The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

  • Santa Cruz



716 Soquel Ave.
Ste. A
Santa Cruz
United States

About Us

The TLC Foundation for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization devoted to ending the suffering caused by hair pulling disorder, skin picking disorder, and related body-focused repetitive behaviors.

TLC takes a comprehensive approach to its mission: creating a community of support for affected individuals; providing referrals to treatment specialists and resources; training professionals to recognize and treat BFRBs; and directing research into their causes, treatment, and prevention.

When TLC was founded in 1991, these disorders were virtually unheard of. There were no educational resources, no support community, and no clinicians or researchers who were expert in the field.

Thanks to the support of TLC members, over the past 25 years, hundreds of therapists have begun specializing in BFRB treatment. Skin picking disorder became a recognized disorder in the DSM-5, the comprehensive diagnostic mental health manual. Support groups have formed and thrived all over the U.S. and increasingly, around the world. Treatment approaches have improved greatly.

Most crucially, millions of people have learned that they are not alone, helping to break the cycle of shame and embarrassment that can lead to painful isolation and emotional distress.

TLC currently has a staff of nine full and part-time employees. The main office is in Santa Cruz, CA and the Executive Director and Annual Fund Director work out of Los Angeles. Our Board of Directors lives throughout the United States, as do our donors.

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