My last post focussed on an individualized approach to therapy for self-injuring youth. Today, my post will offer another perspective: the "mixed approach". This “Mixed Approach” of individualized and family therapy is recommended by researchers such as Janis Whitlock and Barent Walsh.
The client would see an individual therapist first, who may then suggest seeing a family therapist with their family members if it is determined to be helpful. This is the approach presented by the highly respected and most comprehensive online database concerning self-injury online which is run by Cornell University: The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery.
 Janis Whitlock and Miranda Sweet, “Therapy: What to Expect,” The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. http://www.selfinjury.bctr.cornell.edu/perch/resources/therapy-what-to-expect-pm-3.pdf.