Psychologists say quacks are posing as counsellors

People without proper qualifications may call themselves a counsellor or a psychologist in Hong Kong. DCP has been lobbying for statutory regulation for the industry for a decade. Photo: NYT

Impostors are passing themselves off as psychologists and the government is doing nothing to stop them, advocates for the profession warn.

Sunday, 3 February, 2013, 7:01am 3 comments

Unregistered counsellor ruined my life, says businessman

Former Hong Kong businessman Thanh Nguyen, 45, complained to the Sunday Morning Post about his encounters with a counsellor who provided no proof of his qualifications, overstepped his boundaries and charged enormous fees - leading to what he said was long-lasting emotional and financial damage.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:36am

Reluctance to seek help a factor in male suicides

Twice as many men as women commit suicide in Hong Kong because they are reluctant to seek help for emotional problems, a counsellor says.

Kathy Wong Shui-fong, a counsellor with more than 20 years' experience at the Family Wellness Centre of the Young Women's Christian Association, said men didn't want to appear weak.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Stigma? What stigma? Why behavioural counselling is a step in the right direction

My son's school has advised me to give permission for him to see a counsellor to help with his social problems. I am aware that he has some difficulties, but a counsellor sounds serious.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Social work wrong fix for flat anxiety

Controversial Richfield Realty is planning to hire a social worker to counsel residents whose homes it is taking over. Hundreds of social workers are up in arms and have launched a Facebook campaign against it. They are right to be angry.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Classmates of fire victim to write cards to grieving parents

Friends and classmates of the 19-year-old student who was killed in a fire on Monday have been invited to write cards to send condolences to her family. Vivian Chan Lok-man was a first year sociology student at Shue Yan University. She died in a blaze that engulfed her flat.

4 May 2011 - 12:00am

Don't take it lying down

If you are being ostracised at the office, ridiculed by colleagues and are feeling downtrodden as a result, here are some ways to free yourself from workplace bullying:

Find out what has gone wrong

5 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

ask toni & josh

Dear Josh

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Give thanks, even if you don't celebrate

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day today. But the significance of this historic festival is fading. I think this is time for us to give thanks to our loved ones, including our parents, relatives, teachers and friends.

27 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Take life as it comes

Francis Mak Yun-sau, whose radio programme on RTHK has won him legions of young fans,

says happiness is the key to a healthy family. He has earned the reputation of an on-air counsellor.

Mak's father passed away when he was a child, and he was brought up by his late mother who raised the family single-handedly.

9 Oct 2007 - 12:00am


Factory owner Choi Lin-chu jumped at the chance of becoming an 'Elder Ring' counsellor - but has found the task harder than she expected.

Since undergoing training, she spends two hours each week at the hotline centre in Lok Fu, taking calls from elderly people in need.

Ms Choi said the job was a lot harder than she expected.

29 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Counsellor stands by cell visits

The counsellor has not allowed the attack to shake her belief in the need for long-term prisoners to receive visits from volunteers.

She has cut the number of visits she has made since the attack but intends to continue her work.

'The aim is to befriend them. We are their contact with the outside world. They have no one else to visit them,' she said.

20 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Thanks due

As June 30 approaches and members of the Patten family pack to leave Hong Kong, much is written and reported about the Governor. So far I have not seen one word of praise for the wonderful work done by Lavender Patten in her role as wife, mother, counsellor and supporter of numerous charities.

24 Jun 1997 - 12:00am

Warming up for youth hotline

For most young people, July is a month of rest as they are off from school and enjoying their summer vacation. But for Annis Fung Lai-chu, 27, of Fanling, it means more work in her capacity as a counsellor with the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. One of Miss Fung's main jobs is to help young people solve problems through a hotline which operates from 2 pm to 2 am. What's on your mind?

3 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Positive mind leads to success

THERE are a number of major pitfalls that prevent students from being successful: lack of motivation, irregular attendance, procrastination, boredom and poor concentration.

17 Feb 1994 - 12:00am