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Intouch : In Touch Issue 74
As Senior Counsellor, Helen not only conducts direct counselling with clients, she supports AlzNSW counsellors across the state as a clinical supervisor. It is a satisfying job, as she enjoys seeing the positive changes counselling can make. "It's making a difference in people's lives," says Helen. "Some people connect with us at a time when they are incredibly distraught and feeling completely powerless. "Making a little bit of a difference and seeing those changes can be very rewarding." Clients include people with dementia, carers and family members, and face-to-face or phone sessions can be run for individuals or as group sessions for family members. Changing needs Helen sees clients at a range of times in their lives -- from when a person is diagnosed, as the disease progresses, and through significant changes in people's lives. "The issues are quite varied," Helen explains. And often, she said, to deal with those issues, it helps to talk to someone outside the family. AlzNSW Senior Counsellor Helen Carswell sees counselling as a way to help people make sense of grief and loss, and find meaning in life. A day in the life of... People "A lot of what we do is getting carers or relatives to see where the person with dementia is coming from," she said. "Sometimes, the disease can cause behaviours to change and we work with carers to help them understand that the person isn't changing intentionally, it is a consequence of the dementia." The sessions can also serve as an important reminder to carers that they need to look after themselves as well, Helen points out. "Counselling often involves reminding carers about their own needs and own self care." a Senior Counsellor 18 In touch Spring 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au Across 1. Criminal network 6. Festive occasion 10. Prized fur 11. Immigrant 12. Parasol 14. Writer, Oscar ... 16. Raised up 18. Retrieve (wreck) 20. Nuclear agreement (4,3) 22. Speediest 23. Actress, Greta ... 25. Leaves uncared-for 28. Improvement 29. Waited, ... one's time 31. Party-giver 32. Side effects (2-8) Down 1. Soviet states (1,1,1,1) 2. Young society entrant 3. Marsh grasses 4. Dismissive 5. Pantries 7. Make void 8. Contracts 9. Petroleum pits (3,5) 13. Modules 15. Snapshot 17. Popular newspapers 19. Draw attention (to) 21. Convent 22. Boxer 24. Shipping hazards 26. Lodge firmly 27. Lyrical poems 30. General practitioner Crossword SOLUTION ON PAGE 5 1 2 3 4 5 67 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 Counselling service For more information on the counselling services available through AlzNSW, contact the National Dementia Helpline. AlzNSW: www.alzheimers.org.au National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
In Touch Issue 75