Therapy for Caregivers
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” – Rosalyn Carter
What is a Caregiver?
Caregiving is often a voluntary role born out of necessity, love, caring and obligation. Caregiver stress is unique and can strain relationships with the person you are caring for, family or maybe internally. Caregivers experience a high level of stress because of the need to be “on-call” daily- often without regard for the caregiver’s needs- making it 24/7. Caregivers get little time for themselves, their work, family or friends. Caregiver stress or burnout, refers to the emotional and physical toll that caring for another takes on them.
Other experiences you as a caregiver may feel includes: overwhelm from your focusing on your loved ones health, wellbeing and physical needs. You may grieve the loss of your autonomy, work or daily routines associated with the one you are caring for. At the end of the day caregiving can also be rewarding and feels good knowing your care is a demonstration of love and commitment.
Do any of these signs of caregiver stress describe you?
- Exhausted, or tired most or all of the time
- Having trouble concentrating
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Seemingly alone, isolated, or deserted by others
- Feeling resentful
- Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
- Feeling easily irritated or angry
- Often feeling sad or worried
- Escaping to alcohol or drugs to help numb the pain
- Having trouble relaxing, even when help is available
How Can Therapy Help Caregivers?
- Help you focus on yourself & shift unhelpful feelings, like guilt
- Increase energy and enjoyment in your days
- Learn new coping skills to manage your emotions
- Develop an understanding of your values
- Set boundaries internally and externally
Caregiving stress takes both a physical and emotional toll on you. Leaving your stress and grief untreated can lead to your own physical and emotional health problems. The work we do together can give you the support you need to experience moments of fulfillment again and deepen your appreciation for your caregiving role and build acceptance in the process. We know the truth is, every caregiver needs care.
How do we approach caregiver support?
We know caregivers need a safe place to speak and share their internal and external experiences. We approach caregiver therapy with the purpose of relieving the emotional burden, anxiety, and loneliness that can go along with caring for a loved one. We help caregivers find strategies to engage in the present moment, disentangle from unhelpful thoughts, build acceptance and self compassion.