Author: Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC
Priscilla Elliott is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in south Austin. She owns and provides psychotherapy at Courage Counseling, PLLC. While specializing in helping clients who are struggling with trauma, trichotillomania, and/or skin picking disorder; she also supports many in life transitions, anxiety, and depression. Call now for help: 512-673-3987

Free Download: Log to track Skin Picking, Trichotillomania, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs).

It can be helpful to keep track of skin picking, hair pulling (Trich), and other BFRBs when trying to manage them. This log keeps track of patterns in the behavior including several triggers and interventions.

Tracking can be a helpful part of effective treatment for Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), Skin Picking Disorder (Dermatillomania, Excoriation Disorder), and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs). Here is a log that I created in excel to track your own picking/pulling/chewing.

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What is Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy for Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder, and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors?

Many people who struggle with trichotillomania and skin picking disorder find using fidgets helpful.

I get these questions a lot: What is Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy (ComB)? What is is for? Does it work? It says its for Trichotillomania, so why use it for skin picking, chewing, and other body focused repetitive behaviors? Comprehensive Behavioral Therapy, or

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Announcing New Therapy Group!

Group Therapy Room use for counseling groups in Austin Texas with Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC

I am starting a new therapy group in Austin, Texas that is just for people who struggle with picking, hair pulling, and chewing compulsions. So if you or someone you know struggles with trichotillomania, skin picking disorder, or another body

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Do I need more than Weekly Counseling?

Weekly counseling/psychotherapy tends to be the default frequency for sessions. There are studies that back this up as efficient and effective. It also allows for a consistent weekly rhythm for sessions. For various reasons, some clients may benefit from more

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The Brain on Hard Conversations

Here is an excellent video that explains how the brain and nervous system get involved, and in the way, during interpersonal situations. Our brain’s perception of our safety is not always logical and reasonable. Everyday situations can wake up the

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Trichotillomania Resources for Schools

Trichotillomania Learning Center has published free resources for schools. The stress,adjustment, and boredom of sitting in classrooms frequently trigger picking and pulling. It is all too common for relapse in recovery from picking and pulling when a new semester starts

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What Estheticians Need to Know about Skin Picking and Hair Pulling

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.  (http://www.trich.org) Also referred to as

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Shame

Shame is the most toxic aspect of BFRBs such as hair pulling and skin picking. Healing shame and becoming more resilient to shame may not be as visible as new hair growth or healed skin, but it is an essential

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Mindfulness for Children

Mindfulness skills have proven helpful for so many people. Mindfulness can become a life style instead of a coping skill, and the more it is practiced the more effective it is. Mindfulness can serve to make us more resilient to

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What your Hair Stylist Needs to Know about Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder)

All too frequently people who struggle with body focused repetitive behaviors,  such as Trich and CSP, avoid getting hair cuts due to fear and shame. Seeing a hair stylist who is informed and compassionate can help. In my community outreach efforts

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