Customer/ Visitor FAQs
Know more about mental health counseling family therapy and psychological counseling.
Counseling is given for Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship/Marriage issues, and Many others. Book an appointment and consult online!
It is done through Google Meet. All you need is a smartphone with a Camera. NO chat/audio counseling is provided. The counsellor will generate and send you the google meet link within (not before) ten minutes from the appointment time via WhatsApp Text.
Both online and in person counseling services are available. Online counseling is done through Google meet
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions given below or before booking an appointment.
A session usually lasts for 45 minutes to 1 Hour.
No Refund is possible. Please ensure your/client’s availability & willingness before paying the fee. It cannot be rescheduled. Only client’s agenda will be taken and client will be met first. If the client is not online for 20 minutes from the scheduled appointment time, the session will be canceled and no refund is possible. Also kindly check for high-speed internet connection at your place for a video call. Please keep at least 2 sources of internet connection for safety
The counseling services are offered for Adults and Adolescents / Teenagers (Children above 12 yrs) that may resolve:
This list is indicative of the concerns and not the exclusive list of concerns addressed by our counselors.
Talking cure counselling services aims at building stronger relationship among couples who wish to stay together by helping them work towards
- Effective Communication
- Constructive arguments
- Build trust
- Gaining back the lost spark
- Coping and handling life difficulties together.
When family members face many issues, generally they try to correct by talking within themselves. When there are many issues, talking may turn into arguments. When it does not work, they try to resolve by approaching the elders or common friends or well-wishers or relatives. Though talking to them may resolve some issues, there are many limitations. In the busy life, friends and family have their own problems and may not be listening very carefully and unintentionally end up giving advices that may actually prove more harmful than helpful
What is right or wrong is highly contextual and untrained people may not be able to understand that. So there is surely a possibility that they can influence you with their personal values and judgments and may take sides. Moreover they can be biased unconsciously because they have preconceived notions about you.
So when these strategies do not work well, relationship is strained further. Thus it is better to meet a counsellor who would help both of you to improve your mental health and problem solving abilities.
When it is done, you will be able to talk within yourselves without turning it to be an argument and solve the issues. So that you don’t become dependent on external sources to solve the issues.
The counselor is trained in the approach which believes that marriage/family is a private affair and believes that no one (not even a counselor) should enter into it and so the role of the counselor is to help the couple to own the relationship and make it better.
100% confidentiality is the basic principle of counseling and by having joint sessions, it is highly compromised. Because both of them are present, they may not want to talk openly about their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Most of the time they may end up telling socially desirable things in joint sessions which would not serve the purpose of having marital/family counseling.
In joint sessions, many clients have felt hurt when his/her family members talk something bad about them and so they undergo trauma while listening to it. So joint sessions may be more harmful, reduce the well being of the clients and worsen the situation which is against the aim of coming for marital counseling. The counselor would also be seen to be taking sides when he tries to empathize with one person which would further hurt the other.
The counselor follows Teleology (a school of thought in Ethics) which says “what is right and wrong” is based on the consequences and contexts. There is no absolute standard of what is right.
He will help you to have a non judgmental view about your partner and thereby increase the harmony of your relationship.
It depends on various factors. However it can be said that 3-4 sessions for each person will be required to make it harmonious completely without any relapses. Only after 3-4 sessions, you may be able to see the behavioral changes as the first few sessions would be utilized to work on emotions and/or thoughts. Behavior change would become permanent only if there are changes in the emotions and thoughts. Making changes in the emotions and thoughts may take some time and that’s why you need to be patient till 3rd or 4th session.
Initially counselor will listen to you completely without any bias and empathize. Further he will assess your personality. Assessing your personality is done because what works for one person will not work for the other person. Based on your personality, counselor will either work on your thoughts or feelings or behaviour.
There won’t be any joint sessions and counselor will not offer any advice to adjust or say which is right or wrong. Instead he will help you to examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviour in the relationship and correct it on your own. Counselor believes in empowering the clients to own the marriage/relationship and thereby resolve issues in the way that is realistic for them.
Further sessions are for follow-ups and ensure the maintenance of the new behaviour and no triggers can make you feel bad or get into deeper issues in the relationship.
No, it is fine. Even if one person comes, it is still possible to work on the relationship. Please fix 1 appointment slot and come for counseling.
In the past some clients have booked appointment and never showed up for the session. So those slots went waste. Those slots could have been given to the people who required it. When we started collecting the full fee in advance and adopted no refund and no rescheduling policy, the no shows have become almost nil. We want people to commit to the appointment time taken.
LIFESTYLE DISEASES COUNSLEING
With the rise in chronic diseases, individuals are being diagnosed with multiple conditions. there is a great need of managing the underlying causes rather than managing the symptoms. Accepting and living with the diagnosis of various lifestyle diseases like obesity/cancer/heart disease/infertility/ may be very distressing which may further ai augment the diseases.
With vast knowledge and expertise in handling and managing critical patients for more than 23 years, the counselor at Talking cure counseling services can guide you make changes in lifestyle thereby eliminating various risk factors and with insight into the roots of health issues, clients can proceed a long way with a significant impact on their health.
