Counselling Corner Newsletter (English) – May 2021

We hope you manage to stay mentally safe & strong during these turbulent times and want to remind you that we’re here to help. Counselling Corner offers paid as well as free services with the aim to improve the mental well-being of Myanmar people around the country. In this newsletter we explain more on how we can help.

When a client tells us “I feel this is a new beginning” or “I can now see light at the end of the tunnel” we know that he / she is heading in the right direction.  During the first and second Covid wave we saw many clients who were depressed and worried about the disease. Currently we see clients coming to us who feel helpless and hopeless and are suffering from survivor’s guilt; it’s feeling guilty because you survived a certain situation while a friend or family member didn’t. It is a common reaction to traumatic events and symptoms could be obsessive thoughts about the event, angry, fear and feeling confused, lack of motivation to do anything, problems sleeping, isolating yourself from friends.

There are many self-help tips to help you cope with survivors’ guilt; meditating and doing good deeds for others are a few of them. Have a look at this article in English to know more about survivor’s guilt or listen to our therapist Ma Cherry Pui free Counselling Corner webinar in Myanmar language.

NEW: short video in Myanmar language; the basics explained: YOUTUBE URL Here

Three of our therapists came together and made a short video at our office to explain the basics about counselling and psychotherapy as we all realize it’s not always easy talk about this. Some of the topics that pass the review are:

  • The benefits of counselling

  • Why do people need it

  • The purpose of individual counselling and what to get out of it

  • How does an emotional workshop in a group work

The video is perfect to show to staff at your organisation to explain them principles of mental well-being and why it’s important. Have a look here and let us know what you think of it.

If your company is offering staff to take individual counselling sessions with a psychotherapist it’s good to show them this video to explain what it’s all about.

Become a counsellor and support people in your community

Improving the mental health situation in Myanmar is not something we can do alone and that’s why we have trained over 500 people in basic counselling skills to use in their community. The next basic counselling training starts from Friday 14 May 2021 till Friday 28 May (weekday from 5 – 7 pm, costs 150.000 Kyats per person and it’s held online). We also organise private training in basic and advanced counselling skills for small private groups and can adapt the training to specific organisation requirements if preferred.

How to support your staff?

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions for everybody as people in organisations have to adapt the work and often also their personal home situation. It’s always good to talk with people and let them express their emotions to give a bit of relief and clear the mind. We can help to facilitate this kind of meeting with our trained counsellors to do an emotional workshop in small groups of 20 persons.

Counselling Corner can also provide individual, confidential counselling for your staff in person at our centre on Bogalay Zay Street or through Zoom. During a first intake interview we decide together what path to follow in the coming weeks through private conversations between the staff member and our counsellor.

Payments for staff’s counselling sessions can be done through the company once a month – due to the confidentiality of the conversations we will not disclose anything discussed during the sessions.

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.

Get in touch with us
Kaung Htet Shine
Sales & Marketing
Phone:09785074173, 09 784 509 916

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