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Trichotillomania, also known as Hair-Pulling Disorder, is characterized by recurrent pulling out of one’s hair over brief episodes or sustained periods of time and results in hair loss. ACT-enhanced behavior therapy (A-EBT) has been shown to be an effective approach in the treatment of trichotillomania by promoting psychological flexibility around hair pulling urges and teaching stimulus control and habit reversal training. However, there is limited support of A-EBT for clients with an ethnic minority identity. This case report focuses on an adult, Hispanic female client, Luna (pseudonym), who received eight sessions of A-EBT for the treatment of trichotillomania. At post-treatment, Luna showed significant improvements in number of hairs pulled, trichotillomania specific psychological flexibility, depression and anxiety. Luna’s case highlights barriers to care such as potential resistance in seeking mental health services, the influence of family members’ beliefs on receiving mental health services, and the limited access to specialized treatment of trichotillomania.


Marissa L. Donahue & Michael P. Twohig, ACT-Enhanced Behavior Therapy for a Hispanic Adult With Trichotillomania: A Case Report, Clinical Case Studies 0(0) pp. 1-12. Copyright © 2023 The Author(s). DOI: 10.1177/15346501231225505.