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Self-harm refers to deliberate and intentional actions that an individual takes to harm themselves, often as a way to cope with intense emotional pain or distress. Common forms of self-harm include cutting, burning, or hitting oneself. While self-harm can provide temporary relief from emotional pain, it is ultimately harmful and can have serious physical and emotional consequences. Therapy can be a crucial resource for individuals struggling with self-harm. A therapist can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to explore the underlying causes of their self-harm, such as past trauma, intense emotional distress, or a lack of healthy coping mechanisms. Through therapy, individuals can learn new and healthier ways to cope with emotional pain, such as mindfulness techniques or cognitive-behavioral therapy. A therapist can also help individuals develop a stronger sense of self-awareness and self-care, which can reduce the risk of future self-harm. This may involve exploring how past experiences and relationships have influenced their thoughts and behaviors, and identifying new strategies to build self-esteem and self-worth. Additionally, a therapist can provide practical support and guidance, such as connecting individuals to community resources or helping them develop a safety plan to manage urges to self-harm.

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