Seeking professional help can be unnerving but it is often the first step to recovery
Sometimes, a person can be overwhelmed by life's inevitable challenges but it is possible to overcome them by establishing a support system.
The truth is, people need a safe environment where they can trust and confide in, and it can be found in the form of a certified therapist who offers sound counselling.
Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about counselling, with people associating it with "trouble" or only for the "crazy" and mentally ill.
Think about it: How many of us thought counselling was only meant to correct the naughty kids in school?
However, it's encouraging to note that more people are starting to willingly seek help from mental health professionals nowadays
Psychiatrists, psychologists and counsellors are all professional mental health providers but the key differences lie in the different types of education and training they've gone through to obtain their credentials.
With that said, here are some things that you should look out for when searching for counselling service:
1. Pay attention to their qualifications and training. You'll want to put your trust in professionals who have obtained their knowledge from legit and reputable institutions.
2. Check if they're registered with any governing body such as the Malaysian Board of Counsellors (Lembaga Kaunselor Malaysia) which issue licenses for counsellors. Take note that there is currently no official statutory regulation of the practice of psychology in Malaysia, so professional psychologists are not regulated.
3. Credible practitioners are usually affiliated to reputable professional organisations and accredited to the respective professional societies.
Speaking of which, here is a list of places that offer professional counselling services in the Klang Valley region:
Address: Department of Counsellor Education and Counselling Psychology, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor.
Contact: +603-8946 8118 | Website
2. COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGY UNIT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH FEDERAL TERRITORY OF KUALA LUMPUR AND PUTRAJAYA
Address: Jabatan Kesihatan Wilayah, Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Cenderasari, 50590 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-22687333 | Website
3. DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY COUNSELLING, HOSPITAL KUALA LUMPUR
Address: Unit Psikologi Kaunseling (UPsK), Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Unit Psikologi Kaunseling, Jalan Pahang, 50586 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2615 6254
NOTE: A doctor's referral letter is required.
Address: Bangunan LPPKN, Bahagian Pembangunan Keluarga, Unit Kaunseling, 12B, Jalan Raja Laut, 50350 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2693 7555 | [email protected]
5. PSYCHIATRY DEPARTMENT, HOSPITAL TENGKU AMPUAN RAHIMAH
Address: Klinik Pakar Psikiatri (Psychiatry Clinic), 1st Floor, Ambulatory Care Centre (ACC) HTAR, Jalan Langat 41200 Klang, Selangor.
Contact: +603-3375 7000 (ex 6273)
6. UNIVERSITY MALAYA MEDICAL CENTRE (UMMC/PPUM)
Address: University Malaya Medical Centre, Lembah Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-7949 2988 | +603-7949 3991 | +603-7949 3598
7. UKM HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY CLINIC
Address: Clinic of Health Psychology, School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Jalan Raja Muda Abdul Aziz, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2687 8198 | Website | Facebook
8. UKM HOSPITAL PSYCHIATRIC DEPARTMENT
Address: Hospital UKM, Jalan Tenteram, Bandar Tun Razak Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-9173 3333
Address: 17-3, Jalan Puteri 1/6, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Contact: +603-8061 8061 | [email protected] | Website
2. FAMILYFIRST CONSULTANCY
Address: TTDI ADINA, Block 1, No 11, Jalan Judo 13/45, Section 13, 40675, Shah Alam Selangor.
Contact: +6017-937 5804 | +6019-252 5488 | Website
Address: 41-3, Jalan 1/137B, Resource Industrial Centre, Off Old Klang Road, 58200 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +6017-331 1216 | [email protected] | Website | Facebook
Address: 10-8, Binjai 8 Premium Soho, No. 2, Lorong Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur. OR A-13-29, PJ Centrestage, Jalan 13/1, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +6019-380 0902 | [email protected]| Website | Facebook
5. OASIS PLACE
Address: Level 16, Menara Sentral Vista, No. 150, Jalan Sultan Abdul Samad, Brickfields, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: + 603-2276 9111 | [email protected] | Website | Facebook
6. TURNING POINT INTEGRATED WELLNESS SDN BHD
Address: 10-2 and 10-3, Jalan Puteri 2/4, Bandar Puteri,, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.
Contact: +603-8063 8981 | +603-8051 4518 | Website
Address: 42-2 Jalan 25/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas 50480, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-6201 7488 | +6019-369 8519 | Website
Address: 56, Jalan PJS 1/46, Taman Petaling Utama, Petaling Jaya 46150 Selangor.
Contact: +603-7785 5955 | Facebook
2. CALVARY LIFE MINISTRIES
Address: 4, Jalan Damansara Endah, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2095 6360 | +603-2095 6361 | [email protected] | Website | Facebook
3. GRACE COMMUNITY SERVICES
Address: No. 7, Jalan Dendang 1, Kawasan 16, Berkeley Town Centre, Klang 41300, Selangor.
Contact: +603-33414044 | +603-33414055 | [email protected] | Facebook
4. HELP UNIVERSITY - CENTRE FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL AND COUNSELLING SERVICES (CPCS)
Address: Level 10, Wisma HELP, Jalan Dungun, Medan Damansara, 50490, Kuala Lumpur. OR HELP University, Block B, Level 6, Persiaran Cakerawala, Subang Bestari, Seksyen U4, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.
Contact: +603-2096 1212 (Damansara) | +603-7849 3200 (Subang) | Website | Facebook
5. KEYS CAREFORCE BERHAD
Address: Unit W701, Metropolitan Square, Jalan PJU 8/1, Bandar Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7732 7311 | +6012-913 4096 | [email protected]
6. LIFE LINE ASSOCIATION MALAYSIA
Address: No. 1-3, 3rd Floor, Jalan Jelatek 1, Pusat Perniagaan Jelatek, Setiawangsa, 54200 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-4265 7995 | Website | Facebook
7. MITRA LINE - THAN HSIANG WELFARE
Address: 196, Batu 3 1/4, Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-7981 5301 | +603-7981 5300 | [email protected] | Facebook
Address: Blok B&C, Lot 5, Seksyen 10, Jalan Bukit, 43000 Kajang, Selangor.
Contact: +603-87392770 (Ext 6239/6211/6212) | [email protected] | Website
9. YOUNG BUDDHIST ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (YBAM)
Address: No. 9, Jalan SS25/24, Taman Mayang, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7805 3030 | [email protected] | Website | Facebook
Address: 85, Jalan 21/1, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7877 0224 | Website
Address: 95 Jalan Templer, 46000, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Contact: +603-7956 8144 | +603-7956 8145 | [email protected]
3. DBKL TELECOUNSELLING
Address: Tingkat 1, Menara DBKL, Jalan Raja Laut 50350 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 1800-88-2600 | 03-26179905
4. TALIAN NUR
Contact: 15999 | [email protected]
5. WOMEN'S AID ORGANISATION (WAO)
Contact: +03-7956 3488 | [email protected] | Website
At the end of the day, what matters is that you're in a collaborative working relationship with your therapist and it should be with someone you can trust
It's important to remember that counselling does not seek to offer a quick and easy solution to the challenging situation that you're in.
Always keep an open mind as your counsellor facilitates the process of problem-solving through professional guidance to discover solutions applicable to your unique situation.