Psychosocial counselling in Nepal: Perspectives of counsellors and beneficiaries

Mark J. Jordans, Annalise S. Keen, Hima Pradhan, Wietse A. Tol

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The aims of this qualitative study were (1) to add to the understanding of the growing field of psychosocial counselling in Nepal, and (2) gather concrete points for improvement of services. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with clients (n∈=∈34), para-professional counsellors (n∈=∈26) and managers (n∈=∈23) of organizations in which psychosocial counselling was taking place. The main findings were that stakeholders generally presented a positive view of the significance and supportive function of psychosocial counselling, while providing useful suggestions for improvement. Matters of ongoing training and supervision, confidentiality and integration of counselling within mainstream care provision need to be addressed and potentially adapted. Implications for other non-Western countries with little mental health resources are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-68
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Counselling services
  • Counsellor training
  • Nepal
  • Psychosocial counselling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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