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Rebecca compulsively picks at her nails. Ian used to bite the inside of his cheeks. In this episode of GROUP, mental health counselor Merrill Black explains how compulsive self-grooming works and how to treat it. We also hear the story of a young woman with trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). And we chat with the founder of a mental health nonprofit about her experience with excoriation disorder (compulsive skin picking).

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Merrill Black, LCSW

Merrill is a licensed clinical social worker, reiki master, hypnotherapist, and owner/founder of The Temperance Center in Eastchester, NY. Among her specialties are anxiety disorders, trichotillomania, dermatillomania, and other body focused repetitive behaviors. For more about Merrill's work, visit The Temperance Center's website