Why I choose professional counseling
I began my career in mental health after graduating from Duquesne University with an Master of Science in Education in Community Counseling in 1994. I have discovered helping children, families and individuals is what I enjoy most. Life can be difficult with unexpected events, traumas and losses. If not dealt with these events lead to anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, trichotillomania and serious health issues. My quest is to find the root cause of the sadness, grief, fear, and anger behind these mental health issues and help you heal them.
Although I have personal experience with trichotillomania being “hair sober” since 1989, I can help you with whatever your issue is.
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Trichotillomania is the inability to resist the urge to pull out hair resulting in noticeable hair loss. The act of pulling comforts, eases emotional pain, and is fun until the pulling episode is over. Then the puller experiences extreme shame, disgust, and anger over mutilating themselves and losing control. I have been on both sides of this fence and have dedicated my life to helping people out of this cycle.
From the studies at the National Institute of Mental Health … and because of the work of the Trichotillomania Learning Center and Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, millions of people now can recognize symptoms of trichotillomania and OCD.
My next step was starting a support group for people with OCD. In July of 1989 the first group for families with OCD was born in Pittsburgh. The group is now a part of the Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. system of support groups. We have a separate group called Trichotillomania Support Information and Friends, TSIF, for hair pullers and skin pickers.
Eventually, I went to New Haven, CT. where I joined the Foundation Board of Directors and helped shape the direction of OCD and Trich research. In 1991 the Trichotillomania Learning Center was started. I served on this board from 1996 to 2003.
I received my Master of Science in Education from Duquesne University in May of 1994. I earned my National Board Certification as a National Certified Counselor in October 1994 and was grandfathered as a Licensed Professional Counselor February 2002. I have been in private practice since September 1994. I use cognitive behavior therapy, individual and family counseling and acupressure to help people heal from OCD and Trich. Becoming a therapist was the best decision I ever made.
The question I am asked most often is “How did I stop pulling?” There is no quick fix or one path to recovery for everyone. Each person must find their path to recovery. It is possible to stop pulling.
It has been a 50 year journey, first as a sufferer and now as a therapist. I work each day to help others out of this nightmare.
I can tell you that teaching your body not to pull out your hair takes time and courage. My path was one of spiritual and emotional growth through many channels: service to others, graduate school, and prayer. As Christina Pearson, the founder and Executive Director of the Trichotillomania Learning Center states “Many tiny changes over time lead to transformation.” Transforming nervous impulsive energy into a peaceful balanced body-mind and spirit takes one phone call.
It is an honor to help people find their path in healing. Please contact me if I may help you find yours. JoanKaylor@hotmail.com
Joan Kaylor, MSEd., LPC, DCEP
Licensed Professional Counselor
Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology