What is self harming?

Self-harm is when someone injures themselves on purpose in an attempt to cope with their strong emotional feelings such as anger, despair or self-hatred. 

Self harming and bodily abuse affects mainly children and teenagers although adults can also be affected. Many normal people can suffer from the compulsion to self-harm. Self harming can include cutting on the arms and legs, scratching the skin, biting themselves, hitting oneself and hair pulling (Trichotillomania). It can also be associated with other abusive and reckless behaviours such as drug taking, eating disorders (anorexia or bulimia), reckless drinking and dangerous behaviour.

Other ways of self harming can include not seeking treatment for illnesses such as alcoholism or drug dependency.

Self-harmers are only trying to make themselves feel better. 

The most comprehensive Australian study of self-harm, published in 2010, estimates that around eight per cent of the Australian population have self-harmed in some way.

Why do people self-harm?

  • the belief that punishment is deserved

  • post-traumatic stress disorder

  • feelings of depression

  • attempting to numb their emotions

  • low self-esteem

  • body image issues

  • self-loathing

  • history of sexual abuse

  • physical or emotional abuse

  • strong feelings of anxiety or depression

Is it possible to treat self-harmers?

Overcoming self-harming is absolutely possible. It can be treated very successfully using a very effective programme I offer. We can discuss this when you come in for a chat.

I have successfully conducted many sessions via Skype so regardless of where you are in the world I can help you. All you need is an iPad, laptop or PC, a good internet connection, a Skype account (it’s free) and some privacy. Skype can be downloaded for a PC or Mac by clicking on the Skype logo immediately below or, if you have an iPad, going to iTunes and downloading the app. Sessions can also be conducted via FaceTime or Messenger.

If you would like to finally feel in control, calm and peaceful in your thoughts, please either email or call me on 0409 254 500 and we can arrange for you to come in for a free no obligation consultation or a chat via Skype. We can discuss your options and you will be able to get clear answers on any questions you may have. There is no obligation on either your part or mine!

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