Hypnotherapy and Excoriation (skin-picking) disorder

Excoriation or skin picking is classified as a BFRB (Body Focused Repetitive Disorder).


This disorder affects 1-4% of the population, women more than men, and often starts in adolescence. Many people pick or scratch their bodies at certain times, it’s when this gets out of hand and interferes with your life that it can be called a disorder.

You can spend many hours attempting to get rid of the slightest perceived imperfection, blemish, or spot. You’re not self-harming, on the contrary, you want to have perfect skin. However, when you engage in this excessive grooming behaviour,  you damage your skin, leave scars and often have sore skin, that bleeds and hurts.

You want to stop and not do this but somehow you just can’t. Your hands seem to have a mind of their own. 


You may skin pick when you’re bored. frustrated, anxious, or worried. Picking distracts you from these negative feelings, helps you cope, and provides you with a certain pleasure. This quickly disappears when you see the damage of your picking and so you set yourself on a negative spiral.


The part of your body that you pick can be different: face, arms, chest, legs, feet.

Do you spend a lot of time covering up the damage that skin picking causes?

Do you feel embarrassed and ashamed of your compulsion?

Is this disorder affecting your life too much?

Do you feel out of control?

How Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can help you stop picking

Hypnosis lets you imagine and explore different feelings, thoughts and behaviours in your mind. You can imagine yourself no longer picking and feed this information deep in your mind.


When we work together I want to ensure you enjoy a long term recovery so I teach you skills that you can use 

- to de-stress and find inner calm 

 -Identify and stop self sabotaging thoughts that kick off the skin picking episodes

 -Know and use strong coping strategies if ever you have an urge to pick


The techniques I use are evidence-proven techniques (CB hypnotherapy, mindfulness, relaxation and acceptance and commitment therapy) that together form a strong barrier to stop this behaviour.

If you are motivated and determined we can work together to get this compulsive habit under your control.



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