Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do I need a counsellor? I don’t have mental problems.
Counselling is a way of problem-solving with the help of a trained professional. It is for everyone and anyone who would like some clarity, and move ahead with their own vision and life plan. Many of the people who opt for counselling do not have any clinical mental health issues, and have found it a successful and immensely effective way to shed emotional baggage and achieve their true potential. Individuals who have been diagnosed with mental health issues are advised to consult a therapeutic counsellor .
2. What does confidentiality in counselling mean?
Whatever is said to your counselling, during a session, remains strictly between you and your counsellor. Your counsellor can only share what you discuss with explicit permission from you. The only time a counsellor can break confidentiality is when they are required to by law or any governing body or there are safety issues .
3. Do women have to see female counsellors and men have to see male counsellors?
There is no compulsion to see a counsellor of the same gender as you. As long as you have trust and confidence in your counsellor, they can be of any gender.
4. Will a counsellor make me take medication?
Only a medical doctor can prescribe any kind of medication. If your counsellor does not have medical qualifications and you are being prescribed medication, please get in touch with local authorities immediately.
5. What is the difference between a therapist and a counsellor?
Many counsellors use the word therapy and counselling interchangeably, particularly in India
6. Can I tell my family or spouse about what we discuss in counselling?
You are at liberty to discuss anything with your family that you wish too. However, if the issue you wish to discuss is very raw, it is recommended that you process it completely with your counsellor before you bring it forward for discussion with others. This is so that you are protected, and have the chance to work through anything that has hurt you in the past. It is more beneficial that you refrain from sharing information, as the information, if shared out of context it can be misinterpreted.
7. How long will I have go for counselling?
This is normally discussed and decided by you and your counsellor. Going for counselling is a choice, and there is no pressure on you to do something you do not want to, or are not comfortable with.
8. What are the certifications my counsellor should have?
There are many institutes qualifying counsellors these days. In India the guidelines and reqirements are yet to be fully clarified.