Expert Self-Harm Treatment in Malaysia


Self-harm is complex and often misunderstood. When young people hurt themselves, it’s not a cry for attention. In most cases, it stems from feelings of distress, pain, and trauma – hurting themselves can help them feel in control of a situation and deal with negative feelings.

At The Wave, we recognise that depression, pain, and trauma can all contribute to self-harming. That’s why we’ll never treat young people like problems or a case study – we know how complex self-harm is and will guide them through every stage of treatment. During their stay with us, they’ll be given the support and resources needed to overcome their self-harm and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

From therapies and alternative treatments to recreational activities like team-building exercises and sport, our compassionate therapists will work with them to get to the root of their self-harm, coming up with personalized treatment plans that fit their schedules.

We are here to help

The Wave Self-Harm Admissions Team can be contacted on:

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Wave Clinic: Specialists in Teen Self-Harm
+60 327 271 799 (General Enquiries)
+60 125 227 734 (Admissions)

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Wave International Group LLC
+971 438 354 01

What Is It and How Does It Work?

Treatment for Self-Harm

At The Wave, we believe in treating young people through the lens of trauma. It’s one of the reasons we’ve created a holistic healing approach – self-harm isn’t a cry for attention, it stems from very real triggers, experiences, and emotions. We understand this and strive to give them the care and support they need to overcome self-harming, as well as focusing on developing emotional, spiritual, and physical wellness.

At the heart of our mission is an understanding of teenage life and all the stressors, triggers, and changes that are thrown at young people during this period. We’ll arm them with the skills and resources needed to not only overcome self-harm but also navigate and find their own path. Their dreams. Their hopes. Their ambitions. From there, we’ll work with them to realise what they want and give them opportunities to develop the skills needed to help them get there.

Laying the Groundwork for a Bright Life After Recovery

The Seven Core Elements of Treatment

At The Wave, our treatment programs are built on seven elements, each designed to nurture young people in all areas of their personal development. Self-harm often stems from feelings of worthlessness, insecurity, and sadness, so our seven elements will focus on helping them rebuild their confidence, independence, and self-esteem. From clinical and medical treatments to activities and volunteering, we aim to equip all young people who walk through our doors with the tools and resources needed to overcome self-harm and lead a fulfilling life.

The seven elements include:

We complement our personalized treatment plans with a deep level of care and understanding. We take the time to listen to each young person’s hopes, fears, and future ambitions, creating a unique treatment approach just for them. On top of medical treatment, we also use a range of therapies to help young people get to the root of their self-harm and learn about their triggers.  They’ll also learn how to develop healthy coping mechanisms in times of stress, ensuring that they don’t give in to old habits.

Some of our clinical treatment options include:

  • Family therapy
  • One-to-one therapy
  • Expressive arts therapy
  • Somatic therapy 
  • Self-love techniques
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT)
  • Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Group therapy

No two people are the same, so why would you create a treatment plan that caters to everybody? At The Wave, this is something we understand and put into practice with our fully personalized treatment approach. Every case of self-harm is different and every person has different goals, dreams, and ambitions – that’s why we’ll always design our treatment programmes around their schedule, life, and their own personal experiences with trauma and self-harm.

Our medical staff may develop a treatment plan that includes medication depending on a young person’s individual circumstances and triggers. All medication is regularly reviewed and monitored by medical directors, and they’ll always be happy to answer any questions you may have. We know that taking medication can be daunting, so we’ll always be open and honest with you throughout the entire process.

As they move through their treatment plan and learn healthy coping mechanisms, the dose of medication they need may reduce. However, for some people, long-term medication may be the most effective course of action to control symptoms.

We firmly believe that no young person should be left behind, and that’s why one of our seven elements is education. Self-harm all too often interrupts important life-stages for young people, halting things like university and education in their tracks. At The Wave, we don’t see why young people shouldn’t work towards their future while recovering. As well as giving them purpose, it sets them up for their bright future.

Every young person has so much ahead of them, and we’re here to help them see their potential and realise their dreams. Alongside therapy and medical treatment, we provide a range of educational opportunities designed to bolster a young person’s confidence and skills for life outside of our clinic. Whatever their dream is, we’re here to help arm them with the tools needed to achieve it.

Some of the educational pathways we offer include:

  • International GAP-year experiences
  • Continuation of GCSEs and A-Levels
  • Vocational courses (London School of Art, Royal Horticultural Society, Leith’s School of Cookery, and The British Horse Society)

Each young person will have their own personal learning plan (PLP) to help them stick to their goals and set the foundations for a solid future.

True recovery doesn’t happen through talking and support alone; it happens through action. At The Wave, we call this ‘living and learning recovery.’ It’s one of the reasons we’ve developed a global citizenship programme that gives our young people the chance to help out in the local community and become more aware of the world around them.

Self-harm can often rob young people of inspiration and purpose, making it difficult for them to look outside of themselves. With our global citizenship program, they’ll not only learn how to develop friendships and bonds, but they’ll also learn valuable skills like teamwork and the importance of helping others.

