Specializing in the Treatment of OCD, Dermatillomania and Trichotillomania


Dermatillomania / Trichotillomania Therapy Group

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers a weekly, low-fee therapy groups specifically for adults over the age of 18 with Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder) and Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder). Many people secretly suffer with these conditions, and the goal of this group is to provide an inexpensive format in which individuals can learn to more effectively manage their skin picking and hair pulling within a safe, supportive environment.

Group Therapy for Dermatillomania / Skin Picking / TrichotillomaniaBoth Skin Picking Disorder and Trichotillomania are characterized by recurrent, compulsive self-damaging behaviors, and both are resistant to improvement with traditional psychotherapy. However, both conditions respond extremely well to a specific type of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) called Habit Reversal Training (HRT). This therapy has been repeatedly researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for these and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as cheek biting and nail biting.

Our weekly group focuses on peer support and HRT, as well as on Mindfulness-Based CBT, which has been found to be particularly effective with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.

The OCD Center of Los Angeles has had dedicated low-fee CBT therapy / support group for Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder for over a decade in West Los Angeles. The group is led by one of our professional staff therapists, Lauren McMeikan, MA. Weekly meetings are held each Tuesday evening from 8:00pm until 9:30 pm. Meetings are open to adults over the age of 18 only, and participation requires assessment prior to admission.

The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in the treatment of OCD and related anxiety based conditions. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays. We have ten therapists on staff at four office locations in Southern California:

  • Brentwood
  • Woodland Hills
  • Orange County (Fullerton)
  • Santa Barbara

Please click here for direction to each of our offices.

For more information about participation in this group, or if you would like to discuss individual therapy, online therapy, or intensive treatment at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, please call our client coordinator at (310) 824-5200 (ext. 4), or click here to email us.

You can click here to learn more about Trichotillomania.

You can click here to learn more about Skin Picking Disorder.

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or call us at 310 824-5200