My experience with the program has been overall very good. While there are similar self-help books, it is much more effective to have feedback from a therapist along the way, and to have a clear 8-week structure that keeps you motivated to work through the various stages. For me, this was the reason to try the online course, as books did not feel 'responsive' enough (or, maybe, I wasn't responsive enough to books). I think the structure of reading sessions and reflective exercises works well, and although I was slightly skeptical at the beginning, I have noticed that I have learned quite a lot. In that sense, the program was definitely beneficial, and I feel that I have all the tools and reasons to finish the skin picking.
Yes, I would recommend the program to others.
Skin picker, Dec 2014
I learned a lot of new strategies from the Skin Pick program. I would learn a lot every week and plan to implement what I learned but it was hard to remember everything. I am still picking regularly so I did not get the results I wanted from the program but I do think my habits would become less ingrained if I practiced the strategies more consistently. I do think I am more aware of my picking though and notice my moods and triggers. I would definitely recommend this program to other skin-pickers because there were so many helpful strategies and practices that were taught.
B. Skin Picker, Dec 2014
The program was very enlightening and I would recommend it to others.
E. Dec 2014
I felt myself adjusting as the program progressed. I have seen and noticed a difference in my picking urges and behavior now as a result. It's been such an eye opening experience in so many ways.
I. Skin picker, Dec 2014
I completed the 8th week last Monday. It has given me a base for recovery that I had been sorely lacking. It's an approachable program and its targeted so deeply at what lies beneath the picking behavior patterns. I hadn't wanted to look within and it's all about that and resetting the mind, body and soul to see there is another, healthy way to cope. I'm glad I completed the program when I did. It actually got me through such a tough time in my pregnancy. It's been difficult to say the least and nothing is ever easy, but it's been a gift all the way and continues on.
Just a thought, as I know it's a struggle to find any sort of treatment for skin picking and this website and program is a Godsend. I wish it were available locally to all who suffer. I'm sure I'm not alone in that wish.
D. Skin picker. Oct 2014.
Even though I did not complete the program yet (I'm on session 4), I think it is working for me. The content of the sessions is rich and interesting, and provides me with a lot of useful information about the skin picking disorder, and of course about the treatment strategies. I also find the therapist's help useful - some of the concepts introduced in the content are rather hard to comrehend, and my therapist helped me with the difficult parts. Overall it is a surprisingly good program for me, and I'm looking forward to completing the rest of the sessions. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who suffers from the same.
Skin picker for 13 years
It is great to be able to do from home. Weekly sessions are a good idea, give enough time for the last session to get assimilated. Each week has enough covered, to think about and try out, but not too much, so that it is doable. I would suggest SkinPick's program as a good learning environment to anyone who wants to understand and change their picking behaviors.
Skin Picker for 8 years
Actually I've been suffering from this disorder most of my life. I tried going to therapists, both talk therapists and CBT. And that actually helped other areas of my life, but it never helped with my picking. I suspect the reason is that these therapists didn't treat picking specifically. Whereas this program is focused on skin picking. And I actually stopped picking almost completely since I started the program! I have to confess that I wasn't using the worksheets as needed (I skip it mostly), but the material covered in the sessions is most useful! I'm certainly more aware of my picking now, and I found the habit reversal sessions very useful (specifically the tips about switching the action with something else, and taking notice of environmental factors).
Would I recommend it to someone? I think I would. Especially for this price, it's a no brainer. Whereas I think that maybe going to meet an expert would be more efficient for some people. But then again, it would cost much much more. And you'd have to find one! (Which I wasn't able to find in my area).
I'm certainly happy I found your program. Thanks!
Skin picker for 17 years
I've tried different things over the years to deal with my picking, but nothing was really effective. I decided to give your program a try, because it seemed innovative and promising. I haven't yet completed the program (I'm midway), but I can already say it is more effective than anything I've tried in the past.
Skin picker for 16 years
First, let me tell you I'm so happy I found your website and enrolled in the program. I have been following you for a few years now, and when I heard you created the progam, I immediately joined.
It is well structured into sessions, each session dealing with a specific aspect of the disorder and of treatment. There are a lot of practical tips which I find very useful when dealing with my picking. But the best part is of course being able to discuss my issues with the therapist. I don't think I would've gained as much as I did if it wasn't for her. She's so compassionate and professional, and I'm discussing many other issues with her (some are directly related to dermatillomania, others are totally unrelated). Bottom line is that my life got better since I started the progarm. And I certainly recommend it to anyone who is looking for help to deal with dermatillomania.
Skin picker for 25 years