Counselling Psychotherapy for self-harm & self-injury
Self-Harm & Self-Injury are behaviours developed as a means of coping with Intense Stress and Anxiety. Acknowledging the underlying issues can impact on the emotional, psychological, physical consequences and enable to beginning of the healing process. This may enable to addressing of the unhealthy and unhelpful behaviours developed to manage the overwhelming Depression, Anxiety and Stress.
Self-injury or self-harm is a particularly hard concept for people on the outside of this growing phenomenon to comprehend. To the person who deliberately hurt themselves, their actions are not only logical, but often seemingly necessary. For the most part, people who self-injure are not suicidal, they are merely reacting to what they perceive to be intense stress or trauma in the best way they know how.
You are engaged in your unique journey through life. You may be searching for your own meaning and purpose. You may be feeling unhappy and troubled, distressed and unable to cope. Counselling and therapy is about addressing that which is difficult for you and working towards meaningful change.If you are experiencing self-injury or self-harm, there is help and support available. Begin by consulting your GP.
Are you may be searching for help and are anxious and fearful of taking the next step.
Counselling 4 U offers a warm, empathetic, safe, confidential and professional environment in which to explore issues that may be troubling you. This process can enable you to discover your existing inner resources and help you to build the awareness to make meaningful choices so as to live a more satisfying life.
These injuries may include self-inflicted burns, cuts, bites, hair pulling, poisoning and even breaking bones. Many self-injurers also purposely pick or pinch their skin, open existing wounds to prevent healing and they may also repeatedly bang their heads and use such things as wires, nails or pins to penetrate various body parts.
Cutting is probably the most widely recognized form of self-injury. This behavior involves making several shallow cuts, usually on the arms or legs, using a razor blade, knife or even a broken piece of glass. Self-injury is dangerous for obvious reasons, but for participants, this behaviour is merely the less of two evils. These self-infliction’s may prevent them from seriously hurting themselves or others.
Self-injury is a treatable condition however. For the most part, the behaviour results from poor coping skills, something therapy or counselling can ultimately teach. Over time, if you self-harm, you will also need to resolve the underlying issues. Counselling gives you an opportunity to heal on the outside as well as the inside so you can enjoy a healthy, happy life.
For people who don’t self-harm, the idea of actually inflicting pain and purposely scarring their own bodies is bizarre. But it’s important to remember that people who self-injure are not crazy. These people, for various reasons, have not developed healthy coping skills to deal with everyday stresses.
Something in their past has caused them to devalue their being and these painful memories coupled with existing emotional turmoil, have put them into a state of overload. By inflicting pain and injury to themselves, they believe they are averting feeling or even calming the powerful emotions that threaten to escape.
There are several common characteristics of people who self-injure. For the most part, the behaviour begins between the ages of 10 and 16, at which time the child may have experienced an emotional trauma such as divorce or the death of a parent. Generally, there may be abuse and violence in the home. Or the home may be “normal,” but functions in a manner where the child feels rejected, unworthy, inadequate and helpless.
Research suggests that women are twice as likely to scratch, pinch and cut themselves as men, who are more apt to punch things to injure their hands. Ironically, the majority of self-injurers claim they feel little or no pain while hurting themselves, most likely because they dissociate during the event.
If you are Self-Injuring or Self-Harming then it is wise to seek the assistance of counselling. There are no issue too big or too small.
Seeking Help Is The Next Step! You Can Make That Difference Real In Your Life!