Are you feeling overwhelmed by the responsibilities of caregiving?
Is this new relationship with your loved one getting confusing?
Are other family members making things more difficult?
Is your caregiving interfering with your job or other responsibilities?
Do you feel guilty about wanting time for yourself away from your loved one?
More than 3 in 10 households in the United States report that at least one person has served as an unpaid family caregiver within the last 12 months.* Yet, so many caregivers feel alone and isolated. It can be difficult to talk about your feelings about caregiving with your loved one or other family members.
In counseling, you can openly examine this special relationship in your life. You can see what is creating the stress and your options for change. Your therapist may give you information about resources in Manatee County that can ease your job as caregiver . Talking through your situation in a confidential setting can help you remove the stress and see a brighter future.
Counseling for Seniors
Are you widowed, divorced or never married and feeling very lonely in your retirement years?
Has your marriage changed in retirement as you spend an increasing amount of time together and don’t agree on how to spend your time or money or on who does the dishes?
Are health or money issues creating stress?
Retirement and aging bring unique issues to our lives. After many years of working or raising a family, the long, unscheduled hours of retirement can be unexpectedly lonely and depressing. Spending more time with a spouse can bring up issues in the relationship that you were able to avoid during working years when you spent less time together. Spouses who didn’t talk about their retirement plans in advance may be surprised that their spouse has very different ideas about how to spend time and money during this stage in life. Dealing with serious health issues or living on a fixed income are other concerns that may arise during senior years.
Individual counseling during retirement years is often a combination of clarifying what you want in your life and finding resources, both within yourself and out in the community, to meet your needs.
Couple counseling during retirement years can involve learning to communicate about such issues as activities of daily life, physical intimacy, dealing with grown children, or fears of aging. It can bring you close again or create the close and playful relationship you always hoped.