by Jaqueline Masterson
It's the 1890s, and Professor Otto Ulrich runs a bizarre, exclusive clinic that caters to the faddish and perverted aristocrats of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Ulrich promises to cure young men and women of nymphomania, hysteria and unsuitable infatuations. However, his wealthy clients find that although his treatments are of questionable use in repressing their lusts, for those with depressed libidos, they can work wonders.
Is the first search result on google. The phrase sounds too much like a euphemism for something else. You need to get this therapist to at least explain what he means, and give you some links/references of this treatment being in use by someone else who seems trustworthy.
As far as I know, current treatment of self-injury is that it's a coping mechanism, they don't try and 'stop' you doing it. I'm not sure how that works myself but I know from friends that have been in hospital that they were not stopped from doing it while in treatment, the treatment focussed more on letting them talk about their feelings and on raising their self-esteem.
I'm not a therapist so I'm not in a position to advise you on your mental health. What I would suggest is that you bring someone along with you to your next session with this Dr. If you'd rather not have a relative, contact your local mental health charity in advance and they should be able to arrange for you to have a mental health advocate with you. Then while the other person is present, ask him for more details and tell him of your doubts.
Hope this helps,