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Hypnotherapy for Trichotillomania (hair-pulling)

Trichotillomania, or trich, for short, is the name of a compulsive hair-pulling behaviour. You pull hair from your head, eyebrows, or eyelashes or more rarely from other areas of your body. Men may pull their beards. 

Trich can involve pulling hair from the 'root', twisting hair until it breaks or compulsively snapping off 'unhealthy' hair.

The behaviour often starts in childhood or adolescence and affects an estimated 2-5% of the population, women have been said to make up 90% of the sufferers, although more recent research points to a more balanced percentage between men and women.

There is no known cause for Trich. No one knows for certain why some people start pulling their hair and others don't.

 

Once the habit/compulsive behaviour is formed, there are often certain internal or external factors that increase the tendency to pull.

 

You may pull when you feel overwhelmed or anxious, or when you feel bored, frustrated, or just tired. In other words, when you're over-stimulated or under-stimulated.

Some people pull when they feel in limbo, not quite sure what to do next in their day or when they have decisions to make.

It might be something you tend to do when you drive, or when you sit down in the evening to watch TV. You might pull when you're on the phone, on the computer, or scrolling on social media. It could be in bed or on the sofa or in your car or in front of a  mirror with tweezers or just your fingers.

 

Pulling hair can distract you from self-sabotaging thoughts or boredom or any other uncomfortable feeling or thought and can give you short-lived relief and release and even a certain pleasure.

You can 'zone out' and become completely absorbed in pulling and messing with your hair, wasting precious time and energy.

Once the hair-pulling phase stops, the guilt and regret return in full force.

A negative cycle settles in. 

You may suffer trichotillomania in silence, not even knowing that it has a name or that others have it too. It's something you do when you are on your own and secretly. You try to hide and ignore it, and you just can't seem to stop.

Trich can leave you with low self-esteem, ashamed embarrassed, and wondering what is wrong with you.

Is this you?

You spend a lot of time worrying about what your hair looks like

You're afraid that people will notice your bald patches, thinning hair, missing brows or lashes

Your muscles ache from compulsive hair-pulling

You feel self-conscious, ashamed, and guilty

You refuse or avoid certain activities for fear your hair loss will be revealed

Your work and family life suffer. You're late for appointments, isolate yourself so that you can mess with your hair uninterrupted...

Your personal relationships suffer as a result of Trichotillomania

How Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can help you recover from Trichotillomania
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This unique individual online personalised programme gives you coping strategies and skills using a blend of cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy, mindfulness relaxation, habit reversal and coaching to help you manage/stop hair pulling

Once you have graduated from the programme you have ongoing access to: 

- Monthly online group sessions  

- new hypnotherapy, relaxation and mindfulness audios as they appear

If you've HAD ENOUGH of hair pulling and are willing to put in the time and effort needed  to leave Trichtotillomania behind, THIS IS FOR YOU!

Praise for the Headstrong Programme

Trich came back no matter what until I started this programme. It was different than all the other therapies because she gives you actual tools to overcome it.

(Sude)

Morag’s program is work, it’s not magic. But that’s okay because she teaches YOU how to think about your thoughts, your actions and ultimately how to reach your specific BFRB goals. Once you learn how to care for yourself you will never need to be lost, again, in a storm of out-of-control behavior.

(Michelle)

Morag will show you the way if you are prepared to put the work in. I found her to have a rare understanding of the mindset of someone with Trich and thank her for creating the programme, it really is life changing.

(Beck)

(Morag) provided a safe and non-judgmental space for me to explore and work through my struggles with hair-pulling. Her expertise, kindness, and empathy helped me to better understand my condition and develop effective coping strategies. Thanks to her guidance, I have made significant progress in managing my trichotillomania and improving my overall well-being

(Emma)

Guided Relaxation and Self Hypnosis Workshops

A wonderful way to discover the power of your own mind. This 2-hour online small group workshop is specifically designed for hair pullers and includes self-hypnosis that instills strong positive messages for recovery.

This workshop is suitable for anyone who would like a taster into how relaxation and self-hypnosis can really make a difference.

It can be a stand-alone workshop or offer you an introduction to the Headstrong Programme

During this 2 hour workshop you'll learn and practice different relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques and you will receive access to pre-recorded versions of the exercises after the session

This will include

Breathing and whole body and mind relaxation 

Specially created self-hypnosis experience

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