If you have dementia – or you’re caring for someone living with dementia – it’s normal to experience a range of good and bad feelings. You’re not alone. Dementia Australia offers free, confidential, professional counselling for individuals, families, couples and professional carers at all stages of a dementia journey.
Counselling is important as it gives you the support you need to look after others, as well as yourself. Things you can discuss include:
- Emotional reactions
- Family and cultural reactions
- Living arrangements
- Dementia symptoms
- Changed behaviours.
You can also learn about the psychological impact of a dementia diagnosis on:
- An individual and how to live as well as you can
- A couple and what changes they may experience
- A family and what changes they may see in a loved one.
- Sessions can be hosted face-to-face, on the phone or via video conferencing.
How to access our counselling service
You can talk to us. To book a counselling session, call our National Dementia Helpline on free call 1800 100 500 between 8:00am - 8:00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).
If you need an interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, call the National Relay Service on 133 677.