book review: “Pearls: meditations on recovery from hair pulling & skin picking”

“Let me touch, so very gently, your aching, balding, bleeding scalp, and release the shaming, binding ties.” So begins Christina Pearson’s heartfelt and poetic book Pearls: Meditations on Recovery from Hair Pulling and Skin Picking. Further into the opening poem: “Your wounded, punctured, mottled skin, Endless landscape of hypnotic entrapment” … “Let me ease your…

Beyond acceptance. Learning to love ourselves and the things (like skin picking) that we don’t love.

Someone in my writing group gave me a far-out book to read. Called The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How my Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There’s Life After Death, it was fascinating and beautiful and prodded me to think about things in a different way. The book was written by a woman whose older brother…

Testimonial: Karen wins a decades-long battle with skin picking and trichotillomania

I’m so grateful that I found Annette. I’ve had trich for 40 years and skin picking for roughly 20, The picking has become much more prominent in recent years. I’ve been to counselors and to psychiatrists and have tried a number of other therapeutic options, but the coaching that I’ve received from Annette has provided…