The National Dementia Strategy (2009) highlights the significance of family carers in supporting people with dementia. However, this often has a significant emotional, physical, social and practical cost to the person providing this support.
This study aims to explore the experiences of counselling and psychotherapy from the perspectives of carers of people with dementia.
It presents six case studies looking at their everyday experiences, their expectations and experiences of therapy, and the impact of therapy on their lives.
- changes in the relationship with the person with dementia
- the dynamic nature and longevity of the caring situation
- characteristics that may be over-represented in carers
- service issues
- issues regarding the therapeutic relationship and non-specific factors within therapy
- the ways in which carers make sense of therapy alongside the goals of clinicians
Exploring the role of counselling in improving the lives of older people, and promoting the value of talking therapies to this group, is a strategic priority for BACP.
Therapy can help those who care for loved ones with dementia
Barbara Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell says he has regular therapy following her diagnosis with Alzheimer's