Suicidal Thoughts

If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, means thinking about or planning suicide. Suicidal thoughts are typically in response to feeling that there is no solution to current problem or no end in sight to current pain. Suicidal thoughts are common – many people experience them at some point. However, these thoughts are temporary and passing in nature. If you are having recurrent suicidal thoughts, it likely won’t get better on its own. It’s important to remember that suicide is preventable. Even the most chronic suicidal thoughts and feelings can be resolved with time and support. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s suicidal thoughts experts today. If you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

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I believe that comprehensive therapy for suicidal ideation is so much more than writing down a safety plan on a piece of paper and calling it a day. It is my goal to meet my clients where they are in their journey, and help them find their own meaning and hope. I am certified through ASIST, the world's leading suicide prevention program, and use these techniques regularly in sessions where suicidality is a concern.

— Kate Fallon Upton, Associate Professional Counselor in Marietta, GA

One of the goals is to keep you out of a hospital setting as long as you are committed to the full treatment. This is a life worth living program, which means the focus is not just on preventing suicide, but helping you achieve things to make your life more meaningful and less distressing. You will have access to 24/7 phone coaching with me when you are feeling suicidal and will be given skills to regulate these urges.

— Ann Guzman, Counselor in Peachtree Corners, GA

While it may be taboo in our society to even mention suicidal thoughts or feelings, I have worked with many clients who have had suicidal thoughts at some point in their lives. In our sessions, you can talk about it. And if you're concerned that your words will lead to me having to make a call, breathe, relax, we will go over that stuff during your first session. I have some really cool strategies we can use to begin to tackle those feelings of hopelessness or depression.

— Jeremy Scataglini, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

I help children and adults learn to reduce and/or extinguish suicidal thoughts through holistic approaches that help them identify triggers, thus utilizing helpful coping skills. I also help parents learn helpful approaches to support their children, as well as provide individual crisis services for families in need.

— Dotti Howe, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in WALTON, NY

I've worked for several years within an Intensive Outpatient (IOP)/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); here I have worked closely with both passive, chronic suicidality, as well as acutely active risk. Suicidal thoughts/ideation (SI) are a unique challenge, but do offer opportunities to further explore one's experiences and the meaning s/he makes out of them. It is a particular joy to see someone emerge from such darkness to rejoin and enjoy an abundant life.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

I have extensive experience with suicidal thoughts, and am specifically trained to help with self-harm/self-injury.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

I am trained in DBT and have 4 years of experience teaching DBT skills groups, and working with clients with suicidal ideation based on that model.

— Nicholas Crimp, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Twisp, WA

Suicidality is the ultimate giving up and hopelessness. It is, at its core, a failure to be able to solve problems. Suicidal thoughts are like a muscle. The more you exercise them, the stronger they become. I work with my clients to create a plan to help keep them safe, and then go deeper to find the root causes that have lead to such acute distress. You can feel better and your life can be better.

— Benjamin Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Alvin, TX

Many people struggled with suicidal ideation and they are often fearful to share that they are having these thoughts with others due to shame, fear of abandonment, burdening others, having others worry about them, or feelings that no one will understand or be able to help. Sometimes suicidal thoughts come as a way to escape unexplainable pain, or to express to oneself or others that something is wrong. Let's talk about it, let's create a plan to keep you safe. You can get through this!

— Chantal Wilson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

As a CAMS-trained therapist (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality), I work with adults and adolescents/ teens experiencing chronic suicidal ideation to increase awareness and management of what drives their suicidality.

— Genevieve Fuller, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

Trained in state-of-the-art suicide prevention by the STAR-Center (, using specialized and evidence based assessment and treatment for adolescents and young adults suffering from depression and/or anxiety.

— Meredythe Kimmel Hlasnik, Therapist

II have extensive history of working with clients that struggle with Suicidal Ideation. We will utilize CBT to bring awareness to triggers, situations, emotions that reinforces Suicidal Ideation. We work to identify healthy coping skills that can help to make life worth living. We work to build insight so therefore we can make progress towards recovery together.

— Essence Fiddemon, Counselor in Atlanta, Ga, GA

When individuals become overwhelmed to the point of thinking of harming themselves, then it is time to stop everything and re-examine our lifestyle. I have worked to become proficient at making clients realize that problems - and thoughts of harm - are transient and that there are many other solutions and practices that can make life more meaningful.

— Catherine Rincon, Counselor in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Suicide has been a part of my life since I was in 8th grade. I have lost friends and family members to suicide over the years. I have also struggle at times with my own thoughts of suicide. Though it is not all I work with, I do hold a special place in my heart for those who have been touched by suicide whether through their personal lived experience, supporting loved ones who struggle with suicide, or the experience of grieving someone who has died by suicide.

— Julie Reichenberger, Counselor in Denver, CO

The theoretical approach is use is Dialectical behavioral therapy which has been shown the be effective with people struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Marco Viteri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Suicidal thoughts are one of the worst symptoms to be dealing with (in my humble opinion). Because your brain is trying to get you to believe that there is no future for you. I'm here to tell you right now, your brain is screwing with you. And it sucks. It can get better, even though your brain says it won't. These intrusive or passive thoughts won't happen forever. If you are thinking about harming yourself please reach out to me or to someone else, or go to your nearest ER.

— Rachel Albers, Licensed Professional Counselor in LIncolnwood, IL