Family Caregiving Stress

Providing ongoing care to a family member with chronic or disabling conditions can be incredibly difficult. Family caregiver stress occurs when a caregiver becomes so focused on the needs of their loved one (in this case a family member) that they aren't aware of their own well-being. Symptoms of caregiver stress include irregular sleep patterns, fluctuations in weight, and feeling overwhelmed, tired, irritable or constantly worried. To manage family caregiving stress, it can help to seek support from others that are in a similar situation (e.g. a support group), or work with a professional to practice self-care, set realistic goals, set boundaries, and learn to accept help. If you are experiencing the stress of caring for a family member, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s specialists today.

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Whether you are a new parent, do not have children, by choice or not, and you find your self in the position of caring for others, it can take a real toll on your mental health and well being. In working together, we can identify how you can best care for yourself and connect to your power, your passion and live your most full life.

— Jessica Dyer, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Whether you find yourself the caregiver of a loved one with a diagnosis or you are a parent who finds themselves lost and frustrated with the needs of your children, I can help. When one is a caregiver, they tend put all ahead of their own needs. This whittles down ones reserves, until they feel as though they are drowning in the ever growing responsibilities and emotions surrounded by providing that care. I can help process these emotions and introduce self-care to create fulfillment.

— Audra Eisin-Banazek, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL

At this time, managing family stress and relational conflict has been hard on everyone. I can help support you and identify key strategies to feel more authentic and self-accepting as you care for others and manage family conflict.

— Rebecca Lavine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cambridge, MA

I have significant research and clinical experience in working with informal (i.e., family) caregivers, particularly caregivers of persons with dementia. Caregiving can be associated with a unique type of stress and, in the case of dementia, anticipatory grief. I am well-equipped to help caregivers navigate the challenges of their role and the unique stressors that can accompany it.

— Natalie Regier, Clinical Psychologist in Bethesda, MD

I've worked with Family caregivers during my work experience as a social worker in an elder abuse program, at an Alzheimer's disease organization and at an organization for individuals with Multiples Sclerosis. I also ran support groups and lead presentations about the stress of Family caregiving.

— Christine M. Valentin, Clinical Social Worker in Middlesex, NJ

Often care giving for a loved one falls on one person. It is my hope to provide support to you as you manage and balance this. I have experience aiding those whose loves ones have chronic medical concerns, terminal illness, or mental health diagnoses.

— Monica Cagayat, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Bothell, WA

You try so hard to be there for your aging parent, as well as for your own family. No one seems to know the struggle it is to balance both of these parts of your life. It's just expected that you will be there when your parent falls and is rushed to the ER. It's just expected that you will attend a daughter's soccer game, when all you really want to do is slip into a bath and then head to bed. You are exhausted. My name is Lisabeth Wotherspoon, and I help with Caregiver Burnout.

— Lisabeth Wotherspoon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NH

Caring for family is often one of the most stressful roles we can experience in our life. I have a background in working with older adults and family caregivers. Getting the support you need to maintain your identity, your personal goals and managing family relationships is critical to reducing caregiver stress. I use stress management and self-compassion skill building to build coping skills for caregivers.

— Jody Dearborn, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

I am a certified case manager in addition to a clinical social worker with extensive healthcare and advocacy experience. I can help address caregiver stress and help you develop new coping skills to manage these transitions.

— Lisa Schneider, Clinical Social Worker in Hawthorne, NY