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Why CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy)?
CBT is an umbrella term for a number of different approaches to psychotherapy, all dealing with dysfunctional thinking patterns and behaviors and emotional suffering related to them. Several types of CBT have been tested and shown to be effective for excoriation (skin picking) disorder, among them habit reversal training (HRT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) that this program is based on.
HRT is a behavioral intervention that targets the habitual aspects of skin picking and helps you substitute it with healthier behaviors, whereas ACT teaches a different way of relating to internal, private experiences, helping clients develop a healthier approach to their emotions. These two interventions combined target the problematic behaviors as well as their emotional underpinning.
How do I communicate with the therapist?
Each session contains worksheets that are relevant to the session material. There are no limitations on how to use the worksheets – they can be used to strictly address the relevant issues, or to have an open discussion. Using a messaging system built directly into the worksheet, you will discuss your answers with your therapist, as well as your progress and any specific challenges you might have. Since the messages function like email, you can respond at your convenience.
What are the credentials of the therapists?
Our therapists are qualified licensed professionals, specifically trained to treat BFRBs (body-focused repetitive behaviors) such as skin picking.
How much time do I need to spend each week?
The time spent on each session varies between clients. Throughout the program, you will have unlimited access to your therapist, allowing you to take as much time as you need.
Do I need advanced computer skills to use this program?
The program is very intuitive and easy to use. No special technical skills are needed. Should you have any technical difficulties, our helpful support staff is available.
What are the age requirements?
All prospective clients ages 15 and up can sign up for our adult program.
If you have a child struggling with compulsive skin picking and your child is under the age of 13, we recommend that you join our program for parents.
For clients ages 14 and 15, we recommend that you subscribe for our adult program, but in this case we recommend that parents sign up for our program for parents at the same time. In this case, we are offering a 50% discount for parents’ subscription.
Can I combine this program with any current treatment I’m undergoing with my doctor or therapist?
Yes. We recommend letting your current therapist know that you’re using the program.
Do you prescribe or recommend the use of specific medications?
The program does not explicitly address medication use. We don’t recommend nor do we prescribe specific medications. If you are currently taking medications or planning to start taking medications, we recommend consulting your doctor/psychiatrist.
Can I stop part way through the program and continue at a later date?
Yes. Simply notify us that you’re stopping the program and cancel your subscription. You will be able to subscribe again and continue at a later date.
Can I change therapists in the middle of the program?
Yes. If for any reason you'd like to be assigned a different therapist, simply contact us.
Do you accept insurance?
We don’t accept insurance. You might want to check with your insurance company to see if they can reimburse payment for this program. We do provide very affordable pricing, which is comparable with the co-pay of typical insurance plans.
Can I stay anonymous?
Yes, you can stay anonymous if you wish. You don’t have to provide your real name to us at any point in the process.
Is online therapy effective?
This type of therapy has proven to be effective in numerous studies. 80% of our clients experienced a reduction of symptoms after just three sessions.
Is my information safe?
Everything you share with your therapist is guarded by client-therapist privilege. You can remain anonymous throughout the process. We take special care to keep your information safe by adhering to strict security and privacy guidelines.
How long will I use Skinpick?
It depends on your needs, and it varies between people. Some use it only for a few weeks, while others stick to the program for months. This is entirely up to you.