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In the past, some people have thought of counselling and psychotherapy as being only for 'serious' problems, or for 'crazy' people. Going to see a counsellor was often seen as a sign of weakness.
This could not be further from the truth, and people these days realise that talking to a counsellor about their problems can be a very positive experience. Counselling might also be called therapy or psychotherapy.
Going into a room with a stranger to talk about your problems can seem like a scary experience, but the counsellor will be working towards making the process safe and supportive.
For more information
Reachout and Youth beyond blue are two Australian websites that have a lot of information about issues that young people may experience and where to get help - including about counselling and counsellors.
Youth beyond blue
If you want to talk with someone urgently, call Lifeline
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor or other health professional.