Suicidal Thoughts

If you are currently experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

Suicidal thoughts, also known as suicidal ideation, means thinking about or planning suicide. Suicidal thoughts are typically in response to feeling that there is no solution to current problem or no end in sight to current pain. Suicidal thoughts are common – many people experience them at some point. However, these thoughts are temporary and passing in nature. If you are having recurrent suicidal thoughts, it likely won’t get better on its own. It’s important to remember that suicide is preventable. Even the most chronic suicidal thoughts and feelings can be resolved with time and support. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s suicidal thoughts experts today. If you are in immediate danger of hurting yourself, call 1-800-273-8255 or 911 for help.

Meet the specialists

Suicide has been a part of my life since I was in 8th grade. I have lost friends and family members to suicide over the years. I have also struggle at times with my own thoughts of suicide. Though it is not all I work with, I do hold a special place in my heart for those who have been touched by suicide whether through their personal lived experience, supporting loved ones who struggle with suicide, or the experience of grieving someone who has died by suicide.

— Julie Reichenberger, Counselor in Denver, CO

I have extensive in-home child/adolescent experience working with clients who have experienced suicidal thoughts with and without plans.

— Jasmine McLean, Counselor

Thoughts of not wanting to be alive or wanting to be dead are valid experiences and discussing them is an important way to work towards healing. As a therapist, I am comfortable exploring these uncomfortable feelings with you.

— Liz Silverman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

When we try everything we can imagine in order to fill the hole deep inside us but end up with nothing that works, we lose our hope for our future and life. When we completely lose our hope, we start questioning, "Why do I still have to exist in this world?" Our decision to continue to exist in the world comes from our will to not give up whatever happens and our trust in what is invisible and greater than our physical human existence. I support you in cultivating such will and trust.

— Hideko Ota, Counselor in Berkeley, CA

I've worked for several years within an Intensive Outpatient (IOP)/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP); here I have worked closely with both passive, chronic suicidality, as well as acutely active risk. Suicidal thoughts/ideation (SI) are a unique challenge, but do offer opportunities to further explore one's experiences and the meaning s/he makes out of them. It is a particular joy to see someone emerge from such darkness to rejoin and enjoy an abundant life.

— Katie Plumb, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

The theoretical approach is use is Dialectical behavioral therapy which has been shown the be effective with people struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Marco Viteri, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have experience working with individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. Specialized training in DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), which is the treatment of choice for individuals struggling with suicidal ideation.

— Ashley Strang, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI

I currently train professionals in the community on how to respond responsibility to people struggling with suicidal thoughts. I also teach professionals how to help people grow and recover from prior suicidal experiences. Having thoughts of suicide is common within the human experience. Anyone can have thoughts of suicide. I commit to working with you in a collaborative way, with your safety paramount.

— Melissa Pirwani, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA

I am trained and experienced in assessing and addressing the suicidal thoughts that often come with the sadness and numbness for which clients are seeking help. I honor the vulnerability and fear that can come with talking about your suicidal thoughts. Know that you're not alone and that we can make a plan together to cope with and eliminate these hopeless thinking patterns.

— Kaitlin Boyd, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I have extensive experience with suicidal thoughts, and am specifically trained to help with self-harm/self-injury.

— Kimberly Hansley, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, TX

People who have suicidal thoughts are usually survivors who have borne a lot of pain for a long time. They are resilient people. If you're still therapist hunting, a tiny part of you still wants to believe there is a way out of your situation that isn't as permanent or messy as self-murder. To do therapy work, you don’t have to want to live. You DO have to want to work towards wanting a life (worth living.)

— Marissa Lee, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

I've successfully supported clients to end suicidal thinking through using a variety of cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness meditation and hypnotherapy. When you think you can't go on, I provide you the door to walk a different path turning your pain into peace. You don't have to end your life to get resolve and peace. There is another way. Let me show you.

