What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, CBT, is an evidence-based psychotherapy which has shown effectiveness in treating various emotional distress. There are three main components in this theory: physical reaction, behaviour and cognition. Different emotions such as anger, depression or anxiety, infludence these three areas of us. Meanwhile, the three components are interrelated, thus resulting in a vicious cycle of negative emotions. CBT mainly intervene from behavioural or cognitive perspective. For instance, building adaptive ways to cope with psychological distress, reducing avoidance behaviours or absolute thinking can help breaking the vicious cycle.
What is low intensity psychotherapy? How is it different from high intensity psychotherapy?
Low intensity psychotherapy is designed for individuals with mild to moderate psychological distress. As fewer resources are required, usually a simpler and shorter course of therapy (around 5 to 8 sessions) is sufficient to tackle their problems. Also, low intensity psychological intervention helps in reducing the waiting time of receiving psychotherapy.
Low intensity psychological intervention is based on the principle of CBT. Unlike counseling service, the intervention emphasizes self-learning. Psychological well-being officers will assist you in tackling the difficulties encountered during self-practice.
The Characteristics of Low Intensity Intervention include:
• the course of intervention is shorter (around 5 to 8 sessions)
• less burden to users, shorter duration per sesion
• use non-traditional methods to communicate (e.g. phone, zoom)
• emphasize self-learning, users need to work on exercises
The practitioners of the two types of interventions receive different professional trainings. They can be applied to clients according to their needs.
What are psychological well-being officers? How are they different from clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers?
Our psychological well-being officers hold a degree in psychology, also received professional training in "1 to 1 Guided Self-help" under the cognitive behavioral approach. They intervene mild and moderate psychological distress by offering low intensity psychotherapy to users, such as depression and anxiety. They are responsible for providing early assessment and intervention to citizens with mild to moderate psychological distress.
Psychological well-being officer will collaborate with users and decide the most suitable intervention according to the assessment result. Users will learn a set of evidence-based methods to tackle the emotional problems through 1 to 1 Guided Self-help. Those who are suggested to seek help from high intensity intervention from the assessment will be referred to related health care service or professionals for follow-up, such as psychaitrists, clinical psychologists or social workers.
The academic or training background, service scope, mode and targets of psychological well-being officers are different from that of clinical pschologists, psychaitrists and social workers. The following picture shows a simple comparison.
The source of information comes from the HKPS
Does the eGPS program suitable for me?
If you are...
• experiencing mild to moderate psychological distress,
• willing to learn a set of self-help ways to tackle distress,
• expecting a simple and short-term psychological intervention,
this program may be suitable for you.
Anyone fulfilling the following criteria are eligible to register the eGPS service:
• Aged 18 or above
• Being assessed as experiencing emotional distresses
• Fluency in written and spoken Chinese
What can I do if my friends/relatives encounter emotional distress?
Everyone has a chance to encounter emotional distress in a life time. Usually, their relatives and friends are the one who notice their changes. If you want to help, you can patiently listen to them. Although you may be eager to share your views or opinions, but this is not the support they need at this moment. From our experiences, accompany and taking their perspectives are effective to show your care and support.
If you think your relatives or friends are suffering from emotional distress, you can encourage them to face their problems and suggest them to seek help from us or other professionals (such as doctors, psychologists, social workers and counselors).
Helping individuals with psychological distress can be tough. Your mood might be influenced as well. You may experience the feeling of guilt, frustration, anger or etc. Therefore, please be aware of your own emotions while helping others. You should know your limitation and do the best you can.
For your interest, please see the
carer support website of the NLPRA
How long does it take to complete the therapy?
Everyone's progress is different. Thus, the number of sessions is also different. eGPS provides 6-8 sessions of one-to-one guided self help with a meeting frequency of once a week. In general, within 6-8 sessions, people can master a set of skills on emotion regulation.
What is the duration of one session?
Every session lasts for around 35 minutes.
What method can I choose to carry out the meeting?
You can choose to call by phone or zoom meeting or come to our office for a face-to-face meeting. Psychological well-being officers will discuss with you about the arrangement, which is flexible.
Our address is Rm 601-602, Kimberley House, 35 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon (Reservation only)
How do I register for the service?
If you are interested in the eGPS service, you can register via either way below:
1. Online registration
Please go to "Our Service", then choose "1 to 1 Guided Self-help". Click "Apply Now" and fill in your personal information and mood test; or
2. Phone registration
Call at 3188-2550 and register during our office hour (Tuesday to Saturday, 09:30 to 17:30)
We will contact you as soon as possible upon receiving your registration.
How much does a therapy session cost?
The fee for 1 to 1 Guided Self-help is HKD100 per session. Exemption from payment can be made according to your monthly income. Please call 3199-2550 for more details.