Mary Waldon, LCSW

change therapy, LLC

phone: 847.306.0268  fax:312.488.2622

222 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 211
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Self Harm: What to do when you realize

your child is cutting

If you know or even suspect that your child is self-harming, it can be an overwhelming and frightening experience for you, your child, and your entire family. This DVD can serve as an informative and educational first step to help you understand self-harm and the specific actions you can take to help you and your child during this very difficult time.

In this 30-minute consultation, Mary helps guide you to the mental healthcare your child needs. In addition, she answers the questions encountered most often in her practice. 

Also included with your DVD is a comprehensive workbook, that will help you document your observations, collect relevant medical records, and prompt information-gathering questions. When you complete the workbook, you will have an essential resource that can facilitate communication with your child's mental health treatment team.

Mary Waldon's DVD on Self-Harm provides  an invaluable opportunity for families and helpers who are dealing self harm. Mary is a master clinician who brings her expertise, wisdom and tremendous compassion into this 30 minute  consultation session with you. She provides information and guidelines that are accessible, organized and on-target.  This is a must-have resource for anyone---families, teachers, clinicians-- involved with a child who may be self-harming or at risk.


Freda B. Friedman, Ph.D., LCSW

clinician, consultant , educator, co-author of Surviving a Borderline Parent: How to Heal Your Childhood Wounds and Build Trust, Boundaries, and Self-Esteem

In her video "Self Harm: What to do….." Mary Waldon, LCSW, has produced an essential resource for parents concerned about their children's well being. Mary brings her compassionate, well-considered, and frank approach to the very sensitive and frightening topic of self-harm. In common-sense and non-pathologizing language, she guides parents through a basic understanding of this behavior. She explains the differences between various types of body ornamentation, such as piercing and tattooing, and self harm. She also differentiates between many other typical teenage behaviors that might might be confused with self-harm. The viewer gets ample opportunity to organize their thinking, and much advice about what current treatments are recommended for this problem, how to find a qualified therapist, and what to communicate to that therapist. Mary also offers helpful advice about how to talk to your child about your concerns, and thoughts about what to say to other family members. I strongly recommend this video to any parent who is worried their child might be engaging in self-harm.

Michael Maslar, Psy.D
Director of Mindfulness and Behavior Therapies, and
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program for Adolescents at
The Family Institute at Northwestern University and co-author of the book
The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bulimia: Using DBT to Break the Cycle and Regain Control of Your Life