MSEd, LPC, DCEP
I was fortunate to have parents who loved me and each other. Life was great until age 4. My brother was born in 1957. All hell broke loose. He was on the autism spectrum. There was no treatment let alone a diagnosis back then. My parents fought about how to help him and raise him. My life was terror.
To quiet my anxiety, I began pulling out my hair. Hair pulling became my addiction until I was 39. Some people choose drugs, alcohol, weed, food, gambling, shopping and more…. Anything can be an addiction if used to excess and it covers anxiety. Suffice it to say there was no treatment for hair pulling, aka, trichotillomania.
I met Christina Pearson, the founder of the Trichotillomania Learning Center Foundation for body focused repetitive behaviors, or www.bfrb.org. Whew! Christina created TLC and many others including myself joined her. TLC grew. I met my tribe. I volunteered. I went to Duquesne University to earn my counseling degree. I found my soul’s purpose. To help the world stop pulling out their hair and picking their skin, dermatillomania or excoriation disorder.
I stopped pulling out my hair because I found my purpose and self-worth. Today I help individuals and families in Pennsylvania and all over the world. I help with anxiety, depression, trauma, hair pulling, skin picking, women’s issues.
Together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. All you have to do is learn how. I teach you the tools and create a safe, confidential space to heal. I have been on this planet for a while. I hope I have grown in wisdom. I do know I have life experience to empathize with compassion. This is what I do and who I am. I send you peace, health, abundance and joy.