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Feminist Therapy With People Who Self-Inflict Violence

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Lexi Assimos

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Feminist Therapy With People Who Self-Inflict Violence
Alexa Assimos
Self-Inflicted Violence
(SIV)
"the purpose SIV truly serves is. . .an action of self-help
Mazelis (2003)
Complex trauma
Can be important for the individual to engage in SIV
Brown & Bryan (2007)
Feminist Therapy With
SIV Populations
Empowerment
Egalitarian Relationship
Non-Coercion
If it is not the client’s agenda then the therapist is not free to impose this therapeutic goal on the client
Case Illustration
32 year old woman

Earliest memory was mother trying to smother her with pillow

Kidnapped by father

Began to dissociate
Case Illustration cont.
Placed in foster home, shortly after began SIV

By mid-adolescence, began engaging in SIV regularly

Sexual harassment at work
Course of Treatment
3 months of meeting before disclosing about abuse
Implemented empowerment strategy

Month 5 disclosed about dissociation,
Used shame-reducing
strategy
Course of Treatment cont.
SIV discussion

Found alternative method

Relationship to her body
References
Brown, L. & Bryan, T. (2007).
Feminist therapy with people who self-inflict violence, 63,
1121-1133. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20419

Mazelis, R. (2003). Understanding and responding to women living with self-inflicted violence. Women, Co-Occuring Disorders and Violence Study, Washington, DC: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
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