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13 Skin Care Tips for Skin Picking Disorder

Skin Picking Disorder, also called Excoriation Disorder or Dermatillomania, is not a problem of the skin as much as it impacts the skin. It is not uncommon for those struggling with skin picking to pick at general medical type skin

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8 Self Help Tips from Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy

I am frequently asked about how clients may use the benefits of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy in their everyday lives. These may be to provide comfort or healing in between therapy sessions or as part of a self help efforts.

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“It’s just the Toaster.” Your Brain’s False Alarms

Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC. Therapist in Austin, Texas

The brain takes care of so many important tasks, it stays quite busy whether we pay attention or not. Considering how busy it is and how fast it processes a constant stream of data, it is only natural that sometimes

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The Role of Trauma in Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder, & Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Priscilla Elliott, MA, LPC. Therapist in Austin, Texas

The Role of Trauma in Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors Here is what I see over and over again in my counseling practice. Someone comes in for their skin picking or hair pulling problem (trichotillomania). As we get to know each

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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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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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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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