FAQs

  • picture_in_pictureHow do I know if I need counselling?

    You may wish to embark on a series of counselling sessions for a number of reasons: to gain clarity on an issue, change old patterns, untangle complex personal issues or for self-development. You may seek counselling as a result of a crisis, or you may be encouraged to seek counselling by family members, friends or colleagues.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat happens in a counselling session?

    There is no typical counselling session. It is time set aside for you, and what you talk about will vary according to your needs. You are free to discuss what you wish, from everyday events, dilemmas, feelings, thoughts, regrets, aspirations, memories and dreams. Your counsellor will provide a safe environment in which to explore your issues and work towards your self-improvement. If you prefer to approach your issues in a more practical way, then cognitive behavioural therapy may be a good choice.

  • picture_in_pictureWill my counselling sessions be confidential?

    Counselling sessions are confidential with the exception that if you pose a danger to yourself or others, then the relevant parties will be notified.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat sort of topics or experiences are suitable for a counselling session?

    Any subjects or experiences, from an everyday concern to a unique circumstance or situation (like a separation) are suitable for a counselling session. Counselling addresses concerns across many lifestyle and life stage events and circumstances.
    Common reasons why people seek out counselling include:

    • Relationship difficulties, e.g. frequent fights, extramarital affairs, sexual worries, loss of intimacy.
    • Illness, grief and loss.
    • Life transition and adjustment issues.
    • Personal growth and understanding.
    • Addictive behaviours.
    • Sexuality and sexual identity.
    • Anxiety, stress or depression.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat is Mental Health?

    The World Health Organization defines mental health as "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". Mental wellness is generally viewed as a positive attribute, such that a person can reach enhanced levels of mental health, even if the person does not have any diagnosed mental health condit ion . This definition of mental health highlights emotional well-being, the capacity to live a full and creative life, and the flexibility to deal with life's inevitable challenges.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat is childhood mental health?

    Childhood Mental health refers to the capacity of children to experience emotions, develop relationships with others around them. This can also be referred to as Social emotional development in children.

  • picture_in_pictureWhy is mental health important for children?

    Mental health is an essential part of children's overall health. It has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel and act. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with problems and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. A positive mental health ensures that the child can effectively express emotions, make friends and explore the world around them.

  • picture_in_pictureDo children also suffer from mental health problems?

    Yes, Children also suffer from mental health problems. Mental health problems affect about one in ten children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder etc and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat kind of mental health problems do children suffer from?

    Mental health concerns can include both emotional problems and behavioural problems. Emotional problems may include concerns about mood (usually sadness) or concerns about anxiety. Behavioural problems can include concerns with anger and violence, as well as difficulties paying attention. Common problems during childhood include stress related to school, exams, anxieties related to going to school, changes in routine, location, performance in school and peer group, feeling sad about an event, hyperactivity, temper tantrums etc. However, when anxieties, stress, mood changes, conduct related issues continue for a prolonged period and are affecting the child's performance and well being then it may be a Psychological disorder.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat are Childhood Psychological Disorders?

    Some of the common Psychological disorders affecting children are as follows:

    • Mental Retardation
    • Learning Disorders
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
    • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behaviour Disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Mood Disorders
    • Substance use/abuse
    • Schizophrenia
    • Eating Disorders

  • picture_in_pictureWhat role do parents/family play in the treatment?

    Parents and family play a very important role in the treatment of the child in the following ways:

    • • Monitoring the progress
    • • Family as a support system
    • • Role in preventing further degradation in the condition of the child
    • • By learning techniques of parenting which are child specific and centric
    • • By reinforcing the treatment at home

  • picture_in_pictureCan mental illness be prevented in children?

    Most mental illnesses are caused by a combination of factors and hence cannot really be prevented completely. One of the ways is to provide a secure and loving environment and look out for possible signs of mental distress among your children. However, if symptoms are recognized and treatment is started early, many of the distressing and disabling effects of a mental illness may be prevented or at least minimized. When treated appropriately and early, many children can fully recover from their mental illness or successfully control their symptoms. While some children become disabled adults because of a chronic or severe disorder, many people who have a mental illness are able to live full and productive lives. It is very important to seek treatment for your child if they are displaying any symptoms of mental illness. Without treatment, many mental disorders can continue into adulthood and lead to problems in all areas of the person's adult life. People with untreated mental disorders are at high risk for many problems, including alcohol or drug abuse, and violent or self destructive behaviour, even suicide.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat can I do as a parent?

    Since one of the mitigating factors in Psychological problems is childhood trauma, negative experiences at a very young age etc, as a parent you need to be nurturing , supportive, positively reinforce your child's behavi ours , be open to listening to them, do not make jud gments, do not compare your child with other children. Mainta inin g harmony between both parents, preventing childhood traumatic experiences are some of the ways to protect the child from psychological problems.

  • picture_in_pictureWhat can I do as a parent?

    Since one of the mitigating factors in Psychological problems is childhood trauma, negative experiences at a very young age etc, as a parent you need to be nurturing , supportive, positively reinforce your child's behavi ours , be open to listening to them, do not make jud gments, do not compare your child with other children. Mainta inin g harmony between both parents, preventing childhood traumatic experiences are some of the ways to protect the child from psychological problems.