Jan Hamilton , MS, PMHNP, 
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Doorways LLC.

 1825 E. Northern Ave. 

Suite 200

Phoenix, AZ 85020


(602) 997-2880  


A Note from Jan
Founder of Doorways 

March is Self-Harm Awareness month and I thought it would be a good time to share some information about self-harm.

Self-harm is any deliberate, non-suicidal behavior that inflicts physical injury to your body. This includes cutting, burning or carving skin, picking skin, hair pulling, breaking bones, scratching, bruising, and drinking something harmful like bleach.

People self-harm as a way to cope with emotional pain or anxiety.  Sometimes people who self-harm go into a trance-like state, not being fully aware of what they are doing to themselves.

Ninety percent of self-harm starts in adolescence, usually around age 14 and continues into the 20s. It may even continue or start later in life. Self-injury is more common among girls.

A person who is self-harming may not be suicidal, however, they have the potential to become suicidal if they don't deal with the issues that are causing them to self-harm.
How do you help someone who self-harm s?

  1. Get angry or show disgust. This will only drive the person away from you.
  2. Deny the problem. It's not a phase he/she will grow out of.
  3. Hide things that the person uses to self-harm. If the person wants to self-injure, he/she will find a way.
  4. Judge the severity of the injury as an indicator of the level of emotional pain. A severely depressed person might only have scratches instead of cuts.
  5. Assume the person is okay once in treatment. Recovery from self-injury can take months, maybe even years.


  1. Stay calm.
  2. Be nonjudgmental.
  3. Take the problem seriously.
  4. Be kind, loving, and supportive.
  5. Help the person get treatment.
If you know someone who is self-harming, we can help. We have providers who are specially trained in helping young people who self-harm. We can also speak to your group or organization about the topic of self-harm. 


Jan Hamilton, PMHNP-BC
Founder, Doorways, LLC



Provider Spotlight

Samantha Nordvold, LCSW
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Samantha received her Masters in Social Work from ASU and has been licensed since 2004. She has worked in home and at community agencies with children, adolescents and families. 

Samantha works with families that experience anxiety, depression, anger, adjustment to change in family dynamics, ADHD and trauma related concerns. 

She has a passion for working together with clients to move their life story into a positive direction. We are proud to have Samantha on our team! Samantha is accepting new patients. 

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