Self-harm, also known as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), is the act of harming oneself on purpose. This can include cutting, burning, or hitting oneself. Self-harm is often used as a way to cope with difficult emotions or experiences. It is believed that the act of self-harm releases pent up emotions in the short-term, however these feelings only continue to get worse in the long-term. People who self-harm may have a history of trauma such as physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse. Self-harming behaviors can also be indicative of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or borderline personality disorder, to name a few.
Did You Know?
Recent data posted in an article on Psychology Today found that self-harm rates ranged from 6-14% in adolescent boys and 17-30% in adolescent girls. While common among teens, it also noted that adults can self-harm.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the signs that someone is self-harming?
In many cases, self-harming behaviors are done in private and kept secret, so it can be hard to detect. Frequent injuries such as cuts, scratches, bruises, bald spots, bite marks, and burns can indicate potential self-harm. In some cases, someone who self-harms may also seem prone to accidents or may enjoy extremely risky and dangerous behaviors. They may also make comments about feeling worthless or try to hide marks made by self-harming behaviors. If you are self-harming or suspect that a loved one is self-harming, schedule a consultation with our team at Transitions Counseling in Glendale, North Phoenix, South Mountain, or Chandler. Our team is also available for telehealth appointments.
How is self-harm diagnosed?
At Transitions Counseling, Dr. Krauss and our team diagnose self-harm through identifying the underlying cause. This is done by performing a formal assessment. During this evaluation, you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, and other factors that could affect your mental health.
How is self-harm treated at Transitions Counseling?
At Transitions Counseling, self-harm is treated by addressing the underlying cause. We use integrative programs to guide you through your own personal recovery with respect and compassion. Our practice uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and interventions that address the whole person. During your treatment, you may be encouraged to participate in one or more of the following:
- DBT Skills Training
- EMDR Sessions
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Family Groups & Workshops
- Group Counseling
- Intensive Outpatient Programs
- Meditation & Mindfulness Exercises
- Nutritional Assessment & Coaching
- Yoga Practice & Yoga Therapy
If you are self-harming or suspect that a loved one is self-harming, Dr. Krauss and our team at Transitions Counseling in Glendale, North Phoenix, South Mountain, or Chandler would love to help you get back on your feet with an integrative treatment program that addresses the whole person. Give us a call for more information!