This article is part of our special advice column.
It is intended to help you understand the most important things you need to know about counselling and the counselling services you may need to access.
What do I need to tell the counsellor?
How do I contact the counselee?
What does counselling mean to me?
What can I expect when I contact a counseller?
How can I get advice about my own mental health?
What happens if I need counselling?
What’s the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?
What are the legal requirements for counselling?
Can I receive counselling in my community?
How long will counselling be?
Can my mental health problems be treated?
What do counselling services cost?
Can people with mental health issues get counselling?
How does counselling work?
What is counselling?
Is counselling just talking?
How often do I get counselling in a year?
What if I can’t cope?
What should I tell the counselling counsellant?
What will I do if I don’t want to be counselled?
What I need help with when I need it The person who will be my counsellors is usually a mental health professional, but there are some people who are not a mental healthcare professional.
If you don’t have a mental illness or substance abuse problem, your counsellants may need counselling to help them cope.
You may also need counselling if: You need counselling for anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder; or