Hypnotherapy for Trichotillomania (hair-pulling)
Trichotillomania, or trich, for short, is the name of a compulsive hair pulling habit. You pull hair from your head, eyebrows, or eyelashes or more rarely from other areas of your body. Men may pull their beards.
The habit often starts when in adolescence and affects an estimated 2- 5% of the population, women make up 90% of the sufferers.
There is no known cause for Trich. You may pull when you feel overwhelmed or anxious. You may also pull when you feel bored, frustrated, or just tired.
It might be something you tend to do when you're driving, or on the phone or the computer or sitting down watching TV.
There are often certain internal or external factors that increase your tendency to pull.
Pulling hair can distract you either from your self-sabotaging thoughts or from boredom and lead to short-lived relief and even a certain pleasure.
Once the hair-pulling phase stops, the guilt and regret when you see the damage done, returns 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 and embarrassed, and wondering what is wrong with you.
Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what your hair looks like?
Are you afraid that people will notice your bald patches or thinning hair?
Do your muscles ache from compulsive hair-pulling?
Do you feel self-conscious, ashamed, and guilty?
Do you refuse or avoid social or sporting activities for fear of your hair loss being revealed?
Do your personal relationships suffer?
How Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy can help you manage or stop Trichotillomania
Trich is a stubborn compulsive habit, this is why I have developed a specific programme which I have called Headstrong.
This programme incorporates CB Hypnotherapy, Habit Reversal Protocol, Mindfulness, Acceptance Therapy and Relaxation Techniques.
These are all evidence proven techniques that work to stop the devasting effects of trichotillomania on your life.
The deep, relaxed, focused mindset that hypnosis offers, lets you accept suggestions, explore feelings and imagine being pull-free in the peaceful realms of your imagination.
You learn to stop your physical hair pulling habit and put in place a firm alternative action using a powerful habit reversal protocol.
In order for this to be a long-term recovery during the programme, you also learn skills and techniques to:
- Release stress and anxiety and experience calm and deep relaxation.
- Identify, stop and change self-sabotaging thoughts and feelings
- Have to hand strong coping strategies to ensure your recovery is permanent
The wonderful side effect of the programme is that your regained self-confidence helps you in many different areas of your life
If you’re ready and willing to put in the work and the time, my treatment can at last release you from the overwhelming effects of this habit.
Just imagine how life could be if trichotillomania was no longer disrupting it!
Take action today and give me a call
Find out about the HEADSTRONG Free yourself from Trichotillomania Programme here
Discover the 1:1 online coaching and therapy sessions, the De-Stress Bootcamp and the ongoing support group
"I have found the Headstrong programme very helpful in managing trich, I have gone from having no coping strategies to being able to control my pulling urges with considerable success"
Sophie Walker, Dover UK
Listen to Jo Tilley's testimony
Pulling out her hair and eyebrows was such a long-standing habit that Jo had no hope things might change. Then the unthinkable happened.