Self harm counselling and having a counsellor on hand for those times your need to harm takes over your life can be vital to recovery and is not something often available, but You Call We Listen offer that exact service. If you need is for support we are here, just call us when you feel like you are losing control we will talk you down from that need to harm.
Just think how not harming because you are talking to our of our experts in self harm counselling is going to make you feel. You will feel fantastic for overcoming that awful urge and need to harm. Self harm has no boundaries and takes over the person it clings too. Let’s stop it now!
Our professional online counsellors are experienced in dealing with clients suffering from self harm issues and are here to listen and never judge.
Self-harm is the term given to an disorder where people will inflict physical damage onto the body, resulting in the body tissue becoming damaged. People self-harm in an attempt to change their mood or their state of mind. Examples of body tissue damage includes burns, bruises and cuts. Self-harm is also known as self-injury and deliberate self-harm.
The most common type of self-harm can be cutting or scratching the body with some kind of sharp object, such as a knife. However, this is not the only damage that is considered when talking about self-harm, other damages include:
- Burning the body
- Ingesting toxic substances
People who suffer from other mental disorders, such as depression, personality disorder and stress can fall victim to self-harm, although this is not the case for everyone.
Why do people self-harm?
There are many reasons why people self-harm, but the main one is that it is seen as a coping mechanism for a particular experience. It may give a temporary release for a person.
Other reasons why people self-harm includes:
- Calming (if a person is overwhelmed)
- Can help people to focus
- People may self-harm to slow their emotions down
- Bury thoughts and feelings
- A form of punishment
As self-harm can be triggered by other illnesses, genetics does not play a part specifically in self-harm, but does in other mental illnesses, such as depression, which can then in turn trigger self-harming.
There may be long-term or short term psychological factors that lead to self-harm. Suffering abuse, whether it be in childhood or later relationships, can often cause suppressed emotions and self-harm. Misusing alcohol and drugs can also lead to self-harm.
Within self-harm, there are many myths about the disorder. The first being that self-harm is some kind of suicide attempt. The truth is that this is not the case and self-harm is seen to be an alternative to suicide. The second myth is that those who self-harm are seeking attention. Again, this is not is true as self-harmers often go out of their way to hide and cover-up their injuries.
Symptoms of self-harm
There are many symptoms that you may find with self-harm including:
- Injuries are inflicted on parts of the body that are easy to cover up
- Not display any flesh that shows injuries, i.e. avoiding swimming
- Create elaborate excuses for their injuries
- Sufferers may become secretive when questioned
- Symptoms of depression could be exhibited
- Low mood, loss of appetite, low self-esteem.
Getting help for self-harm
With many illnesses, the first step in getting help with self-harming is to recognize and admit that you do have an illness and that the problem is not healthy. The behaviour surrounding self-harming needs to be stopped or broken, which can be done by the sufferer themselves – with this it’s important to remember that the person self-harming is not doing so to punish anyone else, its simply a behaviour.
Confiding in someone is the first step on the road to recovery from self-harm.
How does counselling for self-harm work?
Many methods are available that can help a person break their behaviour in order to stop them self-harming.
- Channelling their emotions into another activity
- Identifying triggers
- Joining self-help groups
- Seeking professional help
The above list is a comprehensive guide to what you can do to help someone with a self-harming problem, or what you can do to help if you’re the one who self-harms.
The best and most common treatment for self-harming is counselling, where you can talk through problems and experiences that may have led to you self-harming.
Prescribed medication, such as anti-depressants may also be given to a person by a GP in order to help with self-harming.
There are different methods of distraction that can be used, depending on the kind of emotion that triggers the self-harming. For example, if a person is sad or unhappy, doing something soothing, such as reading a book can help.
Relapses often occur during the recovery process, and can sometimes be triggered by an event or the anniversary of an event, and at this point, distractions can also be used to help.
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