PKAVS provide ‘Talking Therapy’, a time for the carer to talk to a trained counsellor who will listen to them and give them an opportunity to discuss how their caring role impacts on them. Offering relationship counselling provides carers with professional support with their relationship as a couple (that is primarily but not exclusively with the person they care for).
It provides them with a safe space to develop understanding into how the changes in the dynamic of the relationship can affect them, how to avoid or minimise problems and difficulties arising and ultimately, how to cope with their caring role alongside other roles they play in each other’s lives. Counselling may help the carer individually or as part of the couple depending on their difficulties, needs and circumstances.
Mental health is a key part of our overall well-being. Talking therapies such as psychotherapy and counselling are effective forms of mental health support.
Adult carers can receive this service free of charge using therapy vouchers issued by PKAVS Carers Service.
Once carers receive their vouchers, they can contact Claire Andrews from Relationships Scotland on 01382 201343 to arrange the counselling sessions.