I have a brother who is a cutter. How and what can I do to help him? He's asked me to help him find treatment, what can I do??

People who cut themselves are

People who cut themselves are often using physical pain as a way to distract themselves from emotional pain. People who self-injure are more likely to suffer from anxiety, and many experienced physical or emotional abuse in childhood.

The best thing for someone like your brother is to get connected with a good mental health professional who he can see regularly for therapy. It's important that the therapist can forge a good connect with your brother so that he feels able to disclose his distress in a supporting environment.

You should seek someone with experience in dealing with clients who self-injure. A clinical psychologist will usually have more experience and training than a master's level clinician, but there are many factors to consider when choosing a therapist, including education, experience, and fit.

Best of luck,

Dr. Monnica Williams, Clinical Psychology

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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