Free yourself from Trichotillomania Programme
Is this you?
You pull out your hair, lashes, eyebrows, or body hair
And you want to STOP.
You feel weary, embarrassed, and ashamed.
The pleasure and short-lived relief you may experience immediately after pulling is replaced by overwhelming disappointment and guilt as you look at the damage to your hair, eyebrows or eyelashes.
This creates more anxiety and stress which makes you pull again.
Trich is not an inevitable, lifelong burden.
If you're motivated and determined, you can stop or successfully manage Trich.
The Headstrong Free yourself from Trichotillomania Programme is your solution.
The Headstrong Programme
in a nutshell
7 Online Personal Sessions
18 De-stress Coping Techniques
7 individual online cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy sessions
During our sessions together, these are some of the subjects we'll explore together
1) Understand your Trich Picture
Our first step is to understand your hairpulling. We determine your environmental, sensory, cognitive (thoughts) and emotional triggers and create a trich picture. This gives us your starting point and one that we refer back to during the sessions. We now know exactly what we're up against and can move on to put coping strategies and skills in place.
2) Find Inner Calm
You may pull when either overstimulated: stressed, anxious, worried, overthinking, overwhelmed frustrated or understimulated: bored or tired.
Learning self-care techniques to experience true calm and wellness is key to recovery. You gain confidence in your own ability to de-stress and self-regulate your emotions and physical tension.
Self-hypnosis, mindfulness, relaxation, and breathing techniques are combined to offer you an effective toolkit.
3) Stop Pulling
You are now ready to interrupt the hair-pulling behaviour using a habit reversal protocol. You become stronger and more confident as you ride the urge and no longer pull. The urges become less frequent and fade as your strategies work.
You understand what is happening and STOP pulling
You make the necessary changes in your environment to remain pull-free
It's now the moment to make significant changes to your thoughts in the final blocks of the programme
5) Know how to deal with a lapse
During the whole of the programme, as you gain awareness and control over Trich, you learn what to do and how to manage any future urges. Trich is not something that can be cured, it is something that you can effectively manage so that it no longer has that dreadful hold over your hair or your life.
Trich doesn't come back unless you let it in. You now know how to keep it out. You're in charge.
4) Build Confidence and Self-Belief
Trich is often accompanied by self-doubt, low self-confidence, and anxiety. Your answer when you have had these feelings and thoughts until now has been to pull.
In this part of the programme we focus on effective tools to recognise, challenge, and swap out self-sabotaging thoughts to gain positive resilience.
You learn to answer back and defy that whispering Trich voice that says: 'just one and then you'll stop' or 'you know this is the only thing that soothes and calms you'
This is essential to anchor the techniques and strategies firmly in your mind. You build up your self-belief and confidence as you become PULL-FREE!
5) Know how to deal with a lapse
During the Programme, as you gain awareness and control you learn how to manage urges to hair pull. Trich is not something that can be cured however it is something that can be successfully managed so that it no longer has that dreadful hold over your hair or your life.
Trich won't 'come back' unless you 'let it in'.
You now know how to keep it it out.
You're in charge
During the first 18 days of your programme, you receive a personal message every day that invites you to practice a de-stress exercise. These exercises have been specially chosen for their positive impact on hairpulling
You learn to use self-hypnosis, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises in your everyday life.
Because creating a habit takes time, this regular practice helps you create an essential breathing space in your life.
Accountability and support during and after the programme help to anchor the practice in your schedule.
Easy and terribly effective, you naturally use these calming routines in your daily life.
Your programme is individual and tailored to your personal trichotillomania and life story
You are given the most effective tools to become your own therapist
You receive ongoing support during and after the programme
You have access to a library of hypnosis, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, mindfulness, and relaxation audios and documents
Your therapist is someone who specialises in Trichotillomania
Morag Stevenson BA HONS, CBH Dip
I created the Headstrong Programme to help men and women with Trichotillomania overcome their compulsive disorder
I use a strong blend of evidence-based techniques.
Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation and acceptance and commitment therapy can all be effective on their own to stop trichotillomania.
When we combine them, they give you powerful mind and body techniques to stop and remain pull free.
The audios and documents we use during the sessions are yours for good. You can use them whenever you want.
Find out more about Morag here
listen to Morag talk through the programme
How long does the programme last?
The programme lasts approximately four months. As the programme progresses the space between sessions increases so that you become more and more confident in your own ability to successfully manage Trich.
How soon will I start experiencing beneficial effects?
After the first session, you often feel calmer and more in control of your mood and body tension. This can reduce your pulling urges as you start to regain confidence and self-belief. You already have a greater awareness of your habit as you start to learn to take a step back and observe.
Do I have to work between the sessions?
Yes, this is an important part of the programme. You need to put aside time every day to practice what we have covered during the sessions. Trich took time to install itself in your life, it will need your time and effort to get rid of it
What is hypnosis?
Hypnosis is a mindset or 'state' of deep concentration that lets you focus on different thoughts, feelings, or situations. A little bit as if you were in a daydream and you are the director.
Everyone can learn this lifelong skill that connects you to the power of your mind. The hypnotic mindset is similar to the one you have when you’re absorbed in a film or a book and you're totally living what you're reading or watching.
You can either be guided into hypnosis during a hypnotherapy session with your hypnotherapist and/or learn self-hypnosis.
Hypnosis frees your mind and imagination from its normal constraints. You step off the hamster wheel and let your imagination flow.
Does hypnosis work online?
Hypnotherapy can be practised either in person or online - its effectiveness is the same. Online is the ideal solution when you want to fit sessions around your schedule and not spend time travelling to and from sessions. Using easily available video conference tools we can see each other clearly and establish a warm environment together. My clients have all appreciated this solution. I work with clients who suffer with hair-pulling from all over the world, this is an obvious solution.
What is cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy?
CB Hypnotherapy is a short therapy that focuses on how to get better and feel better today. CB hypnotherapy is based on the way thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and actions are interconnected and how by changing one of these you can change your reality.
Negative thoughts and feelings can lead to you feeling trapped in a vicious cycle. With CB hypnotherapy, you discover the strength, resilience, and adaptability of your mind. You discover that the problems you thought were with you for good can be resolved! When you understand and manage the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and actions, you can manage trich. You understand and recognise your internal and external triggers and have the tools to cope in a more helpful way.
Do you work with children/teenagers
Yes, I do. As long as the child or teenager wants to find help and is willing to do the work that is necessary to learn how to manage Trich. I adapt the Headstrong programme according to the age and maturity of your child or teen. Your involvement in therapy as a parent/caregiver is very important. During each therapy session, one part will be with your child on his/her own, one part with just yourself, and one part with both of you together. This helps us work together as a team