2015 Annual BFRB Retreat

Tasneem Abrahams
Jul 24th, 2015

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Leading advocacy and awareness organization for trichotillomania and other body-focussed repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), the Trichotillomania Learning Centre (TLC), was founded by Christina Pearson in 1990, and has since grown from strength to strength creating a positive impact in the lives of thousands of sufferers with BFRBs. In 2014 Christina went on to founded yet another impactful organization, the Heart and Soul Academy. The Academy is a nonprofit institute devoted to reducing suffering for those who live with and suffer from BFRBs such as trichotillomania, excoriation disorder and related problems. The Academy's goal is to both enhance and expand services for the BFRB community. One such way the Academy sets out to achieve this is to create and produce events such as annual retreats and regional get-togethers  as an environment where people can experience profound change for the better. Even prior to the formation of the Academy, Christina has already hosted 22 annual retreats with the help of a committed team of TLC members,  clinicians, researchers, and workshop facilitators. During the period of establishing the Heart and Soul Academy and transitioning from TLC Founding Director to the Academy's CEO and Director, there has not been a retreat for 2 years.

Re-igniting Hope

It is such exciting news that the Annual BFRBs Retreat has been revived this year! It will be held 10-13 September high in the Colorado Rockies at Snow Mountain Ranch. According to the Academy:

The Retreat offers a special opportunity to find comfort, re-ignite hope and discover new pathways to wholeness and recovery. By attending, you will have the rare chance to spend time not only with many others who are dealing with the same issues, but also get to spend casual time with some of the most knowledgeable BFRB treatment providers and workshop facilitators in the world

The Retreat is an intensely powerful, deeply supportive event set in a rural, beautiful setting. It is aimed at those struggling with BFRBs of all ages, as well as their parents, spouses and loved ones.


What will be covered?

  • How to Build a Personalized Cognitive Behavioral Recovery Roadmap 

  • Mindfulness Based Impulse  Reduction for Skin Picking (Separate Session for Hair Pulling)

  • Biology of BFRBs: Current Knowledge

  • The Shedding of Shame

  • Building a Better Toolbox for Kids

  • Addressing the Whole Person for Teens

  • How to Deal with Bullying at School

  • Sharing Stories to Heal Hearts

  • Self-care with Centering Prayer and Restorative Yoga

  • Parenting Skills for a Child with BFRBs

For more information about the retreat or to book visit the Academy's website or register now via eventbrite online bookings.


Tasneem Abrahams


Tasneem is an Occupational Therapist, and a graduate of the TLC foundation for BFRBs professional training institute. Her experience in mental health includes working at Lentegeur Psychiatric hospital forensic unit (South Africa), Kingston Community Adult Learning Disability team (UK), Clinical Specialist for the Oasis Project Spelthorne Community Mental Health team (UK). Tasneem is a member of both the editorial team and the clinical staff on TrichStop, providing online therapy for people who suffer from Trichotillomania and other BFRBs.

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