An 18 year old on his own for the first time at college. A 28 year old mother of twins overwhelmed with life. A 14 year old moving to a new community. A 55 year old man who has been let go from a downsizing company. From the outside, these individuals look like they are at different phases in life and would have nothing in common; however, upon closer inspection, what they share is emotional distress. The stressors are different but how they may be managing those overwhelming emotions may not be.
What is Self-Harm?
Self-harm, also called self-injury, is the urge to deliberately hurt yourself. While generally not a suicidal action, it is an attempt to cope with the intense feelings one is having. Self-harm may help distract, express emotions one cannot put into words, or release emotional pain.
Self-harm can last for a short timeframe while dealing with overwhelming stressors or as a regular and ongoing mechanism to cope.
How to support someone who is self-harming
- Listen without judgment. Lecturing, criticizing or offering advice may make their urge to self-harm more intense.
- Express your love and support. Communicate how much you care for them and that you are available whenever they need you. You cannot force them into healing, but you can be there when they are ready to take next steps in managing their emotions in healthier ways.
Therapy and Counseling for Self-Harm at Thriveworks Colorado Springs
If you or someone you care about is cutting or using other forms of self-harm to manage strong emotions, know that change is possible. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs are here to support and guide along the path from self-hatred and self-harm towards self-love and self-advocacy. If you are curious about how this change happens, please call. We know that making the call is already challenging enough; our office is trying to make scheduling as easy as possible. When you call our office, a person will answer and help you make the appointment. Let’s start towards healthier coping. Contact Thriveworks Colorado Springs today.