The use of EMDR in trichotillomania


Various studies have demonstrated that 15–40% of patients with trichotillomania do not respond to it; they cannot be motivated to undergo treatment, drop out, or experience persisting difficulties in regulating their emotions. In this practical workshop, EMDR is presented as a functional method in the treatment of trichotillomania.

Trichotillomania-patients experienced EMDR as a useful and motivating method. Furthermore, they felt encouraged to deal with their emotions in additional psychological treatments. Confrontation therapy markedly reduced trichotillomania symptoms. EMDR is shown as a useful augmentation method in treating patients with trichotillomania by using videos and live-demonstrations. Especially, important interweaves for trichotillomania patients in the timing in therapy will be demonstrated.






Karsten Böhm

Original Work Citation

Böhm, K. (2016, June). The use of EMDR in trichotillomania. Presentation at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague



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