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MCJ Counselling Centre

MCJ Counselling Centre

MCJ Counselling Centre promotes the mental health of all students, improves the quality of life and creates a learning environment that facilitates their individual development. Everyone perceives oneself to be strong, and independent in meeting life’s challenging situations, however, there are certain times when seeking assistance may indeed be a practical option.  In essence, help seeking behaviors when needed should be viewed as a sign of personal strength. We can help you to deal with your concerns and whatever affects your wellbeing. The counselling centre offers individual counselling. The centre is open on all working Wednesdays from 12.30 PM to 5.30 PM.

To fix an appointment: Please call Mr. Karthik Lakshmanan, Co-ordinator, MCJ Counselling Centre / Assistant Professor, Post Graduate Department of Counselling Psychology, MSSW - Mobile: 9362994035 during  office hours or write to karthik@mssw.in

You can walk-in if there is no client in the centre.

Areas of Counselling

  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Career Guidance
  • Academics
  • Smoking/Tobacco Cessation
  • Alcohol/Drugs De-addiction


1. What is counseling?

  • Counseling is a specialized field branched out of the disciplines such as Psychology, Social Work, Psychiatry and Guidance.
  • A Physician takes care of our physical health and a counselor takes care of Mental Health.
  • Counseling is NOT simply advising but helping people to help themselves.
  • This involves a Professional relationship between a counselor and a client in which the client is trained to take care of his mental health.

2. Who is a counselor?                        

  • A counselor is a professionally qualified person in psychology/Psychiatric Social Work/Guidance & Counseling. 
  • He/She is trained to understand and help people. A professional counselor uses specific scientific knowledge and skills to treat mental, emotional, behavioral health problems.
  • In addition, the counselor uses several counseling techniques in empowering individuals cope with anxiety, stress and any crises in life.
  • A counselor is useful in remedial as well as preventive treatment.

3. When is counselling needed?

Listed below are examples of situations where counseling is strongly suggested.

  • Facing problems in relationships with the family, friends, workplace, community and society at large
  • Problems with Academic Performance
  • Depression or marked anxiety
  • Sleeplessness/excessive sleep
  • Unable to cope with stress
  • Depressed with lack of interest in life
  • Having difficulties in communicating with others
  • Being confused about interests, abilities, or values.
  • Poor performance in chosen field of study.
  • Thinking of suicide or expressing statements of helplessness or hopelessness

4. How does counseling help an individual?

It helps in learning new/different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving to resolve conflicts/problems/losses in everyday life.

5. What are the Ethical Principles of counseling?

  • Counseling is always voluntary. People should not be forced to go for counseling.
  • Counsellors have respect for Privacy and Autonomy. They will not influence the client by personal values and judgments.
  • Counsellors maintain strict Confidentiality. They do not reveal the identities and things discussed in counseling to any other.
  • Counsellors have developmental and cultural sensitivity and act to avoid harming their clients.
  • The relationship between Counselor and Client will be a professional relationship alone.
  • Counsellors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, gender, culture, disability, ethnicity, caste and religion.
  • When Counselors feel that they are not able to help the clients and lack in competence, they will refer the clients to competent professionals.



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