Have you experienced any kind of trauma? Do you feel that it's still holding you back? Maybe you're feeling numb to life and are avoiding any reminders? Are you feeling constantly on edge? Hyper-vigilant to any potential threat? Unable to relax or sleep?
Having flashbacks and feeling triggered by seemingly innocuous reminders? Perhaps you've been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)? These are completely normal symptoms and you can recover.
Self harm is often a side effect for trauma survivors. Something which helped us feel safe when things felt so unbearable but which is no longer serving its purpose. We all self harm to some degree, whether it's eating or drinking a little too much or something more worrying for yourself from cutting to trichotillomania (hair pulling), binging and purging, over-spending... Whatever it is for you, you're not alone. And I might be able to help.
No matter how ashamed you might feel about it, there is already a part of you that is whole and ready to heal. At some level, you developed this habit as a survival mechanism. You're safe now and we can help you find healthier ways to manage residual triggers.