Coaching can provide a lifeline when people hit a major roadblock or crisis. Dr. Brendel has extensive experience working with individuals dealing with stressful inflection points in their careers. He has helped many clients navigate setbacks and threats to their careers and financial stability.

What is Crisis Counseling?

Crisis counseling is an intervention to help individuals navigate through acute psychological distress, such as sudden personal or professional challenges. This form of counseling aims to stabilize immediate emotions, provide coping strategies, and facilitate a return to normal.

Example situations include:

  • Poor performance reviews
  • Demotions
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Suspensions and firings
  • Legal actions
  • Financial distress
  • Negative media attention
  • Mental and physical health problems
  • Personal life changes

The coaching method in these situations is tailored to each client’s unique circumstances. By fostering trust and ensuring confidentiality, Dr. Brendel provides a safe space for the client to share the details of their situation and receive support. The client needs to pause and heighten awareness of all dimensions of the crisis. This creates the opportunity to craft an action plan to stabilize the situation, minimize harm, and open pathways toward long-term success. In all crisis coaching engagements, Dr. Brendel draws on his deep and wide-ranging expertise in psychology, executive coaching, and career management.

He has helped scores of clients to overcome the worst crises they have ever faced, pivot toward something better, and discover meaning in their work going forward. Many of his clients have gone on to thrive and achieve greater success than they had ever imagined previously. Crisis creates opportunity—and effective coaching can have a major positive impact in driving this process forward. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Brendel by calling his office at (617) 932-1548 or sending him an email:

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Dr. David Brendel’s Crisis Counseling Credentials
  • Harvard-trained psychiatrist
  • Certified executive coach
  • Ph.D. in philosophy (University of Chicago)
  • Full Certification from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)
  • Faculty Fellow, 2001-02, Harvard University Center for Ethics & the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center)
  • Author of multiple publications in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, American pragmatism, and ethics
  • Highly trained in metaphysics, epistemology, and logic
  • Expert on existential and humanistic approaches to counseling
  • Years of experience as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, teacher, mentor, consultant, administrative leader, and counselor