OrphanCare offers counselling services to these ‘clients’.
- Children from institutions who are in the process of being reintegrated into a family
- Parents and family members who are involved in a reintegration process at their home
- Young girls and women coping with an unplanned pregnancy
- Birth mothers who have decided to give a child up for adoption
- Adoptive parents dealing with integrating an adopted child into their family
- Foster carers who need parenting advice and skills
The reintegration process can last for months, even years. Counselling helps the client cope with a potentially very stressful situation. OrphanCare is committed to providing help until the client is stable enough to manage alone.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a professional relationship that empowers individuals, families and groups to attain mental health, wellness, education, and life goals. Sometimes one session is enough. The opportunity to talk about an issue may make things clearer. Sharing a concern can relieve anxiety and other uncomfortable feelings.
Goals of counselling
The main objective is to bring about a voluntary change in the client. Counsellors cannot ‘fix’ other people’s problems. They work on improving the client’s own problem solving and coping skills. A counsellor represents an opportunity for the client to vent feelings and issues to a trained professional. The client is gently guided to make decisions and take action through more informed choice.
- Establishing a healthy relationship with the client
- Helping the client tell his or her story
- Listening attentively
- Giving correct and appropriate information
- Helping the client make informed decisions
- Recognising and building-on client’s strengths
- Helping the client develop positive attitude
- Respecting client confidentiality
- Helping the client be responsible and accountable
Counselling does NOT involve:
- Making decisions on behalf of the client
- Preaching or lecturing
- Making promises you cannot keep
- Imposing your own beliefs
- Arguing with the client
Benefits of counselling
The client is able to:
- Tell his or her story and make sense of difficult or negative experiences
- Understand, accept and live with strong feelings brought about by difficult situations
- Make choices
- Recognise personal strengths
- Deal with fear and anxiety
- Develop a positive attitude towards challenges
- Solve problems more confidently
- Move on more happily with life
Our counsellors are qualified professionals registered with the Malaysian Board of Counsellors. They are bound to high professional standards and guided by a code of ethics.
All counselling is done in strict confidence. Information is released to outside parties only with the client’s consent. The exception is information that involves the client’s safety and or well-being. The counsellor is obliged to release such information to the appropriate authorities.