When the stresses and strains of everyday life start getting too much, it’s important to ask for help. In Bangkok, there are a range of counseling services that children, adolescents and families can turn to for specialist support and guidance. The following list features a selection of counseling services that offer services in English and maintain international practice standards.
Established in 2012 by American-trained psychotherapist Eric K. Mason, Lighthouse Human Services & Consulting offer counseling to all ages, but most commonly work with teens and young adults. Eric himself has extensive experience working with young adults, and he also offers comprehensive ADHD assessments through computerized testing.
PSI (Psychological Services International) has been providing counseling services in Bangkok since 2002. The majority of their clients are expatriates living in Bangkok, and each of PSI’s counsellors hold a minimum of a Master’s Degree in counseling or a mental health-related field. Their multicultural team also offer services in English, French, Italian, Thai, and Portuguese.
Bangkok Counseling provide the option to receive counseling in person, or via Skype, email, or instant messaging. The ability to talk online can be especially helpful to young people who feel daunted at the thought of a face-to-face consultation. In 2012, Bangkok Counseling also launched their ‘Young Peoples Wellbeing Project’, which offers counseling to teens and youth through individual sessions and with their own families.
NCS (New Counseling Service) offers counseling and talk therapy for individuals and families in Bangkok, from ages 4+. The international team of counselors speak Thai, English, German, Dutch, Cantonese and Mandarin. Areas of specialization include personal issues, family and marriage issues, work/life balance, and cross cultural adjustment. They also help people with depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, addictions, and mood disorders.
Private Therapy Clinic was set up by Harley Street psychologist Dr Becky Spelman – one of the UK’s leading psychologists. The company’s Bangkok clinic (there are another four in London, and one in Dubai) is run by Dr Kannika Sukantara, who previously worked both in the NHS and private medicine. Consultations are available in person, over Skype and phone, and the first 15-minute phone chat is free.
US-trained Piyachat is a certified psychodramatist and mental health counsellor with nearly 30 years of clinical experience. As a licensed marriage and family therapist, Piyachat specializes in working with children and adolescents who have suffered traumatic experiences, domestic violence, and other psychiatric diagnoses.
Ann has been an expat for 38 years and understands the unique pressures of living overseas. Her counseling services include working with couples as a ‘marriage preservationist’, dealing with culture shock, and helping parents bring up ‘Third Culture Kids’.
Samantha (Sam) is a trained psychotherapist and hypnotherapist who relocated to Bangkok from the UK in 2010. Having moved to support her partner with his career, Samantha is also well-placed to help individuals deal with the challenges associated with expat living and can offer a personal perspective for those struggling to adapt. Her initial consultation is free.