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Skin Picking Disorder Treatment (Dermatillomania)

Skin picking (also known as excoriation disorder or dermatillomania) refers to excessive, recurrent picking of skin that results in sores, lesion and possibly infections. The most common sites are the arms, face and hands, but other body areas could be involved. People with this disorder often make multiple attempts to stop or decrease picking and many experience significant distress in relationships and at work; they feel out of control, guilty, embarrassed and ashamed about their behaviour. Sometimes these feelings prevent people from seeking help. For some people, picking behaviour seems to be quite automatic while others report a pattern of tension followed by relief related to the picking behaviour. This disorder most often first appears in adolescents and, if untreated, continues on a chronic course with some waxing and waning in severity. This disorder is treated with medications and behavioural treatments that include habit reversal training, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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