Client Reviews

When asking our clients for feedback, we ask these two questions:

  1. How do you sum up your experience with the program?
  2. Would you recommend it to others who suffer from excoriation disorder?

Here are the replies we get:

I liked how comprehensive the program was. I learned some new and very helpful viewpoints and practical tools to help me going forward. The sessions were easy to understand and follow. The best part was working one-on-one with my therapist online. She was helpful, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I felt like I could talk to her about anything. I would recommend this program because of its fresh approach and great insights.

Past client, finished the program in November 2018

To sum up, I think this program is very beneficial because it provides a deep, thorough and steady look into your skin picking behavior...but you can bring up and discuss all your obsessions and compulsions, past and present, in order to get a full picture and have as much information as possible...being able to be completely open and honest with somebody who understands this disorder is such a gift. Here, there's no stigma and severe OCD and OCD with skin picking wasn't this unheard of thing. I felt so comfortable with my therapist, Michaela, and she offered targeted questions that allowed me to really dig deep and think in a different, more beneficial way. Yes, I would recommend! I think the biggest takeaway from this program, for me, is that I am more aware of the harmful thoughts, the obsessions- I am able to halt those thoughts, even if for a second, couple seconds, I can pause the thoughts that can get so out of control and ruining. I was offered multiple strategy options and, now, I put more of an emphasis on challenging the thoughts about picking, challenging the cleanliness delusions, I do have more beneficial thoughts now as opposed to harmful ones. This program is just so in-depth and you can just say whatever is on your mind, whatever you're dealing with, whatever you're doing to your skin, you can say it, you can say your reasoning, you can be completely honest about how your brain works, the thoughts/delusions- how consuming it can get. Michaela offered a lot of unique, thought-provoking, discovery questions and had very enlightening insight. This program is a great concept and it's set-up/how it progresses makes sense- not too much all at once, a steady build-up- but it's not too little/not enough, either- not at all- there's always something to work towards which is very, very important. I found that even a little comment or suggestion helped me a lot and my thought processes were really broken down and addressed. Thank you so much- having this tool is profoundly beneficial.

Past client, finished the program in November 2018

I was desperate, insecure and jaded when I came across this program. I felt as though my dermatillomania behavior was so ingrained in me that I would have to deal with it for the rest of my life. I wasn’t sure if anything or anyone could help, but I was willing to try. I had nowhere else to turn. Nothing else was working. I knew I had to accept that this disorder was bigger than me and that I felt powerless over it in order to fully submerse myself in the healing journey. I had to come to terms with my vulnerabilities, perceived flaws, and my willingness to commit if I wanted results. This program gave me hope. I took a chance, and I’m so grateful for it. I have seen tangible results that excite and inspire me. My experience in this program has given me lifelong tools to repair the damage and control of dermatillomania. I am now equipped with the strength and perspective I need to conquer this self-destructive force. I have transformed my relationship with my skin, my feelings, my needs, and my belief in myself. This program is a blessing. If you’re struggling with a skin-picking disorder and ready for help, this program will gently guide you in a self-empowering and life-changing direction. You CAN conquer dermatillomania...you just have to keep taking steps toward change.

Past client, finished the program in November 2018

The experience was extremely valuable. The combination of learning techniques and having weekly check ins to chart progress really helped, and while it will not always be easy, I genuinely feel that the behaviour is no longer something that limits or inhibits me. I would absolutely recommend this program to someone else looking for help. I had tried many other times to stop the behaviour but this is the first time where I’ve seen sustained progress.

Past client, finished the program in November 2018

I found the course really beneficial - the sessions and worksheets were very comprehensive in dealing with all the different aspects to the condition. It's helped me understand the behavior much better and the techniques and methods suggested have been really helpful. I would really recommend the course to anyone else with the behavior as it's really helpful having the chance to follow a programme that is specifically tailored to people with this condition.

