Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s? Feeling like you’re barely keeping your head above water with caregiving added to your already full load of personal, family, and work commitments. Wondering if there’s anyone to help you navigate your way through the world of dementia?
Dementia caregiving can be both rewarding and demanding. Whether you are a partner, son, daughter, or other family member, new to the caregiving journey or well versed in the role, the responsibility can be heavy.
Caregiving may leave you feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and irritable – wondering “Who is this person?” that you’re caring for. Frustration and resentment may creep in, followed by guilt and/or shame. There may be historical relationship issues involved, further complicating matters.
Caregiving can also impact relationships - partners, siblings, friends - impact family dynamics, and/or create family conflict. Having the time to take care of yourself, do the things you enjoy, may be a distant memory. You feel as though your life is on hold.
And as if trying to juggle caregiving with other commitments isn’t difficult enough, trying to navigate the health care labyrinth adds yet another layer of complexity. You feel alone in this role that you couldn’t anticipate.
But you’re not alone. And you don’t have to figure it out all on your own – with my experience and knowledge of dementia, combined with strong therapy skills, I can help you. We can do it together from the comfort of your home!
Each one of us possesses our own unique set of strengths, but sometimes it’s hard for us to see them or even remember or believe they exist.
Sometimes we need a little temporary support – or perhaps a lot – to get our lives back on track. I can help you get back on your way:
Having spent over two decades in northern rural and remote communities, with very limited access to services, I know first-hand the importance of accessibility.
Clients have shared with me, again and again, the value of being able to attend counselling appointments from the comfort of their own home.
No commuting to appointments, no struggles to find parking, no childcare to arrange.
I know from experience, how hard it can be to open up to a total stranger- to trust.
As a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers, I have over a decade of social work experience behind me. I’ve worked with individuals, couples, families and groups in many different sectors including Affordable Housing, Domestic Violence, Research, Mental Health & Addictions, Crisis Response, Geriatric Healthcare, Dementia Programming, and Direct Counselling.
I have a Master of Social Work with a clinical specialization in Mental Health and Addictions; a Master of Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy; a Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice; a Graduate Certificate in Individual, Families and Group Practice; and a Certificate in Advanced Dementia Care.
Projects I’ve initiated and developed include a Support Program for ‘Living with Dementia’ alumni members, and the Peer Support Group at the University of Calgary for rural/remote students in the Virtual Learning Circle Program. I was a contributor to the initial provincial submission for "Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence", and I have sat on the board in a number of organizations that have worked to improve the lives of community members:
• Board Member, Calgary Police Services, Persons with Disabilities Chief Advisory Board (2016-2018)
• Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Justice Sector Constellation (2014-2015)
• Committee Member, Social Workers for Social Justice, Calgary, AB (2012-2013)
• Board Member, Peace River Victims Services, Peace River, AB (2010-2011)
I’m here to help you cope with issues related to caregiving, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationships, aging and many others. With great respect and dignity, I work with individuals and families to
Some of the major theories which influence my work are attachment, cognitive behavior, systems, solution-focused, narrative, oppression, and relational.
Specific therapies I’ve worked with in the past include:
• Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Solution-Focused Therapy
• Trauma-Informed Treatment
• Narrative Therapy
• Feedback Informed Treatment
• Motivational interviewing
I’ll bring my warmth, compassion and care, and my professional and personal experience of the dementia journey; you'll bring your unique story into our shared space, and we will work together collaboratively.
We’ll prioritize your concerns, define your goals, and develop a plan to work towards those goals. This plan will become the roadmap for our work.
It’s important that the relationship with your therapist feels right, and research shows that a strong therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of successful outcomes.
To find out if we’re a good fit, what you can expect in therapy, and obtain the answers to other questions you may have about our work together, let’s spend 20 minutes on the phone – free of charge - so that you can feel comfortable with your decision. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
Fees: $150 per 50 minute session
Sliding scale, please inquire
Insurance: Receipts will be provided which will include my ACSW Registered Social Worker Number for you to submit to your insurance providers. Please check with your providers first to determine coverage. Fees not covered by your insurance provider are a tax-deductible health care expense.
Methods of payment: E-transfer, credit.
Appointments/Hours: Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.
Cancellation policy: If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours notice there is no charge. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full fee.
How to book: Request an appointment below, or phone / email to book an appointment: (403) 803 2010 / sue[at]suejosecounselling.com
PLEASE NOTE: Sue Jose Counselling is unable to provide crisis or emergency services due to the remote nature of the agency. If you are in crisis please call the Calgary Distress Centre @ (403) 266 1605. They will be able to assist you with any personal crisis 24/7. Distress Centre Website