My child is cutting herself, and it seems to be getting worse. She says she cuts, because she is anxious about school and friends. Other times she says cutting makes her not feel anything at all, like going numb. She is not able to explain her feelings to me, and I do not know what to do for her. If this scenario sounds familiar, you are among countless parents who are trying to manage their adolescents desire to cut themselves.
I want you, the parent, to rest assured this is a common problem among teenage girls. Chances are you did not do anything wrong or miss any signals. You may have had a great relationship with your child, and slowly you noticed your child pulling away and isolating herself. She may have started talking to her peers more than you, which is typical of nearly all adolescents. It is possible not just one incident occurred leading your child to cutting as a means of coping. Because there is not anything to blame this on, it makes parents feel like they have failed, but you have not.
Parenting is tough, and throwing in added worries of a child cutting, can make problems seem insurmountable. I have experience working with adolescents. I do not consider any problem to big, and together we can attain positive outcomes for your child and family.
You can expect to be treated with an unconditional, positive regard from the first phone call through being discharged. We will talk about how “thinking errors” affect feelings and behaviors. You and your child can expect to be heard without judgment. The first visit will involve getting to know your family and child, and identifying the problems. The duration of therapy will be defined by progress made towards specific treatment plan goals.
If your adolescent is cutting, and you do not know where to turn – make an appointment today.
Tami L. Lang, MA LIMHP
1001 S. 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 325-0117 x8