Suicidal Ideation Therapists in Calgary, AB

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Bailey Charrois
Registered Provisional Psychologist, BSc, MACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2Z
I have experience working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-esteem challenges, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, family difficulties, personality disorders, gender dysphoria, difficulties with identity, ADHD, grief, and PTSD.
I believe in using a person-centred and holistic approach, meaning I create a plan based on the many factors impacting your day-to-day. My goal is to support you in utilizing your skills to overcome difficult situations, emotions, and challenges. I believe uncovering psychological and behavioural patterns in your life, while emphasizing your values, is key to forming long-lasting positive change. By utilizing my experience in psychology and applied behavioural analysis, I hope to support and empower you throughout your counselling journey.
I have experience working with individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-esteem challenges, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, family difficulties, personality disorders, gender dysphoria, difficulties with identity, ADHD, grief, and PTSD.
I believe in using a person-centred and holistic approach, meaning I create a plan based on the many factors impacting your day-to-day. My goal is to support you in utilizing your skills to overcome difficult situations, emotions, and challenges. I believe uncovering psychological and behavioural patterns in your life, while emphasizing your values, is key to forming long-lasting positive change. By utilizing my experience in psychology and applied behavioural analysis, I hope to support and empower you throughout your counselling journey.
(587) 603-7138 View (587) 603-7138
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Jason Grieve
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3C
I am a mental health therapist, holding a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Calgary specializing in mental health and addictions. My background includes mental health counselling, community support for children with disabilities and their families, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Drawing from this experience, I am dedicated to fostering support, empowerment, and resilience-building for individuals in need. I offer you an environment of empathy, validation, and hope, where you can safely explore emotions and experiences to overcome challenges, build inner strength, and embrace positive change
I am a mental health therapist, holding a master's degree in clinical social work from the University of Calgary specializing in mental health and addictions. My background includes mental health counselling, community support for children with disabilities and their families, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention. Drawing from this experience, I am dedicated to fostering support, empowerment, and resilience-building for individuals in need. I offer you an environment of empathy, validation, and hope, where you can safely explore emotions and experiences to overcome challenges, build inner strength, and embrace positive change
(403) 768-3353 View (403) 768-3353
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Katrina Shaw
Psychologist, RPsych
Verified
Calgary, AB T2S
I have experience working with a variety of client challenges, including relationship challenges (e.g. family conflict, polyamory/open, infidelity, sexuality, attachment patterns), anxiety, depression, identity concerns, life purpose, and transition. I have specialized experience in suicide bereavement, and my predominant areas of practice include grief, attachment, and trauma. My training in somatic attachment is rooted in rewiring the patterning of our interpersonal relationships, which directly impacts how we emotionally process and behave within these relationships.
I have experience working with a variety of client challenges, including relationship challenges (e.g. family conflict, polyamory/open, infidelity, sexuality, attachment patterns), anxiety, depression, identity concerns, life purpose, and transition. I have specialized experience in suicide bereavement, and my predominant areas of practice include grief, attachment, and trauma. My training in somatic attachment is rooted in rewiring the patterning of our interpersonal relationships, which directly impacts how we emotionally process and behave within these relationships.
(587) 801-4306 View (587) 801-4306
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Aspire Services
MSc, Psych, DBT
Calgary, AB T3G
Sue Fortune MSc Registered with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists for billing purposes. Sue holds a Masters of Psychology, is DBT Certified and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Sue is fully Certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist helping those affected by suicide, pet loss, divorce, death of a child/miscarraige or any of the 40 other losses a person can encounter during their lifetime. The Grief Recovery Model is an ACTION PROGRAM for moving beyond death, divorce and all other losses. Your heart is broken-not your brain. You need to be heard-not fixed. 100% of us will experience grief....
Sue Fortune MSc Registered with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists for billing purposes. Sue holds a Masters of Psychology, is DBT Certified and is a Clinical Hypnotherapist. Sue is fully Certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist helping those affected by suicide, pet loss, divorce, death of a child/miscarraige or any of the 40 other losses a person can encounter during their lifetime. The Grief Recovery Model is an ACTION PROGRAM for moving beyond death, divorce and all other losses. Your heart is broken-not your brain. You need to be heard-not fixed. 100% of us will experience grief....
(888) 406-0422 View (888) 406-0422
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Dr. Faye Inglis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2T
I am passionate about helping clients pursue personal growth - self-esteem, communication, emotional wellness, anxiety, depression, anger management, stress management, conflict mediation, suicide prevention.
Stressed? Stuck? Anxious? Angry? Depressed? Conflicted? Whatever your situation, lean in to calm and caring counselling geared toward personal growth and change. I value the opportunity to counsel school aged children, adolescents, adults/seniors. My goal is to assist you in building skills for increased happiness and well being. My mission: To inspire you to become your best YOU.
I am passionate about helping clients pursue personal growth - self-esteem, communication, emotional wellness, anxiety, depression, anger management, stress management, conflict mediation, suicide prevention.
Stressed? Stuck? Anxious? Angry? Depressed? Conflicted? Whatever your situation, lean in to calm and caring counselling geared toward personal growth and change. I value the opportunity to counsel school aged children, adolescents, adults/seniors. My goal is to assist you in building skills for increased happiness and well being. My mission: To inspire you to become your best YOU.
