Crisis Support

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Have you experienced trauma of any kind?

It can be extremely daunting to go through any kind of crisis, and your situation may look and feel completely differently from how you might anticipate someone else to feel or respond.
A crisis is a “personal reaction” you have to an experience or a struggle you are still having with an experience. It can involve feeling overpowered by your own or another person’s emotions, leaving you feeling that dealing with them is a complete struggle right now or for extended periods of time.

Please be aware that if a crisis is not handled properly, it may result in mental health problems that may have an impact on your relationships, work performance, and social life.

What Can A Crisis or Experince Include? ... but of course is not limited to?

  • Relationship breakdown or difficulties of any type, for example: Divorce, Separation, Separation due to needing to live separately due to work opportunities, different children’s needs, extended family issues, etc.
  • Sudden or Expected Loss (of a loved one, job, home)
  • Physical health issues (cancer, suffering injuries due to a recent accident)
  • Violence and or trauma (Domestic, emotional, physical, sexual and verbal abuse)
  • Pressures from work or study
  • A sudden accident
  • A natural disaster
  • The onset of mental health issue

Is Michelle Barratt Psychology a Crisis Centre?

Michelle Barratt is NOT a “crisis response psychologist,” and it is strongly advised that you immediately contact the appropriate crisis support centre for assistance if you feel that you are going through a crisis or that you believe your life or the life of another person is in danger. If you are unsure, call 000.

To schedule an appointment, please email Michelle Barratt Psychology if you do not require immediate emergency care.

What Does Crisis Support Offer?

  • Please keep in mind that each of the services listed above provides a distinct form of support, and that when you call, services strive to provide people with non-judgmental assistance as well as maybe more useful resources for your specific need.
  • Remember that the primary goal of crisis support is to lessen stress and enhance the person’s capacity to handle both their current predicament and upcoming crises.

If You Are Having A Crisis Try To

  • Talk to someone you trust – often talking through your experience with someone you trust goes a long way to reducing your anxiety, and can help you to gain some perspective moving forward. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a loved one, visit your GP or contact a crisis line like Lifeline
  • Look after your safety – Put your safety first. If you are in an unsafe situation, try to remove yourself or reach out to someone who can help you stay safe. If you are thinking about suicide, seek help immediately by calling 13 11 14 (Life Line or Call 000.
  • Recognize your strengths – your skills and abilities can help you cope under pressure. If you are having trouble identifying your strengths, ask a loved one to help you list some strengths that will help you in your current circumstances.
  • Get help now and focus on supporting yourself in the immediate moment – manage your crisis through counselling, medical attention, self-help programs or support networks. You might need to try a number of options depending on your individual circumstances – it’s important to keep trying. Sometimes a crisis is a sign of a longer-term issue. It’s important to get help for problems such as mental health issues or financial difficulties.
  • Make a plan – it can help reduce stress and give positive goals to work towards. For example if you are having financial problems it can help to create a budget.
  • Take care of yourself – by eating healthily, exercising, and sleeping. Give yourself time out from your situation if possible –do things you enjoy. Avoid alcohol and drugs, as they numb feelings and make it harder to cope in the long run.

If You Have Experienced a Trauma Of Any Kind?

  • Access Psychological Treatment: It is advised that you seek psychological support as soon as possible if you have undergone any type of trauma and are exhibiting symptoms that you believe are related to having done so (i.e., these symptoms are negatively affecting and impacting your life). You are more than welcome to contact Michelle Barratt Psychology to schedule an appointment in order to receive the “Trauma Therapy” and/or psychological help you believe you require. Please feel free to email me with any further questions if you’d like to.
  • In addition, you can email us using the form below, and we’ll get in touch with you to set up an appointment.

Contact Us – Email Form Below

Email Contact Form

Please be advised that you’ll receive a response within 24 to 48 hours

If in Crisis please call 000

Email Contact Form

Please be advised that you’ll receive a response within 24 to 48 hours

If in Crisis please call 000