Dr Monica Borschel

I was born in Utah to an immigrant family.  Later I moved to Harlem in New York, and then to Hong Kong.  From my research and the privilege of working with people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences, I’ve learnt that fundamentally we’re the same. We all grieve, laugh, and want to be loved.  We fear rejection, make mistakes and have regrets. And the trauma and loss we experience can have a profound impact on our nervous system, impacting how we view ourselves, others and on our relationships.   

I developed an interest in how trauma and our relationships play a role in how we respond to stress, and experience physical pain as an undergraduate.  I later moved to New York for graduate school where I became more fascinated in how trauma affects the nervous system.  After graduating with my MA in Psychology, I moved to Hong Kong.

I lived in Hong Kong for ten years, where I earned my PhD at the University of Hong Kong. My research focused on how our relationships play a role in how we grieve.  Our relationships, and how we see our worth and others worth, can either help us cope or harm us more.    In 2020, I relocated to California where I am currently working online as a psychologist in Hong Kong and a Brainspotting coach elsewhere.  I look forward to guiding you on your journey of self discovery and healing.


  • B.S. Psychology, from The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, USA
  • M.A. Psychology in Education, Counselling and Clinical Psychology, from Columbia University in New York City, USA
  • PhD Social Work and Social Administration, from the University of Hong Kong
  • Certified EMDR therapist, from EMDRIA (EMDR International Association), USA
  • Child Consultant for Child Inclusive Mediation
  • Bricklin Custody Evaluator
  • Brainspotting Phase 1



Membership and Registration

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist with The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology.
  • Member of the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Chartered Psychologist in the UK through the BPS
  • Member of the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA)
  • Member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC)