As a psychotherapist I have noticed a worrying uptick in the number of clients in crisis, and so I want to share some crisis management skills. These were invented by Marsha Linehan who created a type of therapy called DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy).
When you are in crisis, you are at risk of doing something impulsive, something harmful that you might not otherwise choose to do. When your brain becomes overwhelmed, it can be hard to think straight, so these crisis skills carve out a little more time and space, to allow you to stop and reflect on what you are doing. A second chance to make a different choice.
Here is the booklet of DBT crisis skills. These can be useful to learn, but not at the time of a crisis. Start to learn them now, to prepare for the next crisis.
If you are currently in crisis, or you know that someone is currently, please take yourself (or them) to the Emergency Room of your nearest hospital, or call 911 (or your alternative local emergency telephone number) so the emergency services can help with this.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, author of Beyond the Blue, and LGBTQ+ advocate