Counselling for Carers
As a Carer you are a very valued member of our community. We want to support your health, wellbeing and quality of life. Many people in a caring role can benefit from counselling. Often Carers can feel overwhelmed and isolated and the challenges of caring for a loved one can take its toll, affecting both mental and physical health. Carers often have heightened levels of stress which may lead to anxiety, depression, feeling unhappy or unable to cope.
When can counselling help?
There are many reasons why someone may seek counselling, such as: anxiety, stress, depression, lacking in confidence or self-esteem, bereavement, trauma, compassion fatigue, family or relationship problems, struggling with a crisis or when facing important or difficult issues.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy. It is where you can talk to a counsellor, one to one, in a safe and confidential space. Having someone to talk to can make things seem less overwhelming and help you to make sense of what is happening. Our counsellors are friendly, empathic people who will help you to talk about how you are, your difficulties or problems, and to explore your thoughts, feelings or behaviours. This can help you to develop a better understanding of yourself, make changes in your life and develop strategies for coping. It will help you feel less isolated and you will have someone to turn to.
The counsellors will work with you in a sensitive and honest way. You won’t be criticised or judged; you will be respected for who you are and valued as a unique and resourceful individual. They will support you to find a way forward, rather than tell you what to do.
You will be offered a high level of confidentiality. Anything you say will remain private, with just a few exceptions, which your counsellor will explain to you in the first meeting.
The counselling team
We have a team of volunteer counsellors. They are a very friendly, interesting team, dedicated to providing a high standard of counselling for our Carers. They meet regularly to discuss ways to enhance the service. They are all members of either the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and work to their codes of ethics and practice. We have a wide and deep level of practice and experience within the team. All have regular professional supervision. We have a mix of fully qualified and experienced counsellors and counsellors in training.
What happens first?
When you request counselling, you will be put on a waiting list. When you are near the top of the waiting list, you will be contacted by our Lead Counsellor who will ask for a brief outline of how you are, so that we can offer you a suitable counsellor.
How long does counselling last?
Sessions are 50 minutes or 1 hour and are arranged weekly or as required. The number of sessions you need will be reviewed throughout the counselling process.
Where does counselling take place?
We have a comfortable, private counselling room at our office:
Carer Support South Lakes
7 Wainwright’s Yard
Kendal LA9 4DP