High School & College BFRB Group

An 11-week online group for high school and college students in Missouri who struggle with skin picking, hair pulling, or other body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs).

Does your high school student pull out her hair, eyelashes, or eyebrows leaving bald spots?

Are you a college student who struggles so much to stop picking your skin that you often make it look worse?

Do you or your teen feel ashamed, embarrassed, and frustrated by these repetitive behaviors?


If so, you are not alone. 1 in 20 people suffer from a body-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB) like skin picking or hair pulling. Most have tried so many things to stop but nothing works.

This group is the absolute best way to get you (or your teen) to:

  • A place where YOU are in control of your BFRB instead of it controlling you
  • A life free from the pain and suffering your BFRB has caused
  • Feeling self-confident, happy, closer in your relationships, and excited to do the things you love to do!


This 11-week online group combines all of the evidence-based approaches to treating BFRBs, including mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the comprehensive behavioral treatment for BFRBs (ComB), habit reversal training (HRT), and self-compassion. Its delivery in a small group format makes it much more effective than individual therapy due to the support and accountability that is gained from peers who are going through the treatment together.


Group sessions will be structured around a different topic each week, and will consist of some didactic and experiential exercises, as well as setting of weekly goals and then checking in on progress towards those goals each week. Parents or other support people will be invited to attend the second session on December 7th to discuss how to best support the BFRB sufferer throughout treatment and beyond.


To register, please complete this form https://forms.gle/Bdkjs8zcknkBkDzb8 and then one of the group leaders will contact you to set up a group screening appointment.

When: Thursday evenings from 5-6pm starting November 30th for 11 weeks (One week off on December 28th)
Where: Online via a HIPAA-compliant virtual meeting
Cost: $40 per session self-pay, or you can use your insurance. In order to hold your spot and make the group successful for everyone in it, you must commit to all 11 sessions. If you have to miss a week you will be billed $40 self-pay whether you use insurance to pay for the group or not since insurance does not pay for missed sessions.
Led by: Laura Chackes, Psy.D. and Lauren Hendrix, MA, PLPC

Laura and Lauren are BFRB experts and have worked with many teens and young adults with BFRBs. Laura has been leading BFRB groups for over 10 years, and has specialized in treating BFRBs for over 17 years.