The professional counsellors at Carers WA are dedicated to helping carers build resilience in their caring role, by creating a balance between caring responsibilities and self-care.
What can counselling do?
Talking to a counsellor doesn't mean you have failed. At Carers WA we view counselling as valuable time-out from your caring role where you can talk freely about your experiences and learn ways to prevent stress and burn out.
Caring can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful, often causing thoughts, feelings and behaviour that are difficult to accept and manage. Emotions like anger, guilt, sadness, anxiety and loneliness are very common. Our counsellors are experienced in assisting carers to manage challenging emotions so they can better manage their day-to-day responsibilities.
Talking with a counsellor who is not emotionally involved with you or the person you care for can help in many ways. Regardless of whether you are caring for an elderly parent, someone with mental illness or a disability or a child with special needs, our counsellors are able to see your situation more objectively and can help you to explore options that you may not have thought of. Talking to a counsellor may also give you more time with friends and family to talk about things other than your caring situation.
We also provide counselling during times of transition or if you have recently stopped providing care. For example, if the person you care for is moving into residential care or has passed away.
How does counselling help?
We can help you to:
- Clarify your needs and goals
- Manage conflict, stress, grief and other factors affecting your emotional wellbeing
- Make sense of overwhelming and confusing feelings
- Develop healthy coping skills and build resilience
- Improve your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing
For more information about how to make the most of your counselling read this article written by Dr Angela Morgan and published by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association website.
How can Carers WA help you?
Your confidentiality and privacy
The Carers WA counselling program is a confidential service and we handle the personal information you share with us according to the legal standards set by Australian government.
Read our privacy statement for more information.
For more information
Carers WA: 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377) 8.30am – 4.30pm
Carers Counselling Line: Freecall 1800 007 332 8.30am – 7.30pm
(Calls from mobile phones are charged at applicable rates. Carers WA welcome mobile users to leave their number for a Counsellor to contact them).