Online Group Therapy For Dermatillomania and Trichotillomania
The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers two weekly, low-fee therapy groups specifically for California residents over the age of 18 with Dermatillomania (Skin Picking Disorder), Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling Disorder), and other Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs), such as cheek biting, lip biting, and nail biting.
Many people suffer in silence with these conditions. The goal of these groups 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. Please note that these groups meet online via webcam, and are limited to residents of California.
BFRBs are characterized by recurrent, compulsive self-damaging behaviors, and both are resistant to improvement with traditional talk therapy. However, these conditions respond extremely well to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapy has been repeatedly researched, and has consistently been found to be the most effective treatment for BFRBs. These weekly online groups focus on CBT and peer support exclusively for these conditions.
The OCD Center of Los Angeles has had dedicated low-fee CBT therapy/support groups for BFRBs for over 15 years at our Brentwood office in West Los Angeles. When the COVID pandemic began, the group transitioned to meeting online via webcam. The groups are led by staff therapists Brandi Roberts, MS, AMFT, each Tuesday evening from 7:15 pm until 8:45 pm, and Kristen Taylor-Ladd, MA, AMFT, each Thursday evening from 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm.
Please note that these groups are open only to adults over the age of 18 who reside in California, and that participation requires an assessment prior to admission.
Assessment for Group Therapy Participation
All of our groups are exclusively for adults over the age of 18, and all groups require an assessment prior to admission and participation. The goals of our group therapy assessment are three-fold:
- To make an accurate diagnosis.
- To explain group processes and procedures.
- To discern whether or not the individual being assessed is an appropriate candidate for participation in group therapy.
Please note that having an assessment does not guarantee admission to any group. A group assessment allows us to ascertain if there is any reason that we believe a prospective group member would not be a good fit for participation in one of our groups. We reserve the right to restrict and limit participation in all therapy groups that we offer.
About the OCD Center of Los Angeles
The OCD Center of Los Angeles is a private outpatient treatment center specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for the treatment of OCD and related conditions, including Dermatillomania and Trichotillomania. We have 13 therapists on staff, all of whom are either licensed or registered, and all of whom specialize in CBT. We treat adults, adolescents, and children, and offer services six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.
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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.
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