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Self-Harm and Self-Injury

Self-Harm and Self-Injury

ABOUT SELF-HARM AND SELF-INJURY

Self-injury is scary. It occurs as a result of unprocessed trauma, deep inner conflicts, and anger at others that you may turn inward and experience as self-hatred. It can be confusing, heartbreaking, and scary. You may have marks on your body.  These marks tell a story. It’s usually a story of not having our needs met. Of and of being violated, abused, or neglected by the people who were supposed to care for and protect us. We want to know your story. We want to help you heal.

Self-harm is about trauma, emotional dysregulation, internalized anger, shame, and self-hatred. It can be grounding. It can feel like a release– like the only way to escape and find a moment of relief. We will help you learn other ways to find relief from the pain. Not only will we provide practical skills to ground yourself in your body and practice emotional regulation techniques, but we will help you face and heal the root cause and recover your reserves of peace and self-love.

SELF-HARM IS NOT NECESSARILY A SUICIDE ATTEMPT

Contrary to popular belief, harming oneself is not always a suicide attempt and is not always intended to be life-threatening. But unfortunately, that’s not the end of the story. With non-suicidal self-injury comes the possibility of serious complications and even accidental fatalities. While self-harm may bring a momentary sense of calm and a release of tension, it’s usually followed by guilt, shame, and the return of painful emotions. So it’s just kicking the can down the road. And what’s worse is the issues can compound and accumulate by avoiding them over time, creating a vicious feedback loop.

Non-suicidal self-injury is usually the result of not knowing how to cope with psychological pain. That’s where we come in. We will help you not only develop actionable, practical coping skills and cognitive behavioral techniques to change your thinking, we will also help you face and heal the deeper issues to help you cope. We attack this from both sides, rather than focusing solely on behaviors or deeper work. We find that integrating a practical behavioral approach with inner healing work is what makes our approach effective.

OUR APPROACH AND THERAPY TECHNIQUES FOR WORKING WITH SELF-HARM

Some of the therapies and techniques we use as a part of our work with self-injury and self-harm include:

LET’S HEAL SELF-HARM TOGETHER

You may be having a hard time regulating, expressing, or understanding your emotions. Whatever the reason, we can together find healthier ways to cope with your painful thoughts and emotions. If you are looking to escape emotional pain, heal trauma, transform your negative thoughts, and find some peace, we’re here to help.

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