Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Welcome! If you have found this page, you or somebody you love may be experiencing a Body Focused Repetitive Behavior, and would like to learn more. BFRBs include hair pulling (Trichotillomania), skin picking (Dermatillomania or Excoriation), skin eating, hair eating, nail biting, nail picking, cheek biting, tongue chewing and lip biting. There are promising treatments that have emerged, and I am honored to have been trained by the TLC Foundation for BFRBs in order to provide you with them.
Contact me at 785-477-9117 or AmandaPetrikLCPC@gmail.com for more information!


Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors

Trichotillomania (hair pulling) and Excoriation (skin picking) are two common types of Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors. This category of related behaviors involves compulsively damaging one’s physical appearance or causing injury by repeatedly touching one’s hair/body.  The cause of BFRBs is unknown but can be exacerbated by anxiety, so it is not uncommon to see a diagnosis of another anxiety disorder along with Trichotillomania and Excoriation disorder.  Individuals will often report sensations at the site of pulling/picking, faulty cognitions and overwhelming emotions that lead to pulling/picking, and motor behaviors and patterns that lead to these habits.  My practice utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, including  the Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) Model and Habit Reversal Training to address these concerns.

Trainings & Memberships

Amanda Petrik-Gardner is a member of The TLC Foundation for BFRBs. Click HERE to see profile. Amanda has completed the Virtual Professional Training Institute through The TLC Foundation for BFRBs and has extensive training in both the Comprehensive Behavioral (ComB) Model and the Habit Reversal Model.

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