I have been struggling with cutting for almost 6 years and the last few months has been really pretty bad. I went into a counselor on my campus this past week and it was good to have some on to talk to how might actually be able to help but she is not going to be available to talk with students the rest of the summer. Is counseling really the answer? Or is it just a mental thing and isn't really needed? Also, she offered to refer me to another counselor since she will not be here or I can wait tell august to meet with her again. Should I wait it out and meet with her cause I like her and the way she was in session. Also, if you have any good advice on how to stop that would be fantastic...
I personnally think that counselling is a must in this battle. I also am a long term cutter in the midst of a relapse, and this has been the worst one and the hardest to get under control, I'm actually seeing my psychologist twice a week now for counseling and my psychiatrist every 2 - 3 weeks for med mgmt. Starting yesterday my tdoc(psychologist) suggested ice therapy as an alternative coping skill, basically when you get that first glimpse of an urge to cut you mist your hand with water put a plastic bag over it and thrust it in a bowl full of ice and leave it there....she says it hurts like a son of a b****, and after a while your too busy concnetrating on the pain and trying to get the ice off of you, so you don't need to cut...in theory it sounds like it may work..so we'll see.
But is that really dealing with the issue, or is just another copeing mechanism. Because I am not about finding anymore coping mechanisms I have to many of the as is. I want to know why I am cutting and how to make it stop. From the source. And also, this is just a personal thing of mine but in your reply you referred to yourself as a cutting. I have heard this from other people and believe it myself also, that if you ever want to stop cutting as a habit then don't define yourself as a cutter. Just an idea that might help. Saying you are a cutter lowers your worthyness as opposed to cutting which is just an action. Less connection with it all. Just a thought for you. Hope things get better.
See that's the diff. between you and me, I already know why I cut...and use therapy to work through those feelings and find different coping skills. You could use therapy to find out why you cut, I mean look at it this way...at this point, really, what have you got to lose by giving it a try?
I would suggest looking into a rigid program where you will not only find out the underlying reasons but also preventive measures.
I totally agree with Phoenix on this. My daughter's psych was a wonderful guy and treated her with respect and dignity!! Look around. If you find and don't like them, you can always change. After all, they are working for YOU in a sense. Good luck.
hi ive been sh for jst under two years it depends on wht goes through your mind at the time you do it and also wht you wish to get out of it im still at secondry school so i just see the nurse because i dnt want ma mum to find out but you shld try the rubber band and get a stress ball mines called mary and i keep it with me all the time