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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult children who fail to launch or who fall back into the nest after setbacks can be impossible to dislodge without help. With careful, strategic planning, I help you help your child to grow up and assume their rightful place in society with confidence. You need new skills and new ways of communicating to ensure that this launch sticks. I'm here to help with that.

— Andrea Rogers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

Working at a Memory Disorder Clinic and an Aging Clinic, I was able to gain experience working with caregivers and loved ones with Alzheimer's and other related dementias. I worked with each caregiver, identifying ways for them to practice self-care, self-compassion and learn skills and strategies they can use in their role as caregivers.

— Diliana Polanco, Clinical Social Worker in Melbourne, FL

Parenting toddlers and preschoolers can be anxiety-producing for many moms. Do you struggle with feelings of worry, fear or dread? Do you feel guilty in your role as mother? Are you concerned that you’re not able to give your young child the attention they crave? Do you anger easily or feel sad much of the day? Are you and your partner arguing and having trouble "getting on the same page" with regard to parenting? I can help!

— Kathy McGuigan, Clinical Social Worker in Franklin, MA

Parenting a child with special needs can feel very isolating. There is a common language that is spoken by special needs parents, because we share life experiences. When it comes to special needs parenting, grief and the challenges of life that come with those things – I speak fluently. If you are in a place where you need help and support in finding hope for your future and that of your child’s or simply finding your path, contact me for an initial consultation.

— Lori Crowley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA

Whether your perspective is that of a child, parent, caregiver, or all of the above, the experience of being part of a caregiving unit is going to require a great deal of patience, good communication skills, diplomacy, anger management, forgiveness, goodwill and love. It's a tall order. We all need help.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

As a caregiver, you may experience a range of emotions, including hopelessness, loneliness, or guilty. I can support you in coping with your experience and developing an action plan that allows you to take care of your loved one and yourself. I apply evidence-based techniques to help you navigate the experience of caregiving with less emotional distress.

— Erin Kube, Psychologist

Is managing childcare, school, and work dynamics stressing you out? ​ Does your family dynamic push your buttons, leaving you feeling angry, sad, or exhausted? ​ I will support you in developing a greater awareness of yourself, your way of relating, and your coping skills in the face of stress. Our sessions are a time to focus on you.

— Kirsten Jensen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

From caring for children to caring for parents and/or grandparents, I understand the immense amount of stress and demands that are put upon family caregivers. It can also be incredibly isolating. I provide therapy for family caregivers to help them cope with the challenging day to day and long term decisions and obligations that they face.

— Jilleen Jarrett, Psychotherapist in Granite Bay, CA

I am a caregiver in my own family. I understand and empathize with the unique challenges caregiving presents to the family system

— Melissa Huff, Student Therapist in Fort Smith, AR