Therapy for Seniors and Caregivers
Counseling & Therapy for Seniors
A senior is defined as a person 65 years or older, but this includes a very wide range of individuals, from 65 to 100+ years old, a 35+ year age span. During these years many life transitions can occur, including, but not limited to: retirement, birth of grandchildren, relocation to a new area or home, medical illness or complication, decrease in physical ability, or loss of a spouse. These events may come with mixed feelings, as even positive major life changes often include a sense of loss or grief of what used to be or who we used to be. Some seniors may experience depression, regret, or anxiety related to these events or to the process of aging itself. Therapy or counseling for seniors allows for a safe space to identify underlying thoughts and feelings, gain a deeper understanding of what these mean, and learn how to problem-solve and cope, so that these vital years can be experienced with ease and enjoyment.
Counseling & Therapy for Caregivers
Welcome! If you are reading this page, I am so glad that you are here. Caregivers are some of the least likely individuals to seek help for themselves. Often seen by themselves or others as “strong,” it is common for caregivers to think that they do not need help, do not have time to get support, and tend put themselves as “last on the to-do list.” Caregivers include anyone caring for another person or people, whether that be someone who works as a nurse, therapist, doctor, teacher, nanny, in-home care provider, or a family member who takes responsibility for caring for an elderly parent, sibling with mental illness, or child with a complicated medical condition. The risk of burnout for caregivers is high, which can be experienced as mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion. Some caregivers can run themselves ragged, until they experience anxiety, depression, or complete collapse or withdrawal. Counseling or therapy for caregivers provides them with a place to be cared for themselves and learn how to become a more well-balanced caregiver. This includes learning how to set boundaries, make time for self-care, and find support, so that the caregiver can not only live a more fulfilling life, but become an even better caregiver.