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EFT Emotional Freedom Technique: Hair Pulling & Skin Picking

EFT is a gentle, highly-effective process to relieve Pull and Pick urges. Joan Kaylor has helped 1000's of sufferers.
Scott Paton
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Use EFT to help you control pulling and picking.
Understand that you are not alone in your struggle.
Discover how you can gently heal from trichotillomania and dermatillomania.
Integrate cognitive behavior therapy with Emotional Freedom Techniques.

****Course updated January, 2016!****

Joan Kaylor stopped pulling out her hair in 1989. She has been helping children, teens and adults stop pulling hair and picking skin since 1994 when she became a professional counselor. Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania are body focused repetitive behaviors. They regulate emotions and help to soothe when we are upset, overwhelmed, bored or stressed. Joan considers pulling and picking to be addictions.

The treatment is completely different from obsessive compulsive disorders. Healing from an addiction is work. It can be done. In this course, Joan will teach you strategies to let go of the urges and counseling for the shame and depression and family stress that come with Trich and picking.

Joan Kaylor has treated 1000’s of individuals and families with Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania.

There is lots of hope and through EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), Joan will take you through a gentle process to relieve your urges to pull your hair or pick at your skin.

Trichotillomania and Dermatillomania

Trichotillomania (trick-o-til-o-MAY-nee-ah) is a disorder that causes people to pull out the hair from their scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, pubic area, underarms, beard, chest, legs or other parts of the body, resulting in noticeable bald patches. Hair pulling varies greatly in its severity, location on the body, and response to treatment. For some people, at some times, Trichotillomania is mild and can be quelled with a bit of extra awareness and concentration. For others, at times the urge may be so strong that it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.

Skin Picking Disorder (also known as Excoriation Disorder or SPD) is a serious and poorly understood problem. People who suffer from SPD repetitively touch, rub, scratch, pick at, or dig into their skin, often in an attempt to remove small irregularities or perceived imperfections. This behavior may result in skin discoloration or scarring. In more serious cases, severe tissue damage and visible disfigurement can result.

Trichotillomania may affect as much as 12% of the population. Women are four times more likely to be affected than men.

Symptoms usually begin before age 17. The hair may come out in round patches or across the scalp. The effect is an uneven appearance. The person may pluck other hairy areas, such as the eyebrows, eyelashes, or body hair.

These symptoms are usually seen in children:

  • An uneven appearance to the hair
  • Bare patches or all around (diffuse) loss of hair
  • Bowel blockage (obstruction) if people eat the hair they pull out
  • Constant tugging, pulling, or twisting of hair
  • Denying the hair pulling
  • Hair regrowth that feels like stubble in the bare spots
  • Increasing sense of tension before the hair pulling
  • Other self-injury behaviors
  • Sense of relief, pleasure, or gratification after the hair pulling

Most people with this disorder also have problems with:

  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Anxiety
  • Poor self image

For some, Trichotillomania is a lifelong disorder. However, treatment often reduces the hair pulling and the feelings of depression, anxiety, or poor self image.



Joan gives her disclaimer about using EFT.


Joan shares what you can expect from this course.

Secrets to Success

Be curious! What would happen if you tried some of the ideas and concepts Joan shares (and they worked!).

EFT Success Story

Joan shares an experience she had with a client using EFT. Your results may differ.

What is EFT?

Emotional Freedom Techniques and how it works.

Who is Joan Kaylor, MSEd., LPC, DCEP?

Joan shares her story of how she felt pulling her hair when she was young, and how she eventually stopped.

What is Trichotillomania?

Joan talks about what Trichotillomania is and what it is not.

What is EFT?

The Process

Tapping Points

Where are the tapping points?

EFT Tapping for Overwhelm

Learning any new skill can bring on feelings of overwhelm. IN this powerful lecture, you can tap your overwhelm away with Joan.

The Six Steps

Joan shares what the six steps are for a tapping session.

The Basic Recipe

Learn the fundamental steps for using tapping and EFT to relieve Trichotillomania and the problem you choose to work on.

EFT Tapping Foundation

This PDF shows you the basic EFT Process.


Testing helps you to see how you are progressing.

How EFT Works

Trichotillomania Tapping Sessions

Tapping Session: Reducing Intensity of the Urge to Pick and Pull

Reduce the intensity and frequency of the urge to pick or pull with this important tapping session

Tapping Session: Shame

Discover how the strong emotions of shame contribute to hair pulling and skin picking.

Tapping Session: Self Hate

Joan shares how to use EFT to counter self hate.

Tapping Session: Take Care of Yourself

After your tapping session, what do you do next?

Tapping Session: Being Specific to Your Situation

Joan shares why being specific is such a more powerful use of EFT to get to the root of the problem and that aspect is more easily healed.

Tapping Sessions

Unresolved Emotional Issues

Unresolved Emotions

Even after studying the material in this course, people may still try to find some unique way to use EFT for their specific issue, but that is NOT the case. We see unresolved emotional issues as a primary contributor to many problems, and we clear them the same way for everyone. There are events in your history that carry disruptions, and once you use EFT to remove them, the problems tend to go away. Some people have more disruptions to clear than others, but removing them thoroughly and methodically is still the answer.

The Personal Peace Procedure

Write down on every trauma in your life, and tap for peace! What lies beneath your pulling and picking behaviors?

What to do to Help People Who Say They Want it But Don't

Discover how to help people gently who say they want to get better but fight it every step of the way.

Non-EFT Behavior Lectures

Sensory Integration

Joan talks about ways to find substitutes for the fun of picking and pulling.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Joan shares how Cognitive Behavior Therapy can help you deal with pulling and picking. Discover your thought patterns which occur before you feel the urge to pick or pull.

Habit Reversal Technique

Habit Reversal Technique was developed as one of the first therapeutic processes for pulling and picking. Many people say it helps them deal with unwanted behaviors. Joan shares what it is and how it works.

Non-EFT Therapies



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