Therapy for Caregivers2022-11-01T11:18:22-05:00

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Caregiving is intellectually and physically taxing, but it also provides a certain kind of fulfillment that few other jobs can match. Without the right help, it may wreak havoc on your body and mind. Family caregiver burnout is a real problem, but there are ways to combat it by taking care of your mental health.

While caring for a loved one, many family members experience feelings of despair and frustration. These emotions are natural responses to the stresses of the circumstance and should not be taken as signs of a lack of caring. However, when caregivers experience feelings of guilt and fear, it can set off a destructive emotional cycle. The emotional toll of caregiving can extend beyond the physical strain it causes.

counseling for

Caregivers

Caregivers often feel confined and burdened by the obligation of caring for a loved one’s continual demands. If not addressed, frustration can develop into rage, bitterness, and depression. According to research conducted by the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 20% of family caregivers experience clinical depression. It’s not uncommon for caregivers to experience feelings of loneliness, stress, or exhaustion. When caregivers aren’t helped, they may experience feelings of guilt, resentment, or even physical illness as they try to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

counseling for

Caregivers

Caregivers often feel confined and burdened by the obligation of caring for a loved one’s continual demands. If not addressed, frustration can develop into rage, bitterness, and depression. According to research conducted by the Family Caregiver Alliance, approximately 20% of family caregivers experience clinical depression. It’s not uncommon for caregivers to experience feelings of loneliness, stress, or exhaustion. When caregivers aren’t helped, they may experience feelings of guilt, resentment, or even physical illness as they try to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Counseling for caregivers can assist you in setting boundaries, adopting realistic goals, and developing healthy self-care practices.

types of therapy for

Caregivers

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Compassion Focused

  • Culturally Sensative

  • EMDR

  • Eclectic

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Person-Centered

  • Positive Psychology

  • Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

  • Strength-Based

  • Trauma Focused

the benefits of therapy for

Caregivers

Caregivers

The emotional and physical demands of caregiving can be difficult for caregivers, but research shows that counseling can assist. Counseling has been shown to significantly reduce depressive symptoms in caregivers of dementia patients in a study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, and an article published in the Journal of International Psychogeriatrics argues that person- or family-centered counseling provides “new perspectives on problems that are seemingly unmanageable.” Counseling can help caregivers deal with stress, loneliness, and burnout so they can be present for their loved ones, among many other advantages.

The bottom line is you are not required to tackle this problem alone. Please seek assistance if you are experiencing stress, depression, anxiety, or burnout. Therapy can give you insight into your emotions and improve your ability to handle stress.

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