Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB)

Body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRBs) refers to compulsive and repeated actions of self-grooming behaviors. This can include everything from biting your nails to picking your skin to pulling out your hair. Most of these behaviors are relatively common and, for most people, benign. However, when the frequency of these behaviors increases, the impact is beyond that of a “bad habit”. For example, conditions like trichotillomania (repetitive hair pulling) or dermatillomania (repetitive skin picking) can cause baldness or skin infections and affect an individual’s ability to work or socialize. If you are worried that your “nervous habits” are beyond your control, reach out to one of TherapyDen’s BFRB experts today!

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BFRBs can be driven by anxiety or neurodivergence and it's important to know the difference. Together, we will figure out the FUNCTION of your BFRB and pick the right interventions to reduce its destructive power while honoring underlying sensory needs.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

BFRBs function differently in each individual. In some cases, it's harmless stimming but it can also progress to highly destructive habits. I use ERP and Habit Reversal Training to develop a treatment plan that respects folks' neurological needs for stimulation while reducing or eliminating harmful picking/pulling behaviors.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have training in treating BFRB's such as hair pulling and skin picking. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to support individuals in habit reversal, as well as coping with anxiety and depression that can result from BFRB's.

— Khloe Clawson, Counselor in Seattle, WA
 

Trichotillomania (hair pulling) and excoriation disorder (skin picking) can cause sufferers to feel isolated and lost. I can help get you on the road to recovery.

— Lauri Shedd, Clinical Social Worker in St Louis, MO

Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) is an evidence based treatment for BFRBs and my approach in effecting long-lasting change and recovery. Coupled with a hefty dose of self-compassion and psychoeducation, we will dig deep into the behavior (whether it's skin picking, nail biting, hair pulling, etc) and assess all the functions it is serving and replace them with new strategies.

— Emily Weems, Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX
 

Along with my training in OCD, I also have received training in the treatment of body-focused repetitive behaviors including trichotillomania and excoriation disorder.

— Kristin Fitch, Clinical Psychologist in New Orleans, LA

I have specialized training in treating BFRBs, and have found a treatment approach that combines elements of CBT, ERP, HRT, and mindfulness to be very effective in treating these disorders. There is not a one-size-fits-all treatment for BFRBs, so it is very important to first understand why you are doing the behaviors or what needs they are serving.

— Laura Chackes, Clinical Psychologist in Creve Coeur, MO
 

Struggling with Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania), Skin Picking (Excoriation), or Nail Biting Disorder (Onychophagia)? Serving children, teens, and adults, I evaluate and treat in a collaborative way while incorporating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) including ComB and Habit Reversal. If you are a parent of a child struggling with hair pulling or skin picking, I am here to provide support for you and help for your child.

— Barbara Baselice, Counselor in Allen, TX

The Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment (ComB) is effective in addressing these behaviors, and involves identifying your triggers, including situations in which you are most likely to pick or pull, sensory cues and related intrusive thoughts. We then develop and try out an alternative plan and track the effectiveness of this approach. Together, we can develop a sustainable plan to help you best surf the urges to pick and pull.

— Lisa Conway, Clinical Psychologist
 

My clients have had the success they were seeking- ending the picking, and the pulling, etc. -that had been interrupting their lives for years. Imagine the relief they felt, when their hands started protecting the skin . If you are ready for change, and ready for these behaviors to become- "Something you Used to do" Please give me a call

— Stacey Horn, Hypnotherapist

Trichotillomania (hair pulling), dermatillomania (skin picking) Cognitive behavioral therapy, habit reversal therapy

— Christine Block, Counselor in Houston, TX