Maëlle Hector, Clinical Psychologist
Master’s Degree In Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology – ULB, Belgium
Children, Teenagers, Adults
Consultations disponibles en français
Maëlle Hector is originally from France. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Psychopathology from ULB Brussels University in Belgium. In Brussels, she was a researcher in a Mother-Infant Unit of a Psychiatric Clinic, an intern in an Adult Observation Unit of a Psychiatric Hospital, and an intern in a Child and Youth Emergency Center.
Hong Kong Clinical Psychologist
Prior to her arrival in Hong Kong, Maëlle Hector worked in Beijing for 5 years as a Clinical Psychologist in international clinics. She also worked within the expat community and with international schools to provide professional support and advice.
Living abroad for over 20 years, Maëlle Hector has a strong experience of the challenges of expatriation and their impact on professional, personal and family life. Being an expat can be tough. She is an accredited member of the Belgian Federation of Psychologists (BFP).
Maëlle Hector offers individual Consultations and Support to Children, Teenagers and Adults
She has worked with a wide variety of individuals and cases with a focus on:
- Mood disorders (depression)
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Trauma (PTSD)
- Chronic pain
- Sleep disorders
- Anorexia and eating disorders
- Parent counseling
- Pervasive developmental disorder
(Autism, Asperger’s syndrome)
- Adjustment issues
- Learning disorders
- Third culture kids (TCKs)
Maëlle Hector’s therapeutical approach is Pychodynamic Psychotherapy. She uses:
- Talking therapy (adults and teens)
- Play and drawing (children)
Anyone can experience in their life difficult moments, or seem locked into fixed, repetitive dysfunctional behaviors, relationships.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behaviour.
The therapist works with his patient to explore unresolved conflicts and symptoms that arise from past dysfunctional relationships, and to understand his thoughts, feelings, relationships, behaviours, dreams and fantasies.
Through this self-awareness process, the patient progressively identifies the sources of his personal issues and the influence of the past on his current functioning. He gets relieved from his psychological distress when he is able to develop more adequate ways of dealing with difficult situations.
Psychotherapy with Children
In addition to verbal interactions, play and drawing enable children to express their feelings, conflicts and experiences in a safe and controlled setting, where they can try out new behaviors. Having access to the child’s inner world, the therapist gets a deeper comprehension of the problematic situation, and helps the child, his family and the environment (school, etc.) to find a better adjustment.
Talking Therapy with Adults and Teenagers
In a setting that guarantees empathic neutrality and confidentiality, talking about personal issues with a professional helps to organize ideas, better explain a situation, and therefore make sense of a psychological distress.
Therefore, adults and teenagers can better deal with their negative feelings, overcome stressful situations, make positive choices in their life, build up self-confidence, etc.
Maëlle has published several articles about expatriation matters in expat magazines in China.
Expatriation and its psychological adjustments
“Knowing that adjusting to a new country is not a straight-line can be reassuring”.
Back from expatriation: how to manage it?
“Expat people generally don’t expect to experience a ‘reverse culture shock when’ back in their home country”.
The impacts of expatriation on couples’ lives
“experienced with your partner or family, expatriation is a life project that can strengthen or undermine the foundations of the couple.”
Workshop on the Third Culture Kids (TCKs).
“How to help TCKs to build up their identity through their multicultural experiences?”