Title: Fostering Community Connections: Addressing the Unique Needs of Counsellors in Myanmar - Insights from Counselling Corner Founder and Psychotherapist

Published on December 2, 2023


In the heart of Myanmar, a country rich in cultural diversity and resilience, mental health awareness is on the rise, bringing new opportunities and challenges for counsellors. Drawing from my personal journey as the founder and psychotherapist at Counselling Corner, I have witnessed firsthand the evolving landscape of counselling in Myanmar. The unique needs and challenges faced by counsellors have fueled a passion to create meaningful solutions and establish a supportive network within our community.

The Need for a Community Approach:

Navigating the diverse educational backgrounds and limited resources faced by counsellors in Myanmar has been an enlightening journey. The absence of a unified support network further emphasises the urgency of fostering collaboration and community building. My experiences at the Malaysia conference in November 2022 and the Singapore Counselling Association Symposium in November 2023 have provided invaluable insights into international best practices and innovative community initiatives.

International Perspectives and Best Practices:

Inspired by the collaborative spirit witnessed at these conferences, I am enthusiastic about applying international perspectives and best practices to our unique cultural context. The Community Linking Initiative is a direct result of the lessons learned and the networks established during these enriching experiences.

The Birth of the Community Linking Initiative:

Conceived with the vision of creating a robust support network, the initiative seeks to address the multifaceted needs of counsellors in Myanmar. As we integrate the global insights gained during conferences with the local context, the initiative becomes a bridge between international best practices and the nuanced challenges faced by counsellors in Myanmar.

Key Objectives of the Initiative:

The Community Linking Initiative, shaped by my personal experiences and learnings, aims to:

  1. Foster Collaboration: Creating platforms for counsellors to collaborate, share experiences, and learn from one another.
  2. Provide Resources: Bridging the gap between local and international resources, ensuring that counsellors have access to a wealth of educational materials and tools.
  3. Enhance Professional Development: Facilitating ongoing learning opportunities, workshops, and events to enhance the professional development of counsellors.

Anticipated Impact:

The initiative's potential positive impact on individual counsellors, the broader counselling community, and the quality of mental health services in Myanmar aligns with the lessons learned during my professional journey and international conferences.

Call to Action:

I invite all stakeholders in the counselling community, from seasoned professionals to aspiring counsellors, to engage with the Community Linking Initiative. Share your thoughts, express interest, and join the conversation to collectively strengthen the counselling profession in Myanmar.


I extend my sincere gratitude to (Malaysia Counselling Association, Singapore Association for Counselling , ASCON members and counsellors from Myanmar) who have played a pivotal role in inspiring and supporting the development of the Community Linking Initiative.


As we embark on this journey to foster community connections, I draw upon my personal experiences and the insights gained during international conferences. Together, we can create a vibrant and supportive community that empowers counsellors and enhances the mental health landscape in our beautiful nation.


Reference details for the Malaysia conference. https://www.perkamainternational.org.my/

Reference details for the Singapore Counselling Association Symposium. https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeAssociationforCounselling



Category(s):Academic Issues, Career Development and Change

Written by:

Aung Min Thein

Aung Min Thein is a licensed clinical the psychotherapist and the founder of Counselling Corner which offers psychological support to individuals, couples, families and groups. He specialises in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression and relationship issues. Aung Min Thein has had notable success assisting clients in navigating difficult life changes, identity issues, relationship troubles, indecision as well as issues with sexuality and sexual identity. His efforts have helped clients resolve communication issues, which have led to improved intimacy, connection, self-understanding and relationship satisfaction.

Aung Min Thein approaches his therapy practice by providing a safe space where, clients can focus on their current life challenges. He believes a collaborative process between the client and therapist leads to greater self-awareness and personal freedom, which allows both to focus on the present and onto greater things in the future.

Working from a psychodynamic perspective, Aung Min Thein helps clients to understand internal conflicts in order to help them gain deeper insight into the underlying cause of their anxieties, depression or indecision. He believes that an understanding of one’s emotional journey can bring about new levels of confidence in coping with life’s challenges. Aung Min Thein also adopts a humanistic person centred approach and is experienced in the major models of Solution Focused and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

As two-year post-graduate in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Western Sydney University, Aung Min Thein has acquired international skills and knows how to use these in a Myanmar context. He has worked in the field of mental health in a variety of settings including INGOs, LNGOs, and community mental health clinics in Myanmar and Australia. He is one of the first overseas trained counsellors in Myanmar practising in Myanmar language and understands the cultural context of Myanmar society and customs.

Aung Min Thein belongs to Counselling Corner in Myanmar