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

As a school counselor, I have encountered many students with varying degrees of suicidal ideation. I have been trained in the ASIST model of screening for suicide and have conducted many suicide screenings as well developed safety plans for students.

* 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

I am experienced in helping clients with suicidal thoughts.

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

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.

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