Finding out that someone you love has been self-injuring is extremely scary and confusing.
You don’t understand why she would do it. Is she trying to kill herself? Does she need to go to the emergency room? Is she a danger to other people? What are we supposed to do now?
You’re not at all sure what to do, but you know you need to help and support her, and most importantly, keep her safe.
Or maybe you are the one injuring and are ready to seek help.
It started as something you thought you’d just try once to see what happened and now it’s taken on a life of its own.
The urges are increasing in intensity and injuring is now the only thing that makes them go away. It has become your go-to way of coping with basically everything: sadness, anger, guilt, embarrassment, boredom, loneliness, disappointment.
Sometimes you’re not even sure why you’re doing it. You’re not sure that you’ll ever be able to stop, but you’re ready to at least see what help would look like because there’s a little part of you that believes things could be better.
Self-injury is a maladaptive coping mechanism, much like drug or alcohol abuse.
Unfortunately, it is much less frequently talked about, so getting help for it is not always as easy.
You need a therapist who is well trained in helping people who self-injure. Someone who understands what it is and is not and can help differentiate between self-injurious behavior and suicidality. You need someone who has walked this road with other families and can provide a clear, understandable, and safe path forward.
We use a multifaceted approach to treating self-injury, combining individual and family therapy, regular monitoring for risk level, harm-reduction strategies, and behavioral therapy techniques.
Self-injury is complicated, and often signifies that there are a multitude of issues below the surface, but with the right combination of treatments it is absolutely treatable.
We understand the urgency of treatment in these situations and are here to help.
We can guide you back to wellness. Your family can heal.
Please give us a call today or use the contact form below to send an email. We are ready to help.