Carers NT’s qualified Counsellors provide carers with a confidential service supporting them to develop strategies to manage their caring roles.
Carer Counsellors are available for counselling in office, by phone or skype. Some capacity does exist for home visits, where the carer is unable to leave the home and the use of taxi vouchers is also an option if transport is an issue.
What is counselling?
A professional counsellor is a highly trained individual who is able to use a different range of counselling approaches with their clients. Carers NT Counsellors hold qualifications in Counselling, Psychology, and Social Work.
A counsellor is someone who can talk to carers about their caring role, and any issues they may be having. The role of the counsellor is to enable the carer to explore aspects of their life and feelings, by talking openly and freely. Talking in such a way it is rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and judgments that may be detrimental to your situation.
The counsellor gives the carer an opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, frustration, stress, and grief in a confidential and private environment. Counsellors can suggest techniques, strategies and coping mechanisms to improve the carer’s current situation.
Benefits of Counselling?
Counselling provides the opportunity to talk confidentially, with a qualified person who can assist you to make positive changes in your life. The experience of exploring thoughts and feelings with a counsellor can relieve the sense that carers are alone with their problems.
Counselling can additionally build resilience and improve coping strategies in the caring role. Effective counselling reduces stress and negative emotions, allowing the carer to make positive changes in their wellbeing.
Counselling assists the carer to understand themselves and the needs of the care recipient better. It helps Carers explore the way they think; ultimately helping to develop a clearer understanding of their issues.