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Therapy & Counselling For Self-Harm

Why Do People Self-Harm?: Self-harm (also called self-injury or non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI)) is usually a sign of intense anxiety and depression or distress. People deliberately self-harm for lots of reasons: to use physical pain to express or numb emotional pain, distract or punish themselves, feel pleasure or a sense of control, or feel anything at all.

Generally, people who self-harm will often try to hide their behaviour and conceal their self-harm scars from others.

How to stop self-harming?: If you self-harm, you may have complex feelings about your actions: confusion, relief, shame, guilt. If self-harming is helping you to cope with a difficult situation (self-harming for some might momentarily make them feel better), you may even feel proud or resilient. A therapist will provide a space for you to start working on raising your low-self-esteem and to express yourself without fear of judgement.

How therapy & counselling can help:  For some people who self-harm the desire to hurt themselves can feel like something that they can’t seem to stop doing. Therapy may help a client find ways to understand their emotions, practice self-compassion, and gradually reduce their self-harming cycle and express their feelings in other, more positive ways.

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Self-Harm

What to expect from Self-harm therapy: Mindfulness techniques (such as methods practiced in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)) are useful to help you recognise your desire to self-injure when it occurs and find ways of responding to that desire in a healthy way.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to dealing with self-harming issues.

Therapists & Counsellors Working Self-Harm Issues at HQ Therapy

A therapist will work with you to identify the source of the emotional pain that drives your actions. Self-harm therapy will also explore other possible connections to other psychological behavioural disorders a client might be experiencing, such as borderline personality disorder (BPD), bipolar and mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and childhood trauma/PTSD.

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing self-harm symptoms using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Self-Harm?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.