The Clutter in Your Life: Understanding Hoarding Behaviors
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We discussed the factors of hoarding: excessive acquiring, difficulty discarding, living in cluttered spaces, and having distress or impairment. Compulsive hoarding is a common, serious, and treatable behavior, that can have significant negative effects on people who struggle with it and their families.
Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed psychologist and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He is co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author or co-author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as seven books, including Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Cutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring (with Tamara L. Hartl). His most recent book on the topic of hoarding is Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach. The Mental Health Association of San Francisco awarded him the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the understanding of hoarding and cluttering.
David Bain is a Peer Facilitator with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute Team at the Mental Health Association of San Francisco. He has a background in technology, education, and psychology. He leads groups teaching Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to individuals dealing with hoarding behaviors as a part of a joint study with University of California San Francisco. He speaks at conferences, develops and presents courses, and presents information to community groups. He has a Masters degree in Education.