Treatment for caregiver stress in Denver
Caregiver stress is a specific type of stress that you may experience while you are caring for a person or loved one, in any capacity. Caregiver stress, or caregiver burnout, refers to the emotional and physical toll that caring for another takes on yourself. As a caregiver, you may have high levels of stress because of the need to be “on-call” daily most of the day, with little time left over for yourself, your work, family or friends.
Other issues that you as a caregiver may experience include feeling overwhelmed from focusing almost exclusively on another person’s health and wellbeing. You may also have set aside your own goals for the short-term, or have grief and loss reactions associated with the one you are caring for. However, caregiving can also be very rewarding and feel good to care for a loved one. Overall, you need to take care of yourself so you can care for someone else.
Could You be Dealing with Caregiver Stress?
You may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or grief regarding your loved one, even if the loss hasn’t happened yet. You may have a weakened immune system or other medical problems due to the stress of caregiving. You may experience caregiver stress when caring for someone with a chronic illness or disability, regardless if that illness or disability is terminal or not. For you, it is very natural to grieve whatever loss may happen in the future but hasn’t happened yet.
Chronic Illness Takes a Toll, Even on Caregivers
With chronic illnesses, there are also changes that occur in a person’s abilities. You may be living with someone who has cancer, who is so tired from the chemo treatments that he/she cannot do the daily tasks they are used to doing. Or perhaps a parent who has dementia or Alzheimer’s, who may not remember your face day-to-day, and the pain that causes you to be forgotten by your mother or father. The stress and loss that caregivers experience may not be the loss of the actual person itself, but the loss of your independence, your control, the future as you once imagined it. Or even the loss of financial security, loss of freedom, extra time, or sleep, and/or loss of your relationship as it was in the past.
It may be hard to acknowledge the stress a caregiver experiences in comparison with the grief of the loved one. However, ignoring your own emotions and struggles can lead to unprocessed grief which will impact you in the future. As a caregiver, you are grieving the entire process of the chronic illness, not just the future death of your loved one. Your grief may be prolonged, wearing on yourself, and likely more intense or painful than others.
Do any of these signs of caregiver stress describe you?
Seemingly alone, isolated, or deserted by others
Sleeping too much or too little
Gaining or losing a lot of weight
Exhausted, or tired most of the time
Having trouble concentrating
Frequent headaches or body aches
Easily irritated or angry
Feeling increasingly resentful
Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy
Often feeling sad or worried
Starting to abuse alcohol or drugs to help numb the pain
Neglecting your other responsibilities
Having trouble relaxing, even when help is available
While the majority of caregivers are women, men are starting to provide caregiving services more and more. In fact, up to 1/3 of Americans provide unpaid care to a loved one during an injury or illness. At the same time, over 50% of these caregivers have a job in addition to caregiving. Here at Catalyss Counseling, we can offer you support through your caregiving process, both during your caregiving experience and even after loss. We work with you to help you take care of yourself, so that you may continue to find joy in your caregiving. We provide Support for Caregivers.
How to Feel Better with Caregiver Stress Treatment
Here are some benefits you may find after getting caregiver stress treatment with Catalyss Counseling:
Ability to focus on yourself without feeling guilty
More energy to get through your days
Rediscovering the meaning behind your caregiving
Learning new coping skills to manage your emotions
Caregiving takes both a physical and emotional toll on caregivers. Eventually, untreated stress can lead you to even more physical and emotional health problems. The truth is, even caregivers needing caring for. Together, we can make your caregiving fulfilling for you again instead of draining.
How we approach caregiver stress treatment
Treatment for caregiver stress requires a specific knowledge of the unique issues facing caregivers. Our caring therapists will work with you to provide some immediate relief to your stress. We will then come up with a plan that is sustainable in the future for you to take care of yourself so you can continue to be a supportive caregiver.
Catalyss Counseling specializes in the treatment of caregiver stress. We listen to your concerns and come up with realistic solutions to help you manage your stress, depression, anxiety and grief. We will focus on the unique strengths that you as a person bring to the table, and use those strengths to help you move forward with your life. We will help you create a sense of meaning in your caregiving and find yourself as a person again.
how online counseling can help with caregiver stress
If you are a caregiver who is unable to come into the office for traditional in-person therapy, Catalyss Counseling also offers online counseling for caregivers. Maybe you have young children at home, or you need to be in your home 24 hours a day to care for a family member. In these cases, you may need the convenience and flexibility of doing therapy virtually. We offer a secure video platform for online counseling that you can do in the comfort of your own home. Our counselors are specially trained in offering online treatment for caregiver stress.
Begin Therapy for caregivers in COlorado
Treatment for caregiver stress at our Denver area therapy clinic will provide you with Support for Caregivers. All of our therapists have specialized training and experience in treating caregiver stress and associated grief, and we know that therapy and lasting change takes time and commitment. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat caregiver stress, follow these simple steps:
Check out our blog 3 Tips to Cope with Caregiver Burnout to learn more about how to manage caregiving!
Other Therapy Services Available at Catalyss Counseling
You are a caregiver, but also a full human who needs support for all areas of your life. That's why we want to make sure you know we are here for your counseling needs in the Denver area. Our supportive therapists provide therapy for anxiety, depression counseling, therapy for grief and loss, stress management counseling, couples counseling, and more. We also have specialists in trauma and PTSD, women's issues, pregnancy and postpartum concerns, pregnancy loss and miscarriage, and birth trauma. For therapists, we can also provide clinical supervision! We look forward to connecting with you to help support your journey today.