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.