Counsellors and therapists

Maple Tree Counselling is a diverse, multicultural team with rich life experience and international qualifications and accreditation.  We deliver therapy in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.  Our professional memberships include the Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology (HKSCP), the Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong, the Australian Counselling Association (ACA), the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, the American Counselling Association (ACA), the Asian Professional Counselling & Psychology Association and the British Psychological Society.

  • Simon Westcott, Expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

    Simon Westcott

    Counsellor — ACT, CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy — Telehealth Only

    Simon believes in the benefits of both short-term, goal-oriented counselling and longer-term, ‘in-depth’ psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He treats clients from many different cultures with a wide variety of mental health issues.

  • Casey McGrath, expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

    Casey McGrath

    Counsellor — CBT, ACT, Narrative and Person-centered Therapy

    Casey works with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship issues. She specializes in helping clients navigate major life transitions as well as complicated career and family dynamics.

  • Jacquelyn Tryde

    Counsellor — EFT, CBT and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

    Jacquelyn offers therapy for adults, adolescents and preteens. She supports younger clients who experience dysfunctional family dynamics, parental separation and divorce, difficulties in acculturation, depression, anxiety, OCD, and peer pressure.

  • Dickie Mok, Expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

    Dickie Mok

    Counsellor — ACT, CBT, Compassionate Inquiry, Therapeutic Game Master

    Dickie believes in supporting clients through developing awareness, flexibility, resilience and self-compassion in pursuit of positive change. He works with adults and professionals experiencing a range of issues relating to anxiety, depression, self-worth, and belonging.

  • Nicola Shannon

    Nicola Shannon

    Counsellor - CBT, IFS and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    Nicola works with adults and adolescents struggling with a sense of disconnection, uncertainty and lack of purpose. She aims to help clients identify and overcome the obstacles preventing them from thriving.

  • Lianne Lim

    Lianne Lim

    Counsellor - CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy

    Lianne works with clients from diverse backgrounds and helps them develop insights and strategies to overcome intrapersonal and interpersonal issues. Through a person-centered approach, Lianne enables her clients to discover their best solutions to daily struggles and major life transitions.

Simon Westcott, Expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

Simon Westcott

Counsellor — ACT, CBT and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy — Telehealth Only

Simon believes in the benefits of both short-term, goal-oriented counselling and longer-term, ‘in-depth’ psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He treats clients from many different cultures with a wide variety of mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, addiction and challenges rising from relationship, sexuality and family issues. Simon enjoyed a 25-year corporate, entrepreneurial and NGO career before entering the mental health field.  He understands the challenges of high-performance environments, both academically and professionally, but also the importance of creativity and play.  Simon serves diverse communities, including the LGBTQ+ community, and has a specialism in men’s mental health.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash) 
  • Australian Centre for Psychoanalysis (4 Year Study Program, ongoing)
  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology
  • Masters of Arts (Oxford & Indiana)
Casey McGrath, expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

Casey McGrath

Counsellor — CBT, ACT, Narrative and Person-centered Therapy

Casey works with adults experiencing anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and relationship issues. She specializes in helping clients navigate major life transitions as well as complicated career and family dynamics. She is passionate about healing past traumas and discovering possibilities for change while working collaboratively with clients using a range of evidence-based techniques. Casey is a mother of three and has lived in Hong Kong since 2012. She previously worked at The Women’s Foundation in Hong Kong and, prior to that, as an attorney in New York.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash)
  • Professional Coaching Training (Transcend)
  • American Counseling Association
  • Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Michigan) & Juris Doctor (Georgetown)

Jacquelyn Tryde

Counsellor — EFT, CBT and Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy

Jacquelyn offers therapy for adults, adolescents and preteens. She has supported younger clients who have experienced dysfunctional family dynamics, parental separation and divorce, difficulties in acculturation, depression, anxiety, OCD, and peer pressure. She has been heavily involved in addiction prevention work with youths and their parents from ethnic minority communities and international schools. Jacquelyn also works with adult clients, specializing in women’s issues, attachment trauma, and overcoming limiting beliefs and low self-esteem. Jacquelyn values multi-cultural sensitivity, and has working proficiency in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Prior to her career change, Jacquelyn was an executive trainer with Forbes Travel Guide.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash) 
  • Certificate of Clinical Hypnotherapy Level 4 (IMDHA) 
  • Australian Counselling Association
  • Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology
  • Psychotherapy Society of Hong Kong 
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hong Kong) 
Dickie Mok, Expert Counsellors & Therapists in Hong Kong, Maple Tree Counselling

Dickie Mok

Counsellor — ACT, CBT, Compassionate Inquiry, Therapeutic Game Master

Dickie believes in supporting clients through developing awareness, flexibility, resilience and self-compassion in pursuit of positive change. He works with adults and professionals experiencing a range of issues relating to anxiety, depression, self-worth, and belonging. Through a 15-year career in legal practice, law enforcement, university teaching and business, Dickie understands the mental wellness and other challenges faced by professionals. Dickie also has experience supporting youth and adolescents in individual and group therapy, and acts as a Game Master for Role Playing Game groups in therapeutic settings.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash)
  • Hong Kong Society of Counselling and Psychology
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Master of Laws (New York) & Master of Arts (King’s College)
Nicola Shannon

