The Living with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors workshop was a success! People with hair pulling, skin picking, and related BFRBs, parents, spouses and other support people gathered with providers from the Anxiety and Child Anxiety Centers at EBTCS and Dr. David Kosins on a rainy Saturday for the day-long TLC Seattle workshop. The day began with Dr. Stacy Shaw Welch, director of the Anxiety Center at EBTCS, imparting information about BFRBs including an overview of current treatment trends and helpful resources and tools for recovery. People gathered in small groups to tell their stories, give these strategies a try, and also share what has been helpful for them in the past. If you would like to learn more about these strategies, click here for ideas for barriers, sensory substitutions, and ways to modify the environment to reduce picking or pulling. The afternoon continued with additional strategies for recovery including a presentation about mindfulness as a helpful tool in the journey to recovery from Dr. Jennifer Tininenko. The most powerful parts of the day were connections made between participants and the willingness of participants to share their stories and messages of hope. Many had not previously told their story and chose to share it for the first time with this newly forged support community. We give special thanks to all those who participated in making the workshop a truly supportive and empowering experience. If you would like additional information about hair pulling or skin picking, visit www.trich.org.
TLC has identified the Seattle area as an important location for starting the next peer-led support group. If you are living with BFRBs and are interested in leading such a group, please contact EBTCS at 206-374-0109 or TLC at 831-457-1004 for additional information.