Mental health counselors are facing increased demand to treat both adolescents and adults who present with repetitive non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors, yet there are few empirically supported treatments or general treatment guidelines available. I will review the research on problem-solving and dialectical behavior therapy, two cognitive-behavioral treatments that have the most empirical support for reducing self-injurious behavior. I conclude by providing specific treatment recommendations drawn from the literature that can be of use to mental health counselors working with individuals who self-injure.
Empirically Supported Treatments and General Therapy Guidelines for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
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Jennifer J. Muehlenkamp; Empirically Supported Treatments and General Therapy Guidelines for Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 April 2006; 28 (2): 166–185. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.28.2.6w61cut2lxjdg3m7
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