Trichotillomania: Therapist Guide
An ACT-Enhanced Behavior Therapy Approach
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Trichotillomania: Therapist Guide by Douglas W. Woods
Book DescriptionTrichotillomania (TTM) is a complex disorder that is difficult to treat as few effective therapeutic options exist. Behaviour therapy has the greatest empirical support, but the number of mental health providers familiar with TTM and its treatment is quite small. This manual was written as a tool for therapists to become familiar with an effective treatment for TTM. The treatment approach described in this guide blends traditional behaviour with therapy elements of habit reversal training and stimulus control techniques with the more contemporary behavioural elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In the first phase of the program, clients are taught skills for stopping and preventing their unconscious pulling episodes. In the second phase, clients are introduced to ACT. Unlike traditional interventions that aim to change type or frequency of pulling-related cognitions in the hopes of reducing urges to pull hair, this innovative program uses strategies to change the function of these cognitions. Clients are taught to see urges for what they really are and to accept their pulling-related throughts, feelings, and urges wihtout fighting against them. This is accomplished through discussions about the function of language and defusion exercises that show the client how to respond to thoughts about pulling less literally. Over the course of 10 weeks, clients learn to be aware of their pulling and warning signals, use self-management strategies for stopping and preventing pulling, stop fighting against their pulling-related urges and thoughts, and work towards increasing their quality of life. Self-monitoring and homework assignments keep clients motivated and engaged throughout. Designed to be used with older adolescents and adults, this innovative intervention has proven efficacy and is sure to be a powerful tool for the clinician who treats TTM.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195336030
(254mm x 178mm x 7mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Douglas W. Woods
Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Paperback (May 2011)
Trichotillomania, Skin Picking, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors provides clinicians, researchers, family members, and individuals with the cutting-edge, comprehensive resource they need to understand and address the problem.
Trichotillomania: Workbook, Paperback (April 2008)
This workbook contains useful exercises and forms to enable patients to overcome TTM and come to terms with the emotional triggers of their disorder.
Treating Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders, Hardback (June 2007)» View all books by Douglas W. Woods
Grounded in a comprehensive model of Tourette Syndrome (TS) and related disorders, this book provides a multidisciplinary framework for assessment and treatment. It presents the knowledge on the neurobehavioral underpinnings of TS, its clinical presentation, and how to distinguish it from frequently encountered co-occurring disorders.
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Author Biography - Douglas W. Woods
Douglas W. Woods is a professor and department head at Texas A&M University in the Psychology Department. Michael P. Twohig, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Combined Clinical, Counseling, School Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University.
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