Excerpts from Doesn’t it Hurt? Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers

ImageAvailable on kindle, and as a paperback, Doesn’t it Hurt? Confessions of Compulsive Hair Pullers shares the personal stories, struggles and tribulations of 15 men and women from from 5 different countries and range in ages from 18-65.

Edited by blogger and BFRB activist Sandy Rosenblatt, Doesn’t it Hurt? is inspiring, heartfelt and will resonate with those of us who know what it’s like to live with picking and pulling. Even though the authors of each essay use their first name only, many are people you may already know, via facebook groups and TLC events.

We asked Sandy to share some of her favorite excerpts from the book. Here’s what she sent us:

Those of us with trich can often feel broken and alone. We want to tell people we’re hurting, but we’re afraid of what they’ll say. We’re afraid they’ll reject us. We’re afraid because in a way, we reject ourselves. – Sandy

The fact we wake up in the morning is already a win. In the grand scheme of things we were always on the outside looking in. That used to bother me to no end. Then I just decided to enjoy the outside. – Billy

So what have I learned? I’ve learned that it’s possible to live with trichotillomania, and that although there will be days I will cry, that it doesn’t define me.- Hope

I wanted to share my story because I know what it was like to go through feeling alone, freakish and all-around horrible about my hair pulling. I hope that by talking about my experience I can show that trich doesn’t have to be a barrier to fulfillment.Jarrah

I believe my success comes from taking trich along in my journey through life.Sebastian

It is still very hard for me to share my pulling with others, but I handle inquires better than I used to. I’ve learned just because someone asks me a question doesn’t mean I have to answer.Kensington Rose

It’s time to talk about trich. The power of several voices is what will help break the stigma.Sarah

Nobody is perfect and you are not the only person in the world. Relax. Nothing and nobody will sink because you made a mistake or pulled out your hair. -Jose

At the end of the day, it’s just a thing. We’ve all got one. -Diana


You can read a longer excerpt and order the book for kindle or in a paperback edition. Just visit amazon.com >>

Proceeds from both books will be donated to TLC and the Canadian BFRB Support Network.

Have you read Doesn’t it Hurt? yet? We’d love to hear what you think! Let us know in the comments….





First Toronto Canada Workshop on Trichotillomania & Skin Picking

There’s still time to register for Canada’s first workshop on trichotillomania, skin picking and related BFRBs!

Please join TLC and the Canadian BFRB Support Network (CBSN) for a unique opportunity to learn more about treatments that work and developing a support and recovery community.

Renown-BFRB expert, Dr. Jon Grant, (who conducted the first NAC research study) will kick-off a a day-long session covering the clinical and biological aspects of trichotillomania, skin picking and related BFRBs, as well as evidence-based medication approaches.

Expert clinicians Dr. Peggy Richter and Dr. Mark Sinyor will explain specific cognitive-behavioral approaches to treating these disorders and share useful strategies for coping with BFRB urges.

TLC and CBSN staff will close the day with information on developing local support, a crucial part of recovery maintenance.

A complete schedule is available at tlctoronto.eventbrite.com.

The content is ideal for adults and teens (14 and up) with hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting and related BFRBs, parents, spouses/partners/support persons and treatment providers. Financial assistance is available, contactprograms@trich.org for details.

We hope to see you there!

With Love,

All About Treatment: Using TLC’s Conference to Create your Personalized Treatment Plan

How can you create a treatment plan at a medical conference?  The TLC Conference is specifically designed to help attendees do just that! Through the guidance of the experts on our Scientific Advisory Board, we’ve created a program itinerary that we hope will help you gain a better understanding of the role BFRB behaviors play in your own life, how co-morbid (or co-existing) disorders affect BFRB-behavior management, and specific treatment and life-enhancing (personal growth) sessions that will help you pull it all together into a personalized plan of action.

Here’s a peak at some of our treatment and personal growth sessions for adults:

Developing a Comprehensive Treatment Plan: Two-Part ComB Workshop
Saturday, April 26
The ComB Model, or Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment of BFRBs, is a 4-phase treatment protocol developed by Dr. Charles Mansueto of the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington. It is the basis of TLC’s Professional Training programs and is the subject of a TLC-funded research program. The great thing about ComB is that it can also be adapted as a self-help model for treatment of BFRBs.

