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About Us

What We Do

Who We Are

The Beekeeper is a partnership between trained and qualified specialists in mental health wellbeing and therapy. Our practitioners come from culturally diverse countries but all share a belief in the power of mental wellbeing services to improve Cambodia’s future.

Why We Are Called

The Beekeeper

Well, just as bees are essential to a biodiverse, nourished and harmonious environment, so are happy, fulfilled people essential to a thriving, resilient society.

The Laura Knight Centre

At the physical heart of The Beekeeper will be the Laura Knight Centre, a place of peace and calm and a perfect space for therapy and healing. This centre is named after a remarkable young woman who lived in Cambodia in the years before her early and tragic death, and who was a passionate professional advocate for the rights of Cambodian children.

At the spiritual heart of The Beekeeper will be our Little Bees Programme, designed in honour of Laura’s passionate belief that all children deserve love, happiness, care and expert support if exposed to trauma or tragedy. Qualified, professional counselling for children is almost non-existent in Cambodia, and greatly needed. Cambodian children face child protection issues including a high prevalence of violence, family separation, neglect, exploitation, and child labour. Over 50% of children experience physical violence, 25% are emotionally abused and approximately 5% experience sexual abuse. Many thousands live in so-called orphanages, despite 80% having living parents.

In honour of Laura’s memory, The Beekeeper will provide heavily subsidised or free therapeutic services to those children who are in need of them and whose parents or guardians cannot afford them. Given the scale of the need in Cambodia, this is a major challenge and undertaking, but we are ready to take it on. Our team have agreed to work at reduced rates for these cases, and we will seek to return all additional income made from our other therapeutic services into the programme.

Our Mission

is to offer a range of community, therapeutic and mental health services to people living in Cambodia and Thailand, drawing on Eastern philosophies and Western approaches, and accessible to all.

Our Vision

is to support the development of happier and more resilient clients through improved mental health wellbeing.

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F.A.Q

As an organisation we are committed to independence and political neutrality, and will therefore accept no institutional funding. We oppose all discrimination and seek to make our services fully inclusive.

Our client's appointments and wellbeing are very important to us. When you book your appointment, you are holding a space on our calendar that is no longer available to our other clients. Appointments are in high demand, especially at weekends, and advance notice on changes will allow another client access to that appointment time.

 

No-shows, late arrivals, and cancellations inconvenience not only our practitioners, but  other clients as well. A cancellation is when the appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours before the appointed time. A no-show is when a client misses an appointment without cancelling. In either case, we may charge a cancellation fee (applied on a case by case basis).  The amount of the cancellation fee will be equal to 50% of the reserved service if the client has cancelled or not shown for an appointment on more than two occasions. 

 

If cancellation is necessary, we respectfully request that you call at least 24 hours in advance.  You may call us on + 855 77 22 10 10 or email info@mybeekeeper.org during office hours - Tuesday to Saturday 8.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m.

The Beekeeper does not offer an out of hours service.  Please contact us and we will be in touch as soon as we can.  If there is an immediate danger to life, please call the Police.

No, we don’t ask clients to engage in activities they don’t wish to.  Our approach to working with the mind and body can also involve teaching some simple relaxation and containment exercises.

Yes, our practitioners are bound by a strict code of ethics and will not share information about your work with us.  We only make an exception to this if we feel there is credible risk to life or significant harm.  Our record keeping is encrypted and stored in a secure cloud based system.

Our practitioners are trained in a wide range of specialist areas, this includes grief and addiction.  We also work according to the guidelines of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health, and one of our partners is a member. This also applies to trauma, with membership to the International Association of Trauma Professionals.

All of the practitioners have been vetted and their certifications, licenses checked and verified.  Whereas Psychology is unregulated in Cambodia, we still only work with qualified professionals.  In Thailand we work in accordance with the statutory requirements and regulatory frameworks in place under Thai Law.

 

If you have a complaint to make you can email info@mybeekeeper.org and it will be passed onto an independent practitioner who will review the complaint and decide what action would be taken, including and reporting practitioners to their governing bodies.

We use a number of approaches.  All of the practitioners are supervised by a colleague with more experience, this is done on a one-to-one basis.  We also use group supervision as an important tool for staff to reflect and learn.  In addition to this, we offer clinical supervision to staff, enabling them to access support with 

managing the complex issues with being a Mental Health Practitioner.  This is often done with an external provider.   We are also introducing Feedback Informed Therapy, an evidence based approach where we seek feedback from clients confidentially using evidence based and tested approaches to identify areas we as practitioners need to proactively seek to improve. 

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