Self-harm means hurting yourself on purpose. Some people self-harm as a way to release painful emotions, such as low self-worth, poor body image, depression, or anxiety.
Self-harm is a coping mechanism that has both physical and emotional consequences, from infection to shame to putting yourself at risk for more severe actions such as suicide. (If you feel like you may take your own life; immediate support is available. Please call 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.)
If you self-harm, help is available to learn other coping mechanisms that are better for your physical and emotional health. The first step is talking to a trained therapist who can help you understand your behaviors, their root causes, and how to feel better.
A self-harm therapist can help you address the root causes of self-harm and get you to a more stable, comfortable place in your life. Specifically, a therapist for self-harm can help you:
If you are still curious of how a self-harm therapist can help you, read this personal story about self-harm, trauma, and the benefits of therapy.
If you are self-harming, you should seek professional treatment as soon as possible. You deserve to learn new ways to cope that help you improve your life. There are proven treatments and tools available to you.
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