What we love most about these two workshops is the unique opportunity to meet, in a small group setting, with the expert clinicians created and refined this treatment approach. It’s basically three hours of  cognitive behavior therapy with three of the best BFRB clinicians in the world! In part one, Charles Mansueto, PhD, Suzanne Mouton-Odum, PhD will work with you to identify your specific “trigger” situations. In Part two, Dr. Mouton-Odum and Sherrie Vavrichek, LCSW-C  will guide attendees in the creation of personalized interventions that address the various triggers identified in the first session.

Breaking Free from Emotional Burdens
Marla W. Deibler, PsyD & Jayme Jacobs, PsyD
Isolation can be a dark and lonely place in which it feels as if no one understands your struggles and you feel powerless to change the situation. The embarrassment, shame, and guilt often associated with BFRBs can impact one’s psychological well-being and present challenges for successful recovery. This experiential workshop will explore these feelings and facilitate connection with others to break through these barriers and move toward self-acceptance – a key building block to recovery.

Developing a Comprehensive Guide to Understanding You and Your BFRB
Renae M. Reinardy, PsyD
In this workshop Dr. Renae Reinardy will expand on the ComB model by helping attendees review other aspects that affect overall health, and thus, BFRB triggers.  Attendees of this session analyze the impact of a number of important areas of life that can contribute to lack of balance and increased urges to pick or pull, including sleep, exercise, nutrition, thought patterns, sensory needs, and lack of coping skills. This workshop will help you determine which of several areas you may need to focus on in order to gain a better understanding of the function of your BFRB and develop a plan to provide your mind and body with skills to produce lasting changes.

Emotional Regulation: A Pivotal Skill for Effective Treatment of BFRBs
Mary Kathleen Norris, LPC
One of the mechanisms providing underlying energy for TTM, skin picking, and BFRBs is thought to be dysregulated mood. This workshop will look at the steps in coping with emotion based in Dialectical Behavior Therapy – a proven approach to BFRB treatment. Sufferers learn improved mood modulation step by step with an easy to remember protocol.

Mindfulness, Relaxation, Meditation and Deep Breaths
These three words are a key component to long-term recovery from BFRBs. In fact, when TLC’s founder, Christina Pearson, attended her first mindfulness training course several years ago, she was brought to tears as she realized that mindfulness was simply the word for the recovery management skills she had been practicing for 20 years!

Recovery is not just about changing your behaviors – it is also about changing your perspective towards, and relationship with, your pulling and picking urges. In Friday evening’s session, Mindfulness for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder, Kimberley Quinlan, MFT , will walk you through the practical application of mindfulness and help you create a more understanding and compassionate relationship with your urges and feelings.

Various breathing techniques can relax the nervous system, thus allowing the urge the pull or pick to leave the body. During Saturday’s session,  Breathe Before you Pull or Pick, Joan Kaylor MSEd, LPC (and recovered hair puiller)  will teach useful breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, over energy correction, breathing while meditating and muscle tense and relax. These skills are important for managing urges and supporting mindfulness practice.

Meditation is much simpler than you may think, and has been shown in scientific studies to have wide-ranging physical and mental health benefits with as little as ten minutes of practice per day. Using yogic theory and practical application, Meditation – Theory and Practice led by BFRB-coach Annette Pasternak, PhD will help attendees understand when, why and how to practice meditation.

This is just one small snapshot of the 60+ workshops offered at this years’ event. Jump over to the conference schedule to review the entire program >>

Meet Katherine Paris


Katherine Paris attended her first TLC Conference last year, where she spoke on the “Faces of Success” panel. Katherine returns this year to share her personal recovery story with other teens.

Katherine Paris was diagnosed with trichotillomania at age 12. Throughout middle school she was bullied constantly for her hair loss and became alienated from the majority of her peers. Katherine started a YouTube channel focusing on mental health and specifically trichotillomania. That channel now has almost 13,000 views! During her senior year, she became fed up with hiding part of myself and being ashamed. She made a public Facebook post confessing that she has trichotillomania and thoroughly explaining what it is.

The support she  received from classmates and friends was overwhelming and prompted her to speak about trich in front of her class. This support along with support from TLC inspired her to fight harder than ever to be pull free. She spoke at the conference last year being 6 months pull free, and happily reports that she is now one year pull free and will be 1 year and 5 months pull free by the time of the conference. Katherine is majoring in psychology in hopes of becoming a psychologist who specializes in treating trich.


