Who We Are

We are relationship focused, offering positive and effective communication skills for general life enhancement.

The FOCUS Team

Our professional counseling team supports couples, individuals and adolescents with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger/stress management and addiction. We are relationship focused, offering positive and effective communication skills for general life enhancement.


BA, MSSc (Couns), ACA, HKPCA,
Sarah worked in the US public health sector for nearly a decade before relocating to Hong Kong. She has been counseling for 16 years and specializes in the treatment of depression and anxiety. She holds a Masters in Social Science (Counseling) with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), trauma work and addiction psychology studies.

Sarah believes the basis of positive mental health is found in our relationships. As a mother and expat living in Asia for the past 11 years, she emphasizes the importance of friendship and trust with oneself and with others. By supporting adults, adolescents and couples to improve their relationships while honing skills to manage life stress, she applies counseling as an empowering tool to help people access their own inherent strength. Sarah advocates for the use of Mindfulness Meditation and is a certified level II practitioner of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She believes these modalities are fundamental in treating long-standing issues and in creating tangible results for her clients.

Sarah has worked all over the world, including Latin America, Africa and now Asia. Sarah is also a certified yoga teacher and continues to study alternative systems of wellness including Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her treatment plans are known for being integrative and her counseling framework diverse, addressing one’s full spectrum of needs.

Areas of Interest:

  • Depression, anxiety, panic disorder
  • Couples counseling / neurobiology regulation
  • Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) / trauma recovery
  • Adjustment disorder / Separation anxiety (adolescents)
  • Grief / bereavement
  • Pregnancy and fertility related issues
  • Eating disorders / body-image issues
  • Addiction
  • Anger management


BA, MSSc (Couns)

Rinat Perlman is a counselor, a coach and a mentor. For the last two decades, she has worked with people from all walks of life, helping them in the process of growing their self-awareness and self-knowing in ways that support their life and their relationships.

Rinat’s personal style is direct, open, engaging and affirming. She offers a diversity of resources for understanding the potential of self-knowing. Rinat’s experience relies on over three decades of study and work in a variety of roles and industries. Her knowledge was gained by learning traditional studies in leading universities in the fields of business, psychology and counseling. Rinat also acquired an extensive body of experience and knowledge in the science and art of Yoga, mindfulness and Buddhism psychology.

Rinat is from Israel and moved to Hong Kong on 2001. She is the mother of four, a daughter, sister, partner, friend and student, Rinat believes that our lives are about our relationship with love, family, work, friendship, money and health. She believes that the way we participate in all our relationships is a reflection of our core relationship with ourselves.

With her strong interpersonal skills, Rinat is able to establish rapport with clients and develop strong relationships. As a good listener, she is able to relate to clients with an open, nonjudgmental and accepting approach. She is very experienced with problem solving in all aspects of life and able to help clients identify and make changes in their lives. With a flexible attitude, Rinat has the ability to adapt and change her ways according to the client needs.

Areas of Interest:

  • Relationship issues – personal and professional
  • Couple counseling
  • Adoption competent
  • Teenagers’ issues
  • Communication & boundaries
  • Depression, Self-worth, Anxiety and Stress
  • Personal life and Career development

Brittany RICE

MA Counselling

Brittany has spent the past decade in Asia, where she has worked closely with people who have diverse cultural backgrounds from around Asia, North America, South America, Africa and Europe. In addition to trying to keep up with life as a new mom, she enjoys sports and baking – her specialty is snickerdoodles.

After years of working in education, Brittany attained her Master’s in Guidance and Counselling, and has since pursued her passion for working with and helping others not just to survive but thrive in life, through counseling and HR. She holds a strong belief that any person who is willing can achieve positive personal growth. Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy Brittany helps clients recognize negative behavioral and thinking patterns that may hinder personal growth as well as disrupt relationships, communication, and work.

Brittany is known for her welcoming, non-judgmental attitude, which allows for building a positive, therapeutic working relationship with each client. She believes in the power of the present in processing unresolved issues, current dilemmas, communication problems and has helped many people rebuild identity after significant life changes.

Accepting ourselves as we are now is the starting place for personal growth. Having a safe space for self-exploration, gaining insight, and working through issues is something Brittany considers an invaluable experience we all can benefit from, whether for specific issues or maintaining a sense of well-being.

Areas of Interest:

  • Anxiety, depression
  • Identity
  • Relationships, communication, healthy boundaries
  • Pregnancy and fertility related issues
  • Processing emotions and problem solving
  • General well-being


BA, MA, MSSc (Couns), HKPCA, APCA (Hk)

Valerie was born in France, raised in North Africa and lived in Asia most of her life. She is the mother of two, an expert problem-solver and a fiercely compassionate counselor. Her style is direct yet kind, her work is targeted yet flexible.

After a successful career in business management, where Valerie excelled at helping people overcome their professional difficulties and access their best abilities, she decided to pursue a long-standing interest in human psychology. Valerie has a Masters degree of Social Sciences in Counseling from the University of Hong Kong with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Positive Psychology.

Valerie trained herself in additional modalities such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), relaxation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Valerie also certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Level 1 & 2) to integrate body and mind and help her clients deal with big and small traumas. Valerie can consequently offer a holistic approach, strengths-oriented therapy that treats symptoms, empowers her clients and improves their overall well-being.

Valerie decided to move back to her home country and continues the adventure in France with online sessions and the creation of Focus Thérapie in Lille and Paris.

Areas of Interest:

  • Depression / Self-worth
  • Anxiety / stress / Panic attacks
  • Trauma recovery / PTSD
  • Adjustment / grief / loss
  • Teenagers issues / bullying
  • Relationship issues / couple
  • Anger & difficult emotions management
  • General well-being / life enhancement

Dr Gracemary K.H. LEUNG

PhD (London), MSc(clin) Exeter, MBA (Bournemouth), BA (Hons) Lon., C.Psychol, AFBPsS, AFHKPs

Dr. Gracemary Leung is a Chartered Clinical psychologist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Associate Fellow of the HK Psychological Society.

Dr. Leung worked in the UK from 1978 where she initiated and managed care programs for the rehabilitation of people with schizophrenia and for behaviorally disturbed adolescents and children. From 1991, she served as the Director of Community Forensic services. Her clinical experience includes working with schizophrenia, violent and sex offenders, cognitive behavior therapy for pain patients, suicidal prevention and depressed patients, and problem Internet users and gamblers.

From Sept 2000, she taught in a variety of departments at The University of Hong Kong, including the roles of Director of Psychological Services Unit and Acting Director for Student Development and Counseling. Retiring in August 2006, she continues to offer courses part-time. She has also run many training workshops on communication, change management, stress management, and workplace violence both in corporate and governmental sectors.

Dr. Leung is a longstanding and sought after professor in Hong Kong and an expert in the field of mental health. She is not currently taking new clients but serves as Honorary Consultant to FOCUS Psychological Enrichment Centre.

With Sarah I found a place I could be more honest and real then I had been able to be before. Her ability to listen and help me reframe my challenges allowed me to accept myself in ways I hadn’t been able to before. I was able to be vulnerable and share my messy life and shortcomings. She helped me to pick up the pieces and on a tactical and emotional level put things back together in a healthier way.

– Christine –

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