(587) 406-8038 View (587) 406-8038
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Katie Tompkins
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, MSW, RSW, TPP
Verified
5 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3B
At Tutum Counselling, we take a custom approach for each of our clients! If your child has an IPP or PsychEd, I will use this info to help inform my treatment plans. Is your child struggling to go to school? Is your child struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation? Or is their depression & anxiety making it challenging to do things? Let's be honest, it's not easy being a kid/teen but if we can make it easier, let's do it together. I've been working in the field since 2016 supporting kids in schools, hospitals, and group homes with mood disorders (eg., anxiety & depression) as well as developmental disorders (eg., ADHD, ASD).
At Tutum Counselling, we take a custom approach for each of our clients! If your child has an IPP or PsychEd, I will use this info to help inform my treatment plans. Is your child struggling to go to school? Is your child struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation? Or is their depression & anxiety making it challenging to do things? Let's be honest, it's not easy being a kid/teen but if we can make it easier, let's do it together. I've been working in the field since 2016 supporting kids in schools, hospitals, and group homes with mood disorders (eg., anxiety & depression) as well as developmental disorders (eg., ADHD, ASD).
(587) 742-0357 View (587) 742-0357
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Kristel Slawik Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, MSW
Verified
Calgary, AB T2H
I specialize in addiction, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, identity, grief/loss, anger, shame, suicidal thoughts and trauma.
The way I support and work with clients is rooted in a holistic framework of health and wellbeing. I am an Indigenous Registered Social Worker (mixed ancestry, Cree/German) and person in long-term recovery from my own addictions and mental health concerns. These aspects have greatly influenced my integrative approach. I believe in overall wellness within physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and that healing is relational. As a helper, I carry good medicines of listening, witnessing, grounding and empathy. I work with where you're at from a client-centered, empowering and compassion focused approach.
I specialize in addiction, anxiety, depression, relationships, self-esteem, identity, grief/loss, anger, shame, suicidal thoughts and trauma.
The way I support and work with clients is rooted in a holistic framework of health and wellbeing. I am an Indigenous Registered Social Worker (mixed ancestry, Cree/German) and person in long-term recovery from my own addictions and mental health concerns. These aspects have greatly influenced my integrative approach. I believe in overall wellness within physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels and that healing is relational. As a helper, I carry good medicines of listening, witnessing, grounding and empathy. I work with where you're at from a client-centered, empowering and compassion focused approach.
(587) 850-3096 View (587) 850-3096
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Tracy Firth
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MA, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2M
I have additional training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills, Suicidality, and Non-Suicidal Self Injury.
Hello, and welcome! I became a therapist because I thrive on tuning in and connecting with others. I am passionate about it. You will find me intently listening to your story while I formulate ideas about how to dig deeper, helping you unearth insight and opportunities for growth. My goal as your therapist is to help you untangle and create awareness around how behaviour patterns are intimately connected to thoughts and emotions, as well as past experience. I will help you look at your situation in a new light and treat yourself with more compassion. I look forward to meeting you!
I have additional training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) Skills, Suicidality, and Non-Suicidal Self Injury.
Hello, and welcome! I became a therapist because I thrive on tuning in and connecting with others. I am passionate about it. You will find me intently listening to your story while I formulate ideas about how to dig deeper, helping you unearth insight and opportunities for growth. My goal as your therapist is to help you untangle and create awareness around how behaviour patterns are intimately connected to thoughts and emotions, as well as past experience. I will help you look at your situation in a new light and treat yourself with more compassion. I look forward to meeting you!
(587) 318-2822 View (587) 318-2822
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Mary Makowski
Psychologist, MEd, RPsych
Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2W
I recognize that it may be difficult to speak to someone about your concerns - know that my job is to listen and help but never to judge. I work with children, teens and adults, to support all of life's challenges ranging from behavioural concerns, low self esteem, lack of confidence, suicidal ideation, self harm, anxiety, depression and life adjustment. I enjoy parent consultation and family therapy, and have experience in both counselling and assessments (adoption, mental health and psycho-educational). I use behavioural coaching, CBT, EFT and narrative therapy to support my clients, as well as play and art methods.
I recognize that it may be difficult to speak to someone about your concerns - know that my job is to listen and help but never to judge. I work with children, teens and adults, to support all of life's challenges ranging from behavioural concerns, low self esteem, lack of confidence, suicidal ideation, self harm, anxiety, depression and life adjustment. I enjoy parent consultation and family therapy, and have experience in both counselling and assessments (adoption, mental health and psycho-educational). I use behavioural coaching, CBT, EFT and narrative therapy to support my clients, as well as play and art methods.
(587) 391-7894 View (587) 391-7894
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Lindsay McNena
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified
Calgary, AB T2T
I have 10+ years working with clients experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, school refusal, friendship concerns, navigating family relationships, suicidal ideation/self-harm, and sexual/gender identity. I have worked with adult and youth clients with these concerns, along with relationships, infidelity, and parenting. My practice also includes working with couples, polycules, and consensual non-monogamy. I feel we all have a huge capacity for resilience and learning and enjoy co-creating successful therapeutic relationships which are trauma-informed and recognize client's lived experiences.
