SkinPick is the world’s leading platform for Dermatillomania treatment

Our Mission

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.

Our Team

The people behind SkinPick include experienced and accredited psychologists (Psy.D), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), professional counselors (LPC), clinical social workers (LCSW), editors, and advisors.

Lindsay Meissner

clinical social worker

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.

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Michaela Chatzimanoli

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Tasneem Abrahams

Occupational Therapist

Tasneem graduated from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She is also a graduate of the TLC foundation Professional Training Institute (BFRB.org).

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Vedrana Mirkovic

clinical psychologist

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.

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Ana Perović

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Vladimir Miletić

MD, Psychotherapist

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.

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Trudi Griffin

MS, LPC

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.

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Dr. Ted Grossbart

Ph.D.

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.

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Dr. Rujuta Vinod

MD

Dr. Vinod is a medical doctor and a psychotherapist. She’s a past member of our counseling team.

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Dr. Arthur S. Trotzky

Ph.D, LPC

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.

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LaVerne Kalafor

Clinical Social Worker

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.

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Dr. Margarida Rafael

Clinical Psychologist

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.

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Daiana Cimpoies

Clinical Psychologist
My name is Daiana, I am a wife, a mother, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. I have a MSc degree in clinical psychology and counseling from the West University of Timisoara. I have been trained in CBT and EMDR Therapy and have almost 10 years of experience in working with children, adolescents and adults. My clinical journey started with autistic children and their families. Since then, I have helped people with anxiety related disorders, depression, impulse control disorders, PTSD and parenting difficulties.
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Ivana Savic

Psychologist
I am Ivana Savić, psychologist and psychotherapist. I have been actively working as a therapist for many years now, helping individuals and families to deal with various clinical issues, including body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), depression, grief and trauma. I graduated from the University of Belgrade and I was also trained as a systemic and family psychotherapist. Apart from working as a therapist, I’ve been supporting vulnerable groups in the society by being a part of non profit organizations that are promoting importance of mental health among youth
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Dr. Dawn Ferrara

LPC, Psy.d, LMFT
With over 25 years of clinical practice, Dawn brings experience, education and a passion for educating others about mental health issues to her writing. She holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling, a Doctorate in Psychology and is a Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider. Practicing as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Dawn worked with teens and adults, specializing in anxiety disorders, work-life issues, and family therapy.
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Dr. R. Y. Langham

Ph.D, MFT
Dr. R. Y. Langham holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fisk University, a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (M.M.F.T.) in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Ph.D. in Family Psychology from Capella University. She is currently a family psychologist, medical, health & wellness contributor, copywriter, researcher and psychological consultant. Dr. R. Y.
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Katerina Nikolakopoulou

Clinical Psychologist
Katerina Nikolakopoulou, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a BSc degree in Psychology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology from the Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. She started running her own practice in Amsterdam in 2016 and moved her practice to Athens in 2020. Since 2018 she continued working on her education following a 4-year training to become a systemic psychotherapist.
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Laura Santner

LCSW, PTR

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.

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We’ve helped thousands of people

Average reduction in Dermatillomania symptoms
Symptom severity measured via the skin picking test, taken every session
within 3 weeks
over 80 of clients experience reduction in symptoms
within 3 months
clients experience substantial reduction in symptoms of 46 on average (compared to symptom severity at the beginning of the program)

91
of clients who finish the main modules of the program would recommend SkinPick to others

Words from clients

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

Past client, finished the program in September 2021

I found this program very beneficial and one of a kind. It helped me uncover and work on accepting the root causes of my skin picking. It also helped me understand myself better and identify the aspects that I need to work on that will help me completely break this habit. This program provided me with especially useful and tangible protective mechanisms, thoughts, exercises and practices. As someone who has been struggling with skin picking without understanding it for more than 15 years, I would absolutely recommend this program for anyone who is in a similar situation!

