Dr. S. Venkatesan
Clinical counseling is a distinct highly skilled profession that provides practical, flexible, consumer oriented and individualized therapy incorporating solutions to facilitate behavior change and efficient problem resolution for optimizing mental health status of affected individuals. This paper seeks to highlight few contemporary indigenous issues and problems involved in the routine practice of mental health related clinical counseling. The matrix of cultural background within which the counseling processes are embedded offers a unique opportunity as well as occasion to innovate out of necessity for optimum benefit of the recipients of such services. Contrasting westerns models and approaches such new practices are shared. The growing challenges for clinical counseling along with an agenda for immediate action are proposed.