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BFRB Treatment


Frequent, repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling or skin picking?

An urge to perform these behaviors, often as a way to cope with stress or anxiety?

Physical consequences like hair loss or skin damage due to repetitive behaviors?

Shame, guilt, or embarrassment about the behaviors and their effects on appearance?

A significant amount of time on these behaviors, sometimes without realizing it?

What are Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)?

Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) are a group of mental health conditions characterized by repetitive behaviors directed towards one's own body. Common BFRBs include hair-pulling (trichotillomania) and skin-picking (excoriation disorder). It's like having a strong urge to do something that's not good for you, even when you don't want to. These behaviors often happen automatically and can be hard to stop. Seeking support from a mental health professional can provide strategies to manage and eventually overcome these repetitive behaviors, fostering a healthier relationship with yourself.


Capability, Opportunity, and Motivation (COM-B) Model:  This treatment helps us understand the factors influencing body-focused repetitive behaviors such as hair pulling, skin picking, and nail biting. Together, we explore your capability by delving into your skills, both cognitive and physical, to manage stress and cope with emotions. We then examine the opportunities present in your environment that may contribute to or hinder these behaviors, allowing us to make targeted adjustments. Motivation, the third component, plays a crucial role. By understanding the underlying motivations for engaging in BFRBs, we work collaboratively to shift perspectives and find healthier alternatives to cope with emotional challenges. Whether it's stress relief, boredom, or emotional regulation, addressing these motivations becomes a key aspect of our treatment strategy. Through this comprehensive approach, the COM-B model serves as a valuable tool to identify, understand, and modify the factors contributing to body-focused repetitive behaviors, empowering you to foster positive change and healthier coping mechanisms.


Replace harmful repetitive behaviors with healthier alternatives

Recognize patterns associated with repetitive behaviors, enabling you to interrupt and redirect these behaviors through increased self-awareness

Develop a healthier and more positive relationship with your appearance after years of engaging in body-focused behaviors

Better control impulsive or automatic behaviors associated with BFRBs


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