Self-Harmony at Swindon & Gloucestershire Mind offers a 1:1 confidential and non-judgmental counselling service in a safe environment for people who self-harm and self-injure.
People self-harm and self-injure for a number of reasons and do so to cope with deep distress which cannot be articulated verbally. It might be a result of something they have done or had done to them or because of issues they cannot cope with, there is no rule of thumb.
Harming is a coping strategy to manage emotional hurt and psychological distress which people often hide due to shame and fear of their behaviour. It is an often a stigmatised behaviour and misunderstood which can further impact on an individual.
People of all ages, genders, cultural & religious backgrounds can self-harm for many different reasons.Our counselling enables the individual to experience acceptance, understanding, identify triggers and develop strategies to reduce the harming. We challenge negative thoughts and feelings to help empower each client to see themselves and life in a more positive way. Each client will have tailor made therapy specifically for their needs and are seen for a minimum of eight sessions with a review to increase to a possible fifteen sessions, particularly for more complex clients.
Once counselling has ended clients are encouraged to use the coping strategies & skills they have developed during their therapy for a period of three months. However, if they need more counselling once the three months has elapsed they can rerefer into the service.
If you live in the Swindon Borough Council area you may be able to access the service free of charge.Clients can self-refer, be referred by their GPs or other mental health organisations and an initial assessment is carried out to help identify high risk clients; these clients will receive counselling as soon as possible.
if you live outside of the Swindon Borough Council area counselling is a paid service.