Emotional CPR Is Recommended for LA County DMH

By Daniel B. Fisher, MD, PhD and S. Michael Szczerbaty, M.A., MHSC

What is Emotional CPR (eCPR)? The approach is said to be holistic, hopeful, and empowering. It is a heart-to-heart experience between provider and consumer. It is embedded in a hopeful belief that by using interior experience, empathy, compassion and knowledge, anyone can help another person recover from an emotional crisis. Rather than labeling someone with another 'mental health problem,’ the approach assumes that the person is coping with an experience beyond their current ability to effectively manage their emotional crises. The sooner an eCPR practitioner begins to support a person in their emotional crisis, the more likely it is that the person will make a full and timely return to a life that has meaning and purpose.