Psychological and Counseling Services
The CDT prides itself on hosting a comprehensive team of highly qualified and experienced psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors, each specializing in specific age groups and specific areas of difficulty. Despite having individual differences, our therapists will always take a systemic approach when working with children, adolescents, or families in order to gain a complete picture of the individual. We usually (with parent permission) like to involve the individual’s school, doctors, and other professionals to ensure that we take into account all factors influencing an individual, and to facilitate the individual’s exit from therapy. All our therapists base our therapy on empirically validated techniques and use pre- and post- data to measure progress and outcomes.
Working with a psychologist and counsellor
Families can choose individual therapists depending on their need, desired approach, and culture. If you are unsure, you can email our Clinical Care Coordinator to arrange an initial consultation, which can be done in person or by phone. This consultation will collect key information about your concerns and expected outcomes and help identify which therapist is best matched to working with you and your family.
To learn more about what to expect in your first session and how to introduce the concept of seeing a psychologist or counsellor to your child or adolescent, please read our What to Expect For Parents Information Sheet and/or What to Expect for Children Information Sheet.
The CDT also offers the following specialist services that are unique in Hong Kong:
Our resident Family Therapists specialise in working with the entire family. This type of therapy is concerned with improving family relationships, behaviours, and patterns. Our therapists will examine family processes and functions such as communication and problem-solving patterns. For more information, please refer to our Family Systemic Therapy information sheet.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically supported treatment for young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s pro-social behaviour and decreasing negative behaviour.
Play therapy is to children what counselling is to adults. Play therapy uses play, children’s natural medium of expression, to help them express their feelings more easily through different forms of play and creative arts (such as music, art, drama, sand, and clay) instead of words.
The Association for Play Therapy describes this process as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development”. For more information, please see our Play Therapy Information Sheet.
Filial therapy that involves the parents or carer directly as the agents of therapeutic change. In Filial therapy, the parent is present in every session and normally conducts the whole session themselves.
Filial therapy can help children to express their feelings and fears through the natural activity of play. Over time, children can better understand their own feelings, enhance their communication with parents around what they need and what is bothering them, and reduce disruptive behaviours. Parents learn to work more proactively with their children and become more confident as parents.
The CDT offers a range of psychiatric, psychological, and psycho-educational assessments. For more information, please visit Assessment Services
The CDT also offers a number of diverse group programs. More information can be accessed through Group Services.