HarmLESS Psychotherapy offers a range of services that can be tailored to the needs of individuals and organisations to enable them to gain an understanding on the issues affecting people who self harm. We offer both bespoke workshops and open courses, for current dates click here.
Furthermore we offer consultancy and free of charge awareness raising sessions.

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Why choose HarmLESS Psychotherapy?

In the current financial climate organisations are under pressure to demonstrate that they invest in training that demonstrates "Best value".
At HarmLESS Psychotherapy we take very seriously your investment in time and money, for that reason we have formulated the following questions:

What relevant knowledge and experience do the trainers have?

The trainer has more than ten years experience working in Scotland in the field of Mental Health. She has developed and delivered training to more than 6,000 people during that time. Maria has delivered services for people who self-harm their families and professionals involved in their care. In addition, she has line managed staff delivering frontline services.

Furthermore, people with lived experience of self-harm are an integral part of the training.

This training complies with guidelines established in NICE guidelines: Long term management of self-harm

How long is the workshop?

The workshop last a day. Most training courses available in Scotland only last for half a day. This allows enough time to go through the materials in-depth and to practice the new skills.

How many participants in each workshop?

Workshops are typically attended by twelve people or less. This ensures that participants have an opportunity to learn practising and in a relaxed, non-judgemental environment.

What is the organisation’s attitude towards participants?

HarmLESS Psychotherapy is a non-for-profit organisation. We strive to make the training available to a wide range of people. We offer concessionary rates and in some circumstances free places.

Can I learn at my own pace?

Yes, the trainer collects information prior to the training in order to tailor each workshop to the participants' experience and knowledge. The groups are small and the delivery is designed to accommodate different learning styles.

Can I demonstrate it is “Best Value”?

Yes. Our training courses have very competitive rates because we operate as a Social Enterprise.

Our Managing Self-harming Behaviour is BPS Accredited  (British Psychological Society) and it counts 7 hours towards your CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

Delegates' Feedback

"Hugely rewarding and informative course. Excellent balance of information and participation. Direcly relevant to participants"
"I feel quite awed by your knowledge. Just as powerful has been the way you enabled and encouraged our full participation"
"Very well delivered course which made it easy to engage and helped develop learning and understanding of self harm"

For more information about our training courses 



One of the biggest challenges to support people who self harm is the lack of overarching policies across organisations and local authorities. Many organisations and services are operating in line with NICE guidelines. These guidelines were conceived to be applied to Primary Care and therefore, they do not apply to extended care. For this reason, in November 2011 new guidelines were published Self-harm: Longer Term Management.

HarmLESS Psychotherapy has helped to develop Perth & Kinross Interagency Guidelines responding to Young People who self harm.

This is a service that is available on request.

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