MHA Sarawak has launched a free mental health counselling service in Kuching
Mental health counselling is a form of talk therapy with a qualified mental health professional.
Counselling aims to provide insight and understanding of your problems, and offer you tools to make positive changes. Understanding you as a person may include some of your personal history, what symptoms you are experiencing, and what you hope to achieve from seeing a counsellor. You will be guided through your counselling process, and will receive support and guidance about your options. You will be listened to with dignity and respect, and you will be free to share in confidence your thoughts and feelings. Our aim is to help improve your wellbeing, and reduce the impact of difficulties that you are facing.
Is this your first time considering see a counsellor?
It is quite normal to feel nervous or worried about seeing a counsellor for the first time, and therefore we find it helps to give our client as much information as possible.
We are happy that you are taking the first step by reaching out to us, and we will do all that we can to help make your experience with our service as safe and supportive as possible.
Our mental health professionals provide a safe and non-judgmental counselling service in a space that is there for you to talk about your feelings, your needs, and the challenges you are facing.
Is counselling for you?
Counselling is suitable for supporting people with a variety of needs. Our service is suitable for both people who have been diagnosed as having a mental health condition (i.e. depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, etc.), as well as for people who are just feeling that they are struggling with their emotions, mood, or behaviour, and want to talk with someone. We frequently see client who have experienced grief or loss, who are having relationship difficulties, or who are experiencing stress, addiction, anger, of suicidal thoughts.
Counselling isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution – so everyone’s counselling journey looks a little bit different. By talking through your experiences or difficulties, you and counsellor can identify issues, and explore ways in which you can work together to make positive improvements with your mental health. Our counsellors are trained in a variety of therapeutic methods, and they will discuss with you what kind of help you would like us to provide.
We also work very closely with other organisations in Kuching, and can help refer you to other professionals after your counselling at MHAS.
Why is the service free?
MHA Sarawak is a registered society, with the aim of providing mental health support and information to the general public for the betterment of society. We know that many people struggling with mental health issues may not be able to afford counselling, and therefore we offer 3 – 5 sessions for free. However, we do ask that if you are able that you make a monetary donation to support the operation of the service, of an amount that you can afford. This helps us to continually improve the service, and support our hard working mental health professionals.
Booking a counselling session
When you book a counselling session with us our staff will help you answer any queries you may have about accessing the service. We kindly ask that if for any reason you are not able to attend a session that you give us notice, so that other people in need can access our services. For more information about what you can expect from us, and what we expect from of clients, please read the document below.
Bahasa Malaysia: https://mhasarawak.com/counselling-service-bm.pdf
Once you have booked your session, you can connect with our Mental Health Practitioners on Skype. Click the links below for instructions to start your counselling sessions on Skype.
Bahasa Malaysia: https://mhasarawak.com/skype-setup-bm/