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常見問題

  • What is "cognitive behavioral therapy"?
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a clinically proven psychological treatment that effectively deals with various emotional distress. Its therapeutic elements mainly revolve around three major areas, including: physical feelings, behavior and thoughts. Whether it’s depression, anger, or worry, they affect how we feel physically, behave, and think. At the same time, our physical feelings, behaviors and thoughts will also affect each other, and continue to form a vicious cycle, causing negative emotions to continue and evolve into emotional distress that is difficult to heal naturally. Cognitive behavioral therapy mainly intervenes from the behavioral or thought aspects, such as establishing positive and healthy ways to face emotions, reducing avoidance behaviors, or improving horny thoughts, thereby breaking the vicious cycle that continues emotional distress.
  • What is "low-density" psychotherapy? How is it different from "high-density" psychotherapy?
    Low-density" psychotherapy is a psychotherapy designed for people with mild to moderate emotional distress. Since they require less treatment and support, a relatively simple and short-term (about five to eight sessions) psychotherapy can effectively deal with their emotional distress. In addition, "low-intensity" psychological treatment can reduce the waiting time for people in need to receive psychological treatment and avoid the burden incurred during the waiting process. Low-density" psychotherapy is based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is different from general psychological counseling and focuses on independent learning. Mental health officers provide answers to the difficulties you encounter in self-help exercises. The treatment features of "Low Density" include: -The entire treatment period is short (about five to eight sessions) -The burden on service users is lighter and each time required is shorter -Meet in non-traditional ways (e.g. phone, video conference) -Emphasis on independent learning mode, need to complete homework discussions Service providers of "high-intensity" and "low-intensity" psychotherapy need to receive different professional training. Each has its own strengths and can be adjusted according to the needs of the client. "High-density" treatment is not necessarily more effective than "low-density" treatment. The point is that different subjects require different treatments.
  • What is a mental health director? How is he/she different from a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker?
    Our mental health officers all hold a bachelor's degree in psychology from local or overseas. They have received professional training using "one-on-one guided therapy" based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, and use low-intensity psychotherapy to deal with mild to moderate symptoms. Degree of emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety. Their main duties are to provide assessment and early intervention services to community members suffering from mild to moderate emotional distress. The mental health officer will work with the service user to select a suitable treatment model based on the assessment results, and use "one-on-one guided treatment" to help you learn effective methods to deal with emotional distress. If the assessment results show that "high-intensity" psychological treatment is needed, we will refer the service user to relevant services or mental health professionals (such as psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers) for follow-up. Our mental health officers are different from clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers in terms of academic and training background, service scope, service form, and service recipients. Here is a simple comparison: Source of information on descriptions of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers:​Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Is the "Emotional GPS" program suitable for me?
    If you… -Experiencing mild to moderate emotional distress -Intention to learn a self-help psychological treatment method -Expect a simple and short-term psychological treatment This plan may fit your needs. Any person who meets the following conditions is eligible to sign up for the "Emotional GPS" service: -Age 18 or above -Have basic Chinese reading and writing skills -Assessed for emotional distress Please note: There is currently no research evidence to support the effectiveness of low-density cognitive behavioral therapy in treating bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. If you are troubled by the above situations, we encourage you to seek services from other agencies for these situations
  • What can I do if a friend or relative of mine is suffering from emotional distress?
    Everyone will have the opportunity to encounter emotional distress in their life, and relatives and friends around them are often the first to notice these situations. If they are willing, you can listen patiently to what they have to say. In some cases, you may be eager to respond or offer advice, but unfortunately this is usually not the support they need most at the moment. Experience tells us that simply accompanying someone and trying to see things from their perspective can effectively make them feel your care and support. If you think your relatives or friends are suffering from emotional distress, you can encourage them to try to face their problems and suggest that they seek help from this service or other professionals (such as doctors, psychologists, social workers or counselors). Helping an emotionally distressed relative or friend can be a difficult task, and your emotions may be affected, leading to feelings of guilt, frustration, anger, etc. Therefore, while helping others, you also need to pay attention to your own emotions, understand that your personal abilities are limited, and do what you can. If necessary, you can also browse the website of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Family Support Website
  • How long does the entire treatment course take?
    Since everyone's progress is different, the number of meetings for each person is also different. The service of "Emotional GPS" will provide no more than 7 sessions of "one-on-one guided therapy", meeting approximately once a week. It only takes 6 to 8 sessions for the average person to master effective methods of managing emotions.
  • How long is each session?
    Thirty-five minutes each.
  • What options are available to me for the interview?
    We provide telephone, video conferencing and face-to-face meetings for participants to choose from. An appropriate approach can then be discussed with the Mental Health Officer. Our address is Room 601-602, Kimberley Centre, 35 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • If I want to participate in your services, how can I sign up?
    If you are interested in signing up for the 1. Online registration Please select <"One-on-one guided self-help therapy" in the 2. Telephone registration Call 3188-2550 to register during office hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm). We will contact you as soon as possible after receiving your application.
  • What are your charges?
    Personal service charges are HK$100 per session. Service charges may be waived based on personal income. For details, please contact Jockey Club Emotional GPS at 3188-2550.
