Prof. Tse Shu Ki Samson  , Dr. Fung Lai Chu Annis  , Dr. Tsoi Wing See Emily  , Ms. Chan Hoi Lee Hallie  , Ms. Lo Wann Ka Iris 
1 Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong
2 Department of Applied Social Sciences , City University of Hong Kong
3 Department of Psychology , The University of Hong Kong
A quantitative study using self-administered online survey questionnaire investigated the general public perception of counselling in Hong Kong. The survey focused on the respondents’ understanding of counselling and attitudes toward seeking counselling help. The results revealed that the majority of respondents viewed counselling as a way to ease emotional distress which was also the top ranked circumstance that they would use counselling service. Older age, having experience of receiving counselling and having some training in counselling were related to positive attitudes toward seeking counselling help. The results of this study have implication for promoting counselling services and curriculum design to train professional counsellors in Hong Kong.
Counselling, psychological services, mental health, public perception