MA Clinical Psychology (USA/HK), Master Of Counselling (Australia),
BSc (Hons) Psychology (UK)
BPS CPsychol, HKADCP Registered Member, APA Member, HKPS Member
Dr. Sheena Karnani is a Chartered Psychologist (BPS) practising in Hong Kong who is passionate about using clinical psychology to help clients from all walks of life. Having lived and worked in various parts of the world, she has experience with the way people from different cultures and backgrounds react to and process life events, such as anxiety, depression, stress, trauma or a milestone moment. Dr Karnani utilises a range of therapeutic approaches in her work such as cognitive behaviour therapy, family systems, person-centered and positive psychology to support and cater to the individual needs of clients. She provides therapy to individuals, couples and families and works with children, adolescents and adults. Her belief is that each person has the ability to adapt and thrive with the right support system in place. Dr Karnani provides individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy as well as psychological and psychoeducational assessment services.
Dr Karnani consults in English, Hindi, and Sindhi.
Laura is a graduate of the Master of Counselling program at Monash University. She employs a person-centered, collaborative approach. Laura focuses on helping her clients discover enhanced self-awareness, clarity and purpose in their lives. Having had counselling experience in a secondary school she also works with young people and families who seek counselling to help them through difficulties. Depending on the need she employs a range of approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, dialectical behviour therapy and mindfulness. In her professional education she is building up her skills in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to work with individuals who are experiencing challenges or frustrations in areas such as parenting, relationship issues or life changes.
Before becoming a counsellor, her first career was in financial planning where she worked with individuals and couples for over 15 years to understand and help them work towards their financial goals.
Scarlett Mattoli is a psychologist specialising neurodevelopmental differences, family/parenting, and chemical and behavioural addictions in the UK, US, Europe and Asia for over 25 years. She supports patients from five years old and across the lifespan through psychological evaluations for educational, intellectual, and neuropsychological purposes and with follow on evidence-based interventions such as CBT, ACT, MI, SFT, AI, TA, DBT, and Bowen Family Therapy. Her practice is also informed by specialist certifications in SPED, SpLD, Dyslexia, Psychometric Assessments and Supervision. She incorporates mindfulness, positive psychology, and positive guidance/parenting practices where appropriate. Her specialist research interests are further reflected in her current clinical doctoral work on behavioural addictions, due to be completed later this year.
Masters of Counselling (Monash, Australia), MSc IT in Education (HK)
GDip Psychology (UK)
Montessori Early Childhood Teaching Diploma (UK)
MBPsS, Theraplay® Informed Practitioner
Diana is a counsellor with training in Maternal Mental Health (Postpartum Support International), the 'Becoming Us' transitions to parenthood programme, and 'Theraplay®' parent-child therapy. A mother herself, she has an international and multicultural background, and has worked with children and families for over 20 years. The wellbeing of parents and families is her passion. Diana uses a person-centred approach, meaning she believes in each human being's natural capacity to develop and flourish when supported in the right way by the therapist, rather than the therapist knowing what is 'best' for the client. She also integrates other approaches when appropriate for the individual client, drawing on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) among others. With degrees in psychology and education, she has previously worked as an Early Childhood teacher and curriculum developer, in a whole-family parenting and well-being programme, in an autism treatment programme, and as a counsellor for 11-18 year-old students at a secondary school. She believes the counsellor should focus first and foremost on the client's right to feel heard, understood and respected in session, and that all psychological growth in therapy starts from there.
Candidate: Masters in Counselling (Monash, Australia)
MSocSc Psychology of Education (HK), PGDE (HK)
BA Psychology (Canada)
Student Member: Australian Counselling Association
Nicole was born in the USA, grew up in Hong Kong and attended university in Canada. She is a patient and sensitive counsellor who has always been passionate about psychology and counselling. She has a background in education with a Masters of Social Sciences in the Psychology of Education from the City University of Hong Kong. She is currently comlpeting her Masters of Counselling with Monash University. Nicole is experienced in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Nicole works with individuals, couples and families. She utilises cognitive behavioural therapy, positive psychology, and mindfulness techniques. Nicole has completed levels 1 and 2 of the Gottman's couple therapy training. Her goal is to help clients in their personal growth, de-stress, gain happiness from within, and to enhance relationships.
Ms. Janet Lau is an English-Cantonese bilingual counselor with years of experience working with children, young people and adults, couples and family, psychoeducation as well as corporate training. She has received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Southern University, and she possesses a Master of Social Science (Counselling) from the University of Hong Kong and a Master in Counseling from Monash University in Australia. Janet has many years of counselling experience in stress management, emotional management, interpersonal communication, parenting management, marriage and family counseling, business and workplace training, and providing psychological assessment services. She is also a registered clinical hypnotherapist, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, corporate coach as well as "Happy Parenting Program" practitioner. As a child and adolescent psychotherapist, Janet is also proficient at art and play therapy to provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for children and adolescents who are unable to express their emotions and needs effectively.
