Moving beyond the Stigma of Counselling

Moving beyond the Stigma of Counselling

In the daily hustle bustle of life, we work on a checklist that includes ticking the boxes of our various responsibilities, be it towards our studies, career, parents, partner, children or our professional growth. The box that however often remains unattended, is the one with our name on it. Ever wondered what stops us from giving our lives a closer look? Why do we become resistant to the idea of reaching out to someone and sharing our concerns with them?

While this hesitancy has reduced quite a bit, given the times that we are living in, the normalcy of seeking a therapist or a counsellor for addressing issues that are bothering us is yet to be achieved. Google trends reveal an increase in the search words relating to ‘anxiety’ and ‘depression’ which are indicative of the underlying mental health concerns that we as a population are going through. Our current environment has created a demand for multiple online counselling platforms to come up. These platforms offer a safe space to their clients, at the same time helping them counter the stigma of going and seeing counsellors, who are now a phone call away, quite literally!

Some of the key ethics of counselling that could motivate you to reach out to an online counselling platform are: the counsellors are trained professionals, with an understanding of the complexities of human emotions and thought processes, they are non-judgemental in their approach and hence are able to remain objective, while trying to understand your concerns, client-therapist relationship is strictly confidential, which enables them to create a safe space for you to explore your emotional world at your own pace. Therapy is a gradual, goal driven process intended towards making you self-reliant and empowering you to cope with your challenges. A therapist acts like a well-being coach, guiding and supporting you through the ups and downs of your journey.

We at PeakMind are trying to reach out and touch the lives of as many people as we can. We not only have Employee Assistance Programs with the aim to help the employee deal with their workplace stressors, work -life balance concerns, mental health related issues etc in a more effective way, but also cater to the needs of the students, parents as well as the teachers. Free online counselling is also made available as a part of the helpline service that PeakMind has initiated. Counselling services in India have taken various formats now - be it telephonic, video or via chat / messages to maintain anonymity - PeakMind caters to the needs of all. Our platform however is not restricted to online counselling alone; we understand that some cases are critical and need to be dealt with, in a time sensitive manner, and hence we also collaborate with different mental health professionals pan India to provide immediately needed support. Proper regulations regarding the ethics of the counselling process are maintained and adhered to by all the counsellors working towards a common goal of emotional empowerment.

Take a step towards your self-growth, give a closer look to your life goals, where you are and where you would like to be and allow us to be a part of your journey towards the best version of yourself. A version, which is filled with love for self, hope for the future and zest to make the most of your present.