Hello, my name is Rik van Bastelaar, the person behind Treatment for Trichotillomania and also the intitiator behind Getting Better.
Long time ago I realized that training and managing your own mind is the most important skill you could ever own in terms of both happiness and success.
This insight led me to specialize myself how we do behaviour as human beings. Initially with a strong desire to benefit from this myself, but quickly discovering the true calling from my heart:
“assisting others improve the quaillty of their lives and
What I do
As a mental coach & trainer I love helping people improve the quality of their lives by overcoming unwanted / self destruting behavior.
One of these kind of behaviours is compulsive hair pulling, also known as Trichotillomania, Trich or just TTM. In plain words, a behavior where a person will complusively pull out bodily hair.
Why I do this
A person who suffers from compulsive hair pulling will consciously tell him – herself that they do not want to do this, but will continue to do it at the unconscious level.
Having already helped many people in 1 on 1 coaching sessions to overcome Trichotillomania, I always ended up with mixed feelings after another breakthrough.
On the one hand I had a feeling of deep satisfaction for being able to help this person and the joy and satisfaction they reported afterwards how their lives improved as a result .
On the other hand I felt frustration for the fact that my energy and attention could only go out to this single individual at that time. Because I knew there were still so many more who unnecessarily struggled with this kind of behaviour (most often in silence) .
2 Questions were always in the back of my mind:
- How can I help far more people who suffer from this in a way that my physical presence is not required?
- How can I share my expertise around human behaviour with those who suffer from this and those indirectly involved?
Knowing that trichotillomania is something you can definitely learn to overcome and trusting yourself that you too can move forward to much more personal freedom and a better quality of life is a first important step.
To assist you in this process and ultimately overcome compulsive hair pulling on your own with some remote support I have created this website. But also to share insights from people who already overcame this type of behaviour, so all of us get a better understanding of this topic.
If you are interested to find out more how I got involved in Trichotillomania, please read that here.
If you also want to know a little more about my personal and professional background, please help yourself and read that here.
A life without Trichotillomania: some personal stories of people who already made it!
To inspire you that you too can overcome Trichotillomania and that treatment is possible (rather quickly), click here for some case studies and video testimonials of people who already made it to the promissed land .
How can you find out more / How to connect (it’s easy!)
I sincerely hope that you will find the information on this website useful and look forward to your comments and questions via the contact page.
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Treatment for Trichotillomania is an activity of ‘Getting Better‘.