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:

In general, I’m moderately positive about the program. I do believe it was beneficial; according to the objective tracking on the site, there was a measurable drop in the amount of picking I do. I also have tools, such as the app, that I can use to continue to monitor picking in the future as needed. I found the material informative and I appreciate that it spanned the gamut from simple behavioral control to awareness training and general life satisfaction/purpose. More than anything, I think that it’s a blessing that a site like SKINPICK exists. For most of my life, this behavior has felt unusual, niche, poorly researched. Knowing that there is a research base accumulating and a place other people such as myself can visit to get help with skin picking is a real comfort. I am hopeful that newsletters will continue be sent that highlight ongoing research (and hoping that the research continues!) – I will read them.

Past client, finished the program in April 2019

The program provided the accountability I needed to begin to make changes. The emphasis on values clarification helped me see how my behavior was interfering with what is important to me in life. I recognized the time spent on skin-picking could be spent on exercise and writing. It was helpful to see that judging myself was counterproductive. That instead I needed to simply notice the behavior, without self-criticism, and find appropriate substitutes for this behavior. My skin-picking has been reduced by 90 %. Occasionally I notice dead skin and work at removing it. But I am glad not to be doing this regularly. Thank you for your support.

Past client, finished the program in March 2019

I would highly recommend this program to anyone that has skin picking disorder. It is very well organized, and I appreciated the evidence based approach, and layout of the online learning. This program is a lot of work , but also much more accessible and less intimidating than in person traditional counselling. Nothing has worked for me in the past, and I tried so many different treatment approaches- After completion of the program, I feel I have a good handle on the condition and my triggers, and I would say that I now know how to manage CSP, versus have it control my life. I'm so grateful this program exists! I wish there was this type of online resource & support for other mental health conditions.

Past client, finished the program in March 2019

1. The program overall helped me address feelings that I didn't even realize were the cause of my picking, and helped me gain a new mindset and tactics to help stop it. It helps not only in dealing with unwanted behavior, but unpleasant emotions. 2. I would recommend this program to someone else who was looking for help, and I'll make sure to if I ever meet anyone else with my condition.

Past client, finished the program in March 2019

I found the program very beneficial. I was able to work through the session and worksheets on my own time and at my own pace. After the 5th week, my urges had stopped almost completely. I have tried several different modalities in the past to help with this issue and had been unsuccessful. I know it has only been 8 weeks, but I feel hopeful. I would definitely recommend this to anyone else experiencing a problem with skin picking.

Past client, finished the program in February 2019

The program provides a thorough method of analysing your skin picking and gives an interesting approach to why it occurs. It isn’t a cure to stopping but it gives you some good building blocks to hopefully be more successful to quit skin picking in the future. I would recommend it, especially as it helps you understand the reasons why you pick. Thank you for your help.

Past client, finished the program in February 2019

The program gave me multiple tools to not only help prevent me from picking, but to also understand why I do and how to address the underlying issues causing the picking. Because it was multifaceted in this way, I found it very helpful. In the past, I tried individual tips and tricks that were unsuccessful in the long run because they didn't approach the problem as a whole, but rather just tried to suppress it. For this reason, I would highly recommend the program to anyone struggling with skin picking/hair pulling/nail biting, etc.

Past client, finished the program in January 2019

I have loved this program. The results have been amazing. The best part is not just using distractions or medication to stop the problem, but really understanding the reason behind it. The best thing I learned was that picking is not my problem, it is how I am reacting to my feelings. For so long, I was so defeated because I wanted to STOP picking. I felt like a failure, and the cycle continued. By working with my therapist, we both recognized things in my life that triggered this behavior and how it became far more than a habit, but a coping mechanism. My therapist has been so helpful and understanding. I did not feel judged by this “embarrassing” process. I felt supported and learned so much about myself and who I want to be through my core values. I have still more to do, but I am celebrating the continual improvement I feel. This course has been a life changer for me. Thank you and my therapist for helping me get back to the real me. I would definitely recommend this course. I have been surprised as I have opened up about this process, that many others have the same concerns with skin picking. I have referred them right away to This program helps you commit to a new life and to forgive yourself for the old person you were. It truly is amazing!

Past client, finished the program in December 2018

I've been picking for over 30 years, and I haven't ever had success in substantially changing my picking behavior before this program. I've been to therapy and done online programs before without much result. I think the weekly writing exercises, coupled with therapist feedback were really helpful for me. The combination of values-based thinking exercises, mindfulness, and CBT strategies added up to a real change over the two month period. I pick so much less today and I don't feel any longer like I don't have control over my behavior. Thank you so much for your help--it's made a huge difference for me. And, the exercises we went through have also improved my life more broadly speaking. I would highly recommend this program to anyone dealing with skin-picking. It was really beneficial for me and I learned a lot of new strategies for dealing with picking and anxiety more generally. This program helped me more than any other treatment has, and I have tried so many. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

Past client, finished the program in December 2018

The way this program helped me to gain more cognizance of my skin picking issues was invaluable. I now possess the necessary confidence going forward to resist my urges to pick. I have made amazing strides since beginning the course. My skin is the clearest it has been in years! I would absolutely recommend SkinPick to other sufferers. I now realize how in control of my actions I am.

Past client, finished the program in November 2018