Problem-solving therapy and self-harm

Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.

Problem-solving therapy aims to help you understand the problems you are facing and develop skills to cope with those problems. These could include big life events such as dealing with grief, or could include everyday problems such as a difficult relationship with someone close to you. 

This type of therapy is based on similar ideas to cognitive behavioural therapy and your professional will support you to think about and respond to problems in different ways, which can help you to feel more ‘in control’ and able to deal with stressful life events. 

Problem-solving therapy often takes place just between you and a professional. These interventions usually involve psychoeducation, where you learn more about how the therapy might help you, problem-solving exercises to practice certain skills and ‘homework’ where you try out the skills in your everyday life. 

Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.


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