EVERYONE needs some degree of counselling especially when people live in a fast and challenging environment, full of all sorts of information, says Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal.
In opening the Fiji Schools Counsellors Training Workshop on Monday, Dr Lal said because of the challenging environment, family values were degrading.
Dr Lal said everyone had their own rights and attitude, and there were broken family relations, peer pressure and most parents were at work with lesser supervision on children.
"Counselling helps with problems in living through an interaction with a trained professional, as it offers a way to gain perspective on behaviour, emotions and relationships, it provides a means to express your feelings and identify patterns of thinking," Dr Lal said.
"Counselling is for those facing their fears, who want more from their life, who want to expand their lives and achieve goals both personally and professionally."
He said a counsellor was trained to be able to listen to people and to encourage them to explore their thoughts and emotions freely and openly.
"A counsellor through exploring is able to help the client see things in a different perspective and to be able to come to terms with whatever is affecting them," Dr Lal said.
He said special characteristics of a counsellor was being attentive, trustworthy and having a strong knowledge base.