Trauma-based & Family Psychotherapy For Angry, Anxious, Depressed, and Frustrated Families

Understanding self-injurious Behavior & Evaluations

Self-injurious behavior is known as behavior that includes harm toward oneself such as cutting, burning, hard scratching, or banging one’s head against an object. Self-injurious behavior, when it is constant, is a serious problem requiring psychiatric attention. This type of behavior is not considered suicidal behavior because the object of the behavior is not death or dying. The purpose for the behavior can vary but it often entails:

  1. Attention-seeking
  2. Cry for help

Self-injurious behaviors are often found in individuals who are emotionally unstable, have experienced trauma, or is suffering from borderline personality disorder. Most women who self-injure are also emotionally unstable and engage in multiple behaviors that places herself at risk:

  • Multiple sex partners
  • substance abuse
  • raging behavior
  • frustration intolerance
  • crying spells
  • emotional clinginess
  • desiring love, yet desiring personal space (pushing others away, yet needing others to be near)
  • Confusing emotional behavior (liking someone one moment and disliking them for no apparent reason the next moment)
  • Mood swings (up and down moods)

This video is a wonderful example of a woman experiencing self-injurious behaviors, emotional ups and downs, and negative relationships:


If you or someone you know exhibit similar symptoms, I encourage you to contact your nearest hospital emergency room or mental health clinic for suggestions on how to help or receive a mental health assessment.

All the best

As always, I wish you well

*CORONA VIRUS UPDATE1050 Lincoln Way, Ste 1 - Pittsburgh PA

As we get closer to the middle of May states across the nation are passing laws, reducing restrictions, and enacting new regulations to help support the transition from stay-at-home orders to the normal flow of life again.

Unfortunately, Gov. Wolf hasn't reduced the mask wearing restrictions in Allegheny County. However, he has announced most of Western PA will be moving to the yellow phase beginning May 15. This means that we can slowly regain some normalcy.

But until the mask wearing restrictions are reduced or eliminated Anchored Child & Family Counseling will remain closed. I will be making small transitions back to the office over the course of summer and seeing some clients in-person based on need.The office will be open starting June 17, 2020 with the goal of remaining open until/if state laws change in response to Corona virus restrictions.

In the meantime, I will be continuing teletherapy sessions until mid-June. My office assistant and I will be monitoring your insurance policy to ensure that you will be covered for teletherapy and that your copayments will be waived. At this time, it appears that all major insurance companies (UPMC, Highmark, Aetna, Optum/United, and Cigna) are continuing to provide coverage for teletherapy.

Please check (the practice website) for updates and my business facebook page at:

Please continue to stay safe!
Thank you


Támara Hill, MS, NCC, CCTP, LPC

Licensed Child & Family Therapist
National Board Certified Counselor
Internationally Certified Trauma Therapist

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