However willingly a person takes on a caring role they usually find themselves having to give up things they enjoy. Carers can easily become socially isolated, plus the relationship with the cared-for person can alter in unexpected ways — ways which can be difficult to handle.
Opportunities to talk about feelings of anxiety and frustration don’t often happen. Our Counselling Service offers the chance to talk things over with a trained counsellor who understands the difficulties and problems with which carers often have to live. Counselling is not about giving advice, nor is it a magic wand that waves away troubles — if only it were that easy! It is about providing a safe, confidential space and an understanding ear to help explore ways of working through the difficult feelings that can arise in a carers’ life.
The CCS Counselling Service currently offers:
Appointments Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 5pm, plus one early evening appointment on a Wednesday. The counselling takes place in our offices: Charlie Ratchford Resource Centre, Belmont Street, NW1 8HF.
- One to one counselling, for up to 12 sessions.
- Group counselling of 12 weekly 90 minute sessions, held on Monday afternoons.
If you are interested in having counselling, or would like to find out more, please speak to your Support Worker or call the Support and Wellbeing line on: 020 7428 8950.
For further information, Counselling Directory (a confidential service that encourages those in distress to seek help) has a page on carer support. The directory contains information on many different types of distress, as well as articles, news, and events. To ensure professionalism all counsellors on the website have provided qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body. Read more.
For all enquiries about Counselling, please contact Sitara, Counselling Coordinator on 020 7428 8950, or email [email protected] (Monday to Wednesday, 9.30-5.30)
Making Friends with Anxiety
This fortnightly group meets to look at how anxiety affects carers' lives and their caring role, as well as sharing strategies and exploring ways to manage anxiety and achieve a more relaxed way of living. For more information contact Jill Pay on 020 7428 8950 or email: [email protected]