Self-Harm, Impulse Control & Repetitive Behaviours

Self-defeating, addictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour can be frustrating, upsetting and difficult to stop. These behavioural patterns may be related to difficulties with impulse control. Or, your child or teen may have begun them to avoid experiencing upsetting feelings. Some children and teens are not aware of the underlying motivation for their behaviour whereas others recognize that the addictive or repetitive behaviours are related to stress, anxiety, sadness or other unpleasant emotions

By assessing your child or teen’s situation fully, we can put a treatment plan in place to move forward.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)is effective for self-harm, negative habits and repetitive behaviours.

Mindfulness meditation helps your child or teen break self-defeating cycles, become more self-aware and feel confident to handle any underlying emotions.

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Self-harm such as cutting is a negative habit some teens engage in. If your teen is cutting it is likely because your teen is finding it difficult to endure some intense emotions. We have some very successful techniques we use to help teens stop self-harm. Cognitive Behaviour Therpay (CBT), Mindfulness meditation and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) are effective for self-harm.


Trichotillomania involves pulling hair out from the scalp (or other areas of the body such as the eyelashes) and can be a troubling habit especially if it leads to embarrassing bald spots. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness meditation are effective for Trichotillomania.


Skin-picking is another repetitive habit. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness meditation are effective for Skin-Picking.