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Counselling for Carers
Caring for someone, especially someone that you love, can be both physically and emotionally challenging. It is therefore often the case that carers need support themselves, often in the form of counselling in order to continue to provide care to their loved one without that care having a detrimental impact on their own physical and mental health.
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Who is it for?
Do you feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caring? Do you find yourself resenting either the task of caring and/or the person that you care for? Do you always feel tired? Do you often feel like you need a break? Do you often feel like you would like to be doing something different and then feel guilty about this? Have you stopped looking after yourself as you used to? Do you feel anxious or depressed either some of the time or most of the time? Do you feel isolated from others?x
A Recent Testimonial
Sophie - Richmond“I cannot comment positively enough on the psychologist that I saw at The British CBT & Counselling Service. She provided a structured yet flexible framework for discussing my issues. She was insightful and at times necessarily firm and challenging which was exactly the sort of counsellor I had hoped to be paired with. I do not know if this is her natural style or she was perceptive enough to realise that such an approach would suit my personality. But either way, I was delighted to discover she wasn’t just full platitudes. I found her to be helpful, a great listener, perceptive and broad minded. She was able to draw accurate insights into my troubles and pinpoint key issues which were manifesting themselves in a number of ways in many areas of my life. She was able to direct me to helpful books and teach me key skills for overcoming problems. I would very highly recommend The British CBT & Counselling Service to anyone seeking help”.
How It Works?
One of our Psychologist will begin by asking you questions about how you spend your time, your current responsibilities, the difficulties that you are currently experiencing and what makes these better and worse. This will enable them to get a comprehensive picture of how things are for you what can be done to improve this.
Depending on what you need your Psychologist may then help you to rebalance your time so that you are able to care for yourself as well as your loved one, ultimately making the care you are able to provide for the other person more fulfilling for both of you.
If appropriate your Psychologist will then help you to tackle any feelings of anxiety, depression and/or anger through the use of CBT or other evidence based approaches.
Your Psychologist will then support you for a period of time to maintain a sustainable balance between caring for others and looking after yourself.
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All of our Psychologists offer counselling for Carers, click here to view the team.
Facts about Caring
- 5 million people in the UK are carers and this number continues to rise.
- There will be 9 million carers in the UK by 2037.
- 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives.
- 4 million people provide over 50 hours of unpaid care per week.
- The care provided unpaid, by the nations’ carers is worth an estimated £119bn per year – considerably more than total spending on the NHS.
- Carers providing round the clock care are more than twice as likely to be in bad health than non-carers.
- 75% of carers said it was hard to maintain relationships and social networks because people do not understand the impact that caring has.
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