Deliberately harming yourself can be a behaviour you have developed as your coping mechanism for when things feel too overwhelming. You might self-harm as a way to distract yourself from negative thoughts, or because you feel numb inside and it seems a way to feel alive again.
But while self-harming might make you feel better for a short while, it doesn’t change any of your problems or make the feelings you struggle with go away. Instead, it can damage your body, alienate the ones you love, and send you on a spiral of guilt, loneliness, and increasingly low moods.
Self-harm can include any of the following behaviours:
- constant scratching, biting and picking
- banging or hitting parts of your body
- burning or scalding yourself
- abusing yourself with substances (alcohol, drugs, overeating)
- pushing yourself into dangerous scenarios (unsafe sex, driving too fast, dangerous situations)
The desire to hurt yourself can feel like something you can’t stop doing. But with the right support it is entirely possible to overcome your urge to self-harm, and replace with more healthy ways of coping.
Self-harm counselling can help you recognise the thoughts and feelings you are having that are triggering you to hurt yourself. It involves working on raising your self-esteem and discovering different ways of coping with your stress and low moods.
Together we can get to the bottom of the issues that drive you to self-harm, as well as recognise the inner resources you have to move forward into handling life’s challenges in a more constructive way.
What I can help with
There are times in life when things become too difficult for us. Often friends and family can offer support, but sometimes this isn’t enough.
Therapies I offer
My practice provides Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling that is appropriate for my clients individual needs.
My private practice
My Private practice studio is based in the heart of Ulverston, Cumbria, however I also works using SKYPE.
About Lakeland Therapy
My work is integrative in nature, offering Psychotherapy, Counselling and Supervision to clients across the region
2 Bolton Place