Counselling for carers

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About Counselling4Carers

Founded in memory of Mrs Gladys Knott (1934 - 2013)

Counselling4Carers was formed in August 2013 in memory of my mother Mrs Gladys Knott, she was and remains my inspiration and her love and support are deeply missed, I would not be the person I am without her and I, even though I cared for her for over a decade and 24/7 in the last year of her life, she never stopped being my mum and a wonderful, caring and kind lady who always put others needs first. She supported me in my counselling career and even in her darkest hours she still wanted me to leave her for a couple of hours so I could go and help others in my clinic, she will always be with me and I try to honour her every day.

History

I have been a carer off and on for 27 years for my parents who have both sadly passed away now. Because of this experience I am intimately familiar with the ups and downs that caring involves; the isolation and frustration; the highs and the lows and the lack of support and understanding of how demanding caring for a family member or friend can be.

The cared for people can also experience all of these emotions as well as having to come to terms with their loss of independence, learning to live with illness and often debilitating conditions. I find that it can be particularly difficult for these cared for people to accept their loss of future dreams and readjust to their new situation especially if it is an unexpected accident or illness which leaves them incapacitated and reliant on others. They can also suffer with the feelings of guilt and frustration for being a burden. Therefore I am also passionate about helping the cared for adjust to their changing roles and abilities.

I have a particular passion for carers and those who are cared for and the challenges involved, as a counsellor I can offer clients a specialist service designed to fit around carers responsibilities and for those who are being cared for. I am happy to discuss your particular situation and accommodate your needs, I can do this in a number of ways, I offer email counselling, phone and skype sessions and if appropriate home visits.

Philosphy

I believe that carers are an entirely hidden group of people who are often (although not deliberately) forgotten. Everyone should have access to counselling services whatever their budget, some carers are only living on carers allowance which means that they cannot afford counselling services. It is my aim to offer support to all carers who wish to seek counselling and I am working towards gaining funding to provide completely free counselling to those who are in most financial difficulty. So 2014 will see Counselling 4 Carers become a charitable organisation to enable this.

Mission

A carers responsibilities are far reaching and can often be all consuming, along with being both physically and emotionally tiring. It is my mission to provide counselling at affordable rates to all carers who wish to access these support services. To provide a safe and confidential environment to discuss and explore any personal issue which carers as people may face, be they directly related to the caring role or of an indirect nature such as work stress or relationship issues.

I provide counselling in a number of ways: face to face in clinic or at home : skype : email : telephone

mum looking after me as a baby
Mum looking after me

mum at my brothers wedding
Mum at my brothers wedding

mum in hospital recovering from her second stroke
Mum still smiling during one of her hospital admissions

 

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