Taking care of another person can be tough. It can be easy to forget about yourself and your own goals and priorities. That’s where Carer Gateway’s Coaching comes in. Carer Coaching is a unique service designed by Carer Gateway to support carers in achieving their own goals.  Unlike traditional counselling or sports coaching, Carer Coaching focuses on carers’ needs, challenges, and goals, and helps carers to unpack what skills and resources they already have, and what strategies they may need to put in place to achieve their own goals.

Let’s take a deeper dive into Carer Coaching below.

So, what is Carer Coaching?

At its core, Carer Coaching is a collaborative process between you, the carer, and a professional Coach to empower and assist you in taking charge of your life.  Through reflective conversations, goal setting, and action planning, carers are supported in identifying their strengths, addressing challenges, and brainstorming solutions to achieve their desired outcomes.

It’s like having someone who wants to help you problem solve. The Coach will listen and help you unpack solutions to your problems. Carer Coaching is all about helping you find ways to achieve your goals.

Caring for another person is incredibly important, but you are important too and there are ways to make sure you can also achieve the things you want to.

Here’s how Carer Coaching can help you:

Gain Clarity: Sometimes, things can feel overwhelming. Coaching can help you gain clarity about your caring role, challenges, and personal goals. By identifying areas of concern and envisioning desired outcomes, you can develop a roadmap for positive change.

Build Resilience: Caring can be emotionally and physically demanding, leading to burnout and stress, and it is easy to forget about yourself when you’re busy caring for someone else. Carer Coaching can support you to think about how you can put things in place to look after yourself. We can also connect you with our counsellors who can provide more in depth strategies to support your wellbeing.

Enhance Communication: Communication is key in caring, whether it’s with the person you are caring for, or staff within the services they access.  Coaching can assist you in developing communication tools and techniques to help you express your needs, set boundaries, and foster positive interactions with your loved ones and supporting professionals.

Navigate Challenges: From navigating healthcare systems to managing financial stress, carers can face many challenges in their day-to-day life. Carer Coaches can offer practical guidance, resources, and referrals to help you overcome obstacles and access support services tailored to your needs.

Promote Self Care: Carers often prioritise the needs of their loved ones over their wellbeing. Carer Coaching emphasises the importance of self care and can help you incorporate healthy practices into your daily routines, ensuring you maintain optimal physical, emotional, and mental health.

Celebrate Success: In the midst of caring responsibilities, it can be easy to overlook your own achievements and milestones. Coaches encourage and celebrate carers’ progress, no matter how small, fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

Carer Coaching is a collaborative process that recognises the carer’s expertise, strengths, and unique experiences. By providing personalised support, guidance, and encouragement, Coaches empower carers to navigate their caring journey with confidence, resilience, and compassion.

Carer Coaching offers carers a transformative opportunity to gain clarity, build resilience, enhance communication, navigate challenges, promote self-care, and celebrate success. With the support of a skilled Coach, carers can unlock their full potential and thrive in their caring role.

If you’re a carer seeking support and guidance, consider trying Carer Coaching today.

 You are not alone in your caring role. Help is available at Carer Gateway, call us on 1800 422 737 (press 1 at the menu) or visit carergateway.gov.au.


  1. Darrell Bolch 08/05/2024 at 10:04 am - Reply

    thank you very much, I am finding you very efficient and helpful

  2. Moira Smith 09/05/2024 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Sounds fantastic , having help by as a carer is needed as you can become very isolated.

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