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What is Self-harm counseling?

Self-harm counseling is aimed at helping individuals who struggle with harming themselves break this pattern by addressing the underlying emotional causes and work to develop new, healthier coping skills. Thriveworks self-harm therapists in Westminster, CO are experienced in treating those who self-harm with empathy, compassion, and unconditional regard in order to help them heal and recover, both physically and emotionally.

How does Self-harm counseling work?

Self-harm counseling at Thriveworks often uses cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy to help clients discover the connections between their thoughts and feelings and their behaviors. By assessing these areas, Thriveworks Westminster therapists can help clients find and address the true emotional roots of their patterns and, from there, effectively adjust unwanted behaviors.

Is Self-harm counseling conducted in person or online?

Self-harm counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Self-harm counseling last?

The duration of self-harm counseling will often depend on a variety of factors, such as the intensity of an individual's symptoms or the current levels of stress present in their lives. Because of this, treatment can last a handful of months or on a continual basis over the course of years. In the end, it's up to the client and their individual needs.

Need more help deciding?

Virginia is a new grandmother who is working hard to be able to retire one day. Gabe is holding down his first full-time job after graduation and wants to move into his own apartment soon. Rosie is a fifth-grader who is bullied at school, but she would never tell her parents. As different as these individuals appear, their lives have farm more in common than would seem. Rosie, Gabe, and Virginia face different life challenges, but they are coping with those stresses in similar ways—with self-harm. Cutting and other forms of self-injury affect both men and women, the young and the old. Often, when people mutilate their bodies, they are simply doing their best to process emotional pain.

“It was a way of expressing my own shame of myself on my own body. I was matching the inside to the outside. And there were sometimes where my emotions were just so built up, I didn’t know what to do…” –Demi Lovato

Self-harm is often the only way people know how to express the excruciating life experiences they have survived. They may live with the severe emotions that often come with victimization, trauma, poverty, and more. When people do not know how to process the shame and the pain, they may express the emotional pain through physical pain, as Demi Lovato did.

If you or someone you love uses cutting or self-harm to find relief from the pain of life, know that you are not alone and know that it is possible to learn different coping skills. The therapists at Thriveworks Westminster have helped many people who struggle with self-injury heal from psychological pain and find new ways to express their feelings.

Symptoms of Self-Harm

While cutting may be the most recognizable type of self-harm, it is by no means the only type. Self-injury can take different forms. For example, people may burn, carve, brand, scratch, pinch, or cut themselves to cause harm. Some people pull their hair, pick their scabs, or sabotage another wound’s healing process. Self-harm may pop up in people’s lives during difficult seasons, or it can occur regularly and repeatedly.

Just as the forms of self-injury vary greatly, so can the symptoms displayed by people who utilize it as a coping mechanism. For example, symptoms of self-harm may include…

  • Displaying fresh wounds such as scratches, burns, bruises, or cuts.
  • Hiding the wounds with clothing such as jackets and pants.
  • Possession of knives or other weapons used to cause the injuries.
  • Questioning one’s identity—Who am I? Why am I here?
  • Interpersonal difficulties with friends, teachers, family, bosses, et cetera.
  • Displaying impulsive and unpredictable behavior.
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, and/or helpless.

Why Might People Harm Themselves?

When, why, and how certain individuals injure themselves can vary from person-to-person, but particular circumstances and factors may make self-harm a more likely choice for particular people.

There is a strong link between psychological pain and self-injury. In particular, many people who self-harm have been abused as children. They may have experienced neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, or sexual abuse. Abuse and other traumatic experiences can spark emotions such as worthlessness, confused sexuality, anger, panic, guilt, rejection, and/or self-hatred, and survivors of abuse often have difficulty regulating and processing these intense emotions. Self-injury is often the only way people know how to escape, even if momentarily. Through self-harm, people are often seeking…

    1. A diversion from their pain.
    2. Help for their anxiety.
    3. Control over something in life.
    4. An experience other than numbness—even if it is physically painful.
    5. A way to express their experiences.

To blame themselves for the hardship they have endured.

Despite momentary relief, self-injury often exacerbates the underlying problems instead of alleviating them.

