SkinPick is the world’s leading platform for Dermatillomania treatment
We’re the go-to online community for people suffering from compulsive skin picking.
At SkinPick, we believe that everyone should have access to the tools they need to find treatment and develop coping skills that will help them live their best life.
Lindsay is a clinical social worker who earned her masters degree from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Beginning as a youth camp counselor, her direct services experience now spans 13 organizations over 15 years. She has nine years of experience as a licensed social worker, and approximately seven as a clinical therapist for adults ages 18 and up.
Michaela is a Clinical Psychologist, trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy during her Masters at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. She is also a graduate of the TLC foundation Professional Training Institute (BFRB.org). Her work interest and experience is placed on Attachment Disorders, Psychosomatic Complaints and research, while treating addiction, Eating Disorders, Depression and anxiety-stress related complaints.
Vedrana is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She graduated from University of Novi Sad, Department of Psychology and is trained in Transactional-assimilative approach to psychotherapy and Sociopsychodrama. She is most interested in identity development and identity integration and qualitative research in psychology. She has experience in working with adolescents and their parents, especially concerning themes like sexual orientation and gender identity.
Ana is a Clinical Psychologist and a Psychotherapist. She holds M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology with a background in mentalization and attachment theory. She is trained in in Personal Construct Psychotherapy within Serbian Constructivist Association in Belgrade, Serbia. Her personal interest in mindfulness practices along with a mindfulness training she completed within Association for Mental Health Promotion led to incorporating practices such as meditation and breathing exercises in her therapy work.
Vladimir is a psychotherapist and mindfulness instructor. He graduated from University of Belgrade's School of Medicine and trained in psychotherapy at the Serbian Constructivist Association where he taught constructivist psychology for several years, eventually becoming their consultant for borderline and psychotic states. In 2015 he edited the Handbook of LGBT Psychotherapy, the first gay-affirmative psychotherapy textbook in Serbia.
Education, experience, and compassion for people informs Trudi's research and writing about mental health. She holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Addictions and Mental Health from Marquette University, with Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.
Dr. Grossbart (Ph.D.) is a senior clinical supervisor at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School. Compulsive skin picking and trichotillomania have recently become a major focus of his work with patients. He has been a pioneer in the use of relaxation, imaging, hypnosis, and psychotherapy in these areas. His writings, workshops, seminars, and presentations center on this work. Dr. Grossbart is a past provider of our online counseling service.
Dr. Arthur S. Trotzky (Ph.D.), is an internationally known treatment specialist, well known for his work in addictions. Dr. Trotzky transitioned exclusively to Internet therapy after a successful and prestigious career. Dr. Trotzky was therapist and case manager in the Recovering Professionals Program at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, Georgia. Prior to his work at Ridgeview Institute, Dr. Trotzky was a senior staff therapist for a Child and Family Clinic for 27 years and Clinical Director of a first of a kind twelve-step rehabilitation center. Dr.
LaVerne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Therapist with many years of experience working with families and children, individuals and groups. Born and raised in New Jersey, she completed her MSW degree at Rutgers University and one of the first to become licensed as a NJ Clinical Social Worker in 1986. She earned a second masters level degree in 2000 as an Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) in Psychology at Rider University. She worked as a school psychologist and as a licensed clinical social work in both the public and private practice domains.
Dr. Rafael got her doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 2017, and has worked in private practice ever since. She studied in Chicago, trained with medical and psychology researchers from Boston to Los Angeles, and is now based in Lisbon, Portugal. Most of her clinical experience is based on trauma related disorders and underlying anxiety problems. Through a relational approach, Dr. Rafael relies on empirical based knowledge and strategies in therapy while focusing on building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients.
Laura Santner is a Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Poetry Therapist specializing in the treatment of Anxiety and Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors. She received her training at New York University and the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. Laura Santner is a graduate from the Trichotillomania Learning Center's (TLC) Professional Training Institute and participated in TLC’s Early Clinician Award Program. Ms.
Maya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Reichman University in Israel and a Bachelor of Math from the University of Waterloo in Canada. Maya works with clients using psychodynamic approaches as well as various CBT interventions including ACT. Maya’s research focuses on OCD, specifically Relationship OCD, as well as transdiagnostic CBT protocols.
I studied Psychology at University of Costa Rica and worked at the outpatient division of the Children's National Hospital, as well with survivors to childhood cancer and their families. At Cornell I studied the processes of transmission from parental to non-parental roles in late adolescence with Urie Bronfenbrenner at the Human Development and Family Studies Department. Interested in Field Work and diversity across cultures I went on to study Cultural Anthropology at the New School for Social Research in New York.
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Words from clients
Past client, finished the program in September 2023
My actual behavior is significantly curtailed. I trusted and worked well with therapist and program. I appreciated the different therapeutic approaches and skillfulness of the program. Hard work but worth it!
Past client, finished the program in May 2023
The program is structured well, and I learned a lot over this past year. I had a lot of rocks to turn over and the program, coupled with Ivana’s support, helped me address all the things that were hiding there! I really appreciate the email/messaging [format], as sometimes you’re just not up for communicating in person. Thank you so much and all the best!
Past client, finished the program in August 2022
I have found this program extremely beneficial for my skin picking issues. The program explores the situation- and takes some of the stigma and shame from this situation. We examined triggers for this and emotions that lead to this behavior and alternate ways to view it and learn to avoid those behaviors. My face and blemishes have become so clear and most of the time I can leave the house without any makeup. I am still having some issues controlling the urges to pick and damage the roughness on the back of my arms and am still trying different techniques to help control that.
I would completely recommend the program to anyone who is looking for help with this issues. It has been so helpful for me and I appreciate the lessons and my therapist
Past client, finished the program in May 2022
Lifesaver. This program changed me so much over the weeks. You have to be patient and invest time in understanding the theory and don't forget to put into practice what you learn in the worksheets. It is also well organized and Michaela has helped me so much in the therapeutic process. [Would I recommend it to someone?] 100%!! This is an investment for you.
Past client, finished the program in January 2022
I honestly found this program very beneficial. I found that it made me access my life, and my values. I think before entering the program, I thought a part of me was just picking at my skin for no good reason. I was stuck in a vicious cycle of guilt. I think this program allowed me to look at my past trauma. Writing out my negative experiences, and really reflecting on them made me realize that I have faced a lot of trauma. It made me realize that I have a lot more to explore than just skin picking. I had to reevalute myself. I loved the format. I loved the opportunity to be able to write down my feelings, thoughts and questions whenever I felt like it. I felt that this program was so much more than just dealing with the behaviour of skin picking. I am so grateful that you were able to help me through this journey. I really am so thankful. You answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend this program and already have in my skin picking groups on facebook!
Past client, finished the program in December 2021
My experience with the program was very positive as it is individualized and allows you to follow the therapy in your own pace and from wherever you are. On the flip side, this requires a lot of self discipline as it can sometimes be forgotten, which makes it quite expensive in the end. Yes, I would definitely recommend it to everyone who aims at better understanding their picking