Translated from original text below
Just over a month before my daughter’s A-levels, she was busy preparing for her exams. It was just like usual for me, a mom who was trying her best to take care of the family’s daily needs in the background. But one day in September, she came home from school, stayed in her bedroom for a short while and suddenly, walked out with tears streaming down her face saying, “Mum, can you take me to see a doctor please? I’ve actually not been feeling good for a long time. I always feel like there is no purpose in living and I don’t wish to live anymore.” She also suspected that she might have been having depression for a while. When I heard this, I felt momentarily lost and could only say, “Yes, yes, let’s go to see a doctor.”
I hurriedly approached my friend to ask for help and advice on how I can find such a doctor. My friend came over to comfort my daughter and accompanied us to see a psychiatrist the next day. The psychiatrist who saw my daughter said that she did not require any medication or hospitalisation, but suggested to refer us to a community counsellor. My daughter was highly against the idea and rejected it. At this point, my friend said she could recommend a counsellor to me. This counsellor had helped her a lot before and perhaps I could give her a try, so I agreed and approached Eiling.
When I first saw Eiling, I felt that even though she was petite sized, her eyes reflected an inner calm and strength. She spoke to my daughter for almost two hours, and after that, reassured me and gave me some tips on things to watch out and how to better communicate with my daughter. I asked my daughter how she felt about it and she said the session had been helpful. Most importantly, she was willing to continue the therapy with Eiling. Subsequently, after each therapy session, we could feel her improvement. From the beginning when she had refused to attend school, her mood swings gradually stabilised and she managed to successfully complete her A-Levels. Her relationship with us, parents, was also much better than before. She was open and willing to share much more about herself. A short while after A-Levels, she even took the initiative to find work outside, saying that she wants to earn some money to reduce the burden on us. The length of each therapy session had reduced to one hour each time, from once a week to once in a fortnight. Last week, Eiling informed me that my daughter is doing very well and no only requires therapy every fortnight, only a follow-up sometime later. Upon hearing this, I felt an immense relief and cried tears of happiness! I felt so grateful to Eiling for her help! Thinking back on how despondent my daughter was just a while ago and those sleepless nights of feeling scared and worried about her, I am so glad that those days are over.
My daughter is now cheerful, enthusiastic and positive. Besides our own efforts, it can be mostly credited to Eiling for her meticulous care in counselling. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for changing our lives.“
Original text in Chinese
离女儿A level 还剩一个多月。看她每天忙碌地复习备考，我也一如既往地尽量做好后勤工作。可就在九月下旬的一天，她放学回家后在房间呆了一会儿后突然泪流满面地走出来对我说：“妈妈，你带我去看心理医生好吗？我最近一直心情不好，总觉得活着没意思，不想活了。”然后她说她一直觉得自己有抑郁症，听到她这么讲，我一时六神无主，连声说好好，我们去找医生看。