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Caring for a partner or family member can sometimes feel overwhelming and lonely.

Our counsellors can help support you with the demands of caring for a loved one, and help you identify some personal goals that enable you to keep your own 'batteries charged'.

Whether caring for an elderly parent, a young child with disabilities, a partner with health problems, or anyone else who depends on you, exhaustion and stress can trigger unwanted emotions that are difficult to understand and express.

What sorts of issues can carers counselling help with?

There may be lots of reasons why you may want to talk to someone about what you're going through. Here are some of the reasons our clients have told us they feel they need support: 

  • "My mother has Parkinsons Disease and I'm her full-time carer. I sometimes stand at the kitchen sink and feel like screaming. I'm so tired and don’t know how much longer I can go on trying to manage alone."
  • "I love my wife but since she had a major stoke and lost speech and mobility, I have to do everything for her and no one comes to see her anymore. People ask me how she is, but they only want to hear me say she's okay. I feel no one understands."
  • "Our son is autistic and we can’t leave him with anyone. Our life is on hold between occasional respite weekends, and I can’t remember when I had a full night’s sleep. I worry that I'm going to crack up and then what will happen to him."
  • "I care for my partner who has a form of dementia. We've been together for 40 years and I want to look after him, but I just feel I can’t go on without finding some time for myself."
  • "My partner’s father has come to live with us because he is very frail, but he has never accepted that his son is gay. He treats me like a servant and I resent his attitude, particularly as I have been given the role of carer so that my partner can continue to work."

What happens in a counselling session?

You will meet with an experienced counsellor for hourly sessions where you can talk about what's worrying you and get the support and guidance you need to make positive changes.

What is the cost of carers counselling?

If you are a carer aged 18 or over you can receive up to eight counselling sessions for free.

Book an appointment

To book a counselling appointment in Brighton please call 01273 697 997 or email reception@brightonrelate.org.uk

To book a counselling appointment in Crawley or East Grinstead please call 01293 657 055 or email reception.crawley@relatesussex.org

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We work with a number of organisations to support carers across Sussex, you can be referred into our counselling via one of these organisations:

Find out more

If you're new to counselling and would like to find out what it's like you can try a free Live Chat with a Relate Counsellor

If you have any questions about counselling try our FAQs