Nicola Shannon

Counsellor - CBT, IFS and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Nicola works with adults and adolescents struggling with a sense of disconnection, uncertainty and lack of purpose. These clients may be experiencing anxiety, depression, relationship and family difficulties or compulsive and addictive behaviours. Utilising an integrative framework to address both current challenges and past traumas, Nicola aims to help clients identify and overcome the obstacles preventing them from thriving. Previously an early-years educator, Nicola began working with individual clients to help them understand how their unique roles create successes and challenges within the family structure.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash)
  • Recovery Facilitator (SMART Recovery)
  • Australian Counselling Association
  • British Psychological Society
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), Psychology (University of Derby)
Lianne Lim

Lianne Lim

Counsellor - CBT, SFBT, Motivational Interviewing, Person-Centered Therapy

Lianne works with clients from diverse backgrounds and helps them develop insights and strategies to overcome intrapersonal and interpersonal issues. Through a person-centered approach, Lianne enables her clients to discover their best solutions to daily struggles and major life transitions. She helps couples manage conflicts arising from parenting, separation, and life events. Through Lianne’s own journey with child loss and fertility treatments, she also understands her clients’ struggles while trying to grow their families. Originally from Taiwan, Lianne lived, studied, and worked in various countries; she embraces the uniqueness of multi-national and multi-cultural individuals and families. Lianne worked in investment banking for 15 years in New York, Sydney, and Hong Kong before whole-heartedly pursuing her passion for psychology. Before joining Maple Tree, Lianne provided counselling services in schools and NGOs in Hong Kong. Lianne counsels in English and Mandarin.

  • Master of Counselling (Monash)
  • Asian Professional Counselling & Psychology Association
  • The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association
  • Master of Commerce in Finance (UNSW)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Psychology (Tufts)

What some of our clients have to say about therapy…

Jacquelyn has helped me journey through one of my most difficult years… from dealing with grief to relationship issues, daily stresses, and revisiting childhood traumas.  From session one, she created a safe environment with her warmth and compassion, which allowed me to fully open up to her. She carries a wealth of knowledge, which helps me better understand why I am wired the way I am. Jacquelyn understands how to “speak my language” through meditation visualisations, hypnotherapy & self-love practices. Every time I leave a session, I am glowing with gratitude and ready to face the world!      

CB
She/Her / 22 yrs old

Coming into therapy again, I was wary at first because I wasn't able to connect with my previous therapist. That's why I'm really glad I gave this another shot and found Jacquelyn, who's been wonderful since day one. Friendly, down-to-earth, and understanding while maintaining professionalism, she has helped me immensely in my journey and guided me towards gaining in-depth self-awareness and unlearning toxic patterns. It's not always an easy journey, but a good therapist can make it a lot better!

F, Writer
She/Her / 27 yrs old

Casey really helped me when I was in a dark place. After just a few sessions, I felt much more hopeful and could see my options better. Everything I was going through became more manageable and I could see a way forward. I learned to change my mindset and approach my problems in a more effective way. Casey is very easy to talk to and has a warm, positive energy. I would recommend her to anyone struggling to make sense of life’s hard times.     

WW
She/Her / 42 yrs old

Simon is a warm soul with whom you can easily open up and share your emotions. Having that supportive and non-judgemental person in my life now gives me the comfort and confidence to work through these challenging times, with blue skies ahead.  

SC, Business Owner
He/Him / 44 yrs old

I've been meeting with Simon for over 18 months now, and during this time, Simon has made me more self aware, and more confident than the person I was 18 months ago. He's empathetic, understanding of the nuances of South Asian culture, and has done more for me than some family members. There are no words to thank him for what he's done. I have a long way to go in my mental health journey, but I wouldn't have made the progress that I have without Simon's help

VR, Marketing Manager
He/Him

I’ve been seeing Simon now weekly for the past 6-7 months. I developed a great relationship very quickly with him, and found his patience and approach to align very well with my uncertainties to what my goals even were initially. He allowed me the space to really flex my mind, to question widely and deeply, to really revel in my esoteric thoughts and queries, and offered me the tools to really pinpoint and tackle blindspots I wouldn’t have been able to alone. I couldn’t have asked for a better sounding board. I felt comfortable, seen, heard, and most importantly, understood. Our sessions and his guidance have been invaluable in my growth as an individual and I can only recommend him highly.   

GK, Photographer
He/Him / 33 yrs old

I was introduced to Casey while going through a stressful time in my career and family life….  In Casey, I found a non-judgmental outlet. Casey offers perspective and empathy.  Through our sessions, I learned to ‘let go’ of certain situations and other people’s opinions. I have also learned to give myself more credit than I have ever done in my entire life, and for that I feel stronger and more confident in my own abilities. It has been a relief to declutter my mind and get to know myself better. I would highly recommend Casey to anyone.

JD
She/Her / 47 yrs old
Maple Tree Counselling operates under the key professional values of absolute confidentiality, ongoing professional development and expert individual and group supervision.
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