Tell us a little bit about the workshop you will be presenting at the TLC Conference
The workshop I will be presenting at this years conference is entitled “Teens Talking About Trich”. It aims to give teens and young adults a chance to discuss their personal stories and struggles with trichotillomania in a judgement free environment. This workshop will help teens to realize what makes them unique besides trichotillomania and offer an outlet for discussion and an opportunity to make friends in a similar age range who can truly understand how each other feel.

What’s your favorite memory from past events?
Last year was my first time attending a TLC Conference and it was honestly a life changing experience. Being able to present a workshop and speak on the Faces of Success panel was an incredible experience. Even more than the workshops, making friendships that I know will last a lifetime has made me realize that even though living with trichotillomania was one of the toughest trials of my life thus far, I wouldn’t erase it from my life if i could. Trichotillomania helped shape me into the person i am today.

What other workshops are you planning to attend this year?
This year i am planning to attend as many workshops as possible. I hope to attend the workshops dealing with college students and also a few that deal with the psychological and scientific research being done concerning trich. I also love workshops that focus on mindfulness, yoga and hypnosis!

If there was one message you could deliver to all with a BFRB, what would it be?
If there was one message I could deliver to all people suffering from BFRBs it would be to remember to love yourself. Anything is possible but you must first learn to love yourself, and this means every part of you including your BFRB. Our conditions do NOT define us. We are parents, siblings, children, spouses, performers, athletes, students, and we just so happen to have a BFRB. If your goal is to become free of your BFRB, remember to be gentle with yourself. A week pull/pick free and one day of relapse does not mean failure. It means you were strong for an entire week and should reward yourself for that strength! If you goal is acceptance, try looking in the mirror every morning and picking out traits you like about yourself. Remember that hair is just hair and skin is just skin. Our beauty is much more than skin deep and often people with BFRBs are the most beautiful, compassionate and creative people out there! Above all remember you are not alone in your journey and you are loved by so many people.

- Katherine Paris



Meet Tom Corboy, MFT of the OCD Center of Los Angeles

Tom Corboy, MFT, is executive Director of the OCD Center of Los Angeles: Patron Sponsors of the 2014 TLC Conference.

Tom and several members of the OCD Center staff will be presenting on a wide-range of topics at the conference. Tom and his colleague Karen Pickett, MFT will kick off our focus on recovery with the 12 Roadblocks to Recovery presentation on Saturday, and help get attnedees lingering questions answered with the Ask the Experts panel on Sunday morning. OCDLA staff members will also present on Mindfulness, Stories of Successful Recovery, and special workshops for both kids and teens.

How did you get into treating BFRBs?
In graduate school, Trichotillomania received a total of about three minutes of discussion, and Dermatillomania was not even mentioned.  It was as if it didn’t exist!  My graduate thesis was on the treatment of OCD, and upon graduation in 1993, OCD was the area on which I focused my work.  Almost immediately, I started to notice that a fair number of my clients with OCD also had Trichotillomania, and even more had Dermatillomania (aka “Skin Picking Disorder”).  So I had to learn what the appropriate treatment was for BFRBs.  When I opened the OCD Center of Los Angeles in 1999, we made a point of emphasizing the treatment of BFRBs because it was clear that there was a huge need that was not being addressed by most therapists, even many of those specializing in OCD.  Soon thereafter, we started our first weekly therapy and support group specifically for adults with Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder, which still meets every Saturday afternoon.  Since then, Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder have become among the most common conditions for which people seek treatment with us.

What do you hope your session attendees will learn from your workshops?
Unfortunately, many people struggling with BFRBs have never been taught the specific, concrete strategies that will help them, and as a result, they often feel helpless and hopeless.  The most valuable thing that people with Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder can learn is that, with commitment and the right tools, they can learn to effectively manage their urges to pull and pick.  This is no small task, and it requires a tremendous amount of personal dedication to one’s own recovery, but it is doable.

The other thing that is really valuable for people with BFRBs is learning that you are not alone.  People with BFRBs often have spent years secretly hiding their symptoms due to the shame and embarrassment they feel.  Realizing you are not alone can be a great relief and can help motivate you to more proactively pursue your recovery.

