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Katie S., Ontario, Canada
25-year-old Katie S. came to see us in August of 2011 all the way from Ontario, Canada. Katie had been pulling her hair since she was 10 years old.
Like many of our other clients, it started with her eyelashes and progressed from there. Also like many of our clients, this behavior became a well-practiced coping mechanism over the years for helping her manage highly unpleasant emotions. Therapists, doctors and prescriptions all seemed to lead to the same result - bitter disappointment and failure.
That all changed as a result of her work with us. She wrote to us again recently with these very heartfelt words:
"I don't think I ever really did say how thankful I am for the work I did with you and Glei, and how much you guys helped turn my life around.
"It is such a wonderful thing you two are doing, it must be the best job to help people change their lives in the way that you do. I am so glad I took that leap of faith to make the trip out there to see you guys. I really didn't think it was possible to live any other way.
"I have come to realize that I have a more feminine side to me than I thought, a side of me that was locked up inside, I guess…. Does it ever feel good to be able to talk with my friends and family about hair and makeup and not have to avoid the conversation and be uncomfortable with the topic!
"Thank you so much for everything that you two do and have done, it is truly appreciated."
Stephanie A., New York City, NY
25-year-old Stephanie A.'s story is not unlike most of those we hear at the Trichotillomania Relief Specialists... Years of failed attempts at resolving her trichotillomania symptoms at the hands of more conventional therapists and treatment centers - only to find the kind of blessed relief she'd always dreamed of using our acclaimed Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Technology.
Of course, the best person to tell her story is Stephanie herself:
BEFORE: "I began my search for a new and lasting solution to trichotillomania after having recently pulled
out nearly all my hair - again - despite letting it grow to 4 inches all over my head.
"I was going through a stressful transition in my first semester of grad school, but I didn't want that to be an excuse. I wanted to be able to control the urges and habit of pulling so my hair could grow out to whatever length I wanted by the time I was going to get married and become a mom.
"As I'm sure you know, the stress of pulling increased my desire to pull, and the cycle built on itself. I wanted to turn to medication, as everything else I had tried in the past had only temporarily worked.
"I started out with steroid ointments and injections for supposed Alopecia, because as a 14-year-old I was too afraid to admit to doing this weird, unnatural thing. Obviously, that didn't work, and I convinced my parents to stop the steroid therapy (because of the side effects - not the real reason).
"I resorted to putting my hair in a very precise half ponytail and gelled and hair-sprayed everything in place to cover up the patches on the top and bottom of my scalp. But soon enough I had pulled out all the hair on my head and was wearing bandanas too school. Once the gang-related comments got to be too much for me, I convinced my parents to start buying wigs for me. This was a welcome relief, though it ended up allowing me to pull more since I had the security that the cover-up provided.
"Eventually, while in college, I decided to go to a counselor who started Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I kept a journal of when I pulled, how much each time, and why. This increased my awareness and allowed me to take myself out of some of the situations that triggered pulling. But it didn't last.
"We also decided that I should wear gloves when alone, get a stress ball or a squishy ball with tendrils to mimic hairs and provide enough stimulation for my fingers. This minimally helped, since there were also the scalp and mouth stimulation to consider. We also decided that I should try shaving my head, as if there was no hair to pull, I wouldn't pull. The idea was that my body would need to find a new way of coping with stress and over time I would experience a decrease in urges.
"Lastly, regular talk therapy was incorporated and I was able to discuss all my experiences with these methods. We also explored possible causes and other trigger points, such as my family instability. This worked while I was in CBT, but once school ended (only ~9 months later), things began to revert. I decided to try letting my hair grow out again... and it actually did for 6 months. I was close to 6 inches of hair and I felt proud, but somehow I just started pulling again and my hair was patchy and gross so I shaved again.
"Another 6 months later I started pulling again and resigned myself to this terrible cycle.
"A few years later I had come to the end of my rope and began searching online for medications or alternative therapies.
"I found the Trichotillomania Relief Specialists, and after a couple email chains and phone conversations, decided to enroll in their Personal Breakthrough Program.
"I was apprehensive and nervous, and let's be honest here - skeptical. Obviously anyone can write blurbs like these for themselves and just pretend someone else did. Little things made me feel unsure about contracting Robert and Glei's services. I even asked my mom to call so I could get her opinion and looked them up on the BBB website.
"The conversations we all had let Robert and Glei's honest intentions come through and so we found a date that worked for us.
"I flew out to the LA area, found their home office, and change began. Still skeptical, I simply listened and followed along with Robert and Glei. I let them do their thing, as the many testimonials before mine said they were pretty awesome.
AFTER: "Despite all my hesitance, and even my psychology background, Robert and Glei were able to get through to me and help me break free of this 12-year problem.
"The three days with them really were a personal breakthrough. Honestly, literally, after the first few hours with them I felt renewed. After the entire 3-day session I couldn't really find any pulling-related emotions or urges within me, even though I tried.
"It's been almost 4 months and I am still pull-free! I recognize that I have gone through a couple 6-month periods of not pulling, but Robert and Glei's work has created what I am calling a "shift" that really makes an
internal difference for me. I have the control now over any urges that do arise, and also those urges come a lot less frequently. I am confident that I will push past my 6-month mark and even further into the future.
"I would encourage anyone who is ready and open for the challenge and subsequent feeling of freedom to fully explore this path. I would welcome any questions or discussions on the program with considering clients, as would Robert and Glei."
When 23-year-old Debra K. (now a medical doctor!) contacted us for the first time in June of 2009, she literally wanted to know whether what she'd hear about us was "too good to be true" — or whether perhaps our program might be exactly what she'd been looking for all these years.
Turns out it was. Here's Debra's story in her own words:
BEFORE: "I started in 6th grade when I was 11. There have been a few instances when I stopped for a few months, but it was a combination of being very distracted, always with someone, and a lot of willpower. And those months were never perfectly pull-free.
"I tried cognitive behavior therapy. I spent one hour per week for a year. I was on Prozac for 6 months of that year. The ambivalence to stopping was the hurdle I could never overcome... And perhaps the guilt. I know that feeling, like I am doing something wrong makes me feel bad about myself, as does not being able to stop. And then all I want to do is pull, and the cycle of feeling worthless just continues. Once in the spring of 2008, I was in such distress about not being able to stop pulling my hair, I thought, 'It'd be easier if it all just ended... That would make it stop.'
"I have also tried hat-wearing, taping my fingers, yoga, eating instead, putting smiley stickers on a calendar for each day I didn't do it... the list goes on. I'm sure it is obvious that none of those worked."
AFTER: "Thank you! I don't pull my hair anymore! I have been meaning to send this message for months.
"This morning, I parted my hair down the middle and put it into two french braids... And it looks good! I have always wanted to wear my hair that way.
"In January, I was in Wisconsin for part of [my work]. I surely would have failed if I had been left to my own previous devices... But I didn't pull at all. Today I am seeing the payoffs. :)
"I never thought I wouldn't pull my hair... It's unbelievable really. You are truly gifted in the way that you help people. I look forward to my hair growing longer and longer and looking good for my sister's graduation in May and her wedding in September.
"Hope all is well with you and your family. Thanks again! I couldn't have transformed my life without you!"
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