Lean On Me: Supporting your loved one through a crisis

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Lean On Me: Supporting your loved one through a crisis

Supporting a loved one through a crisis is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever have to do, and so often we tough it out alone. We do our best with the skills and knowledge we have, but often we’re fumbling in the dark, unsure of whether we’re on the right track, afraid of doing more harm than good.

One of the most common issues that arises in individual therapy is that family members, partners, friends and colleagues aren’t automatically equipped with the knowledge and skills to support their loved one through a difficult phase in their life. And in many cases, those loved ones aren’t getting any therapy at all for a multitude of possible reasons.

Over the years one of the most common complaints I hear from clients is that even though they’ve started making progress in therapy they struggle to communicate their needs to their loved ones, and often find they’re either not adequately supported in their recovery, or that their loved ones have the best of intentions but lack the understanding and skills to help them as they need. Perhaps ironically, this is exactly the same common complaint I hear so often from family members and partners – that they don’t know what to do, and haven’t been offered any kind of service that helps them learn.

Many people report the following major concerns when supporting a loved one through a crisis:

  • They are afraid for their loved one’s wellbeing
  • They want to be able to assess suicide risk
  • They want to know what to do in case of a suicide attempt or threat
  • They want to help their loved one to open up
  • They need to learn how to interpret signals in the form of mood, body language, and behaviour
  • They want to know how to show they care while also giving their loved one space and time
  • They need to establish healthy boundaries around caring for a loved one
  • They need to learn self-care while working with a crisis

While most people have some intuition and the best of intentions when it comes to caring for loved ones in crisis, most people could benefit from some upskilling provided by a mental health professional, alongside a group of people going through a similar experience. That’s why I’ve developed my group support skills program for supporting a loved one through a crisis. If you are a family member, partner, friend, housemate, or colleague of someone who’s going through a hard time, read on and give some thought to joining one of our courses.


What do you spend and what do you get when you join a group support skills program?

  • Complete support skills package $240 per person
  • Six 90-minute group sessions over a six-week period to develop your support skills (sessions held at same time, same day, weekly)
  • Two 60-minute individual sessions to focus on your specific needs (on a day and time of your choosing)
    • Session 1 prior to starting the course
    • Session 2 half-way through the course
  • An email check-in between sessions to see how you’re travelling, and offer you motivational tips – don’t hesitate to ask questions and seek advice on changing tack if something isn’t working for you
  • Optional follow-up maintenance plan: 6x personal monthly check-ins via email + 6x personal monthly check-ins via phone (10-15 mins) with tips and suggestions for how to keep up keeping up (this costs $180, and will be offered to you as an option after you complete your course)


What benefits can you expect from attending a group support skills program?

  • You learn the skills to support a loved one from a trained, qualified professional
  • You gain confidence in knowing how to support your loved one
  • You feel reassured that you are doing the best you can to help your loved one
  • You understand your loved one’s mental health and recovery needs better
  • You develop stronger boundaries around caring for your loved one
  • You feel better able to care for yourself while supporting your loved one
  • You have the benefit of the group’s experience to learn from
  • You have a support network who understands you


Click here if you’re interested in booking a free consultation to chat about your options.


If you’re interested in learning some skills to help you better support your loved one through their crisis, fill out the form below. Your responses will form the basis of a tailored program that you will be invited to join if you are interested.

Please note: providing personal information is optional, and any information you supply will only be used as you choose – i.e. if you choose not to provide contact details, you will not be contacted; if you do provide contact details, then you can expect to hear from me soon for a quick bit of shop-talk.

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