Caring can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be stressful and difficult. Many carers experience a range of feelings related to their role as a carer. Emotions like anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness, loss and grief are very common.
While family and friends can provide important support, it can sometimes be helpful to talk with a professional who is not emotionally involved with the carer or the person being cared for.
Our carer counselling program can connect you to a qualified professional who understands the problems that carers often face.
Counselling can help you:
- deal with overwhelming and confusing feelings
- make sense of your experiences as a carer
- work out your own needs and solve problems
- manage conflict, stress and other emotional factors that make caring more difficult
- build resilience and cope with change
- improve your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing
- provide support after the caring role ends
Sometimes the need to ‘talk it over’ is clear. At other times, you may feel confused, guilty or embarrassed about what you need to talk about. Feelings such as anger or resentment may arise in your caring situation. These feelings are normal.
Having an independent person to talk with can help reduce confusion, guilt, resentment and anxiety, or the isolation you may be experiencing and assist you gain clarity around issues to be addressed.
Finding time to have counselling can be challenging, but is well worth the effort. One of the first steps in caring for you is to make time to get some of your own needs met.