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CBH uses with hair pulling or skin picking

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH) is a form of psychotherapy that combines cognitive-behavioural techniques with hypnotherapy. It has been used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions, including hair pulling and skin picking disorders, which are classified as body-focused repetitive behaviours (BFRBs). In this post, we will explore how CBH can be used to treat hair pulling and skin picking.




CBH works on helping individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviours that contribute to mental health problems. In the case of hair pulling and skin picking, these negative thought patterns and behaviours may include feelings of stress, anxiety, or boredom that trigger the urge to pull or pick at the hair or skin.

CBH can help individuals with hair pulling and skin picking disorders by helping them identify and manage these triggers. The hypnotherapy component of CBH can be particularly helpful in this regard, as it can help the individual enter a state of deep relaxation and focus their attention on positive affirmations and visualizations.

During a CBH session, the therapist may guide the individual into a hypnotic state and use a variety of techniques, such as visualisation and positive affirmations, to help them overcome the urge to pull or pick at their hair or skin. For example, the therapist may guide the individual through a visualisation exercise in which they imagine themselves feeling calm and relaxed, and resisting the urge to engage in hair pulling or skin picking.

Developing coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety is where CBH is useful in tackling the common triggers for hair pulling and skin picking. For example, the therapist may teach the individual relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, to help them manage their stress and anxiety in a more constructive way.

In addition to CBH, individuals with hair pulling and skin picking disorders may benefit from other forms of therapy, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) or habit reversal training (HRT). As we combine these techniques, we can help individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviours, and develop alternative coping strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy can be an effective tool for treating hair pulling and skin picking disorders. By helping individuals identify and manage triggers and develop coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety, CBH can help individuals overcome the urge to engage in hair pulling or skin picking and improve their quality of life. If you are struggling with a hair pulling or skin picking disorder, CBH may be worth considering as a treatment option. Book a free consult today to ask any questions or hear how we can help.




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