At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville, we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for trichotillomania or chronic hair pulling. Our approach is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs. With our convenient location in Roseville just minutes from I-80, we serve the Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities of Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Loomis, Penryn, Grass Valley, Colfax, Auburn and surrounding areas.
What is Trichotillomania/Hair Pulling?
Trichotillomania is the repetitive pulling out of your hair to the point where there is significant and noticeable hair loss. If you have trichotillomania, you may be distressed by the behavior or notice that the behavior impacts your functioning, such as causing conflict with family members or embarrassment in public. You may pull out the hair on your head, eyebrows, eyelashes, pubic area, and/or other parts of your body.
Symptoms of Trichotillomania/Hair Pulling
- Repetitive pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss
- Problems in functioning related to the pulling
- Tension and difficulty resisting the urge to pull hair
- Feeling relief or satisfaction after pulling hair
Cognitive Behavioral Model of Trichotillomania
While research suggests that some people may have an inherited predisposition to hair pulling, the causes of the behavior are less important than what is maintaining the behavior now. According to the CBT model, hair pulling is maintained by a combination of environmental, emotional, and/or cognitive factors that either trigger or reinforce pulling episodes. Pulling can be triggered by specific settings (e.g. bedroom, bathroom) or activities such as driving or watching television. Certain emotions, such as anxiety, tension, and boredom can also trigger pulling episodes, as well as irrational beliefs about physical appearance. Pulling can then be reinforced by the feeling of the hair once it is pulled, a sense of relief or satisfaction, or the belief that physical appearance is improved. Pulling also may distract you from negative and uncomfortable emotions that you wish to avoid.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania
The goal of CBT for trichotillomania is to educate you about the disorder and teach you to become more aware of pulling and the environmental, emotional, and cognitive factors that trigger pulling. During the assessment phase, you will keep track of your pulling episodes, along with the associated triggers, consequences, emotions and thoughts. You will learn self-management strategies to prevent pulling episodes and to stop the episodes once they begin, as well as learn to tolerate the uncomfortable emotions that lead to pulling.
How to Get Help for Trichotillomania/Hair Pulling in the Roseville/Sacramento Valley region
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville specializes in Trichotillomania/Hair Pulling therapy and counseling with adults, children and teenagers. With our convenient location in Roseville just minutes from I-80, we serve the Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities of Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Loomis, Penryn, Grass Valley, Colfax, Auburn and surrounding areas. Contact us at (408) 384-8404 or email us for more information on how we can help you or your family members overcome your Trichotillomania/Hair Pulling.
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley is a division of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Adult & Child Counseling, Inc. We have a successful CBT Center in the Silicon Valley/San Jose area: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley. The CBT Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville is our second major office.
Sacramento Valley and Sierra Communities We Serve
Sacramento Therapy Counseling • Roseville Therapy Counseling • Rocklin Therapy Counseling • Granite Bay Therapy Counseling • Lincoln Therapy Counseling • Folsom Therapy Counseling • El Dorado Hills Therapy Counseling • Loomis Therapy Counseling • Penryn Therapy Counseling • Grass Valley Therapy Counseling • Colfax Therapy Counseling • Auburn Therapy Counseling