Self Harm in Banbury
Self Harm in Banbury - we can help.
Self harm takes many forms and is found in all age groups, although most people associate it with the younger and older members of the community. Self harm is a silent, secret practise which may provide the person harming with a sense of security or comfort which is totally false. It is not usually an outward cry for attention as such, more a cry of inner despair and it therefore needs real patience, love and understanding from the individual's family/friends support group to seek the cause and support the individual in overcoming it.
People who self harm can be very determined and may need extra vigilant loving support to continually remove objects of potential harm from their environment. Communication is a major issue, keep all possible lines of conversation and sharing open and try to help the individual feel that they can discuss their issues without being judged or criticised. Feelings of alienation or isolation from people around them often play a big part in self harm e.g. bullying at school or lonliness in a care home. Be aware of people close to you who may become silent or withdrawn and reach out to them to show that you care and can be trusted to share with.
Don't be alarmed or show alarm to the individual, this is not usually the precursor to anything worse, show concern and love and support and try to understand why the individual finds it so difficult to talk about the causative issues. Above all, seek professional help, this is not a "phase they are going through" nor will they "grow out of it". The self harming may cease once the cause has been removed e.g. leaving school where bullying took place, making new friends etc but it is easy for this habit to become learnt behaviour and for it to resurface when stress is again experienced by the individual. Finally, be aware that it is not unknown in young people to self harm in imitation of friends who genuinely self harm and so care must be taken not to be jumping to conclusions. Genuine self harmers tend to cut or mark themselves in skin areas that cannot be seen in normal clothes, imitators may do so in more obvious places to make a statement although these are not absolutes and careful conversation with the person affected is required - that is why professional help can be so necessary.
Some of the many forms of self harm that we have dealt with here at The Paloma Centre. are:
cutting, burning, stabbing, poisening, overdosing, promiscuity, fighting, along with deliberate habits involving drugs, alcohol, food and pysical self abuse with objects including assault and/or insertion. There are many others but they all have one thing in common - they need to be dealt with sympathetically and as soon as possible.
The Paloma Centre is a personal growth and therapy centre which provides an holistic approach to emotional healing and personal development. For self harm we have experience in using various therapeutic approaches based around the individual to help resolve the underlaying issues that lead to self harm. Whether the the client is 19 or 90 years old, they need to be understood if they are to overcome the practise
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