Crisis counselling

In mental health terms, a crisis refers not to a traumatic event or experience, but to how an individual responds 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 counselling can help individuals deal with the crisis by offering assistance and support.


Elements of crisis counselling

Crisis counselling is intented 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 the individual’s coping strategies in the here and now.

Like psychotherapy, crisis counseling involves assessment, planning and treatment, but the scope of is generally much more specific. While psychotherapy focuses on a wide range of information and history, crisis assessment and treatment focuses on the client’s 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 among the various theories of crisis counseling.

  1. Assessing the Situation
    The first element of crisis counseling involves assessing the client’s current situation. This involves listening to the client, asking questions and determining what the individual needs to effectively cope with the crisis. During this time, the crisis counseling provider needs to define the problem while at the same time acting as a source of empathy, acceptance and support. It is also essential to ensure client safety, both physically and psychologically.


  1. Education
    People who are experiencing a crisis need information about their current condition and the steps they can take to minimize the damage. During crisis counseling, mental health workers often help the client understand that their reactions are normal, but temporary. While the situation may seem both dire and endless to the person experiencing the crisis, the goal is to help the client see that he or she will eventually return to normal functioning.


  1. Offering Support
    One of the most important elements of crisis counseling involves offering support, stabilization and resources.
    Active listening is critical, as well as offering unconditional acceptance and reassurance. Offering this kind of nonjudgmental support during a crisis can help reduce stress improve coping. During the crisis, it can be very beneficial for individuals to develop a brief dependency on supportive people. Unlike unhealthy dependencies, these relationships help the individual become stronger and more independent.


  1. Developing Coping Skills
    In addition to providing support, crisis counselors also help clients
    develop coping skills to deal with the immediate crisis. This might involve helping the client explore different solutions to the problem, practicing stress reduction techniques and encouraging positive thinking. This process is not just about teaching these skills to the client, it is also about encouraging the client to make a commitment to continue utilizing these skills in the future. 

Naturally touched by the strength and fragility of the child, I have  accompanied for many years by the children with cancer treated at the Gustave Roussy Hospital, as well as their families on the long and difficult road to a cure.


 It was an intense experience, rich in teachings in this particular context at the heart of life and death where they were my masters of wisdom. 


I have continued my work at my practice helping many people to come out of depression, to heal and to thrive in their family environment. Years of research into the functioning of the psyche and the brain have allowed me to deepen my work with my patients in altered states of consciousness or situations. Today, recent studies in affective neuroscience show us how malleable the brain is at any age. Past painful history can be resolved to regain the healthy balance.


My philosophy having always been to teach the adequate tools so that each one can be in the joy of life, free, in agreement with oneself and with the entourage in all the fields of life, I continue today my approach by transmitting the result of my research through conferences, trainings and courses on the development of consciousness, and the opening of the heart, so that each one can listen to his inner guidance and in peace.


Psycho-practitioner, hypnotherapist, and trainer in child and adolescent psychology within the SEVE Foundation (Savoir Etre et Vivre Ensemble) founded by Frédéric Lenoir and Martine Roussel-Adam.

Working in a private practice and with children who have dropped out of school in an alternative school "le Cours du Pont de Pierre" in Paris, I help them to regain self-confidence and to take the path of learning in harmony with themselves and their environment...


Of humanistic nature and training according to C Rogers and trained in the great approaches of psychotherapy: In addition to psychoanalysis, psychopathology, person-centred therapy tools, the quantum approach to life according to H Reeves and Meditation have also enriched my professional practice.