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

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

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 Golden Valley, MN

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

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 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

I have worked with individuals struggling with self-harm since 2010. Specialized training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which is the treatment of choice for Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as those who struggle with intense emotions and self-harm.

— Ashley Strang, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI

Self-harm is often thought of behaviors to "get attention" or something that "teens" do. Self-harm is often used as a short-term solution to difficult emotions/experiences. I understand that it works. I often find that with self-harm comes shame and hiding. Learning skills that are effective to manage the distress you experience and ones that do not result in you harming yourself to feel better is possible. You do not have to hurt yourself to be okay.

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

I have specialized in treating self-harm since become trained in DBT. Self-harm is largely misunderstood and many therapists shy away from treating it. I know that there are many things underlying self-harm when it comes up. Many of my clients are in recovery from self-harm for many years and continue to progress in improving their lives long beyond their last self-harming incident. If you or a loved one struggle with self-harm and are looking for support, please reach out!

— Bess Child, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

When a person becomes overwhelmed and distressed, they may look to various avenues of relief to reduce their uncomfortable feelings, including self-harm. Self harming behaviors can be seen as a coping skill that a person acquires when they do not have other tools in their toolbox to navigate the challenges they may face. When working to address self harm, the main focus of treatment is finding new coping skills that encourage healing and help keep a person safe when facing distress.

— Kristina Altomari, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boston, MA

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 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

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 work in The Self-Injury Institute. Visit for more information.

— Emma Jaegle, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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