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Expert Gives Advice on Ending Cycle of Self Harm

CHICAGO, Sept. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Many individuals struggling with self-harm often find themselves stuck in a cycle. The cycle impairs how they function in daily life and can become an addiction.

"For some, it may be scratching, cutting or burning, but it's really self-punishment or coping with the mental and emotional pain they are experiencing," said Bethany Casson, LCPC, Christian program coordinator at Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls struggling with eating disorders, self-harm, substance abuse, trauma, mood and other co-occurring disorders.

Any individual recovering from self-harm, mood disorders and other addictive disorders needs to develop tools they can trust to live in recovery when distress or urges arise to self-injure.

"We work with our residents at all levels of cycle to help them identify where they are at with their emotions and the conscious choices they are making throughout the day, especially the choices they make when they experience unexplained feelings and urges to self-harm," adds Casson.

The Timberline Knolls team offers ongoing compassion and understanding as residents learn to use new tools in situations where they would have previously made decisions to self-harm. As residents gain confidence in their ability to make positive and healthy choices they experience improved self-esteem, body acceptance, reduced anxiety, healing of trauma and increased self-awareness.

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About Timberline Knolls:
Timberline Knolls is a leading residential treatment center for women and adolescent girls, ages 12 and older, with eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, mood and co-occurring disorders. Located in suburban Chicago, residents receive excellent clinical care from a highly trained professional staff on a picturesque 43-acre wooded campus. An adult partial hospitalization program (PHP) is also available in nearby Orland Park, Ill., for women to step down or direct admit. For more information on Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, call 877.257.9611. We are also on Facebook – Timberline Knolls, LinkedIn – Timberline Knolls and Twitter – @TimberlineToday.

For more information, please contact Mary Anne Morrow, 602-359-6989,


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