ABOUT & Values
Having grown up in Hong Kong, Dr. Carder has a unique understanding on the mental health climate of the city.
As a human-centered clinician, she adapts her approach to the children, teenagers and adults she works with to ensure they embark on the best possible journey of treatment.
She draws on her clinical training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Psychodynamic Analysis to help people overcome challenges they face.
Although the majority of psychological work and talk therapy is responsive, Dr. Carder believes in an ethos of prevention before cure and eliminating the stigma around mental health conversations.
Outside of therapy and treatment, she promotes positive mental health practices. Dr. Carder is actively involved in events and talks. Online, she writes articles and publishes blog posts to equip people with the mental health know-how for everyday life. You can see more of what she’s up to at PROJECTS+.
What’s the Treatment Process?
Stage One - Initial Consultation
All therapy begins with an initial consultation. For some people, all they want is an initial consultation and that works for them. For most people it is the start of a 6-week or more process.
The initial consultation sets the stage for what will come. We will cover foundational questions:
How long has this been going on for?
How have you been coping?
Why therapy now?
We will set goals and you will get a feel for what it is like to do therapy and if Dr. Carder is the right psychologist for you.
Stage Two - Therapy
Therapy sessions are typically weekly, but for people who want or need additional support we schedule more throughout the week. In therapy we dig deeper into understanding your thought process, relationships, protective and precipitating factors of the current situation.
Stage Three - Reflection
At around the 6-week mark, we reflect on how treatment is going. We decide if we take a break or keep on going, if we reached our goal and it is time to terminate or if a continued period of therapy is what’s necessary.
Not sure what you’re looking for?
Dr. Carder has worked in private practice, NGO’s and educational institutions providing psychotherapy, family therapy, psycho-education and mindfulness services.
Her research and work around the mind-body connection in relation to mental health has been selected for international and local conferences.
In therapy, she works with adults, children, teens and families. She works with people struggling through chapters of depression, anxiety, discomfort and pain. She conducts sessions through fostering a strong relationship of understanding, goals and self-actualisation. To understand what treatment path is best for you, click here.
Linking the connection between mental and physical health
Teaming up with Women’s Five, a five-week, female-focused training programme, and why mental health has become just as important to her as the physical side
The importance of family and pressures in Hong Kong
Dr. Carder sits down with RTHK to talk about the unique challenges Hong Kong families face in a city with rising rent costs, inter-generational dynamics and expatriatism.
Working with the teenagers through understanding their neurological development
Understanding the teenage brain: how parents can avoid arguments and temper tantrums
The brain is the last human organ to develop fully, which explains why adolescents regularly seem to act erratically and unreasonably
As their brains try to keep up with the rest of their bodies, it’s only natural they are a ‘tinderbox of emotions’
What is the mindfulness movement and how can I use it to my benefit?
With the word ‘mindfulness’ being thrown around everywhere, it becomes easy to brush it off. However, Mindfulness has been scientifically validated and has been shown to improve emotional regulation and resilience. It can be used as a daily practice or as a way to manage your emotions instead of them managing you.