Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers, enables and promotes mental health, wellness, education and career goals (ACC). Counseling psychology is a speciality within the ﬁeld of psychology that focus on facilitating person and interpersonal functioning paying particular attention to emotional, social, vocational, educational, health related, developmental and organizational concerns. Counseling is a therapeutic endeavour in which both the clients and counsellors are expected to actively participate.
We consider it a privilege and an honor that clients choose to open up their world to us and trust us with it. We understand that it is no easy thing to sometimes share what possibly could be the most painful, baffling experiences of life with a complete stranger, albeit a professional. However, as they say, a problem shared is a problem halved. When perspectives are shared and sought in an empathetic, non-judgmental, and an objective environment, the better it will be to transition to other phases of life with an uplifting, positive outlook.
We are also trained in different therapies to assist effective growth. We also believe that one specific style of therapy or action plans may not fit all. Therefore, we invite our clients to share openly about their experiences in counselling, be it stagnation, lack of interest in therapy or even huge strides of progress. We would likewise value your patience and understanding in the whole journey towards healing and would ask you to trust us with the suggested time frame and methods. Counseling is as effective as the client’s willingness to be open, honest and engage in therapy.
Confidentiality is one of the most important rights of a client. Counselors adhere to a high standard protocol of protecting your identifying details and contents in counselling. Basically, what is said in the room, stays in the room unless a written and signed consent is obtained from you.
However, there are exceptions to breach confidentiality under the below stated circumstances:
You are a danger to yourself and threaten to harm yourself (suicidal). In the interest of physical safety and the wellbeing of the client, a family member/guardian and/or a close friend will be notified to keep the client safe.
You threaten to harm someone else (assault, kill)
A member of your family informs the treating therapist that you seriously intend to harm another.
In case of abuse (child abuse, child sexual assault, and elder abuse)
You are a minor (under 18 years old) and are the victim of a crime.
In case of homicide or homicidal thoughts, the family members/guardian as well as the police will be informed in accordance with the Law of India. Counsellors, psychologists and mental health professionals are required to take actions to protect the client’s safety and is mandatory to break confidentiality under the above mentioned circumstances.
Our counsellors are professionally trained, who are experienced in different therapies and handling difficult life challenges life stories of individuals.
Usually an individual counselling session goes for 45 mins – 60 mins. Premarital and Marriage counselling may go upto 90 mins.
Counselling is a professional relationship with a client, psychological counsellors do not advice or give suggestions to your problems. Counsellors will facilitate the session and help you find the solutions to your problems using different therapy and techniques. There are times when you may find block where you are not able to think and find solutions, perhaps counsellor may suggest you something and give you an option to accept the plan that is given by the counsellor or leave it.
In Case of minor, counselee’s are offered suggestions and advice more often.
The whole process of counselling is to enable the person stand on their own at a later stage. As part of the healing process, counselee’s are allowed to make decisions for themselves.