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The Carer Pit: Maintaining Self in the Carer Role

April 10 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm AEST


This workshop is for carers of people with mental health conditions and builds on the very popular workshop ‘Caring for someone who doesn’t want to be cared for’ offered in 2018.

Facilitator Louisa Holmes joins Carers ACT again, all the way from Carers WA, to facilitate a more in-depth workshop to enable carers to develop a deeper understanding of the carer dynamic in relation to themselves, and others, and how they can end up stuck in “the pit” with the person they are caring for. We look at how family dynamics triangulate relationships and how the carer manages their feelings. We will look at ways to work towards a healthy sense of self and self-care’.

The model explores three positions of caring (sympathy, empathy and enmeshment), with a focus on seeing the empathic position as a space where the individuated adult self walks alongside the person requiring care, allowing them to see themselves as separate.

Louisa has worked as a counsellor for Carers WA for over four years, after managing an online chat service for Lifeline WA.  She is passionate about supporting carers to find a way to help themselves keep their own identity alive and vital as they follow the path of caring for another.  She has an existential focus in her work with individuals, couples and families in both her private counselling practice and within Carers WA.

Please note, there are two sessions discussing the same topics. They include:

Session 1 – Live Streaming available*

When:  Wednesday 10 April
Time:    10.30am – 2.30pm


Session 2 –

When: Wednesday 10 April
Time:   5.00pm – 8.00pm

*Carers ACT will be live streaming this session. If you are unable to attend on the day but would like to view the live stream of the session from your electronic device (such as mobile phone, tablet, or computer), please register a “Streaming” ticket. If you select a “Streaming” ticket, you will receive a separate email at least two days prior to the advertised date and time with a link to click on the session. By attending and participating in this session, you consent to video, images and audio of yourself and those you are responsible for being used in this manner. As this session is being live streamed, participants are reminded to arrive before or on time. The session will commence once the facilitator is available and as close to the advertised time.
If you are unable to attend on the day, you may also change your ticket to a “Streaming” ticket, if this is more suitable to you.

Registration is essential through the link below as there are limited spaces. If you are unable to register online or attend on the day, please notify Carers ACT as soon as possible by emailing


April 10
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Carers ACT
6296 9982


Carers ACT Holt
2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent
Holt, 2615 AU
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