Tics and Trichotillomania Program
The Tics and Trichotillomania Program at the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a unique program that provides evaluations and treatment for individuals with tic disorders, including Tourette syndrome, as well as trichotillomania (hair pulling) and other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) such as skin picking. Taking a comprehensive approach to treatment, the program also addresses co-occurring anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and mood disorders. The program serves children, adolescents, families, and adults.
Evaluation of Tics and Trichotillomania
Comprehensive evaluations within the Tic and Trichotillomania Program consist of an initial individual meeting. When children/adolescents are involved then parents are included, as well as consultation with school personnel and pediatricians provided that consent is given to exchange information. Evaluations incorporate a diagnostic interview using standardized clinical measures, as well as an assessment of each person’s social, emotional, and for youth, academic functioning. Adults, youth, parents, and teachers also typically complete questionnaires. This thorough assessment provides the foundation for precise, personalized recommendations for treatment. A follow-up meeting is conducted to discuss evaluation results, provide extensive education, and collaborate to create a treatment plan individually tailored to meet the patient’s needs.
Treatment is individually tailored to meet each person’s needs. Our treatment approach is cognitive-behavioral in nature and administered in a collaborative format. Our psychologists have expertise in treatment for tic disorders and BFRBs using habit reversal therapy (HRT), a research-supported behavioral approach for the management of these conditions. When treatment of related anxiety or behavior disorders is indicated, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and/or behavioral parent training is typically utilized. Extensive education about tics, BFRBs, and associated disorders is also provided. Treatment is designed to be time-limited and with the goal of providing the individual with the skills to be self-sufficient following therapy.
In-service Workshops and Consultation
We provide engaging in-service trainings and case consultation services on the assessment, management, and treatment of tics, trichotillomania, and related disorders to teachers and school counselors, medical professionals and mental health professionals. Additionally, we present workshops to special education parent groups and support groups.
Are you considering treatment for tics, trich, or a related condition?
If you or you child/adolescent is struggling with Tourette syndrome or tics, trichotillomania, skill picking, or another related condition, please please feel free to contact us for more information about our program.