Vanessa studied in the United Kingdom in her formative years and graduated from the University of Hong Kong. She obtained her specialist qualification in psychiatry and worked in an Addictions Unit at a local hospital for several years before setting up her own private clinic in Central, Hong Kong. Vanessa works with clients of all ages and nationalities who are dealing with various mental health issues. She uses motivational interviewing techniques and supportive counselling as well as providing medication management and physical detoxification support when necessary. She also focuses on lifestyle interventions and takes a holistic approach in supporting her clients on their road to recovery. She has furthered her passion in the field of functional medicine and incoporates this into her practice.
Nick DeFilippis, PhD | Clinical & Neuropsychologist
PhD Psychology University of Iowa
MA Psychology University of Iowa
BA Psychology Northwestern University
Based in Atlanta, GA, USA, Neuropsychologist Dr. DeFilippis has been practicing, researching and teaching for over 40 years. His extensive clinical, teaching, consulting and research experience in neuropsychology, psychological and neuropsychological testing and related fields sets him apart from his peers. He has held the position of Professor at the Georgia School of Professional Psychology since 1990, and is the Coordinator of the Neuropsychology training programme there.
Dr. DeFilippis' consulting and clinical experience includes work directly with or advising for youth or in an educational capacity, the elderly, Veterans, Social Security and Workers issues, Head Injury cases, Hospitals, Drug & Alcohol misuse and forensic consultations. He has personally treated and/or evaluated over 40,000 patients in his career.
Dr. DeFilippis has had editorships and been a part of the editorial panel of several prestigious journals such as Clinical Neuropsychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Applied Neuropsychology-Child and Applied Neuropsychology-Adult. He has served as a Peer Reviewer for the National Insititute of Health, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. He serves as an Examiner for the Board Certification Examinations for the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Psychology.
Dr. DeFilippis developed neuropsychological screening instruments based on the behavioural neurological examination of Alexander Luria, the Booklet Category Test , and has developed scales of perseveration, memory and loss of set for the Booklet Category Test with researchers at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He is working with Portuguese researchers to develop a Portuguese version of the Category Test and study EEG correlates of antisocial personality.
Dr DeFilippis is a member of numerous professional organisations, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the Georgia Psychological Association. He is board certified in clinical and neuropsychology.
Dr DeFilippis is involved in numerous research projects in a variety of areas of psychology through his supervision of doctoral dissertations. He also has contributed to his community in a wide variety of settings such as with child abuse shelters, rape centres, head injury centres as well as pro bono consultations.
For a more complete description of Dr. DeFilippis' achievements, work, publications and current endeavours, please consult the website of Atlanta Psychological Associates.
We thank Dr. DeFilippis for his very valuable time in consulting for our organisation. We would invite you to indicate your interest in attending any information session or talks he may offer in Hong Kong by emailing us.
Dr Betty Headley | Clinical Psychologist
BA Psychology (Hons), PhD Psychology
Member: Australian Psychological Society (MAPS)
Member College of Clinical Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society)
Member College of Health Psychologists (Australian Psychological Society)
Dr Headley (BA (Hons), PhD, MAPS) is a nationally registered, and endorsed Clinical Psychologist with 36 years experience in clinical and health psychology in Australia. She has a wide range of clinical and management experience in Health Services that spans 36 years. She has worked in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community settings, in mental health, health & medical psychology and sports psychology in Private Practice, Government and Universities. She held the most senior clinical position in State Government for almost a decade. Dr Headley has over many years taught and trained and supervised post-graduate clinical psychologists at public and private Universities. For almost 10 years, Dr Headley worked as an Assistant Professor at a private university teaching Psychopathology: Children, adolescents and families; Psychopathology & Therapy: Adult Problems I, Psychopathology & Therapy: Adult Problems II; Health Psychology & Drug Treatments; Ethics & Professional Practice; and 4th year Community and Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology and 3rd year, Personality. Dr Headley was the Director of Post-Graduate Clinical Psychology Programs, and supervised clinically and post-graduate student research projects. She currently has a Private Practice on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.
Dr Headley completed a Ph.D. in the area of Clinical Neuropsychology and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and the APS College of Health Psychologists. She developed expertise in working with complex mental health and serious health problems, and in the provision of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Behaviour Therapy, Hypnosis, Counselling, and IPT. She has worked with a wide variety of problems in children and adults, families and couples, including severe mental disorders, personality disorders, anxiety problems, injury, trauma, PTSD, and pain, couple distress and relationship problems and parenting. She worked as an accredited Triple P provider, and trainer and provided accreditation in Triple P programs.
Research interests included her PhD which investigated Cognitive sequelae following traumatic brain injury in children, as well as other projects such as Cognitive changes, quality of life and disease progression in men with Prostate Cancer following treatment; Effects of stress on the immune system; Screening and treating depression and anxiety in a cardiac treatment setting; The effects of a short midday nap on cognitive efficiency; Measuring outcomes of evidence based psychological interventions with clients with depression and anxiety and eating disorders; and Psychological distress and treatment compliance in diabetes and working with patients with Hep C and Pain.
We thank Dr. Headley for her very valuable time in consulting for our organisation.