Those who inflict injury upon themselves suffer intolerable distress and struggle to cope effectively with overwhelming situations and emotions.
Self-harm becomes a primary coping mechanism.
This can be very confusing and difficult for loved ones to understand. Self-harm is complex and the reasons a person engages in these behaviors can vary greatly. Even though self-harm “functions” for people, the scars left behind are both emotional and physical, and the behaviors can be life-threatening, whether intentional or not.
If you suffer from self-injury, you might be feeling alone, ashamed, desperate, misunderstood, unheard…or ambivalent about stopping.
Find your voice, feel heard, learn to cope, and find hope.
I'm here to help you to understand how the self-harm has
served you, and work to find replacements that are ultimately
more effective and less self-destructive. You can interrupt the
cycle of self-harm and manage emotional and physical pain.
My motto of “progress not perfection” reflects the reality
that stopping self-harm can be very difficult, and the process
will likely have many stops and starts. The initial phase of
treatment therefore focuses on harm-reduction, with the
ultimate goal being elimination of self-injury.
Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." ~Mary Anne Radmacher
"Self-harm was something I engaged in to deal with the pain I felt inside, a way to cope with what I was feeling without actually processing it. With Elana's help I was able to conquer these behaviors, and learned how to manage the negative thoughts and emotions that used to plague my mind on a regular basis." -A.L.
Elana Mundorff, LCSW
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