— Bethany Latimer, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

If you've been struggling with suicidal thoughts, they may have convinced you that you're worthless or that your loved ones would be better without you. You might be feeling lost. These thoughts may have stolen your values, motives, or dreams that you had for your life. You may want to reach out for help but you don't have much faith that it will work. I offer a safe space to share about suicidal thoughts and self-harm in which your autonomy is centered.

— Madison Alvarez Brunk, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Longwood, FL

Suicidal thinking and self-harming behavior is much more common in adolescents than many would know. For teens, it can be incredibly difficult to open up about self-harming behaviors, which are often met with responses of shaming or immediate problem-solving. I am trained in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, two treatments of suicidal behavior most supported by research.

— Patrick Phelan, Counselor in Seattle, WA

My role model is Victor Frankl which gave us existentialism as a tool for live a fruitful life.

— Uros Rajakovic, Psychotherapist in Belgrade,

I have expertise in suicidality and self-harm. I work with individuals with acute or chronic suicidal thinking and individuals after hospitalization or intensive outpatient treatment. I aim to identify or create reasons to live, identify or resolve abusive or toxic environments that jeopardize well-being, and build a strong sense of self and self-compassion.

— Heather Stephenson, Psychologist in Evanston, IL

I am an expert in the areas of suicide and self-harm. I value helping my clients navigate these difficult issues.

— Tony Sheppard, Clinical Psychologist in Louisville, KY

I trained at the Samaritans of New York Suicide Hotline and Evolve Treatment center for Teens. I am completing foundational training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

— Lincoln Madley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Suicidal thoughts are one of the worst symptoms to be dealing with (in my humble opinion). Because your brain is trying to get you to believe that there is no future for you. I'm here to tell you right now, your brain is screwing with you. And it sucks. It can get better, even though your brain says it won't. These intrusive or passive thoughts won't happen forever. If you are thinking about harming yourself please reach out to me or to someone else, or go to your nearest ER.

— Rachel Albers, Licensed Professional Counselor in LIncolnwood, IL

Many people struggled with suicidal ideation and they are often fearful to share that they are having these thoughts with others due to shame, fear of abandonment, burdening others, having others worry about them, or feelings that no one will understand or be able to help. Sometimes suicidal thoughts come as a way to escape unexplainable pain, or to express to oneself or others that something is wrong. Let's talk about it, let's create a plan to keep you safe. You can get through this!

— Chantal Wilson, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

I have experience working with clients who are actively suicidal both in outpatient and inpatient settings. I hope to support those who are experiencing the worst days of their lives and provide encouragement to keep going.

— Brianna Badenhop, Counselor in COLUMBUS, OH

Crisis Clinician through Medical Center of Aurora HCAT team.

— Lori Pahl, Licensed Professional Counselor in Golden, CO

Through my work with Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center, I lead groups for Survivors of Suicide Attempts and provide training in suicide prevention. I can promise you a safe and non-judgmental space to discuss thoughts of suicide, prior suicide attempts, and losing a loved one to suicide.

— Kelli Collins, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Having my own journey with suicidal thoughts I have learned how to listen deeply to underlying messages in suicidal thoughts and create self care actions. Suicidal thoughts are extremely common. Holding suicidal thoughts or urges to yourself can increase their intensity. There are ways to not feel so alone with what you are experiencing and be able to transform your relationship to suicidal thoughts. We can work individually or you can join my group for those who live with suicidal thoughts.

— Heidi Lindeman, Counselor in Broomfield, CO

Much of my training is around treating individuals experiencing accute and/or chronic suicidal ideation. Trained in dialectical behavior therapy through Behavior Tech and am happy to assess appropriateness for DBT.

— Heather Roe, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kalamazoo, MI

As part of my coursework to obtain my degree, I completed an internship with a crisis counseling hotline in my area. We received training on how to work with those that may be feeling suicidal and resources and tools they can use at the difficult time of their life. By having the right tools and resources, a person can get to a positive space and begin the focus on moving through the thoughts and feelings that may be causing them to feel like suicide may be the only option.

— Michael Lipps, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Saint Peters, MO

I have advanced training in Sources of Strength, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), and Suicide to Hope

— Jessica Ham, Social Worker in Greenwood Village, CO