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Group Treatment  for Hoarding Disorder
Therapist Guide 
by Jordana Muroff, Patty Underwood, GailSteketee 

For the first time Hoarding Disorder (HD) is now recognized as a distinct disorder in the fifth edition of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) separate from OCD.
HD has also received much more attention and exposure in recent years….
Oxford  Press 2014, ISBN: 978-0-19-934096-5, paperback, 384 pages

Treatment for Hoarding Disorder   Workbook
by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost,
Second Edition Paperback, November 2013
This is second addition of client Workbook outlines an empirically supported and effective CBT program
for treating hoarding disorder. This workbook is meant to guide clients through their treatment for
hoarding disorder with their clinician. It includes homework, forms, exercises, and behavioral
experiments for clients to test their personal beliefs about possessions, develop and organizational plan
and filing system, and sort and organize items room by room.
Oxford University Press, 2013, ISBN 978-0-19-933494-0, paperback, 204 pages                                                             

Treatment for Hoarding Disorder
Therapist Guide
by Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost
Second Edition Paperback 2013
This book is the second edition of Therapist Guide and outline an empirically supported and effective
CBT program for treating hoading disorder.Treatment for Hoarding Disorder is the culmination of more
than 20 years of research on understanding and building an effective intervention to address its myriad
components. It is thoroughly updated and reflective of changes made to the fifth edition of the DSM-5.
Oxford Press 2013, ISBN 978-0-933496-4, paperback, 276 pages

Buried In Treasures  Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
by David Tolin, Randy Frost, and Gail Steketee
This fully updated Second Edition of Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically based effective program
for helping those with hoarding disorder dig their way of the clutter and chaos of their homes.
Oxford Press 2013, ISBN:978-0-19-932925-0, paperback, 224 pages

Leading the Buried in Treasures Workshops
A Facilitators Manual is available for down load through: International OCD Foundation web site.'s%20Manual%20Final.pdf

The Hoarding Handbook
 A Guide for Human Service Professionals
by Bratiotis, Schmalisch, and Steketee
Organized around the common ways hoarding captures the attention of social service providers, this
user-friendly guide provides tools to assess the problem, to coordinate and delegate tasks among helping
professionals, and to work directly with reluctant hoarders and those affected by the hoarding. Chapters
give hands-on guidance and decision trees for who should be involved and what strategies are needed f
or each case. This book is compassionate and comprehensive, an invaluable reference for social workers
and human service providers in a broad range of fields.
Oxford Press, 2013,ISBN -13: 978-0195385519

Digging Out
Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding & Compulsive Acquiring
by Tamara Hart PhD., Michael Tompkins, PhD. In Digging Out, you will find a complete guide to helping
your loved one with a hoarding problem live safely and comfortably in his or her home or apartment.
Included are realistic harm reduction strategies that you can use to help your loved one manage health
and safety hazards, avoid eviction, and motivate him or her to make long-term lifestyle changes. You'll
learn how to handle a roommate or spouse with a hoarding problem, identify and work through special
considerations that may arise when the person who hoards is frail and elderly, and receive guidance for
healing strained relationships between people who hoard and their friends and family. 
New Harbinger Publications 2009, ISBN-13: 978-1572245945, paperback, 208 pages

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things 
by Randy Frost, a psychology professor at Smith College and Gail Steketee 

First to study hoarding when they began their work a decade ago; they expected to find a few sufferers
but ended up treating hundreds of patients and fielding thousands of calls from the families of others. Now
they explore the compulsion through a series of compelling case studies in the vein of Oliver Sacks. With
vivid portraits that show us the traits by which you can identify a hoarder—piles on sofas and beds that make
the furniture useless, houses that can be navigated only by following small paths called goat trails, vast piles
of paper that the hoarders “churn” but never discard, even collections of animals and garbage—Frost and
Steketee explain the causes and outline the often ineffective treatments for the disorder. They also illuminate
the pull that possessions exert on all of us. Whether we’re savers, collectors, or compulsive cleaners, none of
us is free of the impulses that drive hoarders to the extremes in which they live.
Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011, ISBN 9780547422558 291 pages


Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding – Why You Save and How You Can Stop
by F.Neziroglu, J.Bubrick, and JoseYaryura-Tobias
This book will: Differentiate between hoarding and collecting, Recognize what 
type of hoarder you are, Overcome the fear that makes you hoard, Stop the clutter from taking over
your life, and give Cognitive Therapy Perspective New Harbinger Publications, 2004, 146 pages 

Feeling Good: The new Mood Therapy

by David D. Burns
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes"
of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D.,
outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help
you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an All-New
Consumer′s Guide To Anti-depressant Drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your
questions about the many options available for treating depression.
Harper Collins Publisher, 2008,736 pages

The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life
by Dr Robin Zasio  
Provides practical advice for de-cluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional 
pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and 
create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the 
most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these 
extreme examples—no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.    
Rodale Books, 2012, 240 pages

The Habit Change Workbook: How to change bad habits and form good ones...
by James Claiborn & Cherry Pedrick, 2001
A step-by-step, cognitive-behavioral program helps you break unwanted habits and replace them with
healthy new ones. Together with extensive self-assessment and monitoring tools, it includes detailed
guidance for overcoming a variety of specific habits. Awarded The Association for Behavioral and
Cognitive Therapies Self-Help Seal of Merit — an award bestowed on outstanding self-help books that
are consistent with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) principles and that incorporate scientifically tested
strategies for overcoming mental health difficulties. Used alone or in conjunction with therapy, our books
offer powerful tools readers can use to jump-start changes in their lives.
New Harbinger Publications,2001, 242 pages

Winning the Clutter War
by Sandra Felton
Sandra Felton's foolproof advice on organization has made this book a proven bestseller that has helped
readers of all ages overcome a lifetime of messy habits. Her compassion, humor, and practical tips will
help make chronic clutter a thing of the past.
Publisher Revell, 2010, 272 pages.
See other interesting Titles by Sandra Felton available on her website -

Stop Clutter from Stealing Your Life and Discover How to Stop by Mike Nelson, 2008

Summary: Clutter-Proof Your Business – by Mike Nelson, Business News Publishing, 2013

Lighten Up: Love What you have, Have what you need, Be happier with less
by Peter Walsh, Free Press, 2011, 304 pages
Amazon has 2,400 books listed about clutter. http//local


The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme Clutter by Max Paxton, Phaedra Hise. 
Penguin Books, ISBN 0399536655 2014

The Feng Shui Home: Creating spiritual spaces in your environment with altars and shrines, space
clearing and the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shu by Hale, Martin, and De Winter
A home should be a peaceful oasis, providing a calm refuge from stress and tension. This unique book is full of
inspirational ideas, practical advice, beautiful photographs and helpful hints and tips to enhance the harmony
of your living environment. Learn the ancient principles of feng shui and space clearing, and nurture the
emotional aspect of your home with personal altars. With 650 photographs and illustrations, this book offers
ways to bring better vibrational energy into your life. Anness Publishing, 2005, 256 pages

Ghosty Men: The Strange but True Story of the Collyer Brothers and My Uncle Arthur, New York's
Greatest Hoarders - An Urban Historical by Franz Lidz, Publisher Bloomsbury 2003

Homer and Langley   By E.L.Doctoro
Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers—the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into
madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War. They live as recluses in their once
grand Fifth Avenue mansion, scavenging the city streets for things they think they can use,
hoarding the daily newspapers …

Random House, 2010


When I Married My Mother By Jo Maeder
Interesting book about the reconciliation of a daughter with a mother who had problems related to
hoarding. A national bestseller, is a you'll-laugh-you'll-cry love story that starts in the North, unfolds
in the south... Jo Maeder was a Z100 radio "ZJ" in New York City when a series of crises led her to do
the unthinkable: leave New York for the Bible Belt -- "Greensboring," North Carolina -- to care for her
estranged, eccentric "Mama Jo." What she thought would be some of the worst years of her life turned
 out to be some of the best. The same was true for her mother.
Vivant Press, 2013

Dirty Secret: A Daughter Comes Clean About Her Mother’s Compulsive Hoarding

by Jessie Sholl  

Gallery Books · Paperback · 336 pages · ISBN 1439192529




The Hoarder In You : How to live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life
By Dr Robin Zasio 
Rodale Books
"provides practical advice for decluttering and organizing, including how to tame the emotional
pull of acquiring additional things, make order out of chaos by getting a handle on clutter, and
create an organizational system that reduces stress and anxiety. Dr. Zasio also shares some of the
most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered, and explains how we can learn from these
extreme examples—no matter where we are on the hoarding continuum.


Fresh Air Interview - NPR, May 5, 2010

When Too Much Stuff Causes Grief

Mental, September 15, 2009
By Dr. David Van Nuys
Podcast: An Interview with Gail Steketee, PhD, on Hoarding and OCD
"Dr. Steketee describes some of the recent findings from the research, among them 
(surprisingly) that hoarding is probably not best considered a subtype of OCD. The 
interview touches upon diagnostic and measurement issues associated with studying 
this problem, as well as information on the cognitive behavioral therapy protocol which 
has been shown effective in treating hoarding."

IOCD Foundation

Interview with Randy Frost on the Today Show
 * Causes of Hoarding 
 * Classic Profile of the Hoarder 
 * How to Talk Help a Family Member
 * Non-shopping Trip 
 * Today Show Segment on Hoarding 
 * Downward Arrow 
 * When Stuff Takes Over


Mental Health Association of San Francisco

Hoarding and Cluttering Resources - 
Conference DVDs and Resource Booklets

Reduced Price for  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

On line Video-Gail Steketee, Ph.D., Dean B.U School of Social Work 
presents her research to BU Alumni  (video format) April 5, 2007 Video length is 01:23:36.

Buried Treasures: Understanding and Treating Compulsive Hoarding

“Help, I'm a Hoarder Part I” - You Tube from TLC

There are 4-6 parts for these videos.

A Film, "My Mother’s Garden" 
"My Mother’s Garden" is the story of Eugenia Lester whose hoarding 
disorder has entered a dangerous and life threatening stage.

"Possessed", a documentary about hoarders- entering the complicated world of 4 people who hoard.


'The Collector'

“Gray Gardens”- Film- Grey Gardens is the name of a neglected, sprawling estate gone to seed.
The crumbling mansion was home to Edith Bouvier Beale, often referred to as "Big Edie," and her
daughter, "Little Edie." The East Hampton, Long Island, home became the center of quite a scandal
when it was revealed in 1973 that the reclusive aunt and cousin to Jackie O. were living in a state of
poverty and filth. That's the background to this 1976 film portrait by cinéma vérité pioneers Albert and
David Maysles, but it's only incidental to the fascinating story they discover inside the estate walls.
Available through or as a rental elsewhere.

More Videos youtube

Hoarding Buried Alive- Season 6 and 7 available through