If you’re caring for a loved one with a chronic illness—be it a spouse, parent, or child—you know firsthand how emotionally and physically draining this role can be.
At Life Counseling Institute, we realize the importance of finding something of a balance between caring for your loved one and caring for yourself. Therapy can help you do this.
Caregiving can present enormous and unanticipated psychological challenges:
- Burnout from the constant demands on your time
- Guilt from inattention to the needs of others in your life
- Surprising anger (and sometimes consequent guilt) at the person who is ill: How can I be mad at a sick person?
- Sadness and grief over changes in your life, loss of hope about the future
- Questioning of faith, declining spiritual attunement
- Disappointment in others’ ability to help
- Difficulty managing anger
- Self-doubt and questioning of identity
- Wanting to escape, divorce
- Concerns about parenting issues
- Financial stress and fear
- Changes in your romantic and sexual life
- Difficulty with complex medical and ethical decisions
Counseling can help you find ways to:
- Nuture yourself despite the overwhelming demands on your time
- Prevent burnout
- Forgive yourself for having feelings you find unacceptable or confusing
- Reconnect with your faith and spirituality
- Cope with changes in your relationship with your ill loved one
- Effectively manage your other relationships
- Make decisions effectively
- Find self-acceptance
- Parent your children effectively
How Can I Get Help, when the Demands on My Time Are So Great?
The good news is that you can get help online, from the comfort and convenience of your home.
We look forward to working with you on the path to reclaiming your life. We’re conveniently located in the northwest suburb of Park Ridge near the Chicago border and in the southwest suburb of Willowbrook. Please call (630) 269-2886 or email us to get started.