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Groups for carers of people with Dementia

What is CBT for carers?

Most carers of people with dementia experience feelings of burden and stress from time to time.

CBT stands for ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ and is an approach used to help people understand how their thoughts, feelings and behaviour are linked. It can help reduce  feelings of stress and depression

 Who is the CBT for carers group for?

The group is for carers of any age who are:

  •  caring for someone with a diagnosed dementia
  • feeling stressed or depressed
  • looking for ways of managing stress
  • looking for ideas to care more effectively for their relative or friend

 What does the group cover?

  •  Stress management
  • Coping with difficult thoughts and emotions
  • Ideas to help you care for your relative as effectively as possible, for as long as possible
  • Understanding dementia and your reaction to it
  • Identifying helpful ways of interacting with your relative to reduce your feelings of stress, distress or depression
  • Identifying ways of responding when your relative is distressed and coping with the behaviour you find most difficult

You will also meet other carers and be able to share ideas and experiences of caring for someone with dementia.


How long does the group run for?

The group will run for 12 weekly sessions, each lasting one and a half hours. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Replacement care costs can be refunded to carers attending the group.

Where is the group being held?

Groups are being run across Oxfordshire. See the latest timetable here

 Who runs the group?

Each group is run by experienced clinicians. They vary  depending on where the group is being held.

If you are interested in attending a CBT for Carers group or need more information, please speak with your Dementia  Advisor, Dementia Support Worker, or Care Co-ordinator, or contact Talking Space on 01865 901222 and ask to speak to a facilitator of the CBT for Carers group.


Last updated: 8 July, 2013

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