichment, marital counselling,  human sexuality, depression, grief, HIV and STD counselling, self-esteem, anger management, substance abuse, parenting, anxiety-panic attack, stress management, school-job performance, career - life coaching, dealing with difficult people, pre-marital, and work-life balance. We are highly respected in Hong Kong and the region with a well-balanced child and teen counselling service by way of traditional counselling, art and play therapy, workshops, and group activities to enhance social skills, communication skills, problem solving, confidence and academic performance with Hong Kong's kids and teens in English and Chinese. Our counselling services for adults, especially in the area of co-parenting, positive parenting, marital and family therapy remains one of the most sought after services for Hong Kong's adults in need of counselling with over 32 counsellors on staff;

iii) Organization Counselling: mental health counselling services and employee assistance programs (EAP) for all types of organizations with their employees and family members who may need assistance in substance abuse, stress management, cross-cultural issues, human sexuality, HIV and STD's, substance abuse, work performance, creativity blocks, time management, communication skills, change management, dealing with difficult people, strategic thinking and QWL (quality of work-life) programs. We also provide affordable out-patient and residential substance abuse and depression treatment programs in Thailand and overseas for professionals and/or their family members who need a confidential, effective and efficient care program to return to a healthier-happier work and family life.

Our Counselling Model

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.

To learn more about how our counselling model is structured, please click here  read more on our counselling model

Our Safe and Private Setting

St. John's Counselling Service adheres to the data protection and privacy laws of the Special Administrative Region Hong Kong, and 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 all information shared in counselling can never be used by 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 not only your monthly household income but also 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 and do not have an expiration date. Insurance reimbursement and invoice services are also provided on a case-by-case basis.

Our Affiliations

As an Organizational Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) we are bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy (where organizations undertake research) and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force. St. John's Cathedral Counselling Service was one of the first mental health organizations in Hong Kong to achieve this internationally noted professional membership.

As a member of the American School Counsellors Association (ASCA), St. John's Counselling Service has access to the latest research and best practices in school counselling topics such as eating disorders, teenage sexuality, HIV and STI's, bullying, substance abuse, learning challenges, career counselling, depression and self-harm, blended families, academic performance and confidence/social skills.

As a member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (U.S.), St. John's Counselling Service adheres to high standards of care with substance abusers and their families to ensure that the latest and most effective treatment methods for substance abuse, internet addiction and other addictive disorders are provided.