Trichotillomania (TTM) is a complex disorder that is difficult to treat, and few effective therapeutic options exist. This client workbook helps the client through the 10-session, therapist-guided, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Enhanced Behavior Therapy for Trichotillomania (AEBT-T). AEBT-T is designed to help people with trichotillomania reduce their pulling, think differently about the internal experiences that trigger their pulling, and learn to live a more valued life.
The approach blends traditional behavior therapy approaches of habit reversal training and stimulus control techniques with a more contemporary ACT-based approach. This ACT-based approach teaches clients to behave flexibly and in concert with their values whenever they face the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, urges, and cravings that often trigger the pulling. Since its original publication in 2008, the intervention has been shown to be highly effective, and can also be successfully applied to older children and adolescents, which is covered in this new edition.
Fully updated to reflect new research and organized in an easy-to-use session-by-session format with accompanying therapy support forms and materials, AEBT-T has proven efficacy and will be a valuable resource and powerful tool for clients who want to learn to manage their TTM and reduce pulling.
About the Authors:
Douglas Woods is currently Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of Psychology at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Prior to that he was Head of Psychology at Texas AandM University from 2013-2015 and held various faculty and administrative appointments at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1999-2013. Dr. Woods received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Western Michigan University and is a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin. Dr. Woods has authored or co-authored over 300 papers and 9 books and multiple grants for his work on tic disorders, trichotillomania, and other OCD-related problems.
Michael P. Twohig, Ph.D. is a psychologist in Utah and a Professor of Psychology at Utah State University, where he co-runs the ACT Research Group (with Dr. Levin). He studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Nevada, Reno, and the University of British Columbia Hospital. He is past-President of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science. His research focuses on the use of ACT with an emphasis on obsessive compulsive and related disorders. He has published over 200 scholarly works including 7 books. His research has been funded through multiple sources including the NIMH and the IOCDF.