Suicidal Ideation Therapists in San Diego, CA

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Cyti Psychological
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
Being a Licensed Mental Health Therapist has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and diagnosis from all cultures facing many of life stressors including, anxiety, suicidal ideations, trauma, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship, addictions and eating disorders.
Let’s face it! Putting together the huge jigsaw puzzle called life can be a bit challenging. Connecting all the pieces to see the whole picture, while trying make sense of traumatic events can leave you feeling emotionally paralyzed. Please know that you are not alone and there is hope. Change is at your fingertips. Reaching out is the first courageous step to activating change.
Being a Licensed Mental Health Therapist has given me the opportunity to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and diagnosis from all cultures facing many of life stressors including, anxiety, suicidal ideations, trauma, PTSD, OCD, substance abuse, interpersonal relationship, addictions and eating disorders.
Let’s face it! Putting together the huge jigsaw puzzle called life can be a bit challenging. Connecting all the pieces to see the whole picture, while trying make sense of traumatic events can leave you feeling emotionally paralyzed. Please know that you are not alone and there is hope. Change is at your fingertips. Reaching out is the first courageous step to activating change.
(858) 227-6110 View (858) 227-6110
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Dr. Joshua Morrison
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92104  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Finding and embracing an authentic self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
Finding and embracing an authentic self is one of the core missions of adult life. What too often corrupts this search, though, is the phenomenon of shame - a destructive force if there ever was one. Shame can contribute to substance use, depression, anxiety, interpersonal struggles, poor health outcomes, maladaptive trauma responses, and, at extremes, psychosis and suicidal ideation. Such maladies, when approached in the context of a compassionate and trusting therapeutic relationship, can be transformed into signs pointing the way toward a meaningful and fulfilling sense of self.
(619) 815-4658 View (619) 815-4658
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Ghazaleh Elyaszadeh
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92122
My name is Ghazaleh Elyaszadeh, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license 94650). I specialize in helping individuals, families, and kids. I have worked and treated many different clients who presented with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, bipolar and borderline symptoms. Being a therapist is a rewarding job, to be able to interact and help people through trust, communication and listening is what inspired me to become a therapist.
My name is Ghazaleh Elyaszadeh, I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license 94650). I specialize in helping individuals, families, and kids. I have worked and treated many different clients who presented with anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, bipolar and borderline symptoms. Being a therapist is a rewarding job, to be able to interact and help people through trust, communication and listening is what inspired me to become a therapist.
(858) 533-7988 View (858) 533-7988
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Julio Brionez
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92107  (Online Only)
Thank you for visiting this page. As a psychologist and human, my passions are suicide prevention through action, connection, and therapy. While I can work with most people, I provide services to people wrestling with thoughts of suicide or intent to hasten their death and do not readily work outside those parameters. I come to this work with a compassionate lens, training, and expertise in reducing suicide and treating trauma and cultural distress. Conversely, I am a suicide survivor, attempt survivor, and psychologist licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.
Thank you for visiting this page. As a psychologist and human, my passions are suicide prevention through action, connection, and therapy. While I can work with most people, I provide services to people wrestling with thoughts of suicide or intent to hasten their death and do not readily work outside those parameters. I come to this work with a compassionate lens, training, and expertise in reducing suicide and treating trauma and cultural distress. Conversely, I am a suicide survivor, attempt survivor, and psychologist licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.
(307) 323-4873 View (307) 323-4873
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Eddie A Quintana
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MS
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92128  (Online Only)
I have been humbled to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and with people of different diagnosis from addiction, suicide, depression, autism, anxiety, personality disorders, compulsion and psychotic disorders.
My Philosophy is simple, start where you are at in the process. My approach is to work with you and together we would develop goals and expectations on what you want to work on. It is a collaborative effort in order to help you make progress and sustain change once progress is made. Even though I'm seen as the professional, to me your're the professional of you're life and its my job to help guide you into a place where you feel comfortable. For further info please check out my website at quintanacounseling.com.
I have been humbled to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and with people of different diagnosis from addiction, suicide, depression, autism, anxiety, personality disorders, compulsion and psychotic disorders.
My Philosophy is simple, start where you are at in the process. My approach is to work with you and together we would develop goals and expectations on what you want to work on. It is a collaborative effort in order to help you make progress and sustain change once progress is made. Even though I'm seen as the professional, to me your're the professional of you're life and its my job to help guide you into a place where you feel comfortable. For further info please check out my website at quintanacounseling.com.
