Are you a carer? Here’s how you can support your own mental health.

Focusing on the care of a loved one can often mean less time for your own needs. Taking care of your own mental health and wellbeing is important – we can help you.

Many people who provide unpaid care for others are also juggling many other responsibilities such as work and childcare. These time pressures make it hard to manage your own physical and mental health.

You may have feelings of isolation without much time for activities such as socialising. It can also feel like others maybe don’t understand the pressures of caring and the impact it can have on your day-to-day life.

There is support available to you. You can explore your worries and difficult feelings in a non-judgmental environment with a professionally trained therapist.

Our range of talking therapies are free through the NHS and you can choose how to access them depending on your specific needs, options include telephone, face-to-face or online at your own pace.

“My CBT therapist was brilliant at helping me challenge unhelpful thought patterns. She showed me ways to manage anxiety triggers and was incredibly supportive.”

It is an important element of therapy to recognise that your own needs are important.

Many carers who have been through a course of therapy describe how they have been able to restore their sense of self outside of the carer role they provide. They also feel that they can set healthier boundaries and manage the sense of guilt that can come from taking time for yourself.

We also offer virtual therapy groups. These groups offer a comfortable, safe environment where you are under no pressure to talk if you don’t feel like it. It can be reassuring to those who need support to know that there are others who are in a similar situation, and you are not alone in the way you feel.

You can refer yourself directly to us by completing the self-referral form here or calling us on 01483 906392.

About DHC Talking Therapies

Talking Therapies are here to help when life gets too tough.

We provide a range of therapies including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Computer-based CBT to people over 17 and registered with a Surrey GP.

You can refer yourself for these services without seeing your GP first.

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