What is counselling?
The word, counselling, is a foreign term for many Asian countries. Being unfamiliar with counselling can make Asian people hesitant to seek counselling help. Thus it is important for Asian to know about what counselling is and how it works. Counselling is a private and confidential process. You talk in confidence with an experienced, qualified professional who will work with you to help you find ways of coping that are helpful and lasting.
All the clinical staffs in our agency are tertiary qualified and maintain professional memberships.
If you’ve never been to counselling before, it’s not unusual to feel anxious before the first meeting. You are welcome to bring a support person along with you to your counselling sessions. For many people, the most helpful thing about counselling is to have someone they can trust to talk to about things that concern them.
The first appointment is usually between 1 to 1 ½ hours. At this appointment you and your counsellor will talk confidentially and find out how you can best work together.
At this appointment you will also be asked to fill out some questionnaires, which give the counsellor an idea of how things are going with you. The information from the questionnaires is confidential.
Meetings are generally once per week or fortnightly for 50 minutes, depending on your needs.
People often ask how long they will need to come to counselling but this varies from person to person. With regard to how many counselling session you could have, your counsellor will guide you with this decision.