Clinical Psychology & Counselling
The team at Arthur Fang & Associates provides high-quality psychological treatment and counselling in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Our U.S. and U.K. trained psychologists have extensive experience working with a wide variety of mental health, learning, emotional and behavioral challenges.
We treat individuals, couples, and families of all ages at our clinic in Hong Kong, or via telehealth all over the world.
To book an appointment with one of our psychologists or counsellors—please contact us using our convenient online booking form. What is Clinical Psychology?
The American Psychological Association defines psychology as, “The study of mind and behavior.” Adding that psychologists work in “every conceivable setting,” with the goal of understanding human behavior.
Psychologists working in business, research, and the study of society generally aren’t involved in treatment. While those operating in mental health, medical, and educational settings often use counselling and therapeutic techniques to help people overcome psychological challenges.
A clinical psychologist has advanced training and expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illness and psychological problems. They utilize a variety of evidence-based techniques to provide individually tailored treatment for complex issues.
Clinical psychologists do not prescribe medications. However, they often work in collaboration with psychiatrists, general practitioners, and other health professionals, as part of a comprehensive mental health care plan.
Counselling uses a person-centered approach to help individuals, couples, and families to better understand their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Counsellors usually focus on areas like goal setting, enhancing well being, and improving relationships. They can also assist people to overcome life problems and manage mild-moderate mental health issues.
Unlike clinical psychologists, counsellors do not assess, diagnose, or treat mental health conditions. Counsellors usually work with individuals and families on a client-identified issue, which may change from session to session.
Some common services counsellors provide include:
General emotional and mental health support
Child and adolescent counselling;
Family and relationship counselling;
Sports performance counselling;
Career counselling; and
University and school counselling
Clinical psychologists are also trained in counselling. And will often incorporate counselling techniques as part of a psychological treatment plan.
Reasons People Seek Psychological Treatment & Counselling
Most people see a psychologist or counsellor for help to work through a mental health condition or difficult problem in their lives.
In many cases, another professional, such as a doctor, teacher, or speech therapist might recommend that someone see a psychologist or counsellor.
Some of the issues our team commonly work with are:
Mental Health Conditions - Such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Behavioral Challenges - Like substance abuse, eating disorders, and self-harm.
Learning Difficulties - Our staff can undertake psycho-educational assessments to guide support programs for problems with schooling and developmental delay.
Relationship Problems - Couples or families experiencing ongoing conflict and relationship stress often engage a psychologist for counseling and advice.
Stressful Life Events - A clinical psychologist can support people through significant life challenges, like the loss of a job, divorce, serious illness, or bereavement.
Neurological Disorders - We regularly provide therapy for children with autism and elderly people following a stroke.
Our clinical psychologists and counsellor are experienced in working with people of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults.
Types of Psychological Treatment
Most methods of psychological treatment are forms of counseling and psychotherapy. You might also hear this referred to as ‘talk therapy’, or just ‘therapy’.
The central component of all counselling and psychotherapy is that it involves a trained professional (such as a clinical psychologist) meeting with an individual, couple, or family, to collaboratively work on overcoming challenges they are facing in their lives.
Through a combination of assessment, education, relationship building, skills training, and targeted therapeutic techniques—psychological treatment can ease emotional distress and help improve functioning in any area of life.
Some common forms of psychological treatment include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Art and Play Therapy
Solution Focused Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy; and
Family and Relationship Therapy
It’s important to remember that most psychologists utilize several forms of counselling and therapy. Certain approaches may be more effective in particular situations. And an experienced psychologist will always tailor their approach to match the needs and desires of the individual or family they are treating.
How Could A Psychologist or Counsellor Help Me?
The focus of counselling and psychological treatment can vary substantially between individuals. In general, the severity of the condition, the goals of the person, and family and social circumstances will influence the course of treatment.
Some ways our psychologists and counsellor have helped individuals and families include:
Teaching people new ways to manage anxiety, stress, and excessive worry.
Assessing learning, developmental, or neurological issues in children and adolescents. Then working with families and teachers to implement a plan to improve educational outcomes.
Supporting teens and adults to overcome harmful patterns of behavior, such as drug and alcohol addiction, social and bullying issues, or eating disorders.
Providing specialized therapy to reduce symptoms related to trauma, or manage specific fears or phobias.
Guiding couples and families through a process of recognizing and repairing unhealthy relationship dynamics.
Being a safe place to go for confidential and non-judgemental support and guidance for any troubling issues in life.
If you aren’t sure whether a psychologist can help with your issue—please ask. Our staff are more than happy to advise whether psychological input may be beneficial in your situation.
Clinical Psychology and Counselling in Hong Kong
Choosing a psychologist or counsellor in Hong Kong can be difficult, as there are no legal requirements that a person is licensed or registered to practice in the region. In theory, a person without any qualification at all could call themselves a clinical psychologist or counsellor in Hong Kong.
This is different from countries such as the U.S. and U.K.—where people are legally required to maintain registration to practice as a clinical psychologist. In most areas, a master’s level degree in clinical psychology, plus two years of supervised practice is required to apply for registration with a licensing board.
In Hong Kong, psychologists can choose to voluntarily register with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) and/or the Hong Kong Institute of Clinical Psychologists (HKICP).
Our psychologists, Dr. Winnie Keung and Dr. Alison McClymont, obtained clinical psychology qualifications in the U.S. and U.K. respectively. Dr. Keung is a member of the American Psychological Association and HKPS Division of Clinical Psychology. While Alison maintains an active license with the U.K. Health Care and Professions Council.
Our practice owner and founder, Arthur Fang, is an experienced speech and language pathologist. Arthur is currently undertaking training as a counsellor. And when he is qualified in 2023, will be offering counselling services in addition to speech therapy.
The effectiveness of psychological treatment is influenced by the ability of the practitioner and client to form a therapeutic relationship. While clinical skills are essential, shared understandings of language and culture are required to fully understand and address most psychological problems.
With English, Cantonese, and Mandarin speaking therapists—from both Western and Eastern cultural backgrounds—our clinical psychologists and counsellor are uniquely well placed to provide counseling, psychological treatment, and therapy to people from Hong Kong, and abroad.
When you choose Arthur Fang & Associates, you can be confident in the knowledge that:
You will be seen by a fully qualified and registered clinical psychologist or counsellor.
Treatment will be tailored to your individual needs, interests, goals, and desires.
All assessments, treatment plans, and fees will be communicated upfront and discussed with you before they commence.
You and your loved one will be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.
To book an appointment with one of our psychologists or counsellors—please contact us using our convenient online booking form.