Social Counseling


Life presents us all with many challenges. Sometimes we need to get advice and support to face these challenges. Social counseling is meant to support people helping themselves through a wide range of methods so that people can best enjoy themselves in the community.

How do I apply for social counseling?

You should contact the local Service Center to ask for social counseling. A counselor will guide you through applying for the specific services that are appropriate for your needs and assists you in preparing the application if needed.

Am I entitled to social counseling?

All people aged 18 and over who have legal residence in Reykjavik can seek social counseling free of charge at the Reykjavik City Service Centers.

What counseling is available?

Social counseling may include financial aid, support in looking for housing, support for being active during unemployment and support for occupational disability.

Service Center counselors work with people and provide information on various services as well as referring people to the appropriate resources in each case.

What happens next?

You and the counselor stay in regular contact after your interview. The counselor will guide you through the next steps and arrange further interviews where you will receive advice and guidance. Arrangements for social counseling are agreed in the form of an individual plan.

Rehabilitation & Activity

The Virknihus Activity Center offers various rehabilitation and activity options for people who receive social counseling. The goal is to improve people’s quality of life and increase their opportunities in life, focusing on self-empowerment, learning and recovery.


Where can I find out more?

Social counseling is provided on the basis of the following legislation:

The welfare service center staff can provide more information on social counseling. You can also call the Reykjavik City Service Center at: 4 11 11 11 or email