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Self-Harm and How Therapy Can Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with self-harm, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Self-harm is often a symptom of deeper mental health issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, or personality disorders. It is a way for individuals to cope with internal pain and distress, but it is not a healthy or sustainable solution.

I have worked extensively with individuals who struggle with self-harm, providing a safe and nonjudgmental space to address the underlying issues and develop healthier coping mechanisms. Quite often, individuals describe it as a means to relieve internal pain. Together, we can work on identifying triggers and stressors, and find alternative ways to manage difficult emotions.

It’s also important to note that self-harm is prevalent among individuals of all ages, including middle school-aged children. Early intervention and support are crucial in addressing self-harm behaviors and helping young individuals develop healthy coping mechanisms.

I invite families to participate in therapy as it is necessary to create a safe home environment by minimizing access to items that could be used for self-harm. I can provide practical advice on how to do this, as well as support for parents of children who self-harm.

If you or a loved one is struggling with this issue, please reach out to Veronica Listens. Taking the first step towards healing is the most important decision you can make. You can schedule an appointment with me by emailing or calling 561-903-TALK (8255). Together, we can work towards a brighter, healthier future.

See also Veronica's articleDramatic Increase in Depression in American Teen Girls – 5 Ways to Help.

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