A few months ago, you and your family experienced a loss with the death of your grandfather. Since then, you have had problems with coping with the loss. Where can you go to find help with coping with the loss? Crisis counseling may be the answer for you.
A crisis, in terms of mental health, is defined as a situation or event where the person feels overwhelmed or unable to cope. A typical crisis may include a death in the family, being let go at your job, or a rough ending to a relationship. People are emotional beings, and crisis counseling may help one deal with feelings such as being frightened, anxious, or depressed.
In crisis counseling, a counselor works to provide mental health support and guidance to his or her client. The effect of mental health on emotions is well documented. Crisis counseling, then, works to reduce emotional pain, provide a safety net, and develop a plan to increase mental health. It helps people develop skills that may help them anticipate and cope with a crisis. These mental health skills can help a person improve their quality of life. Understanding your own mental health attitudes during crisis can be the first step to better mental health.
Crisis counseling is more advantageous than many other forms of counseling or therapy due to its low cost and simplicity. While other forms of counseling or therapy use psychotherapists or others trained in psychology, crisis counseling may be used by doctors, psychologists, and social workers. In addition to the many different professionals who use it, crisis counseling is also especially versatile in it’s availability. As it is a low-cost form of counseling, it can be provided in hospitals, police stations, local clinics, and military bases. Crisis counseling is also available over the phone or the internet, providing protection of mental health during a crisis.
Crisis counseling may last only a few weeks, but it is important to understand that crisis counseling is not a form of psychotherapy. Instead, it is focused on the management of mental health during the time of a crisis. There are a few common step that describe the process of crisis counseling, and the rest of this article focuses on these steps:
1. Assess the situation
The first step is to assess the client’s situation. Crisis counselors will usually ask the client questions to better understand what each client needs. During this step, the counselor will often provide the client with emotional and mental health support while ensuring the emotional and physical safety of the client.
2. Educating the client
Counselors must inform their client of their condition during the crisis. Steps that need to be taken by the client are spelled out. The counselor will help the client to understand that their situation is common, and that, through work, they will return to their normal functionality.
3. Offering support
The counselor should stabilize the mental health of the patient through emotional support and the offering of resources. It is important in this step to listen actively to the client and provide nonjudgmental, encouraging support. Hopefully, a dependency between counselor and client will develop, strengthening the emotional and mental health of the client.
4. Development of coping skills
As the inability to cope is one of the symptoms of a crisis, developing skills to deal with coping is of utmost importance. Such skills may include exploring and listing different solutions to problems, stress lowering techniques, and techniques for positive thinking.
Counselor Network Writer