Counseling Philippines: What is it about?

Contrary to popular belief, counselling is not only for people with mental health problems. Anyone struggling with a personal problem can see a counsellor in the Philippines. It involves talking to a health professional about issues you’re facing, to help solve them. Counsellors may have different focuses and different approaches. For example, counsellors can focus on areas such as:

  • Job stress
  • Addiction
  • Stress
  • Behavioural disorder
  • Marriage difficulties
  • Family problems

While talking to someone may be scary at first, it can help you have a better quality of life.

Why would I see a counsellor?

If you’re having a difficulty that has lingered for a while, talking with a counsellor about what you’re facing often helps you see solutions. Counsellors are there to help you through problems whether you’re stressed, having problems at home, or being bullied. Essentially, you talk to a counsellor about everyday difficulties.

Some examples of reasons you would see a counsellor:

  • Coping with grief or bereavement
  • Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Managing stress or anxiety
  • Becoming a better communicator
  • Overcoming shyness
  • Dealing with a phobia
  • Marriage difficulties or separation
  • Difficulties within your family
  • Dealing with being a teenager

However, if you are experiencing a mental health problem or something serious, it is recommended to see a psychologist or psychiatrist, depending on your problem.

What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling generally is used to help a person address a specific problem, and is usually short-term. Psychotherapy is a treatment for complex issues and tends to be longer-term. Psychotherapy is also more suitable for people with mental illnesses. Psychologists (and at times psychiatrists) have undergone more professional education.

What are the goals of counselling?

As in the rest of the world, counselling in the Philippines offers goals that vary from case to case to suit your individual situation. Here are two example objectives you and your counsellor may set when evaluating your treatment.

Improving coping skills

Sometimes the coping mechanisms people use are ineffective or even harmful. Or, perhaps, a person is unable to face a problem at all because they are too anxious. Often negative or non-existent coping patterns are very easy to repeat and keep you in a rut. Such a person may suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety, stress or depression, as well as stuttering, frequent stomach upsets, or an inability to sleep. Such examples illustrate where improving coping skills can be an important goal of counselling to improve a person’s life and wellbeing.

Improving relationships and communication skills

Many people have difficulty making friends and keeping them, or struggle with loneliness and an inability to connect with others. Typical relationship problems come up within families, marriages, friend groups, schools or workplaces. In this case, a counsellor would strive to aid the person to develop a more effective relationship and communication skills.

What next?

Counselling in the Philippines is becoming increasingly available. Mental health counselling improves lives across the world. Seeking counselling shows courage, as doing so is an important step in taking charge of your life and making it happier.

If you are interested in seeking counselling, feel free to call Prescription Psychiatrists and Psychologists, or another counselling provider to arrange a counselling session.