Theoretical Approaches to Seeking Professional Counselling

  • Dr Khim Goh Faculty of Education, Monash University Australia
  • Dr Brett Furlonger Faculty of Education, Monash University Australia
  • Dr Nicky Jacobs Faculty of Education, Monash University Australia
Keywords: Counselling, theoretical frameworks, help seeking, attitude, stigma, theory of planned behavior, mental health

Abstract

Eight theoretical models, namely, social behavioural model (SBM), the five-stage model of mental health help-seeking, the network-episode model (NEM), the threats-to-self-esteem model, reactance theory, attribution theory, modified labelling theory, and theory of planned behaviour (TPB) were explored, to understand the formation of individuals’ decision to seek professional counselling. In conclusion, the eight help-seeking models have provided an overview of insightful knowledge, which includes the impact of demographics, social networks, process to seek professional counselling, attitudes, stigmas, emotion and ability that affect individuals’ decision to seek professional counselling.

Published
2018-07-03
Section
Articles