My name is Minal Mahtani and I am your new school counsellor until the end of June 2017. I was born and raised in Hong Kong and went to Island school as a secondary school student. I have many fond memories of my time at IS and am grateful for the close friendships that I cultivated and life-long skills that helped me become the person I am today. It’s a pleasure to be back at school and look forward to becoming part of the school community once again.
A lot of the challenges that secondary school students face at this time in their lives are similar to the ones that existed when I was at school. Add to that list, the difficulties that exist for the current generation of students like phone addiction, cyberbullying and issues around sexual orientation and identity. All these challenges can be overwhelming and stressful especially if you don’t know how to deal with them. Sometimes students need guidance and support to help them with their struggles and that’s where counselling has a role.
I consider myself to be a kind, caring and open minded individual and strive to provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment where students are free to talk to me about their concerns and hardships. My counselling approach varies according to the needs of individuals taking into account their personality, learning style and challenges that they are facing.
I have over 7 years teaching experience at ESF and international schools in Hong Kong. Having studied Psychology and Education at university, I have developed insight into both the emotional and educational needs of students allowing me to focus on treating the whole person.
Outside of working at Island School, I am the founder of OCD (Obsessive and Compulsive Disorder)
& Anxiety Support Hong Kong, a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping adults struggling with OCD and Anxiety disorders.
I work at Island school on Tuesday and Friday and am based in room 714. Please feel free to pop in or contact me via email if you would like someone to speak too. I look forward to meeting you soon!