Volunteering opportunities will also give young people a chance to reconnect with something they care about. If they feel strongly for a particular cause, our programme will help them nurture that care into something meaningful and positive. Having something that they deeply care about can help re-develop that sense of purpose and give them something to keep busy with once they leave the clinic.

As well as clinical treatment, we also offer a range of alternative therapies to young people such as cooking, gardening, and dancing. At The Wave, we believe trying new activities and developing new hobbies is an important part of the treatment process. They give young people a chance to be creative, flex their skills, nurture their passions, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. 

We combine a range of creative and holistic treatments into each of our young person’s treatment plans, including:

  • Education on the food and body groups
  • Mindful movement
  • Tension, stress, and trauma release (TRE)
  • Reiki
  • Eating disorder informed yoga
  • Education on nourishment and healthy eating
  • Journalling and reflective writing
  • Team sports and group challenges

As well as giving young people a chance to develop healthy habits for their life outside the clinic, our outside/inside approach will also help them release their emotions in productive, healthy ways instead of bottling it all up.

Cultivating a strong team spirit, sense of accomplishment, and fun into our treatment programmes is what sets our approach apart from others. We don’t just focus on medical and clinical treatment – we’re also keen to get our young people involved in fun challenges and experiences that will empower them and help them learn new life skills.

That’s why one of our seven core elements is experiences. All young people have the chance to take part in a range of experiences and exciting adventures, including:

  • Dance and drama productions
  • Fashion design 
  • Batik painting
  • Pottery
  • Horse riding
  • Jungle adventures
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing

Self-harming can often impact relationships and the way a young person approaches life. That’s why our ‘experiences’ element is designed to help bolster their confidence to try new things and give them a chance to develop team-building skills. These are all things they can take with them into their life after recovery, setting a solid foundation for a fulfilling life.

Self-harm doesn’t have to rob a young person of their potential. They’ve got so much ahead of them, and we’re keen to help them realise their dreams and ambitions, giving them the tools and resources to set the cogs into motion. 

Our dedicated care team works with each young person to develop an ongoing plan that will help ease them back into everyday life and transition healthily. We know that leaving behind the security and familiarity of treatment can be a little daunting, but we’re here to help each young person develop a set of goals and plans to work towards their future with confidence.

Having some kind of purpose when they leave our clinic will help set them up for their future and limit the chances of them returning to old habits. With a renewed sense of hope and inspiration, they’ll be more likely to stick to their goals and go on to lead a fulfilling life.

“I came to The Wave about 2 ½ years ago, and I can’t speak highly enough about their service, support, and love I received (and still do) from the team. They have helped me build stable foundations for a life that now feels worth living. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without their amazing help, and I am lucky enough to call them my family.”

Self-Harm Treatment Options

Recovering from Self-Harm

We offer a range of therapies and treatment options tailored specifically to our young people’s unique needs including:

Family Therapy

When a young person self-harms, it can be extremely challenging for the whole family. This can lead to fights, arguments, and a lack of communication on both ends. Often, self-harm is made worse by these events which is why we incorporate family therapy into our treatment programmes.
Though it can be daunting, family therapy provides an opportunity to clear up any miscommunication and help families better understand how to support their loved ones who are struggling with self-harm.

Alternative Therapies

As well as clinical treatment, we also offer a range of alternative therapies to young people such as cooking, gardening, and dancing. At The Wave, we believe trying new activities and developing new hobbies is an important part of the treatment process. This helps give young people a chance to be creative, flex their skills, nurture their passions, and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Alternative therapies are also a great way for young people to develop friendships and a sense of community spirit. A lot of our alternative therapies are focused on working with peers, giving everyone a chance to build relationships and connect with those on a similar journey to themselves.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Another form of talking therapy, DBT is similar to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and has been adapted for people who experience intense emotions and behaviours that negatively impact their mental or physical health.
When going through DBT, young people are encouraged to accept who they truly are and challenge any negative thoughts patterns which could motivate self-harm. Not only does this help them develop healthy coping mechanisms and identify triggers, but it also gives them the chance to reflect on their situation and better understand self-harm and why it’s cropped up in the first place.

Frequently asked questions

Self-Harm FAQ's

Self-harm is very common amongst teenagers and young people. The average age for self-harming is between twelve and fifteen, with recent studies showing that around one in every twelve teenagers engages in self-harming behaviours every day.

Mental illness is often passed down from family member to family member – something that’s often seen as hereditary. Though this isn’t always the case, it is common and certain disorders like depression are thought to increase the likelihood of self-harming.

Supporting a young person through this process can be complicated and challenging. The most important thing to remember is to remain open-minded and free of judgment. When someone self-harms, they’re not doing it for your attention – they’re using it as an outlet for their pain.
Let them know that you are there to support them and that you aren’t making assumptions about their condition. Try to listen and offer reassurance during difficult times.

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