We hear it all the time from our clients here at the Trichotillomania Relief Specialists: “Part of me wants to stop, but part of me doesn’t.”
This video tells the story of a 15-year-old girl we’re currently working with. As we do with virtually all our clients, we showed this young lady where the “control button” on her pulling actually is during the course of just her very first session with us.
Now, upon discovering this, a lot of our clients stop pulling almost immediately – and for most of them, the change feels virtually effortless.
But this young lady did not stop pulling right away, as indeed she could have. When we then offered her a very simple task – something we told her would have a profoundly positive impact on her pulling activity almost immediately – you would have thought this young lady would have jumped all over the opportunity.
But that’s not what happened. In fact, she refused to follow through.
What’s Going On Here?
What you have here is a client that LOOKS like she’s not necessarily on board with the program. To some, it might even look like classic therapeutic “resistance”; on the one hand, she says all the right things in session. But on the other hand, she doesn’t actually follow through – at least 100% – with her agreements.
Now, is this really a resistant client? Should we be thinking of her as uncooperative, or uninterested in the outcome?
Or could it instead be a sign that something else needs to be handled first?
The truth is, there’s more going on here than meets the (untrained) eye.
Check out this week’s video to learn more.
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