I have 10+ years working with clients experiencing anxiety, mood disorders, school refusal, friendship concerns, navigating family relationships, suicidal ideation/self-harm, and sexual/gender identity. I have worked with adult and youth clients with these concerns, along with relationships, infidelity, and parenting. My practice also includes working with couples, polycules, and consensual non-monogamy. I feel we all have a huge capacity for resilience and learning and enjoy co-creating successful therapeutic relationships which are trauma-informed and recognize client's lived experiences.
(825) 254-9744 View (825) 254-9744
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South Calgary DBT
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, RSW
Verified
Calgary, AB T3M
***EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS AVAILABLE *** I work with individuals who are struggling with a wide range of concerns. Many find it challenging to identify and regulate their emotions. They often act impulsively and struggle to maintain consistency in their day-to-day life. Many of the individuals I work with find interpersonal relationships challenging and may even vacillate between pushing people away and clinging to people. It is not uncommon for clients to currently be or to have previously engaged in self-harm and/or suicide ideation.
***EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS AVAILABLE *** I work with individuals who are struggling with a wide range of concerns. Many find it challenging to identify and regulate their emotions. They often act impulsively and struggle to maintain consistency in their day-to-day life. Many of the individuals I work with find interpersonal relationships challenging and may even vacillate between pushing people away and clinging to people. It is not uncommon for clients to currently be or to have previously engaged in self-harm and/or suicide ideation.
(587) 803-3114 View (587) 803-3114
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Kate Newby
Counsellor, RPC-C
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2E  (Online Only)
I am trained in suicide prevention (ASIST), harm reduction, and anti-oppression.
Hello, I'm Kate, an integrative counsellor working with people who experience anxiety, depression, work-related stress, relationship issues, conflict management, low self-esteem, intrusive thoughts, grief and loss. I offer a confidential and relaxed space for individuals to dig deep, discover insight, nurture self-compassion, and cultivate growth.
I am trained in suicide prevention (ASIST), harm reduction, and anti-oppression.
Hello, I'm Kate, an integrative counsellor working with people who experience anxiety, depression, work-related stress, relationship issues, conflict management, low self-esteem, intrusive thoughts, grief and loss. I offer a confidential and relaxed space for individuals to dig deep, discover insight, nurture self-compassion, and cultivate growth.
(587) 742-0494 View (587) 742-0494
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Kharis Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2K
My therapeutic experience and focus is on anxiety, depression, stress, anger, suicidal ideation, loss and grief, couples counselling, life transitions, attachment-related issues, child/youth counselling and parenting skills, and parent-child relationship concerns.
My therapeutic experience and focus is on anxiety, depression, stress, anger, suicidal ideation, loss and grief, couples counselling, life transitions, attachment-related issues, child/youth counselling and parenting skills, and parent-child relationship concerns.
(587) 355-1870 View (587) 355-1870
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Ingenuity Psychological Resources, Inc.
Psychologist, MS, RPsych
Verified
Calgary, AB T2T
I am skilled at providing accurate, comprehensive mental health and educational assessment, and therapy addressing emotional difficulties, impulsivity, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bullying, divorce, trauma, and loss.
I am a clinical psychologist in Calgary, and provide individual, family, as well as group therapy. I also provide comprehensive psychological assessment services, as well as consultation to parents, schools, health care providers, and other professionals. My experience includes previous and current employment in the health care and educational sectors, including hospital and community settings. I typically practice from a cognitive-behavioural therapy model, and use a brief, solution focused approach to therapy. My work with couples and families tends to be more emotionally focused, attachment based, and I use a family systems approach.
I am skilled at providing accurate, comprehensive mental health and educational assessment, and therapy addressing emotional difficulties, impulsivity, self-harm, suicidal ideation, bullying, divorce, trauma, and loss.
I am a clinical psychologist in Calgary, and provide individual, family, as well as group therapy. I also provide comprehensive psychological assessment services, as well as consultation to parents, schools, health care providers, and other professionals. My experience includes previous and current employment in the health care and educational sectors, including hospital and community settings. I typically practice from a cognitive-behavioural therapy model, and use a brief, solution focused approach to therapy. My work with couples and families tends to be more emotionally focused, attachment based, and I use a family systems approach.
(866) 942-9394 View (866) 942-9394
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Lisa Karasick
Psychologist, RPsych, MSc, BA
Verified
Calgary, AB T2L  (Online Only)
Has life stress become too much? Do you feel like you are just surviving each day? You are not alone. Anxiety and mood issues can manifest in many forms, including low energy, irritability, anger, and more. Identifying and coping with the core issues can lead to better every day functioning and even gaining enjoyment out of life. How is your teen doing with not only school and peer pressure, but also the added stress of COVID-19 and isolation? Working with adolescents is a special area of interest of mine and I can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.
Has life stress become too much? Do you feel like you are just surviving each day? You are not alone. Anxiety and mood issues can manifest in many forms, including low energy, irritability, anger, and more. Identifying and coping with the core issues can lead to better every day functioning and even gaining enjoyment out of life. How is your teen doing with not only school and peer pressure, but also the added stress of COVID-19 and isolation? Working with adolescents is a special area of interest of mine and I can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, bullying, suicidal ideation, and self-harm.
(825) 250-3405 View (825) 250-3405
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Rhonda Kent
Psychologist, MA, R Psych, RSW
Verified
3 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2T
