Counselling for Carers (C4C) is a counselling service for adult carers living in Devon. C4C is a service provided by Action East Devon and has a team of over 30 volunteer counsellors working at locations throughout the county.
Carers who wish to apply for the service must be:
- Aged 18 or over
- Living in Devon
- Caring for a family member, friend or neighbour
The service is provided to carers on a low-cost basis and clients are asked to pay what they can afford between Â£10 and Â£35 per session, or Â£5 per session if they receive their income entirely from benefits. C4C offer a maximum of 12 sessions to each client, after which clients are welcome to return to the waiting list for further counselling at a later date if they wish to.
The demand for this service is high and there is a waiting list in most parts of the county. When you go onto the waiting list you will be provided with details of other free and low cost counselling services. This is to enable you to find counselling from other sources, if you find that you are waiting too long for counselling from C4C.
For more details or to apply:
Phone: 01626 325621 / 01404 549045
Further information can be found at: http://c4cdevon.org.uk/
C4C Counselling for Carers
Ms S is the main carer for her daughter who has a range of physical and emotional health needs. Ms S visits her on an almost daily basis to assist her with tasks such as cleaning and shopping and also to provide emotional support.
Ms S was recently admitted to hospital with a stress related illness. Therefore, she was keen to explore her stress levels further with her counsellor as she didnâ€™t want to be admitted to hospital again.
Ms S was assessed in April and began counselling a month later. She had 9 counselling sessions and finished counselling in September. She was very engaged in the counselling, being open to exploration and she set a number of intended outcomes. The counsellor used a person-centred approach which allowed Ms S to work on her needs giving her permission to express them. She felt that the intended outcomes had been met and she had made a lot of changes in a short space of time.
Ms S felt ready to do more things for herself. She was aware that things may slip in the future and is open to future counselling if she feels that she needs it. With the counsellors support she was able to move forward.
Ms S said: â€œMy counsellor was excellent and really helped, I think without her I would have coped really badly. I do feel I can be objective about what is going on, even though it is very stressful.â€×