Do you have any advice for BFRB patients who don’t have access to a knowledgeable treatment provider or local support?
Unfortunately, many, if not most, people suffering with BFRBs don’t have local access to support and effective treatment. Outside of large metropolitan areas, there is an almost complete lack of knowledge about BFRBs. Even in major cities, the lack of understanding on the part of most treatment providers is staggering.  Simply put, most therapists are utterly clueless about these conditions!  The great news is that the internet is changing all that by providing easy access to both accurate information and effective treatment.  TLC provides a tremendous amount of information that is available at the click of a mouse or the touch of a smartphone.  Likewise, a growing number of therapists are learning how to treat BFRBs, while at the same time realizing that treatment via webcam can be every bit as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy.  And online discussion groups can be tremendously helpful for those who cannot find a support group close to home.  The bottom line is that Information, treatment and support for BFRBs are more available than ever before.  And now that Skin Picking Disorder has finally been recognized by the APA as a real condition, hopefully more treatment providers will take the time to learn how to effectively treat it and other BFRBs.

Visit www.ocdla.com for free resources on trichotillomania and skin picking, or to learn more about their programs and services.

Meet Joan Kaylor, MSed, LPC, NCC

Joan Kaylor, recovered hair puller and holistic counselor for hair pulling, skin picking, OCD and anxiety

At 4 years of age, Joan began twirling and playing with her hair and banging her head against her pillow at night. As a toddler and young girl she would rock back and forth in her crib, and later in bed, for hours. Joan learned later  that these were signs of anxiety, the start of trichotillomania for me, and tourettes. She also was uncoordinated and a poor reader. Thus, I was never interested in sports and watched television for hours. Then, even later, she was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder. What a package!

After earning her B.A. in psychology from Muskingum College in Ohio, she began working as a real estate property manager. And also pulled her hair more than ever. She did not hide my pulling from my co-workers but was dismayed to think she was the only one who pulled and that no mental health professional knew how to help.

In 1989, Joan read the book “The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing” by Judith Rapoport, M.D. Upon reading that book, Joan discovered “Jackie P.”, a woman who pulled out every hair on her head and face. From her insistence, she would not be turned away by the NIMH study of OCD. From Jackie P’s courage to come forward, Joan and millions of “pullers” now know they are not alone with Trichotillomania.

Since then (and you can read Joan’s full story, here >>), Joan traveled a path in mental health counseling, eventually opening her private practice on 1994. It was along this route that Joan become a recovered from trichotillomania, and has since helped many,  people find their own path to recovery through her combined approach of cognitive behavior therapy and holistic treatment practices.  That has lead her to becoming a licensed professional counselor in 2002. Joan also developed the first app for BFRBs, which you can download via her website, where she also shares many videos about living healthy and with joy.

What is your favorite part of  the TLC Conference?
My favorite part of the conference is meeting old friends, making new friends and helping someone think differently about pulling or picking.

What do you hope your session attendees will learn from your workshops?
I hope they will come away with new tools and strategies and think differently about themselves at whatever stage they are in their healing process.  People come to a TLC conference to learn how to stop pulling and picking and the latest advances in treatment. When they come away feeling empowered that is everything.

What other presentations are you planning to attend this year?
I am planning to attend Merrill Black’s workshop and Annette Pasternak’s workshop.

As a recovered hair puller and treatment professional, what do you think is the largest obstacle to one’s recovery from BFRBs?
People focus too much on hair loss and FIGHTING pulling and picking.  People focus on the negative. Parents get stuck in fear and panic for their children.  Recovery is about acceptance of ourselves where ever we are and letting go of fear, anger, shame and isolation. Parents focus on finding a solution TODAY.  That isn’t going to happen.  Loving your child and helping them find their path while practicing strategies and a healthy lifestyle is what helps.  The BIGGEST ingredient in healing is PATIENCE.  Everyone, including this writer, lacks patience to wait. Wait to learn the lessons that pulling and picking are teaching us.  I had no clue why I had to suffer 50 years ago.  NOW I understand why I had to go through that process. It was to help others. Helping your children to be strong and confident young people is the job of the parent.  THAT leads to recovery and hair/ eyelashes/ eyebrows and healed skin.

You were one of TLC’s very first Board Members. What do you see as the most significant difference for someone newly diagnosed with a BFRB now, as opposed to 22 years ago?
Research , more treatment options, the professional training institute, the online webinars, the amazing web site with tons of free information, books and an app .  None of that was available 22 years ago. Thanks to Christina Pearson and Jennifer Raikes, the TLC staff,  Scientific Advisory Board,  and Board of Directors, we have more answers.  There was NOTHING 22 years ago or for the whole existence of mankind until TLC.

