Self-harm, also known as self-injury, means hurting yourself on purpose. While cutting (using a sharp object to pierce your skin) is the most common form of self-harm many other forms exist, including burning, scratching or hitting body parts. Self-harm often first manifests itself in adolescence or young adulthood and is typically used as a way to cope with emotional pain. Individuals who have experienced trauma, neglect or abuse are particularly susceptible to self-harming behaviors. Self-harm can be a passing phase, but it is sometimes a symptom of a more serious psychiatric problem, like anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia, so it is important to take it seriously. Whether you, or a child in your care, has recently started hurting yourself or you’ve been doing it for a while, there is help available! Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s self-harm experts today.

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Self harm is a result of intense pain and often times is a way to avoid and lessen that pain. You may feel shame or keep this pattern secret from people in your life. Therapy with me is a way to experience compassion and learn how and why this is happening. I will help you develop skills that can help you choose other ways of coping with your pain. Self harm is nothing to be ashamed of. You are hurting and I want to help you heal.

— Jennie Wang-Hall, Psychologist in San Marcos, CA

I have 8 years of experience working with individuals that have significant urges to harm themselves or are experiencing suicidal ideation. I think that recognition, honesty, openness, and having a supportive ally, are really important steps in beginning the path of challenging self harm urges and actions.

— Sam Anderson, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I understand that there is a difference between self-harm and suicidal behavior and have experience helping people learn adaptive coping strategies.

— Debbie Duquette, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Madison, AL

I have worked with self injury for over 15 years and also provide trainings and workshops on the topic for clinicians, parents and schools. I use a harm reduction approach, and help people to explore the meaning and purpose of their self injury as they learn instead to find words for their pain.

— Kirsti Reeve, Licensed Professional Counselor in Ferndale, MI

Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Behavioral Tech

— Kate Horsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

You will have access to 24/7 hour phone coaching with me when you have urges for self harm. I will teach you ways to regulate such urges and find better coping strategies to fulfill your needs.

— Ann Guzman, Counselor in Peachtree Corners, GA

Many of us struggle with negative coping skills to help us through life's most difficult tasks and events. Individuals struggling with self harm often struggle with finding other ways to cope. Often we don't realize how harmful certain behaviors can be. I work with clients on DBT skills to work on deescalating emotions with positive coping skills like deep breathing, mindefullness, and exploring new skills that will help avoid negative behaviors and create new positive ones.

— Stephanie Brands, Clinical Social Worker in Plainfield, IL

I have experience working with clients with a wide range of self harm experiences. I will not judge your experience and offer a safe and healing space to process self harm behaviors.

— Mallory Striesfeld, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX

One of the most meaningful pieces of the work I do is helping people improve their relationships with themselves. I have experience implementing DBT-informed therapy and compassion-focused therapies to help clients manage self-harm and related challenges. Through this, we can help you understand what leads to self-harm and get you to a place of not feeling a need to have to resort to harming yourself to feel okay.

— JENNIFER GERLACH, Therapist in Swansea, IL

Self-harm is very deceiving. You think it makes you feel better by not feeling at all, but those feelings you've tried so hard to get rid of remain & the cycle continues. It's a high-risk way to cope with unwanted emotions that may lead to an unhealthy way of living. Although it's very hard, it's so important to face those negative emotions that fuel you to self-harm.

— Gina Naumov, Licensed Professional Counselor in Middlesex County, NJ

I work with teenagers and adults who use all sorts of behaviors to try to feel better, even when they know those behaviors are hurtful to themselves or others, or aren't in line with their values. I have worked with self-harm, thoughts of suicide, and emotional dysregulation in inpatient and outpatient settings. I rely on behavioral and emotional strategies to help you understand why you're using these behaviors and what to do instead.

— Tricia Mihal, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Using Cognitive behavioral Therapy (CBT), I am able to guide you to healthier coping mechanisms.

— Darcy Barillas, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

I have extensive training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, which is a treatment that has shown to be incredibly effective in helping people to stop self-harming behaviors. I have worked with numerous clients struggling with self-harm and have many strategies that I teach to help you to develop new coping skills.

— Mar Galizio, Psychotherapist

I understand the difference between suicidal thoughts and self-harm. Self-harm is a coping skill to handle everything going on, but it can be quite destructive and unhealthy. I want to help you learn new coping skills to get through your everyday challenges.

— Cassandra Hutchinson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Long Beach, CA

I utilize DBT as a therapeutic method for BPD traits and characteristics of SH. I utilize diary cards and other DBT tools to help build insight into the behavior and work to identify healthy coping skills for intense emotions. I am foundationally trained in DBT through the Linehan Institute.

— Essence Fiddemon, Counselor in Atlanta, Ga, GA