Overcoming Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
A Comprehensive Behavioral Treatment for Hair Pulling and Skin Picking
by Charles S. Mansueto, PhD, Sherrie Mansfield Vavrichek, LCSW-C, Ruth Goldfinger Golomb, LCPC
Pub Date 02 Jan 2020
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“The definitive guide for those who pick or pull.”
—Reid Wilson, PhD, author Stopping the Noise in Your Head
A comprehensive treatment plan grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome body-focused repetitive behaviors for good!
If you have body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRB) such as hair pulling (trichotillomania) or skin picking (dermatillomania), you may feel embarrassed about seeking help. But there are proven-effective strategies you can use to overcome these behaviors and improve your overall quality of life—this book will show you how.
In this evidence-based resource, three renowned experts and clinicians offer powerful CBT skills to help you move past BFRB. You’ll learn why you engage in these behaviors, and how to identify your own sensory “triggers”—places, things, or experiences that cause your behavior to become worse. Finally, you’ll learn strategies to use when faced with these triggers, and develop your own customized “plan of action” for moving beyond BFRB for good.
With time, practice, and solid skills for managing stress, anxiety, urges, and other triggers, this book will help you break free from BFRB and feel more in control of your life.
“This book will make a great contribution to the body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) community. Its clear explanation of the comprehensive model for behavioral treatment (ComB) and step-by-step procedural instructions make it a user-friendly guide to reducing hair pulling or skin picking. The principles and methods are brought to life throughout via relatable case descriptions.”
—David A. F. Haaga, PhD, professor in the department of psychology at American University, and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
“This comprehensive and practical guide to self-care is a godsend for people with BFRBs. The information and treatment techniques offered reflect well the extraordinary wisdom, skill, and down-to-earth styles of the authors, who know as much or more about this topic as anyone in the world. The treatment presented (ComB) is a well-studied, person-centered approach that allows readers to understand their own patterns of behavior and choose from a range of techniques that best match their experiences. Clinical vignettes and plenty of practical material bring this treatment alive for people suffering with BFRBs.”
—Melinda A. Stanley, PhD, distinguished emeritus professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine