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Self-harm and Sucidal Ideation
Self-harm is usually applied to situations when someone mutilates or damages their own body. Cutting, hair pulling, and skin picking are some methods associated with self-harm. However, self-harm can apply to other forms of behaviour if done with suicidal intent. For instance, if someone refused to eat and did this with suicidal thoughts in mind, then they would be committing an act of self-harm. Whilst only a minority of those who self-harm are not suicidal, evidence of self-harm is found in 40-60% of those who commit suicide.
Suicidal tendencies may develop from trauma, psychological disorders like depression, or difficult life circumstances. Self-harm is a significant indicator of suicidal ideation, but it can be hidden away. Other signs include someone becoming withdrawn and quiet and a fixation on abstract subjects such as the concepts of life and death. To manage suicidal tendencies, therapy is an essential method of facilitating communication. Other treatment plans include medication and positive lifestyle choices, but a combination of all three is likely needed to help regulate suicidal ideation.
Self-harm and Suicidal Ideation, Help in Glasgow
If you have self-harmed in the past or are going through a period where you feel drawn to do so, it can feel like an isolating experience. Telling someone about self-harm can be overwhelming, and it is even harder to talk about suicidal thoughts or fixations. At Psychology Scotland, we acknowledge how challenging it is to open up about these subjects. One of our priorities has been to create a friendly environment that is welcoming to people from all walks of life. Whether you are new to therapy or have experience with psychological counselling, you will be supported at our centre by a network of experts and people who understand your worries.
Our professional therapists offer programmes that have been supported by strong empirical evidence. After an initial assessment, you will be advised to enrol on a course that matches your needs. Once you begin therapy, you will begin to develop skills that will help you maintain a better state of well-being throughout your life. Our aim at Psychology Scotland is to provide all our patients with the knowledge of how to navigate their difficulties. Long after you have left therapy, you will be able to sustain a better relationship with yourself and your loved ones.
The thoughts of suicide can be unnerving, particularly in the cases where you idealise the act. Talking therapies like person-centred therapy (PCT) will allow you to empathise with your thoughts and accept your predicament. Other interventions, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), can help you plan ways to deal with any intrusive ideas or thoughts. Action-based therapies help deal with harmful behaviours. Whichever programme is chosen for you, Psychology Scotland can assure you of care and commitment. Taking the first step toward therapy is often the most difficult, but we want to be with you during your journey. If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, or are planning to act upon them, then it is time to start the path to therapy.
Testimonials about our Counselling Services
I would highly recommend the Psychology Scotland team, especially if you are someone who hasn't had experience with therapy beforehand.
Could not recommend higher. Always super friendly, professional and Fraser makes you feel at ease the moment you start talking to him. Would give six stars if I could!
Very professional and helpful team, Fraser helped me when dealing with loss of family members due to cancer and also provided guidance when dealing with other personal challenges. Have recommended him to other men and they have also been grateful to him for his support
Excellent space to reflect and receive professional and empathetic support - I highly recommend to anyone still considering!
Fraser is a lovely guy who is very professional and compassionateand I can highly recommend
I have found the therapy offered by Psychology Scotland very helpful and the trainer counsellor to be engaging and supportive
Friendly and professional. Always helpful, attentive and caring.
My whole experience with Psychology Scotland was professional and incredibly helpful. From the booking process to working with my psychologist. The whole process was brilliant.
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