Therapists Specializing in Self Harm in Connecticut

Self-harm, also called self-injury, is where someone deliberately injures themself in a way that is not intended to end their life. In many cases, people use self-harm as a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotions. However, it poses a risk and danger to the individual’s safety, and people often end up feeling worse. Self-harm is also associated with various mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and psychotic disorders.

The therapists below can help individuals increase awareness of and understand the reasons for self-harm. In therapy, individuals learn to identify triggers, develop safer and healthier coping strategies, implement self-soothing techniques, and bolster communication skills. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are probably the best-known, most effective treatment approaches for self-harm, although therapeutic approaches vary among therapists and depend on each individual’s specific challenges.

Find therapists in Connecticut who specialize in self-harm below. Therapists have been vetted by the Zencare team for clinically rigorous, quality care. Visit their profiles to watch an introductory video and book a free initial call to find a good fit!


Stella  Fischl

Stella Fischl

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Cigna, NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $175 per session

I believe therapy is about accepting and embracing who you are, while also exploring the ways that you can grow. Art therapy helps you access and harness your strengths to sustain healthy change. I’m here to support you in navigating internal and external conflicts, and figure out how to move forward. Through personalized, integrated treatment we can address ways to process your experiences and emotions in order to find clarity.
I know that seeking therapy can be a difficult process, and I hope to alleviate some of that. I offer free initial phone consultations to help you decide if we are a good fit before moving forward. Please contact me if you have any questions, I know this process is tough but I hope to make it rewarding as well!


Gina  Macdonald

Gina Macdonald

225 Montowese Street, Branford, CT, 06405

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicaid, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Waitlist available online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $80 per session

Congratulations! You are seeking new styles of thinking, new behaviors, and new perceptions - the most important step toward change for the better. Winston Churchill stated "Never, Never, Never Give up." My personal experience with a profound eating disorder while in College was difficult. This however propelled me forward to push through boundaries and limitations that once defined me. I am committed to helping all ages - all genders of people to overcome the battle of eating and body wars.


Marianne  Cardillo

Marianne Cardillo

Stamford, CT, 06902

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare, Optum, Connecticare
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $150 per session

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." -Helen Keller---- Working together to find solutions that best work for you is one of the most important parts of the way I practice. You are the expert of your life, your wants, and your needs. I am here to collaborate and work with you in figuring out how to achieve what you want out of life, and understand how to navigate around whatever may be standing in the way of getting there. I take pride in being genuine in my practice & offering my empathy & eagerness to support you in achieving your personal goals.
I believe that every person is capable in achieving their goals & understanding what is best for themselves. Life is not always as easy it seems, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed or have difficulty at times. Asking for help to get clarity in how to move forward takes true strength, & by taking the step, you are already making progress toward success.


Jennifer  Johnston

Jennifer Johnston

375 Mather Street, Hamden, CT, 06514

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Magellan Health
Accepting new clients online
Out-of-pocket-fees: $85 - $175 per session

I end up working with people with a range of diagnoses and experiences, and we would work together to determine what you are most looking for help with at this point in your life. We would try to find a balance between learning how to be more accepting and appreciative of yourself right now, while also working to create meaningful change in the areas in which you want to move beyond just surviving to thriving.


Yelena  Senia

Yelena Senia

200 West Center Street, Manchester, CT, 06040

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicare (through Blue Cross Blue Shield), United Healthcare, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $120 per session

It is essential to feel listened to and understood from a place of compassion and humanness, a place in which the therapist simply holds space for you to be you, and guides you to a direction of self-reflection in order to tap into your true, authentic self.


Traci  Hodes

Traci Hodes

3490 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT, 06518

Online Sessions, CT

Insurances: Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Medicaid, Medicare
Not accepting new clients
Out-of-pocket-fees: $110 - $140 per session

When we are in session together, this is a time for you to explore the journey you're on in a way that feels supported, heard, and understood by another. My job is to get to know you and understand your experience so the questions I ask help you find the doors that open to greater awareness and ultimately, provide you with choice in the decisions you make in your life.


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