I use Zoom to meet with you through your computer. It is secure and HIPAA compliant.
I am ready to help you whether it is an individual meeting or you wish to bring others into a counseling session or consultation. Technology allows us to meet from the comfort of your home or office.
Trichotillomania, Dermatillomania and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
I stopped pulling out my hair in 1989. I have been helping children, teens and adults stop pulling hair and picking skin since 1994 when I became a professional counselor. Trichotillomania and dermatillomania are body focused repetitive behaviors. They regulate emotions and help to soothe when we are upset, overwhelmed, bored or stressed. I consider pulling and picking to be addictions. The treatment is completely difference from obsessive compulsive disorders. Healing from an addiction is work. It can be done. I will teach you strategies to let go of the urges and counseling for the shame and depression and family stress that come with trich and picking. I will teach your loved ones or parents how they can help you so anger and frustration are removed. For the most up to date information go to www.bfrb.org
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders…
have many subtypes from mental to behavioral compulsions to avoiding situations that trigger OCD. I am a graduate of the first Behavior Therapy Institute in 1996 from the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Foundation, IOCDF. I know exposure and response prevention. I have treated 1000’s of individuals and families with trichotillomania, dermatillomania and OCD. I started the local affiliate for the IOCDF in Pittsburgh in 2000. Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. I also recommend visiting Beyond OCD.org for a wealth of information.
Trauma and PTSD
Trauma happens when one experiences a horrific event. This would be the death of a loved one, serving in the military, an abusive relationship, a car or plane crash or a horrific event with many people. The body and mind immediately goes into fight, flight or freeze. If trauma is not released it become PTSD. This is when the nervous system is stuck in the shock of the trauma. The body and nervous system cannot release the shock.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, aka tapping, EFT, is a system based in Chinese acupressure. EFT assists the mind and body in releasing the shock of the trauma. Talk therapy is helpful in the beginning but is not enough. Research shows that EFT reduces cortisol, the stress hormone and calms the amygdala in the brain.
Traumas can also be inherited from generation to generation. I will assist you in releasing the trauma and PTSD and return to living life.