Therapy for cutting

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Therapy for cutting

It's important for girls who cut be working with a mental health professional. What of the things you want to screen in a mental health professional is to find out what their experience is in young women who do cut. You may also want to ask them about their approach. There are some wonderful approaches that are being developed and research to help girls who self-injure. One of those, is dialectical behavior therapy, and there are others. Be curious about the approach that therapist will be taking. You may also want to ask about your involvement in the therapy and how the therapist plans to include you, or not include you in the work that he or she is doing with your daughter. Finally, you want to include your daughter in the process as much as possible. Some teenagers like to select their therapist from the two therapists that you have already pre-screened. This gives them the sense of choice and empowerment and gives them an opportunity to think about who they would feel the most safe with. Who will they be able to trust, over time, so that they can begin to heal?

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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