Q&A about Counselling

Counselling is a therapeutic process where a trained professional helps individual, couples, families, or groups explore and resolve personal, emotional, or psychological difficulties.

Is counselling confidential?

Yes, counselling is confidential and non-judgemental. Counsellors are bound by professional ethics and legal obligations to maintain client confidentiality, except in situations where there is a risk of harm to self or others.

What are the goals of counselling?

The goals of counselling vary, but commonly include improving mental well-being, enhancing self-awareness, developing coping strategies, improving relationships, and promoting personal growth.

Who can benefit from counselling?

Counselling can benefit anyone facing personal challenges, emotional difficulties, or seeking personal growth. It helps individuals with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, trauma, stress, or any other mental health concern.

What are the different types of counselling?

There are various types of counselling, including individual, couples, family, group, career, and specialised counselling for specific issues like addiction or eating disorders.

How long does counselling typically last?

The duration of counselling varies based on individual needs and concerns. It can range from a few sessions to several months or longer, depending on progress and goals.

What happens in a counselling session?

In a counselling session, the client discusses their concerns, emotions, and experiences with the counsellor in a safe and confidential environment. The counsellor actively listens, provides support, offers insights, and suggests strategies for overcoming challenges. The counsellor will draw upon their skill and training and to help you move through the issues you can make decisions on the best course of action for yourself. 

What qualities should I look for in a counsellor?

Look for qualities such as caring, empathy, trustworthiness, non-judgmental attitude, excellent communication skills, experience in dealing with your specific concerns, and appropriate qualifications or credentials.

Is counselling covered by insurance?

Many insurance plans cover counselling services, but it depends on your specific policy. Contact your insurance provider to inquire about mental health coverage, including counselling or therapy services.

Can counselling replace medication for mental health issues?

Counselling and medication are often used together. Counselling focuses on talk therapy and exploring emotions, thoughts, and behaviours, while medication may address chemical imbalances or manage certain symptoms. The necessity of medication is determined case-by-case.

How do I know if counselling is working for me?

The effectiveness of counselling varies. Signs that counselling is working may include increased self-awareness, improved coping skills, better relationships, reduced distress symptoms, and a sense of progress towards your goals. Regular communication and feedback with your counsellor can help assess progress.

What is the difference between a counsellor and a psychologist?

Counsellors may hold Diplomas or degrees or master’s and provide counselling services to support emotional well-being. Psychologists have doctoral degrees, can diagnose mental disorders, conduct assessments, and provide therapy using various techniques. Psychologists often work in clinical settings, while counsellors work in diverse environments. Licensing and areas of specialization can also differ.