Caring can be tough and it can help to talk to a trained counsellor
A counsellor is someone who listens to your concerns and helps you arrive at solutions. Often, just having a sympathetic person listening can help.
You may be able to access eight to 12 weeks of psychodynamic counselling as a carer registered with Carers Network. Session are offered by phone and face-to-face, depending on Covid-19 guidelines.
If I was having a really bad weekend I knew I could share this with [the therapist] the week after and express how I was feeling. It was a support being able to speak freely with someone who doesn't have an agenda. I could say whatever I had in my mind.
What to expect
After you are referred to the service you will be invited to an initial assessment with a therapeutic professional and qualified clinical supervisor. During this assessment you will discuss the best way the service can support you.
The counselling is offered by student counsellors who are under professional supervision in their clinical practice.
Each counselling session is about 50 minutes and normally takes place at the same time each week.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) explains the psychodynamic approach as one that considers your past experiences and unconscious as it may shape your current behaviour. A good relationship with your therapist will be key so that you can talk honestly and openly.
- An article about psychodynamic therapy from BACP
Carers Network's counselling service is delivered thanks to the generous support of Westminster Amalgamated Charity. Independent Age Grants Fund made a significant difference to establishing counselling in 2020.