Caring, either within the family or professionally, can be an incredibly rewarding experience – when someone allows you into their world to be a carer it is an absolute privilege and a demonstration of love and trust. Of course, many people do not have the choice either to be a carer OR to choose who cares for them – it can be a situation one finds oneself in through necessity – but the relationship still involves love, privilege and trust. However, it is easy to lose sight of these attributes because caring can bring about resentment, anger, exhaustion, helplessness, grief and all manner of other feelings both for the carer and the person being cared for.
I’m Ruth Coward, a counsellor and psychotherapist based in Loughborough, and I offer specific Counselling Support for Carers. I know from personal experience that carers will generally put their own needs last – it’s the nature of the role – but it is important to stop from time to time and take stock of our own needs, too. I offer a person-centred therapeutic space for Carers to release pent up feelings and emotions and together we then look at practical ways of keeping going and moving forward. Counselling support for Carers is an investment not only for the carer’s own well-being but has a knock on effect for the people being cared for, too. You will find more details about me and my services on my website. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.