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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Many of my clients are adult children caring for a parent or a spouse caring for a spouse. Our work together can focus on grief, stress, decision-making, anxiety, pain, purpose, you name it. I am here for you and have supported over 100+ family caregivers throughout their experiences caring for a living family member as well as after the family member dies.

— Tamara Statz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Saint Paul, MN

Together we will: Decrease the physical and emotional sensations of overwhelm, exhaustion, and burnout Learn about anger, frustration, and sadness and how to manage them in the throws of a toddler meltdown or after endless sleepless nights. Work on softening insecurities and feelings of inadequacy so that you can get back to enjoying being a mom. You are not alone in motherhood. Let me help you find yourself again.

— Lauren Perez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

Alzheimer's and chronic illnesses affect everyone in the family. Caregiver mental health is just as important as the health of the person with the illness. I have extensive experience working with both types of family members.

— Julie Kenworth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Together we will: Decrease the physical and emotional sensations of overwhelm, exhaustion, and burnout Learn about anger, frustration, and sadness and how to manage them in the throws of a toddler meltdown or after endless sleepless nights. Work on softening insecurities and feelings of inadequacy so that you can get back to enjoying being a parent. You are not alone in parenthood. Let me help you find yourself again.

— Lauren Perez, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
 

I specialize in working with parents of infants and children with special medical needs, including neonatal hospitalization (NICU, CICU) and managing the transition home after hospitalization. I also provide support to parents of older children, whether facing a new diagnosis or managing their child's chronic medical needs at home.

— Kate Christman, Clinical Social Worker in Decatur, GA

Taking care of all the necessities of a family can lead to stress and burnout. Caregivers often don't have time to process their own experiences, sort their thoughts, and make decisions that are in alignment with their values because their day-to-day is consumed with responsibilities. When caregivers have space for themselves, they are able to choose paths for themselves and their families that are more authentic and therefore sustainable. Caregivers' will-being is essential.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
 

I am in a caregiver role in the world of developmental disabilities, I understand how isolating it can be and how exhausting it is to battle the system.

— Kelly Hill, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

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. Valentín, Clinical Social Worker in Middlesex, NJ
 

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 Goshen, NY

Are you a sibling, parent, caregiver, or partner of a person with a chronic illness such as diabetes, Alzheimers, or Cancer? Even if you aren't the family member living with the chronic illness, life can be extremely challenging and exhausting. As a caregiver, you can also experience burnout. Therapy can be a safe space for you to process your emotions surrounding your role and identify ways to help you both heal and care for yourself.

— Erika Forsyth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
 

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

Being a caregiver to a sick family member or friend is highly stressful and taxing. Sometimes, there's a lot of guilt and conflicting g feelings involved.

— Ana Cristina Uribe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

“Six in ten adults in the US have a chronic disease and four and ten adults have two or more.” That comes directly from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention. That means that our chances in the United States of having a chronic disease or caring for somebody with a chronic disease, or both are more than 60%! Regarding therapy, that means: - You are not alone. - There are lots of tools out there to explore to get you through, and a therapist may be one of them.

— Kathy Link, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR

I am a single mother of an adult child with a significant developmental disability and I have served on our Governor appointed WA State Developmental Disabilities Council. In addition, I have counseled family caregivers during my time in community mental health.

— Kelly Hill, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

I have firsthand experience of being a family caregiver. I can related to how difficult the task can be, how much pressure you feel daily, and even the guilt you experience for wanting to take a little time for yourself. My experiences and professional training have made me very knowledgeable of techniques that can assist you with lifting the load, so that you can thrive in your everyday life.

— Colleen Craig-Akinsanya, Clinical Social Worker in Talladega, AL

You try so hard to be there for your aging parent, as well as for your own family. No one seems to know struggle it is to balance 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 & 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
 

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

Having experienced family caregiver stress and burnout firsthand I am very knowledgable in tools and practices to protect you and your self care practice. There are a lot of resources out there, and I am familiar with many of them. Would love to help you with coping with the daily stress of caregiving.

— Tara LaDue, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA