About School Counselling
Community Resources in Hong Kong
Counselling Services at South Island School
Our school realises that students may face many issues as they grow up be it peer pressure, academic struggles or adapting to a new school. Apart from approaching their Tutors or the Head of House or Learning Family Head, we also encourage students to use counselling service as an additional, confidential support to help them address difficulties that affect their social, emotional or intellectual wellbeing. We believe that students will benefit from counselling after improving their self-awareness and wellbeing. We offer students two qualified counsellors who visit the school regularly:
School Social Worker – Miss Kamy Yeung
She is a registered social worker from the Hong Kong Children & Youth Services (HKCYS). She enjoys working with adolescents and believes that everyone has the strengths to grow up. She also believes that “the problem is not a problem but the coping is.”(from Virginia Satir) and hopes to work together with people to find more choices in their lives. Apart from counselling, she also offers group services such as We-Serve community service Team, Anti-Drug Force Group, Obsessed Anti-cyber-bullying Group and organizes various community services to the students. (Website: http://www.cys.org.hk)
Kamy is in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:00am to 5:00pm.
School Social Worker – Miss Stephanie Wan
Stephanie is dedicated to serve teenagers and enjoys listening to their life stories. She believes that everyone possesses the expertise to lead their own lives and she hopes to assist students to open up their lives to various possibilities. Apart from counselling, she will run The We Serve Community Service Team and organise different developmental programmes at South Island School.
Stephanie is in school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00am to 5:00pm, from 27 August 2019.
The social workers’ room is on 1/F, D Block.
School Counsellor – Miss Sarah Shepherd
Sarah has a Master of Counselling and specialises in working with teens. She is the mother of two young adults who attended ESF schools, and has worked in different roles in several international schools in the US, China and Hong Kong. Her goal as a counsellor is to help students to navigate the challenges of school and teenage life, in a way that builds their confidence and coping strategies. Sarah is available Monday to Friday, from 2 September. Her office is on 1/F of D Block.
Counselling services schedule for 2019-2020:
What is counselling?
When you come for counselling, you have a chance to talk with a professional in confidence about whatever is going on in your life, whether you have problems regarding home or school, or simply want someone to talk to and seek advice from him/her. The counsellor will listen to you in a neutral and non-judgmental manner and help you work through challenges and explore your own strengths and potential clearly. S/he will respect your values, lifestyle and culture, and will work to help you make your own decisions, so that you feel stronger and more in control of your life.
What counselling can help
Counselling, both individual and group, is helpful for a range of issues, such as:
- Identity and Self-image
- Self-esteem and Confidence
- Family problems
- Relationship problems
- Managing Emotions
- Depression and Self-harm
- Anxiety or Exam Stress
- Grief and Loss
Coming to see a counsellor is a positive step in trying to overcome your difficulties. Everyone has problems at points in their life, and sometimes we all need some help in finding our direction again.
All conversations with you are private and confidential unless you give permission to share with others. The only exception is when there appears to be a serious risk to your own or others’ safety. In these circumstances, we would normally seek to speak to you first before contacting anyone else.
Sometimes it is helpful that we agree to share some information with your parents or teachers in order to get you the support you might need, this is always done with your permission too.
How to make an appointment
- Speak with your Tutor or Head of House or Head of Leaning Family who will help you to arrange an appointment
- Email a school social worker / counsellor directly (see email contacts above)
- Call or Drop by the Counsellor’s Office (2240-6703) for making an appointment directly
- Talk to your parents who can help you by doing any of the above
# Parents are welcome to contact the counsellor for consultations or referrals too.
Commitment to the process
Counselling is a collaborative process for both you and the counsellor. Engaging in the process will definitely help you to move forward though you may find it takes some time to talk openly with the counsellor. It will be important to commit yourself to scheduled appointments and taking responsibility for emailing or texting your counsellor in advance if you are unable to attend any meeting. It will help us re-arrange meetings with other student in need. You may reschedule another appointment.
Support for Parents
If your child is receiving counselling, you can help them by:
- Respecting their privacy and the confidential nature of counselling
- Try not to intrude on their experience but let them know you are available if they need to talk
- Limit your advice and guidance by encouraging your child to express what their feelings, needs and goals are
- Praise and encourage their positive manner in seeking help
- Please feel free to contact our School Social Worker or School Counsellor if you require any help.
- If your child is not ready for receiving counselling service in school but you as parents feel you need help, you may check the resources from any non-government organizations or private counseling service centres for assistance.