I am a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years experience. I work effectively with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked extensively in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, separation/divorce, anxiety/depression, suicide intervention, suicide bereavement, parenting issues and domestic violence. I utilize art and play therapy interventions while working with children and teens. I focus on hope and teaching positive coping skills. I am trained in EMDR and ART and am skilled in working with complex trauma and PTSD. I believe we all have the capacity to overcome any challenge.
I am a Registered Psychologist with over 25 years experience. I work effectively with children, adolescents and adults. I have worked extensively in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, separation/divorce, anxiety/depression, suicide intervention, suicide bereavement, parenting issues and domestic violence. I utilize art and play therapy interventions while working with children and teens. I focus on hope and teaching positive coping skills. I am trained in EMDR and ART and am skilled in working with complex trauma and PTSD. I believe we all have the capacity to overcome any challenge.
(403) 778-0535 View (403) 778-0535
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Farah Premji
Psychologist, MSc, RPsych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2E
I provide individual counselling in a number of different areas, including abuse, depression, guilt/shame, life transitions, self-care, self-esteem, and suicide.
I understand that, at times, life can be challenging and difficult to manage. In these moments, it can be helpful to seek support from others to help discover healthy and adaptive ways of coping. I believe in building strong relationships with clients founded on trust, empathy and mutual respect so that individuals feel understood, and are encouraged to create positive change in their lives. I have experience working with diverse clientele at the Calgary Urban Project Society, Mount Royal University, and in private practice.
I provide individual counselling in a number of different areas, including abuse, depression, guilt/shame, life transitions, self-care, self-esteem, and suicide.
I understand that, at times, life can be challenging and difficult to manage. In these moments, it can be helpful to seek support from others to help discover healthy and adaptive ways of coping. I believe in building strong relationships with clients founded on trust, empathy and mutual respect so that individuals feel understood, and are encouraged to create positive change in their lives. I have experience working with diverse clientele at the Calgary Urban Project Society, Mount Royal University, and in private practice.
(587) 802-3367 View (587) 802-3367
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Cara Lizzi
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC, CCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2X
Hello! Throughout my professional life I have had the opportunity to work with children, teenagers and adults who have struggled with issues such as grief and loss, depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and self-esteem issues. I take a relaxed and non-judgmental approach in working with clients, in hopes that therapy will be as comfortable and organic as possible. I recognize that struggling from time to time is an inevitable part of life, and sometimes you just need a little bit of outside help, or a different perspective, while you work through the tough times.
Hello! Throughout my professional life I have had the opportunity to work with children, teenagers and adults who have struggled with issues such as grief and loss, depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, interpersonal relationship difficulties, and self-esteem issues. I take a relaxed and non-judgmental approach in working with clients, in hopes that therapy will be as comfortable and organic as possible. I recognize that struggling from time to time is an inevitable part of life, and sometimes you just need a little bit of outside help, or a different perspective, while you work through the tough times.
(825) 602-5079 View (825) 602-5079
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Michelle Ndlovu
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW, BSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T3B
I have treated individuals with mild to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression, intercultural communication barriers, relationship issues, suicidal ideation, somatic system disorders i.
Life can be confusing and lonely at times. Are you currently struggling with your self-identify, self-worth or self-value? Are you in a toxic romantic relationship that is making you feel less worthy on a daily basis? Are you struggling with establishing healthy boundaries with your family, colleagues or loved ones? Well, you have found the right therapist. Therapy, is a process of self discovery and self realization. Are there patterns in your behaviour or thought processes making feel disconnected with those around you? Is your past trauma, or childhood getting into the way of your happiness?
I have treated individuals with mild to severe symptoms of anxiety, depression, intercultural communication barriers, relationship issues, suicidal ideation, somatic system disorders i.
Life can be confusing and lonely at times. Are you currently struggling with your self-identify, self-worth or self-value? Are you in a toxic romantic relationship that is making you feel less worthy on a daily basis? Are you struggling with establishing healthy boundaries with your family, colleagues or loved ones? Well, you have found the right therapist. Therapy, is a process of self discovery and self realization. Are there patterns in your behaviour or thought processes making feel disconnected with those around you? Is your past trauma, or childhood getting into the way of your happiness?
(587) 209-8315 View (587) 209-8315
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Mike Davies Counselling Services
Registered Social Worker, RSW, BSW, MSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Calgary, AB T2H
I have a clinical Master's degree and specialize in addiction, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, suicidal thoughts, and trauma.
I have years of education and work experience, but more importantly, I have years of my own life experience. I'm a person in long term recovery from my own addiction and mental health concerns. My clients appreciate the many perspectives I can offer. The hardest part is asking for help, I'm here when you're ready to talk.
I have a clinical Master's degree and specialize in addiction, stress, anger, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, suicidal thoughts, and trauma.
I have years of education and work experience, but more importantly, I have years of my own life experience. I'm a person in long term recovery from my own addiction and mental health concerns. My clients appreciate the many perspectives I can offer. The hardest part is asking for help, I'm here when you're ready to talk.
(587) 329-5376 View (587) 329-5376

