Counselling Corner Newsletter (English) – January 2021

Counselling Corner aims to improve mental health well-being in Myanmar and in this regular newsletter we want to inform you how to take care of the well-being of the people in your organization.

Just as in the rest of the world, it’s important to have physically and mentally fit people at your workplace. An “Employer Assistance Program ” (EAP) ensures that staff have somebody to talk to confidentially and discuss problems that might arise in personal or work related situations. Mental health is important for EVERYONE, not just for the people who act strange or no longer able to function in this society. Especially in a situation where people work from home it’s important as a company to give staff enough personal attention and make sure they are OK.

In this month’s newsletter we discuss various topics that can benefit your staff member personally as well as for the organization.

Facebook Live! – Motivation 

Every Tuesday at 7 pm we organize a free Facebook Live webinar with a different topic each week ranging from suffering from cyber-bullying, how to be healthy during Covid-19, experiences from people in quarantine centers to domestic violence and suicidal thoughts. Recently our psychotherapist Aung Min Thein had an open talk with our counsellors from Counselling Corner. Ma Su, Dr. Sai Pye Myo Kyaw and Ma Cherish Pui talked with U Aung Min Thein about “Motivation”. Especially in this Covid period (whether working from home or at the office), we see that staff in organizations need a bit more support and motivation. During the talk the team explained the importance of motivation at the job, how to create a healthy work environment and what to do as an employee.  Click here to listen to the full Facebook Live Talk from Tuesday 12 Jan 2021. Nobody is perfect and everybody has his / her flaws and so do we. We had some connection challenges on Tuesday so bear with us for the quality of the sound.


Group Emotional Well-being Workshop

Limited seats so book now

Counselling Corner developed a 2 hours’ workshop that is focused on letting people talk and express their feelings in groups of 20 people. This workshop takes about 2 hours and it is not about the therapist telling or advising them what to do or what they should do for their life. It is about listening and reflecting to clients to make them realize and find out a suitable solution. The feedback we get is fantastic and participants are very happy with the discussions and mention “I now realized I am not the only one going through this” and “This was definitely a strong relief for all of them and is great that they had this kind of outlet.” We do see that people are very resilient and just a 2 hours’ workshop makes a difference. The next workshop is on Friday 12 February 2021 and is open for individual participants. The cost is 15.000 Kyats per person – call us now for more information: 09-664017251.

For HR departments: we also organize workshops exclusively for your staff; join the workshop to experience by yourself how helpful it is for staff well-being (and with it often comes a better performance).

Please register for the the emotional well-being workshop here



Tips to make happier yourself in 2021 

It is more than 10 months that we have to stay at home and we have difficulties attending any stress- releasing activities like walking, cycling, meeting with friends, travelling etc.

Acceptance of the situation and having realistic expectations on what’s possible to do and what not, are important factors to avoid stressing ourselves out.  We can plan our future goals and look at ways to prepare for a healthy and happy 2021. Read here the blog from our colleague Cyndy with 5 tips on a happier 2021 that can be done from home.


Next Basic Counselling Training starts on Monday 15 February 2021
Counselling Corner provides about almost monthly Basic Counselling Training which takes in total 20 hours divided over 10 days plus additional about 20 hours of home-work. The training is given from Monday – Friday from 5-7 pm through Zoom. It is for Myanmar people who want to improve their personal development and their skills and it includes not only theoretical training but also practical training. In the past we have trained over 300 people, many of them working in HR, training, humanitarian aid, religious field as well as many people in the medical field including nurses, doctors and volunteers working for example at telephone helpline, covid-19 quarantine centers and refugee camps. Counselling Corner’s aim is improving the mental well-being in Myanmar and we can’t do that on our own; therefore we train people in basic counselling skills to apply in their job throughout the country. If participants are successful in completing the training and proving their learned new skills they get a certificate and can decide to join the Advance counselling skills training.

The basic counselling training teaches the basics of listening, reflecting, what is counselling etc. Please see here the course content:

➢ What is counselling?

➢ The role of a counsellor

➢ A good counsellor

➢ Basic counselling model

➢ Natural helping style

➢ The counselling room

➢ Non-verbal Communication

➢ Empathy

➢ Acceptance

➢ Listening

➢ Questioning

➢ Reflection

➢ Starting/ Ending the session

➢ Principles for counselling

The training is very practical and everybody needs to participate, open up and this can sometimes be a bit emotional for some participants. We do recommend it for anybody interested in counselling and we have seen many people that followed the advance course are currently working in this field or using their new skills in their existing job.

Please register for the basic counselling training here


In the news – real life heroes and fighting the unseen enemy in Myanmar

Counselling Corner is honoured to be featured in last week’s Myanmore magazine with an article on who we are and what we do. Read the article here:


Please do share / like and contact us if you have any questions or suggestions on the above or want to know more about our services. We want to make it easier for people to talk about mental well-being and we need help for all organisations in Myanmar to discuss mental well-being openly with your team and work on improving it.

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