Trichotillomania is an irresistible or compulsive urge to pull or pluck out hair from the body. Generally the hair is plucked or pulled from the scalp and eyebrows, but some pull out hair from other areas such as underarms, genitals, arms, legs, chest and tummy.
If you suffer from compulsive hair pulling, then you know exactly what Trichotillomania is and how it can affect and control your life.
The cause of Trichotillomania is unclear; however from my experience it's often a subconscious response or escape from stress, anxiety, boredom and many other everyday issues within a home, work or educational environment. After pulling out hair, sufferers often talk of a great sense or relief
For some people, Trichotillomania may be mild and manageable on a day to day or week to week basis. For others, the urge to pull hair is overwhelming and is usually be accompanied by considerable distress.
If you're like most of the people I've treated, you probably feel unable to discuss your hair pulling with family, friends or your GP, and as a result may go to great lengths to hide or disguise your pulling due to embarrassment. This act of hiding the pulling can increase the anxious feelings and lead to further bouts of pulling.
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Most often, but not always, Trichotillomania can occur in both sexes around the ages of 13. An upsetting event may trigger the behaviour, typical examples of bullying, loss of a parent, change of school, change of home and abuse can all lead to hair pulling.
Often sufferers of Trichotillomania are high achievers and successful in their chosen career. They may be doctors, teachers, lawyers, journalists or in any other career that demands high educational standards.
Despite setting and having high standards the sufferer may suffer from low self esteem and see others as better than they are. Sufferers often talk in terms of what they ought to do or what they should be better at as they often gain little or no self esteem from their achievements.
Trichotillomania is not an obvious issue as it is very much hidden, yet it still affects between 1 to 3% of the population, and it's certainly not as it's name suggests a madness or a mania, although if you suffer from it, you may disagree.
The good news is that no one is born with Trichotillomania, in some cases it is learnt behaviour, in others it develops gradually over time. However, the simple fact is that something happened to start this behaviour, and through hypnotherapy, we work together to find out what that was, and then neutralise the behaviour.
Effectiveness of the therapy doesn't only depend on the number of sessions, but also on your commitment to practice some of the techniques between the sessions. There is no way to determine how many sessions a client is going to need as each person and the issue they come in for is unique.
The key factors to success are an open mind and a willingness to explore where your unconscious mind takes us.
The cost per session is £60, with each session lasting around 2 hours.
Payment is per session and can be paid in cash, debit card, Visa or MasterCard at the end of each session.
Trichotillomania can be a disabling disorder to have, yet it can be treated successfully. If you have Trichotillomania and are becoming increasingly frustrated at how it controls your life, and how you are unable to stop it. Then call me on 01772 499046, or email me by clicking here to get started on ending your hair pulling.