A crisis intervention or demand therapy is an immediate and short-term emergency response to mental, emotional, physical, and behavioral distress. If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest ER.
**If you would like to speak to a licensed therapist immediately, please call or Text: (904) 439-6524**
Crisis can be defined as one’s perception or experience of an event or situation as an intolerable difficulty that exceeds the person’s current resources and coping mechanisms.
- A crisis can refer to any situation in which the individual perceives a sudden loss of his or her ability to use effective problem-solving and coping skills.
- A number of events or circumstances can be considered a crisis: life-threatening situations, such as natural disasters (such as an earthquake or tornado), sexual assault or other criminal victimization; medical illness; mental illness; thoughts of suicide or homicide; and loss or drastic changes in relationships (death of a loved one or divorce, for example).
- Crisis intervention is the urgent and temporary care given to an individual in order to interrupt the downward spiral of maladaptive behavior and return the individual to their usual level of pre-crisis functioning.
- Crisis intervention also refers to the methods used to offer immediate, short-term help to individuals who experience an event that produces emotional, mental, physical, and behavioral distress or problems.
Crisis intervention is focused on minimizing the stress of the event, providing emotional support and improving the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now. Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning, and treatment, but the scope is generally much more specific. Crisis intervention is a time-limited intervention with a specific psychotherapeutic approach to immediately stabilize those in crisis.
Crisis intervention has several purposes. It aims to:
- Reduce the intensity of an individual’s emotional, mental, physical and behavioral reactions to a crisis.
- Help individuals return to their level of functioning before the crisis.
- Improve functioning above and beyond this by developing new coping skills and eliminating ineffective ways of coping, such as withdrawal, isolation, and substance abuse.
- Assist individual in coping with future difficulties more effectively.
New Perspectives Therapeutic Services offers crisis intervention for those in need of help now. Call or Text: (904) 439-6524 for help now or email NM.NewPerspectivesTherapy@gmail.com to schedule an appointment.