We can all use destructive behaviour such as smoking, eating and drinking too much and working too long hours to distract us from thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, when in extreme distress, self-harm can be a coping strategy to express deep emotions and help individuals cope with life.

Self-harming can take many forms; poison, scratching, cutting, burning, hitting, injuring, overdose, swallowing things. It may be less obvious such as taking unnecessary risks, staying in an abusive relationship, developing eating problems, being addicted to alcohol or drugs or simply not looking after your needs.

If you are letting out your pain in this manner, communicating in this way and finding comfort from harming we can help. Do not feel ashamed, we will understand, please seek treatment.

Our self-harm treatment approach

Our approach to treating those who self-harm combines individualised programmes with treatments based on current clinical evidence. A number of therapeutic treatments are available for self-harm. Counselling can help you reach your feelings, address past problems and help you manage your feelings and problems in a different way in the future. CBT takes a practical approach to look at what happens just before you self-harm, encouraging you to keep a diary of self-harming episodes and finding other channels for your feelings.

Self-harm treatment tailored to you

Our self-harm treatments here at Nightingale Hospital London can be as an outpatient, day patient or inpatient. We have the expertise to approach the support and treatment we offer you to help you to stop self-harming in a personal and flexible way to benefit you the most.

Through therapy and alternative approaches such as meditation, relaxation, sleep therapy and physical therapies we aim to support you through your self-harming.

Self-harm specialists

Nightingale Hospital London has a number of Consultant Psychiatrists and Therapists that can help you through your self-harming. It is vital you find a self-harm specialist that you can trust and work with on your recovery. If you cannot find the information you need on self-harm specialists and self-harm treatment programmes we would welcome your call so you feel secure in the decisions you make.

Please contact us confidentially on 020 7535 7700 24 hours a day.