GERIATRIC (ELDERLY) COUNSELLING
Mental health issues along with aging may be a double disadvantage. Counselor at talking cure counseling services has in-depth knowledge and understanding of various physical and psychological issues and guides you in adapting and implementing the transition smoothly with special attention to emotional needs.
Accepting the diagnosis or fear of developing HIV/AIDS may be very difficult at times. Counseling at Talking Cure Counseling services helps you to accept the disease condition, help you overcome the guilt, fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and frustration. Counseling can be helpful to lead a more socially adaptable, healthy life.
CAREER GUIDENCE AND COUSELING
We do not provide information on courses/admission procedures/best institutions. For such guidance, please meet educational consultants. We provide guidance to choose the suitable subject career based on psychological factors. Administration of psychometric tools and preparation of report RS- 1000/- counseling session: 500/-.
Popular Questions (FAQ)
We have answers to common questions people ask
1. What is counseling?
Counseling is a specialized field branched out of the disciplines such as Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry and Guidance. A Physician takes care of our Physical Health and a Counselor takes care of Mental Health. Counseling is NOT simply advising but helping people to help themselves. This involves a Professional relationship between a counselor and a client in which the client is trained to take care of his mental health. (Refer the differences between the terms – advice, suggestion, guidance and counseling)
2. Who is a counselor?
A counselor is a professionally qualified person in psychology/Psychiatric Social Work/Guidance & Counseling or its allied disciplines. He/She is trained to understand and help people. A professional counselor uses specific scientific knowledge and skills to treat cognitive, emotional, behavioral health problems. In addition, the counselor uses several counseling techniques in empowering individuals cope with anxiety, stress and any crises in life. A counselor is useful in remedial as well as preventive treatment. He/She would also help the client in self-growth.
3. Why is counseling?
Everyone perceives oneself to be strong, and independent in meeting life’s challenging situations, however, there are certain times when seeking assistance may indeed be a practical option. In essence, help seeking behaviors when needed should be viewed as a sign of personal strength.
Listed below are examples of situations where counseling is strongly suggested.
- Facing problems in relationships with the family, friends, workplace, community and society at large
- Problems with Academic Performance
- Depression or marked anxiety
- Sleeplessness/excessive sleep
- Unable to cope with stress
- Depressed with lack of interest in life
- Having difficulties in communicating with others
- Being confused about interests, abilities, or
- Poor performance in chosen field of
- Thinking of suicide or expressing statements of helplessness or hopelessness
4. Why not just talk to a friend/well-wisher such as teachers, colleagues and relatives?
Of course, well-wishers are very important people in our lives. Though talking to them may resolve some issues, there are many limitations. In the busy life of the present, friends and family have their own problems and may not be listening very carefully and unintentionally end up giving advices that may actually prove more harmful than helpful. They may not be able to look at you objectively. They can be biased unconsciously because they have preconceived notions about you. There is a possibility that they can influence you with their personal values and judgments. When issues are complex, they may become anxious and transfer their anxiety to you, whereas a professional assesses you based on scientific knowledge and thus the bias is very minimum and objectivity is very high. A professional will be able to help even if the issue is complex because he is well trained to understand people and possess the skills and qualities to help!
5. How does counseling help an individual?
It helps in learning new/different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving to resolve conflicts/problems/losses in everyday life.
6. What are the Ethical Principles of counseling?
Counseling is always voluntary. People should not be forced to go for counseling. Counsellors have respect for Privacy and Autonomy. They will not influence the client by personal values and judgments. Counsellors maintain strict Confidentiality. They do not reveal the identities and things discussed in counseling to any other. Counsellors have developmental and cultural sensitivity and act to avoid harming their clients. The relationship between Counselor and Client will be a professional relationship alone. Counsellors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, gender, culture, disability, ethnicity, caste and religion. When Counselors feel that they are not able to help the clients and lack in competence, they will refer the clients to competent professionals.
7. Who will benefit the most?
The individuals who accept that their own efforts have not helped and seek counseling voluntarily benefit the most! Please remember that counseling is NOT advice giving. Counseling help is not a “quick- fix” solution. It is an interpersonal process between the client and a trained mental health professional. Commitment on the part of the client and their families along with counseling professional bring greater results.
8. What can happen if an individual delays in seeking professional help?
In researches, it is proven that the individual who delays seeking professional help may unconsciously magnify or intensify his/her conflicts/issues thereby sabotaging his/her life and the lives of his/her loved ones.
9. What is the difference between a Psychiatrist and a Counselor?
Both professionals often deal with similar mental health problems; however the focus of treatment tends to be different. Psychiatrists are medical doctors with M.D. in Psychiatry or DPM and are recognized to prescribe medicines, specializing in the treatment of mental disorders.
A professional counselor has the ability to define problems and identify the barriers that prevent them from thinking clearly. The counselor throws light on those barriers and works with the individual’s mental health by working on the thoughts, emotions and behaviours to develop proactive and objective solutions to problems. Psychiatrists and professional counselors may team up together in treatment process for better results for various mental disorders such as addictions, depression and anxiety that require medications.