Mental Health in Ethiopia: an Exploratory Study of Counseling Alignment with Culture

  • Waganesh A. Zeleke
  • Lindsey M. Nichols
  • Yemataw Wondie


This qualitative study explored the congruence of the counseling profession with mental health professionals in Ethiopia. After 6 days of training on counseling professional orientation and basic techniques, 26 mental health practitioners or educators from various helping professions were asked a series of questions to explore their reactions to counseling. A systematic content analysis of their survey and focus group responses yielded six key areas of attention. The results revealed a need for more local education and training in mental health services to better serve this unique and developing country.


Ethiopia Wellness Counseling Cultural competence Mental health 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declared that they have no conflict on interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Needs EducationDuquesne UniversityPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of MontanaMissoulaUSA
  3. 3.University of GondarGondarEthiopia

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