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Caring or helping to care for a loved one can be quite challenging and many young carers experience a range of feelings about their caring role.

You might feel happy, worried, upset, frustrated, isolated, stressed or angry and at times you might be unsure of how to deal with all these emotions. If you feel you would like to have a really good talk with someone about the ups and downs of being a young carer, then counselling might just be for you!

As a young carer, sometimes you might face challenging situations like:

  • finding it difficult to concentrate at school or college
  • finding it hard to make time for your friends
  • worrying about your family member’s health
  • feeling overloaded with responsibilities
  • finding it hard to relax

If this sounds like you or someone you know we can help!

What is counselling?

Seeing a counsellor is a chance for you to talk to someone about your life as a young carer and how this makes you feel. It will also give you the opportunity to work out some ideas for dealing with any challenging situations. Whatever you say to the counsellor will remain private, unless you share something that shows that your own safety is at risk. It might feel a little weird in the beginning to share your feelings with a stranger, that’s totally understandable! However, you don’t need to worry, the counsellor will have experience working with young people and will have an understanding of the issues that young carers face.

What types of counselling are available?

Counselling is available to you wherever you live in Ireland and you can choose to have counselling by yourself or as part of a group.

We can connect you to a trained counsellor in your local area. Sessions will last for one hour and you can be linked in with up to six sessions.

What are the benefits of counselling for young carers?

You might find that talking to someone who doesn’t know you or your family can help a lot. Every young carer is an individual, but some of the benefits of counselling for young carers include:

  • Building coping skills
  • Feeling heard, understood & validated
  • Increased feelings of confidence and a sense of control
  • Feeling less isolated
  • Reinforcement of  identity beyond the carer role
  • Development of self-care strategies
  • Linking to relevant supports and services

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