Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Our mind is the most powerful engine, yet it is rarely serviced. Take the step to empower yourself with a healthier mindset and move towards a more fulfilling life – come see us at Momentum Counselling.
Momentum Counselling was founded by two like-minded women who passionately believe in helping clients to create positive momentum through a solution-focused and evidence-based approach.
We will collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan according to your values, goals and needs. This plan will utilize your strengths, set specific objectives, and help you to achieve greater peace of mind and lasting change.
We utilize a variety of counselling tools based on positive psychology and evidence-based techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and the Gottman Method (for couples therapy).
Our founders, Jill and Patricia, are integrative psychotherapists, who incorporate a variety of therapeutic tools from empirically based modalities to best-fit our clients’ needs and goals. Our sessions are conducted in English.
Jill seeks to help people find their meaning and joy in life, addressing areas of difficulty that include anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships, divorce, and bereavement. She works with individuals, couples and families. As a mother to two teen daughters, she is interesting in helping families to find balance to help foster their children’s academic success along with their social and emotional well-being.
Originally from the United States, Jill has been a Hong Kong resident since 2010. Her interest in human cognition and behaviour started in her teens, and she studied psychology at university and post-graduate. Life led her in a different direction to corporate marketing and later photography. She has enjoyed self-employment as a portrait photographer for 15 years. A series of critical life events in 2020/21, including breast cancer treatment and survivorship, resulted in several “light bulb moments” that led her back to psychology and counselling studies.
Jill has a Master of Counselling (Monash University), a Master of Developmental Psychology (Teacher’s College, Columbia University), and a Bachelor of Arts (Comm/Psychology; Central Connecticut State University). She is a member of the Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association, the Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology, and the American Psychological Association.
“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” – Carl Rogers
Patricia grew up in Sydney and originally moved to Hong Kong for work, but has since built her life here and is a mother of two children. Having migrated, lived, and worked on multiple continents, she has experienced the highs and lows of being an expatriate and a working mother of young children. Patricia understands the complexities and challenges that clients may have to navigate.
She is interested in helping clients overcome:
- relationship/marital challenges;
- career-induced stress, or those who are looking for a change or feel like they are seeking direction;
- stress from being a new mother;
- parent-adolescent communication barriers and enhancing stress management skills for students;
- anxiety and/or depression.
Prior to co-founding Momentum, Patricia spent almost two decades in finance, working across private equity, asset management, and investment banking in Hong Kong, London, and Sydney. In her prior role, Patricia served as Group Head of Strategy for a large, multi-national single-family office, focusing on investment strategy and serving as a non-executive director on the Board of Directors for public and private companies. Her career has enabled her to connect with people from all walks of life and she has always been interested in the human mind. She has found her second calling in counselling and helping clients work through challenges in their lives and prioritizing their mental health.
Patricia has a Master of Counselling (Monash University), a Bachelor of Laws (UNSW), and a Bachelor of Commerce (UNSW). She is a member of the Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology.
“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle
Individual therapy can help you to improve your everyday life by allowing you to be the sole focus of a single counsellor who helps you develop and achieve your goals for therapy. It’s the best way to get truly customized therapy, allowing you more control over the pacing and the methods used. We integrate a variety of counselling tools from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, motivational interviewing and traditional talk therapy to best fit your needs.
We utilize the Gottman Method couples therapy approach, which combines Dr. John Gottman’s 35 years of research on couples’ relationships with Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman’s more than 30 years of clinical practice. The Gottman method help couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. It is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy, with intervention strategies that are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s three decades of research with more than 3,000 couples.
Parents are the real experts on their children, but sometimes they struggle to get through to them effectively. We work with families to develop a custom therapy program for each adolescent or teen based on their specific needs, strengths, and goals. We use a variety of evidence-based techniques to address issues such as self-esteem, bullying, anxiety, depression, procrastination, and interpersonal skills. However, sometimes the best thing we can do is simply be a consistent, safe, and trusted adult to whom your child can confide.
Frequently Asked Questions
The first individual session is 75 minutes. Thereafter, each individual session is 50 minutes.
The first couples session is 90 minutes. Thereafter, each couple’s session is 75 minutes.
We offer sessions at our office in Wong Chuk Hang or via video call.
Your first session is special as we would love to get to know you and understand the issues at hand. As such, we offer a longer session for individuals and couples for their first appointment.
Please be on time for your appointment!
FEES AND PAYMENT
Please message us for more information.
Payment for the session is due on the day and can be paid by cash, personal cheque, PayMe, EPS or credit card (with a 3% surcharge).
We understand that sometimes there are unavoidable conflicts. However, we would appreciate if you can give a minimum of 24 hour’s notice if you plan on changing or cancelling your appointment, otherwise a full session fee will be charged.
All counselling sessions must be paid by the client directly. However, some insurance providers cover psychotherapy, so check your benefits policy and reimbursement procedures. Invoices will be provided to clients upon request.
PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
To provide our clients with a safe environment for disclosure, we endeavor to keep information from counselling sessions confidential and will only disclose information with written permission of the client, or as when required by legal or ethical mandates. There are limitations of confidentiality in cases of potential harm to oneself or others, and this will be discussed during the first session.