The Benefits of Creativity for Those Who Self-Harm

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The Benefits of Creativity for Those Who Self-Harm

by Haylee Furlow, SHSU Counseling Intern Student

Hope & Harmony Therapy, LLC

           For children and adults alike, creativity can be a great way to express one’s emotions. When we don’t know the right words, we can get our feelings out through our art. Those who self-harm often do so because they feel they cannot express themselves adequately or even at all. Whether they already engage in some creative practice or not, establishing or expanding creative habits can help to express the emotions that may be the cause behind self-harm.

            Multiple articles have lobbied the benefits of creative arts for people struggling with self-harm. In “The Use of Visual Arts Activities in Counseling Clients Who Engage in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury”, research ...

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  • Anxiety
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

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  • anxiety
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • self harm
  • trauma and ptsd

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

Written by Debbie Martin, LPC, LMFT

Today, Hope & Harmony Therapists had the pleasure of presenting to a great group of high school students at Cy-Falls High School. The students were all members of the GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and comprised one of the best audiences we have had the pleasure to speak in front of--especially with a topic as serious as Suicide Prevention.

We learned a lot from this amazing and supportive group of students and their thoughtful advisor. 

Here are the links to suicide prevention tools that we shared with them:

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  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

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  • coping skills
  • depression
  • trauma and ptsd

Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

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Vulnerability: Strength or Weakness?

Written by Debbie Martin M.Ed., MA, LPC, LMFT 

Vulnerability is something we all struggle with most of our lives. It seems like there is a learning curve deciding when it is appropriate to show our vulnerable side and when it is not. Of course, never showing our weaknesses is easier and protects us from everything--even love.

That's right! When we put up our shields to hide our vulnerabilities, we lose opportunity to connect with others. Feeling connected to others is not only a human need, it is also a necessary component for love to blossom.

Our life experiences with emotional pain and hurt can cause us to put up walls so tall that connection with others is almost impossible. We forget how to be vulnerable. We forget how to handle our painful feelings. We become stuck in constant figh ...

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  • Anxiety
  • Boundaries
  • Coping Strategies
  • Depression
  • Trauma and PTSD

Tags:

  • anxiety
  • boundaries
  • coping skills
  • depression
  • relationships
  • trauma and ptsd

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