Past client, finished the program in August 2021

This experience has been extremely helpful. I was expecting mostly behavioral change techniques going into this, but was surprised by how far reaching this program was. I feel like it has helped me become aware of many different aspects that have been contributing to my skin picking and has provided me with so many tools and ideas on how to help myself. What I have learned has helped reduce my skin picking and also helped me change and grow as a person. I feel like this program has given me a new perspective on how I deal with many issues in my life. I would definitely recommend this program to someone who is looking for help with this behavior. It is great to have a program and therapist that understands the problem and is well educated in ways to work through it.

Past client, finished the program in July 2021

I just want to start off to say thank you for all of your help in the program. It truly has made a difference in my life. The fact that I signed up for real therapy to treat an issue I’ve been dealing with for about a decade is a big deal. I never really thought there would be a therapy designed to fight this specific mental illness/disorder/issue or whatever people want to call. I could never even admit I had a problem until I did this class. I am glad my boyfriend encouraged me to do it because once I realized and admitted I had a problem with picking my face I was able to focus on the best treatment and the “WHY” behind it. I made goals for myself each week to complete the studies and writing material. It helped keep me on track and also learn a lot of helpful and insightful information. This information I plan to print out and make a binder with it so that I can always look back on it. I would definitely recommend this program to people who struggle with skin picking. Unfortunately there aren’t enough resources out there in the medical field right now, so it can be hard to find a therapist who understands this mental disorder. I know I personally had trouble with finding the appropriate help before I stumbled upon this website online. I do not regret purchasing this therapy program because it held me accountable monetary wise and also emotionally gave me things to think about so that I could really dig deep and figure out why I have always picked my face in the past. They say it takes 21 days to break a habit, and I believe it has been double that amount of time that I’ve been in this program. I found that I was drastically able to cut down on my skin picking behaviors and i continue to do so. Just recognizing how detrimental skin picking is to not only me but to my fiancé and family, it makes me realize how important it is to stop this awful behavior. I learned more about my values and what else is important to me. Skin picking does not fall into that category. So again, the program was helpful in realizing this and holding me accountable for my actions. Would highly recommend!

Past client, finished the program in July 2021

The SkinPick program was extremely beneficial to me. I appreciated the ability to self-pace my treatment regime and the interactions I had with my therapist. I have greatly reduced my picking behaviors as a result of the program. Further, I have learned some excellent tools that I think will help me decrease my skin picking and will eventually help me quit it altogether. I would highly recommend SkinPick to anyone who is struggling with the behavior.

Past client, finished the program in June 2021

My experience with SkinPick has been very fruitful. I came into the program with some strategies but you helped me focus in the deeper seeded habits and emotional links to this disorder that I didn't have the ability to address on my own. I've had a lot of therapy but few people understand this disorder. I felt as though I was speaking with an expert which gave me confidence in the program. I would definitely recommend it to others. It might be useful to add a support group component or video/phone sessions to augment the relationship between client and therapist. Thank you for all your assistance and I am truly grateful for your expertise!

Past client, finished the program in June 2021

The programme provided a good structure for first being made aware of the nature and scope of my skin picking problem (it's roots, triggers and the situations that promoted the habit) and then later providing tools and frameworks for dealing with the triggers and urges. The kind guidance of my therapist helped me look at my skin picking problem from different perspectives, which gave me a better understanding of why I have been doing it for years. The support provided by the therapist is invaluable. The sessions helped formulate other ways to deal with the urges to pick and then identify values for defining goals and activities to pursue. The techniques practiced in the later part of the program were especially significant for me because they taught me how to create some distance between my "self" and the urges, the negative thoughts and difficult emotions, making them less overwhelming. It's been beneficial for me in so many ways and I'm glad that therapy for dealing with skin picking is available online, in an accessible format. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn how to address their skin picking problem.

Past client, finished the program in April 2021

I think this program was helpful. I didn´t stop picking my skin, but I considerably reduced my skinpicking. Sometimes it felt like it wasn´t moving forward at all, but when I look at my assessments, I notice that I have much less problem with my skinpicking now. I still pick my skin, but I feel like I´ve got tools to reduce my skinpicking in the future too. And I don´t feel as much shame anymore. I would absolutely recommend this program! It´s good to know that it takes a lot of time and effort. During this program, I have finished my studies, started a new job, and had other problems with my health too, which means I haven´t always had the energy I would have needed to get the best out of this program.

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