Someone I Love Is Cutting

Sometimes, friends and family members are in a position to help a loved one who struggles with self-injury. One of the best ways to help is simply being a loving and understanding presence. Here are a few tangible ways to support a loved one who may be self-harming.

  • Listen without questions or judgment: Support can look like being quiet. Allow your loved one to talk when ready. Listen without interrupting. Do not lecture, criticize, accuse, or fix. These may make their urge to self-harm more intense.
  • Express your love and support: Verbalizing your care for them and your willingness to help as they feel comfortable. You cannot force your loved one to pursue healing, but if they choose, offer to drive them to their first counseling session or encourage them to take their medications or help them find a support group to attend.

Schedule Therapy and Counseling for Self-Harm at Thriveworks

If you or someone you love are cutting or utilizing other forms of self-harm to cope with life, know that change is possible. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Westminster have seen people turn self-hatred into self-love and self-harm into self-advocacy. The process is not easy, but we are here for support and guide.

If you are ready to meet with a counselor or therapist, know that Thriveworks Westminster has appointments for self-harm available. Dealing with self-injury is difficult enough, scheduling therapy should not add to the difficulty. Our office has tried to make the scheduling process as easy as possible.

When you call our office, a person will answer and help you make an appointment. We also accept most insurance plans and offer weekend and evening appointments. Let’s start healing: Contact Thriveworks Westminster today.

 

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Westminster therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | BCBS - PPO|HMO

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Westminster
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Talk therapy

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Psychiatry

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Hear from our clients

4.7 Thriveworks Westminster reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Read more Chris at Thrive Works saved my life. I started at the beginning of the pandemic, by phone, and I didn’t think therapy by phone would have the impact that it did. But I tried for my kids, my marriage, and myself. I can’t say enough good things about Chris. Thank you for everything, and for literally saving my life. I wouldn’t be alive without his counsel.
Westminster Mar 2021
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★★★★★
Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Read more Can't say enough positive things about Thriveworks Counseling and specifically my therapist, Chris. Deeply grateful for this space to work through challenging life situations that I recently went through.
Westminster Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Read more I am so pleased to find such a skilled an knowledgeable counselor. I have worked in the field for over 25 years and struggle to find such qualified and effective counselor as Jacob. I highly recommend this man for his sage wisdom and warmth.....
Westminster Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Read more Jakob Rosenthal is the best therapist I've ever encountered! He gets to the bottom line quickly and kindly, and helps me to understand as well as helps me to have healthy coping mechanisms. I am a better person for having seen him.
Westminster Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Read more Initially I saw Jacob for my intake appointment and felt he was really great. I was placed with Kate Kelly and overall she is fabulous. She has helped me live to my full potential. She has helped me sort out my PTSD with childhood and adult trauma, as well as being a great resource for addiction counseling. She was also extremely helpful to point me in the right direction on how to deal with (or escape from) toxic family members. She was also a really great help to me during grief and loss of a loved one. I feel so much better than I did before going to Thriveworks. I'm in a great place now and will be back in the future. I can't thank you enough.
Westminster Mar 2018
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★★★★★
I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Read more I found them to be very helpful from the first call, visit and therapy. It’s a very warm and inviting office with a great staff.
Westminster Feb 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Read more Jacob has helped me much more than any therapist I've ever seen. His skill, insight, and kindness are truly outstanding. Jacob has helped me change my life so that my depression is no longer in charge. His approach is very direct - which may not be for everyone but was perfect for me - but he always acts and speaks with sincere compassion. Thank you, Jacob, you have helped heal me at a level I thought was impossible. Also, Jennifer has always been super wonderful and responsive withheduling and questions. She goes above and beyond to be helpful and kind. Thanks Jennifer! You're awesome.
Westminster Mar 2017
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★★★★★
Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Read more Chris Saxon is a respected colleague who genuinely cares about his clients. He combines his education, vast experience, and authentic caring nature to create a safe environment where peolplecan learn, heal, and grow. I've even recommended Chris to my own family member!
Westminster Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Westminster is located in the Federal Heights area off of Bryant St. We share a building with Panorama Orthopedics & Spine Center, and there is a parking lot just behind us. Next door to us is a larger building that houses St. Anthony North Family Medicine 84th.

Phone number

(302) 253-7942

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