1. 24-Hour Hotlines for Crisis Intervention
|Organisations||24-Hour Hotlines||Websites / *Online Counselling|
|Social Welfare Department Hotline
|The Samaritans: Multi-lingual Suicide Prevention Hotline
|The Samaritan Befrienders H.K.
|Suicide Prevention Services
|Family Crisis Support Centre – Caritas
向晴熱線 (For Family Crisis)
|CEASE Crisis Centre 芷若園
(For Family Crisis & Sexual Violence)
|Mutual Aid – HKCSS Helpline Directory
2. Other Youth Helplines
|Organisations||Helpline / Enquiry||Websites / Email|
|The Samaritan Befrienders H.K.
(Enquiry on handling suicidal risks)
Mon – Fri: 9am-1pm & 2-6pm
http://www.help4suicide.com.hk *(Chinese Only)
|KELY Support Group
|Rainlily 風雨蘭 – Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (For victims of sexual abuse)||2375 5322
M–F: 9am-10pm; Sat: 9am-1pm
|HK Family Planning Association
香港家庭計劃指導會 (For health)
|Narcotics Division, Security Bureau
|Integrated Smoking Cessation Hotline
|HK Eating Disorders Association Ltd.
|E.A.S.Y. enquiry & referral Hotline (For early psychosis)
|29 283 283
|The Mental Health Association of Hong Kong
3. Family Counselling Resources in HK
3.1 Integrated Family Service Centres from the Government / NGOs Sector:
On District Base: Please search from website of Social Welfare Department (SWD) on the List of Integrated Family Service Centres/ Integrated Services Centres (should find it in accordance to the residential area of the Client) (revised in June 2015)
3.2 Other Counselling Services in Private Setting:
|Name of Organisations||Contact Details||Address & Website|
|St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service
* serving many ESF schools
|Tel: 2525 7207 / 2525 7208
Fax: 2524 2777
|Suite 7D, 7/F, On Hing Building, 1-9 On Hing Terrace, Central, HK|
|ReSource The Counselling Centre Ltd.||Tel: 2523 8979
Fax: 2845 7352
|23/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, Hong Kong|
|Jadis Blurton Family Development Centre||Tel: 2869 1962
Fax: 2869 7770
|19th Floor, Kennedy Town Centre, 23 Belcher’s St,
Kennedy Town, Hong Kongwww.blurton-fdc.com
|The Practice||Tel: 2523 3941
Fax: 2526 8076
|301 Winway Building, 50 Wellington Street, Central, HK.|
|Central Health Partners Child Development Team
(with different types of professional support)
|Tel: 2824 0822
Fax: 2824 0603
|3/F, Baskerville House
13 Duddell Street, Central, HK
(for supporting students with SLD and/or AD/HD)
|Tel: 2849 8218
Fax: 3019 7644
|Room 1504, 15/F, CLI Building, 313 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong|
Mental & Allied Health Consultancy
|Tel: 2789 9907
|Suite 1201, Car Po Commercial Buidling, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, H.K.|
|Centre on Behavioural Health (HKU)
|Tel: 2831 5158
Fax: 2816 6710
|2/F, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Building for Interdisciplinary Research,
5 Sasson Road, Pokfulam, Hong Konghttp://cbh.hku.hk/service.html
|Hong Kong Mood Disorders Centre (CUHK)
|Tel: 2833 0838 / 2144 6004
Fax: 2144 5129
|7A, Block E, 46, Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, NT
*(Chinese website Only)
|Human Empowerment and Achievement Training, Caritas Family Service
Tel: 2525 6265
Fax: 2522 2866
|Can choose counseling centre in either Hong Kong Island (Caine Road) or
Kowloon (Boundary Street)
*(Chinese website only)
|Green Pastures Whole Person Development Centre
(Cantonese, Mandarin & English speaking counselors)
|Tel: 2771 1370
Fax: 2771 7717
|9/F Wofoo Commerical Building, 574-576 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.|
|Soul Care Counseling Center
(Cantonese, Mandarin speaking social workers)
|Tel.: 3586 2252
Fax.: 3586 2252
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
|Rm 1004, Nathan Centre,
580, Nathan Road, Mongkok, Kln.
*(Chinese website Only)
You may also find the following professionals from these websites:
- Directory of Psychologists Registered with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS)*** hkps.org.hk/index,php?fi=public
(Note: ***Currently, there is No Statutory Registration on who can practice as a Psychologist in HK and so the HKPS made a Register to ask members to observe the Code of Professional Conduct.)
- Search engines for finding Psychiatristsg. www.hkdoctors.org (by HK Medical Association) OR 醫德網 www.edr.hk (Chinese Only)
Disclaimer: All information listed above is not comprehensive but for your information ONLY. You may explore other counselors, therapists, social workers that fit your needs and interests.
(updated in September 2015)