Our expert says:
If you check out the archives of this forum, you'll find how often we have discussed this topic. A sensible, CBT style therapist could help you explore other ways to respond to the situations in which you cut, other than cutting. And no therapist can help you if you keep secrets from them. Actually, experiencing no pain at the time is fairly typical and common, though it astonishes other people. But even if the act brings you any relief at all, the relief is very temporary, and better solutions must be found.
It must feel scary to feel so alone --- but in a way you have ceated that situation, and can change it if you want to. This self-cutting IS something to worry about and to continue to work hard to abolish, as it unnecessarily limits your freedom to enjoy life properly. Share all the details with your therapist and disuss alternate ways of responding to the situations in which you currently cut. It may sound tiny or silly, but many of the cutters I have worked with have found that either putting a strong large elastic band round their wrist and snapping it to give themselves a short sharp slap, or producing a lurid slash mark across their arm with a washable red felt-tip pen, can actually become an effective substitute while one works on still more safe and fruitful ways of responding.
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