For some, there is a particular event or experience that triggers them to start hurting themselves. These may include:
- being bullied
- feeling overwhelmed with school work
- losing a loved one
- the end of a relationship
- losing a job
- having an illness (mental or physical)
- feeling stressed
- having a poor sense of self-worth
- feeling confused about sexuality
- experiencing abuse (sexual, physical or emotional)
- having difficulties at home
For others, there seems to be no direct cause. If you self-harm but don’t know why, you are not alone and you can still reach out for support.
There may be certain situations or times that make self-harm more likely, for example after drinking alcohol or at night time. Every person experiences self-harm differently and one person’s reasons will be different to another person’s.
At Castle Counselling Services we can offer you a safe, secure, confidential and non-judgemental space that will enable you to explore your self-harm. This space will allow you to talk about your feelings in depth. As integrative counsellors our practitioners may use psychodynamic therapy concepts and cognitive behavioural therapy methods of change to assist you in progressing forward and breaking this cycle of self-harm.