Trichotillomania (hair pulling)

Trichotillomania, also known as hair-pulling, involves repeated, irresistible urges to pull hair from the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, and other areas of the body, despite attempts to stop or decrease instances of hair pulling. Pulling may be triggered by anxiety, boredom, stress or tension, and can be associated with feelings of graitifcaation and relief.

Hair pulling from the scalp can result in patches of hair loss, while hair pulling from the face can cause partial or complete removal of eyebrows and eyelashes. This can be distressing, causing anxiety and interfering with social functioning and overall quality of life.

How can our sessions help?

We begin by demystifying the neuroscience behind trichotillomania; how it develops and what is happening in your brain when you hair-pull. This supports you to gain back a sense of control over your thoughts and emotions and in turn your behaviours. We then work on various solution focused tools and techniques to strengthen confidence and self esteem, and shift focus from hair pulling, and towards the strengths and resources you have to draw on in making positive change. Finally, we use meditative techniques to get your whole brain (subconscious mind included) on board in supporting you to make the positive changes you would like to make.