Sai Kung October 2019

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five minutes with is the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems of the human body. Basically, PNI deals with how our emotions and thoughts impact our immune systems. PNI harnesses the brain’s neuroplasticity to create a state of mind which will help the body’s own defence systems to mobilise and combat the disease. Ultimately, this is the best way to deal with any illness rather than relying purely on medication and surgeries. At the same time, PNI can also help us reduce or eliminate the symptoms, whether it be pain, anxiety of invasive procedures and accelerate healing. I work with teenagers and adults from all walks of life. From CEOs, celebrities, homemakers, students, executives and corporations. I have worked with siblings, parents, artists, athletes, and clinicians as well. I offer individual therapy, couples therapy and corporate workshops. I typically treat teenagers and adults for various issues they face such as depression, phobias, confidence, trauma-based issues, bullying or workplace aggression, panic attacks, social and general anxiety and more. For couples, if there are issues with behavioural conflicts in the relationship, then I see them for relationship discord.

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Nivedita Ramanujam Charmaine Ng talks therapy and mindfulness with the founder of wellness centre, Inner Compass I am a ‘third culture individual’. I was born in India and raised in Hong Kong. I studied at Australian, British and US academic institutions and I’ve worked in Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Having grown up in Hong Kong, I always considered it home and wanted to return one day. Living in Sai Kung provides easy access to nature and the great outdoors. I am a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, and founder of Inner Compass Hong Kong. I have over 20 years of experience treating expatriates in various countries. Apart from western psychological

training, I am also certified in mindfulness, meditation, and Buddhist psychology. My teenage daughter was diagnosed with chronic illnesses and subsequently, a brain tumour. I struggled to find ways to help my child deal with her surgeries. The period of waiting for her biopsy results was one of the most harrowing memories. The experience I gained in caring for my daughter finally convinced me that I could contribute more to society by helping others. Psychoneuroimmunotherapy (or PNI)

I believe I have a strong sense of compassion. I also have a deep meditative and creative practice which rejuvenates and inspires me to pursue this calling to help others. I paint, travel and sing as much as time allows, I find these very inspiring activities. The teachings of mindfulness, yogic and Buddhist philosophies inspire me deeply. Being a psychotherapist has been an incredibly rewarding journey as the connection and interactions are deep and meaningful. In 2020 I will be launching my new book. It’s called “Why do Panic Attacks Show Up in Your Life – How to Overcome Panic Attacks with Psychotherapy and Yogic Practice”. I will also be introducing selftapping EMDR workshops for restoring balance and accelerated healing in Sai Kung. To find out more, contact Inner Compass at


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