Experiencing any type of crisis can feel enormously overwhelming, and your crisis might look and feel very different to how you might expect someone else to feel or react?
A crisis is your own ‘personal reaction’ to an experience, or ongoing Struggle with an experience. It can include feeling feeling overwhelmed by your own or someone else’s emotions and can in this moment, or for long periods of time have left you feeling like it is a complete struggle to deal with.
Note: Please take care to understand that if a crisis is not dealt with in a healthy way, it could possibly lead to mental health issues which can affect your social life, your work performance and your relationships.
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)
- Caring for another: Car
- 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 that it is highly recommended that if you feel like you are suffering a crisis or that if you feel you life or someone else’s life is in danger, immediately contact the relevant crisis support centre to support you, and if you are unsure just contact 000.
However, if you are not requiring immediate emergency support, please email Michelle Barratt Psychology to arrange an Appointment.
What Does Crisis Support Offer?
- Please understand that each service above provides different types of support, and that upon calling services endeavor to provide people with assistance, that is non-judgmental and with possibly other more helpful resources for your particular need.
- Keep in mind that the main aim of crisis support is to help reduce stress and improve the person’s ability to cope with their current situation, as well as with future 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 Support: If you have experienced a trauma of any kind, and are experiencing symptoms you feel are related to having been through this trauma (meaning these symptoms are affecting and impacting your life negatively), it is recommended that you access psychological support as soon as possible. You are more than welcome to make an Appointment with Michelle Barratt Psychology to obtain the psychological support and or the ‘Trauma Therapy’ you feel you need. If you would like to send me an email to ask any further questions, please feel free to do so.
Additionally, the email form below will enable you to contact us so that we can contact you to arrange an appointment.