Crisis Coaching

When dealing with crisis situations, children and parents do not need more diagnoses or labels, but better understanding, supportive environment and new competences in communicating and constructively satisfying their psychological needs. Such support in difficult situations is offered by a professional Crisis Coach, helping in the first place to recover from a crisis and then to use this experience for self development.

Today, the family environment has become so tense that we are seeing an explosion of mental problems in children. This is not a question of genetics, as such changes do not happen in one generation. Something had to change in the environment of children and entire families who experience crises more and more often. It can be said that children are diagnosed patients, in a sick environment in which grow up. Crisis Coaching is an invaluable help here, especially in the face of difficulties with access to proper psychological care in Poland.

Crisis Coaching is a method of working with Clients experiencing light and medium psychological crisis. It is combining working methods of the Crisis Intervention with coaching methods of personal development. Crisis Coaching directs a person experiencing a crisis to the path towards a psychological norm, preventing development of disorders, depression, pathologies and addictions. Under professional care a crisis can constitute a turning point in a person’s life and push them towards introducing necessary changes to enter a higher level of quality of life.

In family crisis, coach first diagnoses depth of the crisis and possibility of further cooperation. If cooperation is possible, coach supports the Client in overcoming difficulties with crisis intervention methods. In this process, coach normalizes a difficult family situation and can present it from a new perspective that shows a chance to overcome crisis and develop a better quality of relationships and well-being of all family members.

Along with reducing negative effects of the crisis on everyday functioning and returning to the psychological norm from before the crisis, coach helps the Client regain access to resources and activate them in order to overcome crisis and establish new standards of functioning. Such work is possible when the Client has accesss to cognitive resources, creativity, critical and long-term thinking and is ready to face difficult issues. This experience increases mental resilience, personality development, and emotional maturity.

In case of family crises, through psychoeducation, parents gain new parenting competences and a better understanding of their needs and emotions, and in coaching process they can develop new, constructive patterns of responding to them. This path of personal development allows you to develop a sense of agency in face of challenges that will undoubtedly be faced by family in the future. The beneficiaries of such development work are Client and his environment, especially children.

In a crisis situation, the priority is to take care of the Client’s needs, return to the psychological norm and prevent disorders. Meeting the Client in a difficult place allows him to take care of his mental well-being in the long term. When the Client returns to normal functioning in key areas of his life, it is time to mobilize resources and direct Client towards development based on the experiences which he had to face.

This is where the development potential of Crisis Coaching lies. Client is somehow forced by life to take important actions and decisions, so when he is in contact with his values ​​and internal motivation, he has a chance to make positive changes in his life, which will be permanent and constitute a source of internal strength long after the circumstances of the crisis are gone. From here the process can be conducted with the use of classical coaching tools. As a result, the level of fulfillment and satisfaction with life can significantly increase, image of oneself and level of self-acceptance change positively, and greater sensitivity to oneself and others as well as the perceived gratitude translate into healthy relations with the environment and greater emotional maturity.

Thanks to a healthy recovery from the crisis and post-crisis growth, family can create deep, nurturing, long-term relationships that are the most essential condition for a fulfilled life (according to one of the longest-running long-term research on happiness, conducted at Harvard University for over 75 years).

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