Learn more about Joan, her services, videos and smartphone aps at www.JoanKaylor.com

Four Questions with Marla Deibler, PsyD

Dr. Marla Deibler is a nationally recognized expert on trichotillomania, skin picking, OCD and anxiety disorders

Meet Dr. Marla Deibler

Marla Deibler, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia, LLC (CEH). She is a nationally-recognized expert in anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive and related disorders, including OCD, trichotillomania, excoriation (skin picking) disorder, and hoarding disorder. Dr. Deibler currently serves on several boards, and is a faculty member of the Trichotillomania Learning Center’s (TLC) Professional Training Institute (PTI). Dr. Deibler authors a blog, “Therapy That Works,” for PsychCentral.com, a leading online mental health resource.

Dr. Deibler is at the forefront of raising awareness and improving treatment options for BFRBS. She is a frequent media contributor and has appeared on “The Dr. Oz Show”, A&E’s “Hoarders”, TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive”, CBS News, ABC News, FOX News, “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle”, and “Swift Justice with Nancy Grace”. She has been quoted by media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSN, Huffington Post, Everyday Health, and Prevention, among others. She has written articles for national journalistic publications, such as Slate, and has authored book chapters and published original research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

At this year’s conference, Dr. Deibler will present sessions for teens and adults. Topics include Spotlight on Skin Picking,  Breaking Free from Emotional Burdens, What Teens NEED to Know About BFRBs, and she will sit on the Sunday morning panel, “Ask the Experts.”

When was your first TLC Conference?
I first attended a TLC conference in 2000 and first presented workshops at the 2001 conference in Arlington, VA. I first attended and presented retreat workshops at the 2001 retreat in Excelsior Springs, MO.

What do you hope your session attendees will learn from your workshops?
It is my hope that attendees will take away a deeper understanding of BFRBs and themselves as well as and a greater knowledge of the breadth of strategies that may be used to minimize or eliminate the negative impact of these behaviors on their lives.

What are you most looking forward to at the TLC Conference?
Each year, I look forward to witnessing the tremendous impact that attending a TLC conference has on those who attend. Seeing individuals and their loved ones who struggle with BFRBs in their daily lives connect with others who also struggle, learn together, laugh together, and reach a certain point of peace, comfort, and self-acceptance is truly the most rewarding experience of a TLC meeting.

From a clinical perspective, what do you think has been the biggest advance in BFRB treatment since you first began treating these disorders?
The refinement of the ComB model and a broadening of available interventions to address cognitive and emotional factors, such as the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) strategies, have been helpful advances in the treatment of BFRBs. In addition, the beginnings of investigating psychopharmacological agents, such as  NAC, has laid a new foundation for future research that holds the potential for new treatment options.

Keep up with Dr. Deibler via her blog, Therapy That Works on Psychcentral.com

Here are some links to our favorite articles and interviews with Dr. Deibler:

The DSM5 is not crazy via Slate.com >>
Trichotillomania in Children and Teens, an interview on blogtalkradio.com >>
A Day in the Life >>

Four Questions with Dr. Fred Penzel


Dr. Fred Penzel, right, with fellow TLC Scientific Advisory Board Member, Dr. Charles Mansueto, at the 2013 TLC Conference.

Get to Know Dr. Fred Penzel! 

Dr. Penzel has specialized in the treatment of Trichotillomania and OCD since 1982, and is the Executive Director of Western Suffolk Psychological Services in Huntington, NY. He has written numerous articles for TLC’s member newsletter, InTouch, but most of you probably know him best as the author of the self-help books, “The Hair Pulling Problem,” and “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders: A Complete Guide To Getting Well And Staying Well,” which covers trich and other O-C spectrum disorders. He has also presented multiple TLC Webinars, and is a much-loved and relied-upon adviser to TLC staff!

Dr. Penzel has presented at TLC Conferences since the beginning of TLC Conferences! This year, his presentations include Pulling and Picking 101, (an introductory workshop for first-time attendees), Recovery Maintenance, a case studies discussion with Dr. Mansueto, and the parents’ closing session on Sunday morning. View the conference schedule here >>

Dr. Penzel took a few moments to share his thoughts on the TLC Conference and BFRB treatment and recovery.

You’ve been treating BFRBs for well over 20 years. What lesson(s) have you learned from your BFRB patients?
I have learned that the most important ingredient in achieving a recovery is sheer persistence.  Those who utterly refuse to allow things to become obstacles, who are prepared to do whatever is necessary, and who never quit, are the ones who are the most successful.  These folks seem to be the ones who have the best philosophies about life and themselves.  They accept that getting the things they want in life doesn’t have to be easy, and they accept themselves unconditionally as ordinary less-than-perfect human beings.  They would not confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.