(858) 956-7836 View (858) 956-7836
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Victoria R. Leon
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ASW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92117  (Online Only)
As a therapist with a lived experience, I specialize in addressing the complex intersection of eating disorders and religious trauma, as well as co-occurring challenges including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and grief. I offer a brave, non-judgmental space where individuals can reclaim agency and implement strategies aligned with their strengths and goals
As a therapist with a lived experience, I specialize in addressing the complex intersection of eating disorders and religious trauma, as well as co-occurring challenges including depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and grief. I offer a brave, non-judgmental space where individuals can reclaim agency and implement strategies aligned with their strengths and goals
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Jordan D Danly
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adults and adolescents with difficulty regulating emotions, maintaining healthy and close relationships, and tolerating distress. I have experience and training working with those who have thoughts or urges for suicide and self harm. I want to help you build the life you have always desired! I am also a trained Gender Therapist and enjoy working with gender-expansive and transgender youth and adults seeking support for their gender identity and/or transition process. In addition, I am a Level 2 Gottman trained Couples Therapist.
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) for adults and adolescents with difficulty regulating emotions, maintaining healthy and close relationships, and tolerating distress. I have experience and training working with those who have thoughts or urges for suicide and self harm. I want to help you build the life you have always desired! I am also a trained Gender Therapist and enjoy working with gender-expansive and transgender youth and adults seeking support for their gender identity and/or transition process. In addition, I am a Level 2 Gottman trained Couples Therapist.
(858) 252-0503 View (858) 252-0503
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Julia Mendoza
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92110  (Online Only)
Hello I'm Julia Mendoza, a therapist providing therapy throughout the state of California. I have experience working with children and adults, in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, LGBT+ issues, OCD, personality disorders, family problems, relationship and partner conflict, and traumas. I truly enjoy helping others and I have been told that I am funny, genuine, open-minded, and a good listener. Se habla Español!
Hello I'm Julia Mendoza, a therapist providing therapy throughout the state of California. I have experience working with children and adults, in the areas of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, LGBT+ issues, OCD, personality disorders, family problems, relationship and partner conflict, and traumas. I truly enjoy helping others and I have been told that I am funny, genuine, open-minded, and a good listener. Se habla Español!
(951) 438-7873 View (951) 438-7873
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Claire Deierhoi-Clark
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
During my internship and postdoctoral training at Sharp Mesa Vista, I used CBT and DBT interventions to address self-harm, suicidal ideation, and intense anger.
Are you tired of having unproductive conflict, feeling unheard, or beating yourself up and striving for perfection? I’m a licensed psychologist with several years of specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We can use strategies from CBT and DBT to create a linear, targeted treatment plan to help you believe in yourself, ask for what you want and cope in ways that make you feel better about yourself. Or, if you are struggling with intense emotions and finding this is interfering with your relationship, we can use Gottman Couples therapy to help you and your partner reconnect.
During my internship and postdoctoral training at Sharp Mesa Vista, I used CBT and DBT interventions to address self-harm, suicidal ideation, and intense anger.
Are you tired of having unproductive conflict, feeling unheard, or beating yourself up and striving for perfection? I’m a licensed psychologist with several years of specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). We can use strategies from CBT and DBT to create a linear, targeted treatment plan to help you believe in yourself, ask for what you want and cope in ways that make you feel better about yourself. Or, if you are struggling with intense emotions and finding this is interfering with your relationship, we can use Gottman Couples therapy to help you and your partner reconnect.
(619) 391-2794 View (619) 391-2794
Alexandra Pestereanu- Gere
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92109
I have experience serving various populations in the following areas: Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use Issues, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior, Personality Disorders, Physical Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and various symptoms of psychosis, Trauma and abuse.
I am particularly zealous about social injustice issues and working with the marginalized population. I am passionate about working with and helping people who are facing: depression, anxiety, traumatic events, racism, relationship conflicts, childhood problems, self-esteem issues, communication problems, and acculturation. I am concerned with the impact of anxiety and depression and improving intervention to support daily functioning and living with anxiety and depression for better emotional, physical, and relationship health.
I have experience serving various populations in the following areas: Anxiety, Depressive Disorders, Addictive Behaviors and Substance Use Issues, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Suicidal Self-Harm Behavior, Personality Disorders, Physical Sexual and Emotional Abuse, Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia and various symptoms of psychosis, Trauma and abuse.
I am particularly zealous about social injustice issues and working with the marginalized population. I am passionate about working with and helping people who are facing: depression, anxiety, traumatic events, racism, relationship conflicts, childhood problems, self-esteem issues, communication problems, and acculturation. I am concerned with the impact of anxiety and depression and improving intervention to support daily functioning and living with anxiety and depression for better emotional, physical, and relationship health.
(760) 280-5240 View (760) 280-5240
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Corrin Crain
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92108
I also worked in intensive care settings supporting folks struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation.
