Healing Self Injurious Behavior Group
This group focuses on the cause and management of various forms of adolescent self-harm, such as cutting, burning, substance dependence, trichotillomania, and eating disorders.
Self-injurious behavior is often a symptom of greater underlying conflicts that create disruption of the normal emotional state, which tends to promote feelings of rage, terror, and grief that lead to impulsive acts of self-destruction in an effort to modulate and control uncomfortable feelings.
Adolescents most commonly self-injure to release tension, to inflict punishment for self-perceived wrongs, to escape life stressors, to show desperation in order to seek help from loved ones or as a precursor to suicide.
The goal of this treatment group is to give the adolescent coping skills:
- to identify and confront inappropriate coping mechanisms,
- to diminish anger and defensiveness, and
- to develop more positive responses to everyday conflict and distress by using mindfulness and behavioral techniques.
Adolescents in this group must be in private therapy with a Wallace Family Therapy therapist.