What do you hope your session attendees will learn from your workshops?
Since I am doing a diverse bunch of workshops, there is no simple answer.  I would say that overall, I want them to learn what it takes to get recovered, that recovery is possible with hard work, time, and a good outlook.  I also want them to learn that you don’t just get well – that there are a number of important ingredients that go into staying well, and that once recovered, you have to work to stay that way.  Relapse tends to happen to those who thought they were cured.  Finally, I want them to know that more important than being “pull-free,” is learning to unconditionally accept yourself and to be okay with you,  no matter how much or how little hair you have.  This really is possible.  Like the comedian Gary Shandling once said, “It’s not the hair on your head that matters. It’s the kind of hair you have inside.”

Are there any topics or presentations you are particularly planning to attend this year?
I am hoping to attend the ones presenting the latest research findings in therapy, biology, and genetics.  I have always tried to stay current with all new findings.  You have to do this if you are going to stay on top of your field.

What one thing do you want all BFRB-ers to know?
I want them to really understand that everyone has within them the possibility of recovery, but that it takes a good philosophy of things to bring this out and make it happen.  That, and a lot of hard work.

All About Recovery: What’s new at TLC’s 2014 Conference

BFRB recovery is difficult to define. Does it mean we never pull/pick/bite/scratch again? Does it mean that we are no longer embarrassed of our disorder, even if we still engage in behavior regularly?

This year at the TLC Conference, we have four different workshops focused specifically on recovery: what it means, how to get there, and how to maintain it. Take a look below (you can review the entire conference schedule here >> ).

Top Twelve Roadblocks to Recovery
Karen Pickett, MFT and Tom Corboy, MFT, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Beyond the tools of Habit Reversal Training lie the challenges and frustrations of integrating this, and other therapeutic techniques, into a healthy lifestyle. Based on their combined 25 years of clinical experience working with clients suffering from BFRBs, Karen and Tom will address the twelve most common roadblocks to being pull and pick free, including how to identify them, work through them, and move on to successful recovery.

Getting Well Is Only Half the Job – Relapse Prevention Strategies
Fred Penzel, PhD, Western Suffolk Psychological Services, TLC Scientific Advisory Board
Upon recovering from a BFRB, many people believe their work is done.  Actually, when you have recovered from a BFRB, you have only achieved 50% of your goal.  The other 50% is to stay that way for the rest of your life.  Because BFRBs are chronic, as opposed to problems that can be cured, recovery maintenance  involves more than one may think.  This talk will outline the various challenges to staying recovered, as well as strategies for meeting these challenges.

Panel Discussion: Stories of Successful Recovery
Laura Yocum, MS and Karen Pickett, MFT, OCD Center of Los Angeles
Meet and ask questions of recovered Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania sufferers and the therapists who have successfully treated them. These “success stories” have been earned through hard work and application of specific therapeutic strategies that have been found to be the most effective tools one can use to become pull and pick free.

Closing Session: Faces of Success
Successful recovery is why we are all here…but what does that mean? Hear inspiring stories of real success and learn how to recognize what success means for you. This is the final and often most powerful event of the weekend. Join all conference attendees as we wrap up our experiences and prepare to return home feeling motivated to continue walking the path to recovery. Get an idea of what this session is like and some different views on what recovery, or “success” really means.

View Angela Hartlin’s speech from last year >>
And, another success panel speech from Rachel Patch >>

As Dr. Fred Penzel says, more important than being “pull-free” is learning to unconditionally accept yourself and to be okay with you,  no matter how much or how little hair you have.” The same goes for skin picking, nail biting, or any other type of BFRB…. Recovery really is possible. We hope you’ll join us at the conference to get inspired, learn new recovery tools, and be a part of the TLC Community.

A Trichy Situation


An insightful blog called “Strength and Sunshine: A Healthy Happy Journey” for your Tuesday perusal…

Originally posted on Strength and Sunshine:

Today is day 101 of having not pulled out an eyelash or eyebrow on my face! I am so proud of myself but I still have a long way to go….

Trichotillomania is a disorder that not very well known and pretty taboo if it is. If you went up to someone on the street and asked them what Trich was, I can pretty much guarantee you they would have no idea. So what is it:

Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at…

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