The beauty of therapy is its ability to offer fresh lenses through which to see the world, while highlighting the strengths present within. I aim to support you in challenging the patterns that are no longer serving you. My practice is founded on the principal that therapy is not “one-size-fits all.” Your individualized perspective and intersections of who you are and what you have experienced must be understood and honored. I am passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and helping individuals and families find hope and healing. I will guide you in taking practical steps to create positive and manageable change.
I also worked in intensive care settings supporting folks struggling with self-harm and suicidal ideation.
The beauty of therapy is its ability to offer fresh lenses through which to see the world, while highlighting the strengths present within. I aim to support you in challenging the patterns that are no longer serving you. My practice is founded on the principal that therapy is not “one-size-fits all.” Your individualized perspective and intersections of who you are and what you have experienced must be understood and honored. I am passionate about the power of the therapeutic process and helping individuals and families find hope and healing. I will guide you in taking practical steps to create positive and manageable change.
(858) 727-8498 View (858) 727-8498
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Lauren Thibodeau
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92128
Are you struggling with your relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural identity, guilt, shame, anxiety, panic symptoms, trauma, unresolved abuse, self-hate, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, grief and loss, chronic pain, or autoimmune disorders? Schedule a session today.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
Are you struggling with your relationships, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural identity, guilt, shame, anxiety, panic symptoms, trauma, unresolved abuse, self-hate, suicidal thoughts, hopelessness, grief and loss, chronic pain, or autoimmune disorders? Schedule a session today.
Lauren treats adults, couples, families, and adolescents, and is especially passionate in providing resources and care to the LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities. She works with various clients, and while trained in a range of treatment types, she strives to tailor her therapeutic approach to each person and their unique, individual needs.
(657) 214-7701 View (657) 214-7701
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Jessica Ulmer
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I completed my doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) at La Salle University in Philadelphia and am licensed in CA and WA. I have worked with children, teens, & adults with emotional & behavioral dysregulation, relationship issues, suicidal thinking, substance abuse issues, & difficulty with life transitions. I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness acceptance-based approaches. Specializing further, using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure for treating trauma. I have expertise in treating Eating Disorders, Body image issues, Trauma, Suicidal behaviors, & Borderline Personality disorder.
I completed my doctoral degree in clinical psychology (PsyD) at La Salle University in Philadelphia and am licensed in CA and WA. I have worked with children, teens, & adults with emotional & behavioral dysregulation, relationship issues, suicidal thinking, substance abuse issues, & difficulty with life transitions. I’m trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness acceptance-based approaches. Specializing further, using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Exposure for treating trauma. I have expertise in treating Eating Disorders, Body image issues, Trauma, Suicidal behaviors, & Borderline Personality disorder.
(619) 389-3246 View (619) 389-3246
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Sarah Izaguirre
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92106
I have worked with children, teenagers, adults and families on a variety of issues including depression, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, substance use, anxiety, suicide, sexuality and grief.
Working with children, teenagers, adults, and families has been my priority for the past 7 years in order to help them develop the skills they need to build healthy lives. My goal is to create a safe environment in which individuals feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and free of judgment. I believe in working as a team in order to help each person develop insight in themselves and their situation, while cultivating their strengths, and highlighting their resiliency. When needed, I involve parents, families, psychiatrists, and physicians in order to ensure collaboration to increase the client's support within treatment.
I have worked with children, teenagers, adults and families on a variety of issues including depression, PTSD, ADHD, addiction, substance use, anxiety, suicide, sexuality and grief.
Working with children, teenagers, adults, and families has been my priority for the past 7 years in order to help them develop the skills they need to build healthy lives. My goal is to create a safe environment in which individuals feel comfortable expressing themselves openly and free of judgment. I believe in working as a team in order to help each person develop insight in themselves and their situation, while cultivating their strengths, and highlighting their resiliency. When needed, I involve parents, families, psychiatrists, and physicians in order to ensure collaboration to increase the client's support within treatment.
(619) 598-1117 View (619) 598-1117
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Sherri Ardekani
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, DBT-LBC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92101
Accepting CA clients. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life's daily stressors? Do you find that you are not where you want to be in you life? Do you sometimes find yourself anxious, depressed or feeling hopeless and out of balance? A history of trauma, addictions, compulsions, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and other life-interfering behaviors can do that. Together, we will work on removing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral barriers that keep you from achieving your personal goals. My mission is to help you achieve your best self by helping you identify where you are now and create a plan to work towards where you want to be.
Accepting CA clients. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life's daily stressors? Do you find that you are not where you want to be in you life? Do you sometimes find yourself anxious, depressed or feeling hopeless and out of balance? A history of trauma, addictions, compulsions, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and other life-interfering behaviors can do that. Together, we will work on removing the emotional, cognitive and behavioral barriers that keep you from achieving your personal goals. My mission is to help you achieve your best self by helping you identify where you are now and create a plan to work towards where you want to be.
