Suicidal Ideation

Having thoughts about, or an unusual preoccupation with, suicide is defined as suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation can vary from fleeting thoughts of suicide to detailed planning and unsuccessful attempts. Suicidal ideation often goes hand in hand with depression, although a person may also begin to have thoughts of suicide when they have trouble managing an overwhelming situation, like the loss of a loved one or a job, a break-up, feelings of remorse or rejection, or sexual abuse. While many people who experience suicidal ideation never make a suicide attempt, enough do that it is considered a dangerous condition.  Treatment with a mental health professional is one of the best ways to prevent suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away (call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255).

Local Experts in Suicidal Ideation

I received training in suicide intervention through Lines for Life, and worked as a volunteer crisis worker for four years. I completed additional studies in crisis assessment and intervention.

CACREP accredited program and institution delved into this education.

I have had family and friends who have experienced suicidal ideation and self harm. This has inspired me to help others. I have worked with several adults and teenagers who have experienced suicidal ideation and have found CBT and DBT to be effective types of treatment.

* 21 years working with several behavioral health departments at Providence specializing in crisis stabilization * supervised clinical team responsible for responding to crisis calls in Multnomah and Washington counties * currently work in Providence emergency rooms conducting crisis assessments * trained to supervise Providence clinicians in Sean Shea suicide risk assessment

Thoughts of suicide are common and are usually signposts to a person's unmet needs for connection and meaning. Often these thoughts and feelings come from past hurt or trauma. As a crisis line volunteer and a therapist, l have extensive trauma-informed training and experience in suicide intervention and helping people better understand and heal the suffering at the core of suicidal thoughts.

I volunteered at a Lifeline, where I was trained in ASIST, a suicide intervention program. I worked with individuals, ranging from children to the elderly, experiencing crisis and/or suicide ideation. Additionally, I worked with teens and young adults at an emergency shelter, where it was common for individuals to experience suicide ideation.

I am confident and skilled in approaching and supporting the difficult subject of suicidal idealization. I am a crisis response counselor for a local county, and am trained in ASIST and Safety planning for adults and adolescents. I approach suicidal idealization and self-harm with a balance of empathy, concern, and hope.

I am intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. DBT is the most widely accepted evidenced based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. A key feature I treat is suicidal ideation. I work in a clinic that specializes in treating BPD. I teach DBT to other therapists and interns. I lead two DBT consultations in the area.

I work with people that are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts and are searching for meaning in their life.

I know that your thoughts of self harm are temporary. Your thoughts are not all of who you are, in fact they are one small part. Let’s work together to understand the pain that creates these thoughts and then lets create a new understanding about yourself that includes a positve narrative that supports who you really are. We are never our thoughts. Ever!

I bring over 300 hours volunteering on crisis lines across the United States.

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