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PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR CAREGIVERS

Support for those who are always there to help

HELPING HAND SEEKERS

You may have landed here because you...

  • are balancing the needs of your loved one with your own needs and responsibilities

  • are experiencing a wide range of emotions such as sadness, guilt, frustration, or anger

  • noticed an impact on relationships and communication dynamics

  • are adapting to changes

  • feel guilty about not doing enough, not being able to provide the level of care you think is necessary, or taking time for yourself.

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PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR CARGIVERS FAQs

Caregiver meaning?

Caregivers are individuals who provide assistance and support to people who are unable to fully care for themselves due to various reasons such as age, illness, disability, or cognitive impairment. Caregivers can be family members, friends, or trained professionals who take on the responsibility of meeting the physical, emotional, and practical needs of the care recipients. Caregivers play a vital role in ensuring the well-being and quality of life of those they care for, offering support with activities of daily living, medical needs, emotional support, companionship, and more. The role of a caregiver can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances and the needs of the care recipient.

When Caregiving Becomes too Much...

Caregiving can be difficult due to various factors and challenges that caregivers commonly encounter. Here are some reasons why caregiving can be a demanding and challenging role:

Emotional and mental strain:

Caregivers often experience a range of intense emotions, including stress, anxiety, guilt, sadness, and frustration. Witnessing a loved one's suffering or decline in health can take a toll on emotional well-being. Caregivers may also struggle with balancing their own needs and desires with the demands of caregiving.

Physical demands:

Depending on the care recipient's needs, caregiving can involve physically demanding tasks such as lifting, assisting with mobility, bathing, or managing medical equipment. These tasks can be physically exhausting and lead to strain or injuries for the caregiver, especially if they lack proper training or support.

Time commitment:

Caregiving is often a full-time or near-full-time responsibility. Caregivers may need to provide assistance and support around the clock, compromising their personal time, social life, and employment opportunities. The constant demands and lack of breaks can lead to fatigue and burnout.

Financial burden:

Caregiving expenses, such as medical bills, home modifications, or specialized equipment, can place a significant financial strain on caregivers. They may have to make sacrifices or face challenges in maintaining their own financial stability.

Lack of support:

Many caregivers feel isolated and lack a strong support system. They may face limited understanding from family, friends, or society, which can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and frustration. A lack of respite care options or available support services can further add to the burden.

Complex care tasks:

Depending on the care recipient's condition, caregivers may need to handle complex medical tasks, such as administering medications, managing chronic conditions, or providing specialized care. These responsibilities may require caregivers to acquire new skills and knowledge, leading to additional stress and pressure.

Role changes and loss:

Caregiving often involves witnessing the decline of a loved one's health and abilities. This can bring about a sense of loss and grief as caregivers navigate the changing dynamics in their relationship. Adjusting to the evolving roles and accepting the limitations of the care recipient can be emotionally challenging.

Balancing multiple roles:

Many caregivers have family, work, or other responsibilities to manage alongside caregiving. Balancing multiple roles and demands can lead to feelings of overwhelm and a constant struggle to meet everyone's needs.

Therapy for Caregiver Stress

Therapy for caregivers provides support and guidance in managing the challenges of caregiving. Through therapy, caregivers have a safe space to express their emotions, develop coping strategies, and receive validation for their experiences. Therapists help caregivers navigate the complex emotions, reduce stress, establish boundaries, and prioritize self-care. Therapy equips caregivers with the tools and resources to enhance their well-being, make informed decisions, and maintain their resilience while providing quality care to their loved ones.

DO I NEED PSYCHOTHERAPY FOR CAREGIVER STRESS?

Maybe you've coped with the stress of caregiving by becoming overly involved in the person's care to the point of neglecting your own needs and well-being.

Maybe you are avoiding social activities due to feelings of stress or overwhelm.

Maybe you are withdrawing from relationships due to feelings of shame, embarrassment, or fear of judgement.

If this is you:  Meeting with a psychotherapist for caregivers can help you develop the tools and strategies you need to manage the challenges of being a caregiver, improve your overall well-being, and continue to provide care for the person you are caring for.

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THERAPEUTIC SPECIALTIES

New York and New Jersey Psychotherapy

Life Transitions

Therapy that helps you navigate shifts and changes in life, encompassing a wide range of experiences. 

Anxiety & Stress

Therapy that helps you understand triggers and learn practical tools to manage stress effectively. 

Grief

Therapy that helps you navigate complex emotions and thoughts that may hinder healing.

Existential Anxiety

Therapy that helps you gain insights, contributing to a more intentional and purposeful approach to  life.

Cancer & Illness

Therapy that helps you address the psychological and emotional challenges of illness.

PTSD & Yoga

Holistic approach to trauma care  that combines narrative story telling, skills training,  and yoga.

Caregiver Stress

Therapy that is a space for exploration, helping you with emotional support and coping.

Walk-and-Talk

Therapy that utilizes the outdoors to provide opportunities for adapting to uncertainty, and moving forward.

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