What is queer affirmative counselling practice (QAC)?

Queer Affirmative Counselling involves giving importance to acceptance and authenticity in terms of a client’s sexual orientation and gender. Psychologists who practice this help their seekers be comfortable with their identities, and help them deal with issues exclusive to the queer community.  

What are the ethics of counselling?

Counselling has certain ethics which a good psychologist must follow, have a good meaningful and correct approach to therapy.  Beneficence: A psychologist must accept responsibility for promoting what is good for the client with the expectation that the seeker will benefit from the counselling sessions. Nonmaleficence: “do no harm”. The psychologist must avoid at all […]

What are the rights of a seeker?

A seeker has certain rights which have been made to safeguard their well-being, while in therapy.  Respect: You have a right to be shown respect, dignity and consideration. Communication: You have a right to be informed about services, treatment, options and costs in a clear, timely and open way in words you can understand. Participation: […]

How many sessions does it take to see a change?

A single therapy session lasts anywhere between 45-60 minutes, depending on the therapist. Therapy as a whole process lasts for the whole period in general and can last anywhere from depending on the seeker’s need as well as the intensity of their concerns.

What are non-supportive words you should avoid saying to someone in difficult times?

Avoid speaking on the person’s behalf. If there is a pause or delay before they communicate, wait for them to respond. Avoid talking about complex emotional topics in their presence, especially in times of crisis. Avoid detailed conversation – they may find it confusing.   Avoid assuming what they are thinking about, their wants or needs, […]

What is the role of language/ words in mental health? 

The words we use can affect not only us but others around us. ‘Choose your words wisely’ is a great way to start being inclusive in mental health. Language becomes an impredicative way of letting the other person know how you feel about a situation, and to offer support in a verbal sense can be […]

Why is there stigma related to mental health in our society? 

For the longest period, there was not enough importance or recognition given to mental health due to insufficient knowledge, wrong facts and stereotypes about this. People thought you were ‘pagal’ i.e had gone mad, only because there were treatments still developing to be able to help individuals with mental illness. This idea, unfortunately, stuck around […]

Does a Counsellor/ Psychologist give advice?

No. This is because Counselling/ Psychotherapy aims at helping clients be self-sufficient and contribute to their growth for the long run of their lives, and not a temporary relief.

How do I know I need counselling?

You can choose to go for counselling if you wish to improve on certain areas of your life, without any problem, you can also opt for counselling. On the other hand, if you have been having difficulty in dealing with certain events and emotions and feel that it is interfering with your normal productivity, sense […]