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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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Neuroscience and Psychotherapy

Without a neurobiology background, some counseling approaches may appear odd, silly, or “woo woo.” Below is a link to a video that explains some of the science behind what I do. I am also happy to educate my clients in session

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Do I have to go to therapy every week?

Research and experience suggest that usually weekly sessions are ideal for a client to meet their goals. Time and cost limitations can be relieved by stepping down to alternate weekly sessions. If motivated, journaling, reading, or homework may fill the gap between sessions

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What is Trauma?

When I talk about trauma in therapy, I am referring to how the nervous system responds as opposed to a specific event that occurred. Trauma impacts people when they perceive they or a loved one is in danger. Danger may

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“Will I get better?”

I frequently am asked by my clients, “Will I get better?” “Will I ever stop?” It is normal to feel helpless and hopeless, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope.  Trichotillomania Learning Center (TLC) has published several success stories.

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