M.S.

Lene Bisgaard

As a bilingual psychotherapist I support expats and locals, and I have experience working on a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, self-criticism, maintaining sobriety, marriage and relationship issues, life transitions, anger, stress management and work related difficulties.

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background

I have a master degree in clinical counseling from Monash University, Melbourne, and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I have trained in the Gottman Couples Therapy approach, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and I am also a certified Newfield Network Life Coach.

Read more about how we do couples therapy here.

I have spent the last 10 years counseling and coaching the international and local communities in Hong Kong. Additionally, I have specialized training in trauma-informed care and self-compassion. I work with couples and individuals online and in person.

How I work

As an integrative Psychotherapist, I draw on a range of approaches that include cognitive behavioral–, and compassion based therapy, mindfulness as well as personal values-clarification work. I also use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is an action oriented approach to psychotherapy helping clients accept that ‘negative’ human emotions are part of a whole life. When we stop avoiding, denying and struggling with our inner emotions and accept that these deeper feelings are appropriate responses to certain situations. We can commit to making changes based on our personal values and goals, regardless of what is going on and how we feel about it. This can eventually lead to change in attitudes and emotional states. 

I provide a safe and respectful space for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings and explore how you can enhance your life. Through this process you may find your own insights and develop different perceptions of your problems. I will help you explore techniques and strategies to cope with life’s challenges. We may also look at the messages that are no longer serving you, help you clarify your values and find a balance between acceptance and change.

Taking the first step to come to counseling can be daunting and as such asking for support can be stressful in itself and may make you feel vulnerable and self conscious. However, taking that first step may be the key to a new beginning.

My background

I have spent 30 years abroad; mostly in Hong Kong, UK, Holland, US and Australia. As an expat myself, living and working abroad, raising 3 children abroad, I understand that the expat life can be both rewarding and challenging.

Whether you are looking for counseling support, couple’s therapy or motivational coaching I offer a conversational approach to working through problems, life issues and goals. My hope is that through our meetings, we can work together to help you not only feel better but help you to live better as well.

If you are interested in therapy or have any questions, please get in touch. This will give you a chance to see if my work might be a good match for you or what you are looking for. Finding the right therapist, one with whom you feel comfortable and understand your unique struggles are essential if therapy is going to be helpful.

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OUR THERAPISTS

We are a group of experienced psychologists and therapists providing one-on-one talk therapy and assessments in native-level English, Spanish and German. You can either pick a clinician from below, or let us help you find just the right psychologist for you.