A crisis is a situation-dependent response to an extremely stressful event.


  • Recognition and precise, empathetic identification of the critical situation with its obvious problems, but also its possible, not yet apparent, difficulties
  • Stabilising support
  • Help in seeing the critical situation comprehensively as well as from an outside perspective
  • Development of specific and rapid-acting crisis management, with the inclusion of close ones as required
  • Aiming for long-term effective solutions

In order to be able to stay functioning in a crisis, an awareness of one’s emotions, such as aggression, fear, guilt, powerlessness, is paramount. This requires a safe and stabilising setting and trust in one’s therapist. After the crisis, it may be useful to revisit these emotions and to deal with them.