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

— Darcy Barillas, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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 Golden Valley, MN

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

If you are self-harming or you have a loved one who is self-harming it can be hard for both of you to understand. I have found that most who self-harm want a better way to cope with their emotions, but it sometimes feels impossible to stop self-harming. Whether that is because it has become a habit, it feels good, or you feel that you have no other way of dealing with life. I work with individuals from 12 years-old to adults on learning coping skills to replace self-harming using DBT.

— Amber Kosloske, Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

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

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

Intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy through Behavioral Tech

— Kate Horsch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I have been working with clients who struggle with self harm and suicidal ideation since 2002. Using DBT skills, mindfulness, and other modality approaches, one can find other ways to cope with difficult emotions.

— Johanna Limmer, Licensed Professional Counselor in ,

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

Building skills and supports to cope with emotional pain, suffering, and numbness; increasing positive meaningful life experiences

— Hannah Brooks, Social Worker in New York, NY

Moving From Self-Harm to Self-Care: Learn coping strategies to conquer harmful habits. *Are you struggling with self-harm, such as suicidal thoughts, self-injury, substance abuse, toxic relationships, or other harmful behaviors? *Have you tried to make a change on your own, but had trouble following through? Get support in crafting your own self-care plan to live a healthier and more satisfying life.

— Anna Lindberg Cedar, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

I have worked with youth (children and teens) who have thoughts and behaviors of self-harm as well as thoughts and behaviors of suicide. I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy as well as interventions from Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

— Katrina (Kat) de los Santos, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Antonio, TX

I help people identify triggers that make them feel overwhelmed by their emotions and help them to find healthy ways to feel more in control.

— Courtney Dunn, Clinical Social Worker in yonkers, NY

Self-harm involves a toxic combination of self-hatred and intense emotions that seem impossible to overcome. I want to help my clients piece these two components apart and work through each one. Overcoming self-harm involves working through emotional distress without unintentionally pointing to yourself as "the problem" which only leads to more emotional distress. It also involves developing the confidence that you can handle whatever life throws at you.

— Zach Leezer, Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I have extensive experience working with adolescent and adult clients who have both current and past self-harm behaviors. I work with evidence based interventions and harm reduction practices to help clients identify the unique function of their self harm behaviors and develop motivation to move towards healthier and more sustainable coping strategies.

— Jacqueline Benson, Clinical Psychologist in Oakland, CA