Patient perceptions of hypnotherapy and ‘self-help’ therapy on managing the symptoms of Trichotillomania.

Emma Larkin is doing her Master's degree in Health and Clinical Psychology at Teesside University.  Her research explores patients' experiences with various types of treatment and/or therapy for the hair pulling disorder, Trichotillomania. She is particularly interested in experiences with Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Habit Reversal Therapy and Acceptance/Commitment therapy in comparison to the experience of having no conventional method of therapy including relying on social support or will-power alone.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to explore patient perceptions of how effective these types of therapy are at managing the symptoms of trichotillomania. In particular, the study wants to find out how Hypnotherapy and ‘self-help’ treatment methods perform in comparison to more commonly used therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Habit reversal therapy.

Who is invited to participate in this study?

Emma is looking for participants who are either have or have had trichotillomania and have engaged in attempts to manage their symptoms.

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide if you wish to join the study. The attached information sheet will describe the study. If you agree to take part, you will then be asked to sign a consent form. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time and can ask for your data to be destroyed up until 7 days after taking part without giving a reason.

You can find the participant information sheet, questionnaires and the consent form below: