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Teen Self Harm Treatment in Los Angeles

Self-harm is a growing problem among teenagers. It is defined as deliberately injuring yourself on purpose as a means of coping. According to recent studies, as many as 1 in 5 teens self-harm. Teens who engage in self-harm often feel like they have no other choice and believe that harming themselves is the only way to help. The truth is, self-harm often leads to more problems down the road.

Understanding Teen Self-Harm

Why Do Teens Self-Harm?

There are many reasons why teens may self-harm. Some do it as a way to cope with difficult emotions or situations, while others may do it in an attempt to feel more in control of their lives. Self-harming can also be a way to seek attention or to punish oneself. Self-harm is often a sign that a teen is struggling with some underlying emotional issues as well. Teenagers who self-harm often feel like they are not good enough or that they do not deserve to be happy. They may also feel like they are trapped in a situation that they cannot escape from. Self-harming can be a way to release these feelings and to gain a sense of control.

Teen Self-Harm Signs

Signs of Self-Harm in Teenagers

As a parent of a teenager, it’s important to be aware of the signs of self-harm to prevent future problems and life-threatening harm. These can include things like:
  • Cuts or bruises on the body
  • Wearing long sleeves or pants in warm weather
  • Isolation from friends and family
  • Changes in mood or behavior (such as an increase in irritability)
  • Withdrawal from activities they used to enjoy
  • Losing interest in appearance
  • Having sharp objects on hand
  • Signs of depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem

Teen Self-Harm Types

Different Types of Self-Harm in Teenagers

There are many different ways that teenagers can self-harm. Some are more discreet, while others can be easy to identify. Some of the most common include:


This is the most common form of self-harm among teenagers. It usually involves using a sharp object to make cuts on the skin.


This involves using a heat source, like a cigarette or lighter, to burn the skin. The person may also use chemicals to cause burns.


This involves hitting oneself with an object, like a fist or a belt. The person may hit themselves all over their body or in a specific area.


This is similar to hitting, but involves punching oneself instead of using an object.


This involves purposely pulling out hair from the head or other areas on the body.


This involves teens engaging in binge drinking and illicit drug use, sometimes to the point of overdose.

Teenage Self-Harm Treatment Options

Teen Self Harm Treatment in Los Angeles, CA

There is self-harm help for teens available for your child. Key Healthcare provides self-harm treatment for teenagers, and we develop individualized treatment plans to ensure long-term recovery. If your teenager is out of control and you’re looking for more comprehensive solutions, you might be interested in our programs for troubled teens. To learn more about our self-harm treatment options or other programs, contact us today.

Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)

Our adolescent outpatient treatment for self-harm takes place 9 hours per week. Your teen will participate in therapy sessions that help them work through the reasons they self-harm.

Partial Hospitalization Treatment (PHP)

Our teen partial hospitalization program for self-harm takes place 8 hours a day, 5 days per week. Teens will attend therapy sessions where they will develop the appropriate coping skills for their emotions and mental health conditions.

Teen Residential Treatment Program

Key Healthcare’s teen residential treatment program is a 45-60 day program in Malibu, California, where adolescents receive the highest level of care, with 24/7 support.

Extended Care

Our male-only self-harm extended care program for teens is a combination of our partial hospitalization program and sober living. Your teen will have around-the-clock support to treat their self-harm and mental health disorder(s).

Individual and Group Therapy

We utilize a variety of individual teen therapy and group therapies to treat self-harm and dual-diagnosis substance abuse, including cognitive behavioraldialectical behavior, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Teens will learn how to process their emotions in a healthy way.

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Up to 100% of the Costs Covered by Insurance

Key Healthcare works with a majority of health insurance providers and depending on your plan, 100% of the costs may be covered. Verify your insurance to get more information about your coverage.
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