PREPARE TO CHANGE
INTRODUCING THE BEEKEEPER
The Beekeeper is an independent mental well-being practice in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in South East Asia. Central to our values is the promotion of a whole of body and integrative approach in our therapeutic work in Cambodia, Asia, and the broader World. We believe passionately in the bringing together of Eastern Philosophies and Western Theory, to bring about change in people’s lives both here in Cambodia, but also through sharing our knowledge with a wider audience through our information section.
We a social enterprise co-led by expert practitioners, from Cambodia and six other countries. We provide sensitive initial assessment and ongoing support, through a combination of therapy and mindfulness based on each client's unique needs and including any necessary specialist support around trauma, grief, GSRD or addiction.
The Beekeeper offers a number of integrated healing services including yoga, singing bowls and meditation. We currently offer Khmer language support to adults, adolescents and children, and English and Spanish language support for adults and adolescents. In the unlikely event we feel we are unable to help you, we will work with you to find the right support and refer you.
We strongly believe in supporting the local community and wider Cambodian society. We are committed to finding ways to make our services affordable to those with limited means, and will be subsidising support for youth who need support through trauma and grief. We will also be a hub for a number of community services.
HOW THE BEEKEEPER CAN HELP YOU
LET US HELP YOU RECOVER
Our individual therapy draws on a mixture of Western practices and Eastern philosophies, and is designed around your own unique needs.
LET US TAKE CARE OF YOU
As well as individual therapy we provide expert therapy to couples and families, as well as children who have experienced tragedy or trauma.
LET US SHOW YOU AROUND
Our centre also employs ancient healing practices such as Himalayan Singing Bowls, meditation, yoga and sound baths.
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 program, designed in honour of Laura’s passionate belief that all children deserve love, happiness and care, and expert support if exposed to trauma or tragedy. Qualified, professional counselling for children is almost non-existent in Cambodia, and sorely 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 subsidized 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 staff 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 program.