Frequently Asked Questions
What is counselling?
Counselling or psychotherapy is a process where you can discuss your concerns or issues in a strictly confidential way with a professional who’s trained to help. Many people find it very valuable to talk about their situation to a counsellor who listens to them and respects them. But a counsellor can also offer insights and expertise based on their years of experience which can make a real difference to you when you’re struggling to find answers yourself.
Why do people see a counsellor?
Counselling often focuses on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, stress and trauma; or on relationship and family issues; but it can also be beneficial if you’re just going through a difficult time and need some extra support. Counselling can help you control or change unwanted thoughts and behaviours, including addictive behaviours. Many people also find that counselling helps them understand and accept themselves better.
What happens when I see a counsellor?
Seeing a counsellor for the first time can be a nervous experience, because it usually involves talking about more personal things that you wouldn’t normally discuss with someone you don’t know well. But counsellors are not there to judge you or criticise you, and you get to decide how much you tell your counsellor.
The counsellor will start off by listening to you and develop an understanding of your situation. They will ask some questions to clarify and improve their understanding. Then together, you and the counsellor can discuss options to help you resolve or cope with the situation you’re in. Counsellors do not tell you how to live your life, but they can offer ideas and strategies to help improve your current situation.
How many sessions will it take?
In most cases, counselling takes place over a number of sessions, giving you a chance to learn and implement different strategies from session to session. How many sessions you choose to attend is ultimately up to you. Some people like to attend regular counselling over months or even years, whereas others prefer to focus on one particular issue which may only require a few sessions to resolve. Generally, counselling sessions are about an hour long, but can be longer for couple or family sessions.
What if I want more information?
If you’re not sure whether counselling is the right thing for you now, please contact us for more information to help you decide. We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. You can also find more detailed information about counselling here: https://www.expatden.com/thailand/mental-health-thailand/
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