  • What is "cognitive behavioral therapy"?
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a clinically proven psychological treatment that effectively deals with various emotional distress. Its therapeutic elements mainly revolve around three major areas, including: physical feelings, behavior and thoughts. Whether it’s depression, anger, or worry, they affect how we feel physically, behave, and think. At the same time, our physical feelings, behaviors and thoughts will also affect each other, and continue to form a vicious cycle, causing negative emotions to continue and evolve into emotional distress that is difficult to heal naturally. Cognitive behavioral therapy mainly intervenes from the behavioral or thought aspects, such as establishing positive and healthy ways to face emotions, reducing avoidance behaviors, or improving horny thoughts, thereby breaking the vicious cycle that continues emotional distress.
  • What is "low-density" psychotherapy? How is it different from "high-density" psychotherapy?
    Low-density" psychotherapy is a psychotherapy designed for people with mild to moderate emotional distress. Since they require less treatment and support, a relatively simple and short-term (about five to eight sessions) psychotherapy can effectively deal with their emotional distress. In addition, "low-intensity" psychological treatment can reduce the waiting time for people in need to receive psychological treatment and avoid the burden incurred during the waiting process. Low-density" psychotherapy is based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy. It is different from general psychological counseling and focuses on independent learning. Mental health officers provide answers to the difficulties you encounter in self-help exercises. The treatment features of "Low Density" include: -The entire treatment period is short (about five to eight sessions) -The burden on service users is lighter and each time required is shorter -Meet in non-traditional ways (e.g. phone, video conference) -Emphasis on independent learning mode, need to complete homework discussions Service providers of "high-intensity" and "low-intensity" psychotherapy need to receive different professional training. Each has its own strengths and can be adjusted according to the needs of the client. "High-density" treatment is not necessarily more effective than "low-density" treatment. The point is that different subjects require different treatments.
  • What is a mental health director? How is he/she different from a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker?
    Our mental health officers all hold a bachelor's degree in psychology from local or overseas. They have received professional training using "one-on-one guided therapy" based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, and use low-intensity psychotherapy to deal with mild to moderate symptoms. Degree of emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety. Their main duties are to provide assessment and early intervention services to community members suffering from mild to moderate emotional distress. The mental health officer will work with the service user to select a suitable treatment model based on the assessment results, and use "one-on-one guided treatment" to help you learn effective methods to deal with emotional distress. If the assessment results show that "high-intensity" psychological treatment is needed, we will refer the service user to relevant services or mental health professionals (such as psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers) for follow-up. Our mental health officers are different from clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers in terms of academic and training background, service scope, service form, and service recipients. Here is a simple comparison: Source of information on descriptions of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers:​Hong Kong Psychological Society
  • Is the "Emotional GPS" program suitable for me?
    If you… -Experiencing mild to moderate emotional distress -Intention to learn a self-help psychological treatment method -Expect a simple and short-term psychological treatment This plan may fit your needs. Any person who meets the following conditions is eligible to sign up for the "Emotional GPS" service: -Age 18 or above -Have basic Chinese reading and writing skills -Assessed for emotional distress Please note: There is currently no research evidence to support the effectiveness of low-density cognitive behavioral therapy in treating bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. If you are troubled by the above situations, we encourage you to seek services from other agencies for these situations
  • What can I do if a friend or relative of mine is suffering from emotional distress?
    Everyone will have the opportunity to encounter emotional distress in their life, and relatives and friends around them are often the first to notice these situations. If they are willing, you can listen patiently to what they have to say. In some cases, you may be eager to respond or offer advice, but unfortunately this is usually not the support they need most at the moment. Experience tells us that simply accompanying someone and trying to see things from their perspective can effectively make them feel your care and support. If you think your relatives or friends are suffering from emotional distress, you can encourage them to try to face their problems and suggest that they seek help from this service or other professionals (such as doctors, psychologists, social workers or counselors). Helping an emotionally distressed relative or friend can be a difficult task, and your emotions may be affected, leading to feelings of guilt, frustration, anger, etc. Therefore, while helping others, you also need to pay attention to your own emotions, understand that your personal abilities are limited, and do what you can. If necessary, you can also browse the website of New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Family Support Website
  • How long does the entire treatment course take?
    Since everyone's progress is different, the number of meetings for each person is also different. The service of "Emotional GPS" will provide no more than 7 sessions of "one-on-one guided therapy", meeting approximately once a week. It only takes 6 to 8 sessions for the average person to master effective methods of managing emotions.
  • How long is each session?
    Thirty-five minutes each.
  • What options are available to me for the interview?
    We provide telephone, video conferencing and face-to-face meetings for participants to choose from. An appropriate approach can then be discussed with the Mental Health Officer. Our address is Room 601-602, Kimberley Centre, 35 Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • If I want to participate in your services, how can I sign up?
    If you are interested in signing up for the 1. Online registration Please select <"One-on-one guided self-help therapy" in the 2. Telephone registration Call 3188-2550 to register during office hours (Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm). We will contact you as soon as possible after receiving your application.
  • What are your charges?
    Personal service charges are HK$100 per session. Service charges may be waived based on personal income. For details, please contact Jockey Club Emotional GPS at 3188-2550.
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