My daughter seems depressed and is often feeling down, lost, and unmotivated
The hallmarks of teenage depression are losing motivation, feeling irritable and moody, and becoming withdrawn.
Depression can create a cycle where we develop thinking traps, and begin to think that we aren't good or capable enough, leading to false beliefs like we are lazy or we don't deserve to be happy.
I will work with your daughter so they can identify and understand what is causing their distress, learn new ways of to cope with difficult emotions, feel motivated again, and feel better about themselves and their place in the world.
My daughter seems more than just "shy" and I'm worried it may be anxiety
Perhaps she just changed schools, recently came to Hong Kong, or is experiencing some awkward growing pains.
Feeling nervous and scared about new and challenging things is totally normal. However, when these feelings become so strong that they begin avoiding things they used to do, or they get so stressed they feel they cannot sleep - that's when they might need some extra support.
I will help your daughter so they can face their fears and challenges, learn relaxation and coping techniques, practice strategies to stop overthinking, and feel more calm in the face of stress.
My daughter just needs a bit more confidence and to see her own strengths
Teenage years, self-doubt, and self-consciousness tend to go hand-in-hand.
Sometimes, teens will fall into a cycle of negative self-limiting thoughts where they are unable to see their own strengths. A common example is giving up on homework before even trying because they have convinced themselves they're not capable.
I will support your daughter in developing and building their confidence, finding new ways of dealing with challenging situations, feel motivated to push themselves a little bit further, believe in their own strengths and goodness, and move from "I can't" to "I am capable and I am willing to try".
Dr. Jamie Chiu, Clinical Psychologist
Therapy and counselling for females struggling with depression, anxiety, overthinking, and feelings of low self-worth.