Our Counselling Approach to Wellness

Our Four Pillar Counselling Wellness Program ensures there is a 360 degree view of the presenting issue a client, couple or family cares to explore. For example, if a client desires counselling for their anxiety or depression, we undergo a broad and accurate assessment of their rest-sleep, work-life, movement-nutrition and doing-thinking habits that have a direct impact of the presenting issue and other related factors. In other words, if we are to improve a client's well-being (how well they are with their lifestyle); rest - sleep, exercise - food, work - life, and doing - thinking habits need to be properly assessed, then unhealthy lifestyle habits replaced with healthy well-being habits for restoration of one's wellness. Remembering that stress is a key trigger to over 75% of physical and psychological wellness issues, the Centre for Stress Management has developed a unique and insightful set of stress assessment and stress reduction counselling tools that are understandable, believable and actionable for many issues in mental health. As a further example, our psycho-educational counselling wellness model will carefully assess and provide counselling techniques for both the presenting issue such as depression as well for the stress associated with that depression or a new issue as a result of that depression and stress such as poor sleep. In short, our counselling approach addresses both the stress triggers and other factors of that mental health concern (the underlying stress and non-stress related causes) as well as those acute and long-term symptoms that arise from unhealthy lifestyles (chronic stress and other symptoms) that is intertwined in poor health.

Counselling is never a "quick fix" event to acute and chronic individual, couple or family issues. Our counselling is a carefully planned out process whereby we ensure the client experiences an unconditional positive regard, dignity not pathologizing, active and empathetic listening, sharing narratives that inspire insightfulness, questions to gain a deeper understanding of their stress and habits, growing a trusting and safe relationship with their counsellor, and defining realistic well-being goals to regain and sustain their overall wellness. The counselling sessions are sixty (60) minutes long, but there may be times the sessions can be extended to ninety (90) minutes per appointment. Our positive psychology counselling experience is about "externalizing and normalizing" the presenting issues to remove the unfair stigma one must be "bad or mad" for being in counselling. Thus, our counselling sessions are where clients quickly feel a collaborative growing and learning setting in developing well-being coping strategies (or what we refer to as new healthy habits) to life's challenges due to stress and other contributing physical/social/mental health factors. We use both visual (whiteboard, videos and handouts) and hearing (sharing narratives and insights) mediums in our counselling sessions that increases the chances of acquiring new life skills and sustaining positive well-being habits.

If you desire to learn more on how we provide counselling in your area of concern, please click on the links to the left. We trust you will find the corresponding pages informative, realistic, action-oriented and evidence-based approaches to your well-being and overall wellness. You will find our counselling fees affordable and realistic as we employ a sliding fee scale to ensure you can have one less stress factor to deal with when coming to counselling. Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on info@stresshk.com

Our Well-being | Wellness Counselling Model

The terms wellness and well-being are quite often used interchangeably by practitioners and consumers of healthcare. At the Centre for Stress Management we view wellness as "the various activities that prevent disease, injury or illness, or those activities that restore one's health." In wellness, healthcare practitioners play a key (we hope in collaboration with other healthcare practitioners) role in assessing an illness and developing a treatment-counselling plan for the client. The key outcome from the various wellness processes (counselling, medical) for the client and practitioner is the state of being "healthy." The term well-being on the other hand clearly has "healthy" integrated into the client's well-being status or life-style, but more importantly, well-being is a more comprehensive perspective on how "well" a person is doing in their personal and professional life with stress besides the absence or presence of an illness. Wellness has a focus on assessing one's overall health whereas well-being is focused on a person's healthy and unhealthy habits that impact their healthy status. Well-being concept has gained global acceptance since 2008 and is a key focus in universal healthcare practices and policies. Today we have over 100 well-being models that governments, businesses, communities, medical, academic and mental health sectors employ.

Feel free to contact us on info@stresshk.com to learn more about how the Centre for Stress Management well-being | wellness counselling model is available for our clients to learn and employ in their daily lives. Our Co-founders have spent the past 50 years in healthcare in over 25 countries managing and developing various wellness best practice protocols to restore our clients' longevity and quality of health. This combined with our intensive research since 2008 on what constitutes a best practice in well-being lifestyle and healthcare wellness standards have been the key drivers for us to launch our Centre for Stress Management in Hong Kong and our Flourish Asia Resort Spa opening in Thailand in 2019. In short, we are committed to collaborate with our clients to unfold a sustained, positive health outcome in their wellness journey and increased sense of joy and living well with our positive psychology well-being | wellness counselling model.

Know Your Habits

A key focus in our counselling programs is for clients to explore the type of habits they have, which ones are self-learned versus taught by others, what are the triggers that cause a habit to play out in one's life, and how can we in the now understand the consequences of a habit in the future. We also explore in counselling what behaviors, time, and energy factors are with each habit to flush out any unhealthy habits that have become subconscious and requiring little effort to be expressed in work and personal settings. Agreeing with the construct that repetition is the "food for habits," clients also learn which habits they repeat more frequently under specific and general circumstances. Just saying "I want to quite a bad habit" is not enough, a person needs to understand that bad habit in a more insightful and empowering way.

Change Your Habits

Our daily well-being and overall wellness is deeply dependent on the world of choices and habits. We look at changing the unhealthy habits in one of three ways: removing the habit (e.g. doing illegal drugs), reducing that habit (e.g. drink 2 cups of coffee a day instead of 4 cups), and/or sustaining a habit (e.g. keep walking 10,000 steps a day). A key reason why counselling can be unsuccessful is when a client only focuses on removing a "bad" lifestyle habit - a good example is when a person comes to counselling and says "I want anger management counselling to get rid of my anger." Our counselling approach places just as much (if not more) on strengthening and sustaining healthy - good habits, especially the 24 character strengths of a person, as this provides the client stronger healthier habits and more psychological energy to reduce or remove the unhealthy habits.

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Appointment Only

All counselling sessions require an appointment, we unfortunately cannot provide walk-in services. Cancellation of appointments requires a 24 hour notice to avoid a late cancellation fee which is the counselling fee for that appointment.

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Urgent and Emergency Care

We do not provide emergency or urgent care walk-in services. Please call 999 in the event there is a need for urgent medical care or police-fire services. You may also visit the nearest A&E at your local hospital or a medical doctor's office.

 
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Telephone Hotline Services

The Samaritans provides multi-lingual volunteers who can be reached on 2896 0000 (24 hour hotline). A second resource is The Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong on 2389 2222 who also support those with an emotional need or crisis.

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Referral Services

We have long-standing professional working relationships with hospitals, medical clinics, doctors, counsellors, wellness centres and drug rehab facilities that we are more than glad to recommend and/or refer to in Hong Kong, Asia and overseas.