Past client, finished the program in October 2018

My experience with the program is very positive. I have learned about the skin picking behavior and how to handle it. My skin picking has drastically improved and I tend to put my values forward more than before. I'm happy with where I'm at now and I would like to thank my therapist and the team for providing people with opportunity to address the issue online at the convenience of their homes and time as opposed to other pricey options. I would recommend this program for whoever is seeking help and prefers a less costly and online approach.

Past client, finished the program in October 2018

The program was helpful to me and it clearly has been beneficial; paying the money actually helped me make the commitment, and the personal feedback kept me engaged and made sure I was understanding the program. I'd definitely recommend it to someone else.

Past client, finished the program in October 2018

I am so grateful that I decided to try this program. It has taught me so much about myself, my skin picking and the reasons why I do it. I leave the program with a compassion towards myself and the urges to pick. I still pick, but a lot less and less frequent. And now I am usually aware that I am doing it and am making an active choice to go ahead - whereas before it was almost always an automatic procedure that just took over. It has also taught me a lot about being mindful. Most importantly, I've learned to think of what I do in terms of whether it's something that aligns with my inner values or not. That is probably the most valuable lesson to me, because now I know that I don't actually want to pick. It's a habit and a coping tool that I've used for 16 years, but I have outgrown it and with this program, I can start to move on to making healthier choices by solving the problems that feed the urge. It's an amazing program for anyone who is ready to talk about their skinpicking. There's no easy fix for dermatillomania - this is a long-term plan that teaches you to soothe yourself and the difficult emotions in a healthier way. It's all about tenderness and self-compassion. It's gonna take some honesty and it's probably gonna get a little uncomfortable along the way but boy, is it worth it. There's no greater victory than accepting and loving yourself. Then you can take on the world. And that's the path this program has set me on.

Past client, finished the program in Sep 2018

I was somewhat sceptical about an online therapy program, but at the same time desperate after suffering for over 15 years and willing to try anything! In fact, this program has been transformative and far more effective than any other intervention I have tried, including face-to-face talking therapies. I am not totally ‘cured’ of skin-picking, but I have learned how to re-frame my thinking, not just about picking but also about the underlying fears I carry with me through life and manifest themselves in different ways. I now think about myself differently - and I have this program to thank for that. Yes, I would recommend this program. It’s not always easy, you have to commit significant time and energy, and be willing to be very honest with yourself, but it’s worth it. My therapist was excellent and very responsive throughout the entire program.

Past client, finished the program in Sep 2018

This program took me through a real-life learning process. I tend to be impatient and want to read/learn everything right away and try to implement it all at once. This program forced me to slow down and go through the process of understanding my habit and the root cause of my picking. I had to learn the hard way before I could begin to change my thinking patterns. Coming into this therapy, I didn't believe my acne would ever heal. I thought I would learn techniques to control the picking and accept my acne prone skin. Now that I've completed the sessions, I've learned two important things. 1. My acne and picking has very little to do with my skin and everything to do with my emotions and spirit. I used to view my acne and picking habit as a curse. Now I see it as a blessing that allowed me to discover my true values and learn about myself. I have a path to realizing true happiness and ease by acknowledging and observing the fear that my ego creates from an objective viewpoint. By separating myself from the feelings of fear and observing my thoughts, I can create a new approach to addressing or releasing my fears. Because of everything I just stated, my stress / anxiety levels have reduced immensely. This is causing my skin to clear up more than anything I've ever tried before. I know my acne can heal, because I'm watching it happen, and it is happening faster than I ever imagined. I've been struggling for 24 years. I've been working on this program for 8 weeks. The real learning has happened over the last 4 weeks and my skin improvement aligns with the real learning! I'm so excited to see how I feel and how my skin improves over the next 4 weeks. I would highly recommend this program to others. I live in the US and have a Health Savings Account (HSA). To my surprise, I was able to use the HSA to pay for this therapy. I visited a dermatologist and asked him to add this therapy to his notes. I then submitted a request to my HSA provider for the funds. This made it much easier for me to decide to invest in the program. Looking back at what I've gained, I would recommend the investment even if the HSA wasn't available. This is an investment worth making.

Past client, finished the program in Sep 2018

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