My Story

Image of Malin Rigneus Counsellor Photographer: Karen Liu

Hi, I'm Malin, born and bred in the land of the Midnight sun, but the last two decades I've been based in England, Australia and Hong Kong. While working in Human Resources, I experienced how prolonged and intense job pressures can have detrimental impact on people's lives. In fact, I was very close to burnout myself on more than one occasion. These experiences combined with my lifelong enthusiasm for psychology, made me passionate about mental health and improving people's psychological wellbeing.


 I created Leva Counselling Ltd, as a safe space where you can explore and overcome life issues, in a non-judgmental and confidential setting. Leva means to live (in my native Swedish language). It refers to the simple concept of how regaining balance in your mind, can make you feel more confident, content and in control of your life.​

When I'm not busy looking after my three daughters and rescue dog Luna, you would normally find me hiking or running in the forest. 


Counselling Approach

I adopt a personal and tailor-made approach for each client, as I believe everyone is unique with their own specific experiences and challenges. I use many different types of evidence-based therapies and specialise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT),  Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Mindfulness Techniques. These can assist in providing insights, tools and strategies to improve your wellbeing.


I've worked with multicultural individuals faced with varied issues, but I specialise in stress and anxiety management (parent/work/academic pressure), social anxiety, preventing burn out, and increasing low self-esteem. 


Master in Counselling, Monash University https://www.monash.edu , Australia

MSc, University College London (UCL) https://www.ucl.ac.uk , UK

BSc Psychology, Stockholm University, https://www.su.se/english/ ,Sweden

Affiliation: Graduate member of the Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology https://hkscporg.weebly.com and a full member of The Hong Kong Professional Counselling Association https://www.hkpca.org.hk.