A crisis refers not just to a traumatic event or experience, but to your response to the situation. The events that trigger this crisis can run the gamut of life experience, from developmental hurdles (such as going through puberty) to natural disasters to the death of a loved one. Crisis counseling is an intervention that can help you deal with the crisis by offering assistance and support.
Crisis counseling is intended to be quite brief, generally lasting for a period of no longer than a few weeks. It is important to note that crisis counseling is not psychotherapy. Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, providing emotional support and improving your coping strategies in the here and now.
Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning, and treatment, but is generally much more specific. While psychotherapy focuses on a broad range of information and client history, crisis assessment and treatment focuses on the your immediate situation including factors such as safety and immediate needs.
While there are a number of different treatment models, there are a number of common elements consistent with the various theories of crisis counseling. One of the most important elements of crisis counseling involves providing support, stabilization, and resources. Active listening is critical, as well as offering unconditional acceptance and reassurance.
My process at Know & Live Counseling and Consulting is not just about teaching these skills to you; it is also about helping you make a commitment to continue utilizing these skills in the future.