New research from Ruth Elvish, Rosanne Cawley and John Keady into the carer's of those with dementia.
"The experiences of counselling and psychotherapy from the perspective of carers of people with dementia: an exploration of client views and processes of change"
The National Dementia Strategy (2009) highlights the significance of family carers in supporting people with dementia. However, supporting a person with dementia at home often has a significant emotional, physical, social and practical cost to the person providing this support. Counselling/psychotherapy can be a valuable resource in the lives of carers of people with dementia. This study aimed to explore the experiences of therapy from the perspectives of carers of people with dementia - to our knowledge, narratives that had yet to be heard.
A series of six case studies is presented. Two main themes emerged: i) understanding helpful therapeutic interventions; and ii) understanding the therapeutic relationship/non-specific factors within therapy
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