WHAT IS SELF-HARM?
There are many different behaviours that are classed as 'self-harm'.
Some of these are cutting, scratching, engaging in risky behaviours, taking large amounts of medication.
Excessive drinking or drug use, eating disorder and even smoking or tattoos are sometimes classed as self-harm.
There are many different reasons a person may self-harm. Sometimes it's a way of releasing tension, pain or feelings, sometimes it's a way of avoiding painful feelings, sometimes it's an attempt to reach out to others in the hope of a response.
HOW CAN COUNSELLING HELP WITH SELF-HARM?
When working with someone who has been self-harming I would begin by helping them to understand what the intention behind the act is.
Once we both understand why the person is self-harming we will be able to focus on working with the emotions that are underneath.
By working through these emotions in a safe environment the individual is able to feel more in control of their life and begin to find other ways of expressing how they feel.