(314) 802-4722 View (314) 802-4722
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Shari L Turner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
Whatever suffering has brought you here, welcome. You may be exhausted from feeling “Never Good Enough”, overwhelmed with shame, worry or sadness, hopeless about things getting better…or just need a safe, supportive place to heal? I would be honored to help. My clients tell me they feel “heard", listened to without being judged and feel better able to cope. I'm passionate about helping people struggling due to Narcissistic Abuse, Trauma & complex PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD & Autism Neurodivergence, Relationship concerns, Suicidal thoughts, Borderline Personality traits, Alcohol & Drug problems, and LGBTQ / Diversity issues.
Whatever suffering has brought you here, welcome. You may be exhausted from feeling “Never Good Enough”, overwhelmed with shame, worry or sadness, hopeless about things getting better…or just need a safe, supportive place to heal? I would be honored to help. My clients tell me they feel “heard", listened to without being judged and feel better able to cope. I'm passionate about helping people struggling due to Narcissistic Abuse, Trauma & complex PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD & Autism Neurodivergence, Relationship concerns, Suicidal thoughts, Borderline Personality traits, Alcohol & Drug problems, and LGBTQ / Diversity issues.
(858) 251-6552 View (858) 251-6552
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Jessica C Silsby
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92121
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (adults & adolescents) experiencing emotional dysregulation, strained relationships, overwhelming suffering (w/wo diagnosis of BPD), and/or thoughts of suicide or self-harm. My frame is client-centered, believing that you are the expert of your life, & therapy is a collaborate effort. I also work extensively within the Trans*/Nonbinary community, supporting an affirmed life for you and those around you. This can be at any age and include issues of disclosure, life changes, overcoming fear while balancing safety, & community advocacy.
I provide comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (adults & adolescents) experiencing emotional dysregulation, strained relationships, overwhelming suffering (w/wo diagnosis of BPD), and/or thoughts of suicide or self-harm. My frame is client-centered, believing that you are the expert of your life, & therapy is a collaborate effort. I also work extensively within the Trans*/Nonbinary community, supporting an affirmed life for you and those around you. This can be at any age and include issues of disclosure, life changes, overcoming fear while balancing safety, & community advocacy.
(619) 430-2475 View (619) 430-2475
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Shelby Swan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92121
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with families and children/adolescents. My professional experience has focused on trauma work in children/adolescents, specializing in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I like to focus on treating children/adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, or suicidal ideations.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in working with families and children/adolescents. My professional experience has focused on trauma work in children/adolescents, specializing in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I like to focus on treating children/adolescents who struggle with depression, anxiety, or suicidal ideations.
(858) 267-4186 View (858) 267-4186
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Cianna Edge
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
San Diego, CA 92127
Hello! My name is Cianna Edge. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is very person-centered and customized to your direct issue and struggles. I work mostly with depression and anxiety and increasing coping mechanisms. I work mostly with depression, anxiety, and those struggling with suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. However, I also have a great amount of experience and training working with family conflict and couples counseling. In my couples work I have done marital conflict and growth as well as premarital counseling.
Hello! My name is Cianna Edge. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. My approach to therapy is very person-centered and customized to your direct issue and struggles. I work mostly with depression and anxiety and increasing coping mechanisms. I work mostly with depression, anxiety, and those struggling with suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors. However, I also have a great amount of experience and training working with family conflict and couples counseling. In my couples work I have done marital conflict and growth as well as premarital counseling.
(559) 242-1746 View (559) 242-1746
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Melissa Houlston
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
San Diego, CA 92123
The thought of going to therapy can be overwhelming and scary, but it doesn't have to be. As your therapist, I will hold a safe space for you, free from judgement and provide plenty of support. This will be a place where you can heal from past traumas and/or present issues that are making you feel stuck. I will meet you where you are and only take you where you want to go. I have over eight years of experience in both mental health and hospital settings. I started my career as an ER Social Worker at CHOC and most recently was with the County of Orange providing psychological evaluations for suicidal and homicidal minors.
The thought of going to therapy can be overwhelming and scary, but it doesn't have to be. As your therapist, I will hold a safe space for you, free from judgement and provide plenty of support. This will be a place where you can heal from past traumas and/or present issues that are making you feel stuck. I will meet you where you are and only take you where you want to go. I have over eight years of experience in both mental health and hospital settings. I started my career as an ER Social Worker at CHOC and most recently was with the County of Orange providing psychological evaluations for suicidal and homicidal minors.
(909) 316-3351 View (909) 316-3351
Suicidal Ideation Therapists

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 behavioral 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 behavioral, dialectical behavior, psychodynamic, acceptance and commitment therapies, among others. Cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior 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.