Esther, Yee Wai Mui

Hong Kong, China

I am a Hong Kong based CFT therapist and a qualified social work and mediator.  Since 2017, I have used Compassion Focused Therapy / Mind Training to help the Chinese community, particularly in Hong Kong.   I write CFT materials in Chinese and accurately translate key words used in CFT into Chinese.  I regularly run CFT groups and individual services to support caregivers and people in distress. I also support individuals and professionals in personal development.   Alongside my CFT work in Hong Kong, I regularly engage with CFT supervisors in the UK and regularly attend training. As an evidence-based practitioner, I am committed to research and development of CFT therapy for the Chinese community and as part of the global CFT community.


I am studying for a PhD at HKU (supervised by Dr Sherry Kit Wa Chan) focused on the development of CFT intervention for caregivers of patients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong.

Therapist information

Cantonese, Mandarin, English

Postgraduate Certificate, BSc, MA, MSC, MRes, PhD on CFT for caregivers (in progress)

Social Worker Registration Board, Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL)

Since 2011, I have researched CFT including reading Prof. Paul Gilbert’s book. Since 2017, I have received training from Prof. Paul Gilbert and the Compassionate Mind Foundation. I have attended introductory and advanced units and have been involved with workshops; moreover, monthly supervisions from CFT supervisors in the UK have been useful. In addition, I have attended regular CFT based workshops since completing therapist training. In the future, I would like CFT to be an option for people living in the Chinese culture as well as for the non-clinical population, for people in distress and struggling with psychosis, for people with special needs such as intellectual disability and high functioning autism. Recently, I have been working on a research project in Hong Kong involving CFT for caregivers of patients with schizophrenia. This work is supervised by Dr Sherry Kit Wa Chan.