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Suicidal Ideation Counsellors

How does therapy for suicidal ideation work?

Stress, depression, anxiety, or upsetting circumstances can give rise to suicidal thinking. Therapy can address the events at the core of an individual’s suffering. Understanding why a person may be suicidal can help the therapist and the patient discover alternative methods of coping. A person with suicidal ideation may be mired in catastrophic thinking, and treatment like cognitive behavioural therapy is a good choice for breaking such patterns. In addition, treatment such as acceptance and commitment therapy can help a person manage their distress through better emotion regulation.

Which therapies are best for suicidal ideation?

Specific approaches used by professionals include cognitive behavioural, dialectical behaviour, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioural and dialectical behaviour therapies are two widely used therapies that can help individuals with painful thoughts and past traumas. These therapies help an individual tolerate distress, regulate emotions, and not act on dangerous urges.

Are there specific medications to be combined with therapy?

The use of medication for suicidal thoughts must be aligned with the underlying cause; conditions such as depression, anxiety, and psychosis may be at the root of suicidal ideation. A psychiatrist may prescribe medications for symptoms, which may include antipsychotics such as aripiprazole or antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

How often and how long are therapy sessions for suicidal ideation?

As with any type of therapy, sessions depend on the individual. Patients may see improvement within 15 to 20 sessions, at an average of 50 minutes per session, while others may opt for 20 to 30 sessions over, perhaps, a six-month period. Still other patients, especially those with co-occurring conditions like major depression and anxiety, may need to continue sessions for up to 12 to 18 months. In some cases, residential treatment may be recommended for an individual who is judged to be at high risk of self-harm.