Bay Area Resources
San Francisco Bay Area Internet Guide for Extreme Hoarding Behavior
Supported by Peninsula Community Services, Inc

Advocates for Peninsula residents struggling with hoarding disorder since 1978




Support Groups- What They Are and What They Do

by Carol Ransall, MA


Group Treatment for Hoarding
by Jordana Muroff, Ph.D.
Boston University
Group interventions may be especially useful strategies to help people with hoarding problems. When people
with a similar problem come together, it can sometimes reduce isolation and shame and increase motivation,
substantial obstacles for many individuals with hoarding. Listening to others’ experiences and sharing ones’ own
may be inspirational and instill hope. Group members can support one another with understanding how their
hoarding behavior may be influenced by their thoughts and emotions and also assist each other with various skills
(e.g., sorting, creating rules for acquiring) during group time and sometimes between group sessions.

Group therapy for hoarding typically includes 6 to 8 people who meet with a clinician once a week for 20 weeks.
The group sessions cover understanding how hoarding works, problem-solving and organizational skills, sorting
and removing possessions, and decreasing the tendency to acquire more things. These strategies are described in
Steketee and Frost’s (2007) client workbook and in Tolin, Frost and Steketee’s (2007) Buried in Treasures. Groups
sometimes arrange home visits by the group leader to help each participant apply the skills at home where the problem
is based. A recent study of the effects of group cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for hoarding showed moderately
good benefits for the participants (Muroff et al., 2009). Additionally, group treatments have been found helpful for problems
that are commonly linked to hoarding such as social anxiety and depression.

Group interventions may also take the form of self-help support groups for hoarding. These groups can include more
participants and can be led by peers or trained coaches who are not necessarily mental health professionals. Participants
in a recent study of the benefits of self-help groups that were led by undergraduate student coaches showed substantial
improvement in their hoarding problems (Pekareva-Kochergine & Frost, 2009). Self-help support groups can also be web-based.
In these, participants correspond through internet chat groups, postings, and other methods. A recent study evaluated an internet
CBT-based self-help group that has been peer-led for over 10 years. On-line group members reported moderate improvement,
especially those who had been in the group for longer periods (Muroff et al., 2010).

Because there are relatively few mental health providers who are trained in interventions aimed to reduce hoarding, group
interventions are good alternatives that give more people access to clinicians and coaches who can help. Group methods
may also be more affordable for hoarding sufferers

New On-line Support Group-UK

Begins Dec 18, 2014

OCD Actions 'Better Together Project' is now supporting an independent online support group specifically for people with Hoarding issues.
The group uses Skype (but audio only, no visual) and you will be given full support in setting this up. If you would prefer you can be added
to the group using a land line instead.

The Buried in Treasures Workshop Manual

The manual for facilitators (Leading the Buried in Treasures Workshop: A Facilitator’s Manual) can be downloaded,
and used to set up a workshop in your community. "If you set up a facilitated support group, would be very interested
in hearing from you about your experiences in using the manual and running this workshop. Randy Frost, PhD"

See links below:'s%20Manual%20Final.pdf


The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF) is a non-profit citizen's organization dedicated to improving
the mental health of residents in the diverse communities of San Francisco through advocacy, education, research and service.

Support meetings held weekly but on alternate days of week.
Monday 5:30-7 and following week Wednesday 3:00 - 4:30.                                                   
870 Market St. #928
San Francisco

For more info
phone: (415) 421-2926 Fax: (415) 421-2928 .
To download the schedule for the support groups follow the link below

Clutterers Anonymous
is an organization for people who struggle with the clutter in their lives.
World Service Organization is at: PO Box 25884, Santa Ana, CA 92799-5884
Information Directory 866-402-6685

San Francisco
45 Castro, B level Room B1/B2 at CPMC Davies Medical Center campus
Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 or 5:00 to 6:00

Palo Alto
Every Monday, (except for holidays), 7:00-8:30PM
All Saints Church, 555 Waverly Street (corner of Hamilton), Palo Alto, CA.
Contact: 408-384-9344


Los Gatos

Calvary Church, Room D112, 16330 Los Gatos Blvd
Every Wednesday 7:15 – 8:45 PM

Every Monday 7:15 - 8:30 Every Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:00 AM. 
Epworth United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins St.

Walnut Creek               
Every Thursday, 7:15 - 8:45 PM. 
St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Class Room #9, 2491 San Miguel Drive

Rancho Cordova
Every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.    
Rancho Cordova / Sacramento Area , Sun River Church,  Children’s Ministries Building, E26 (2nd FLR)
Building w/ramp, 
next to
Administration  Building, 11223 Trinity River Drive (off Sunrise Blvd.)

The International OCD Foundation -  

The OCFoundation also has information about local Bay Area support groups, most of them being for OCD 
in general.  You can check their listing of support groups by going here: See monthly calendar on link  

 OCD Support Groups - SF Bay Area

San Francisco  
Phone: (415) 665-9172
Open To: Individuals with OCD
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:30pm
Venue: San Francisco OCD Mutual Help Support Group, UCSF, Clinical Bldg. 521 Parnassus Ave.
(between 3rd/4th Ave.) Room C-517
Fee: Free
Group: Mutual Help
Additional To join our online support or to view a listing of therapists specializing in anxiety
disorder (serving the entire SF Bay Area)

Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Contact: OCF San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, Scott Granet, President, Neal Horovitz,
Vice President , Paula Kotakis
Daly City  
Phone: (415) 273-7273
Open To: Anyone with OCD, spectrum disorder, families and friends
Meeting Times: 3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30-3:30pm
Venue: 1900 Sullivan Ave. Daly City, Conference Room by the Cafeteria on second floor
Fee: Free
Group Description: Mutual Help
Additional Information:  

Santa Clara

South Bay OCD group meets in Santa Clara City Library 

Sycamore Meeting Room 1st floor.

2635 Homestead Road, Santa Clara

1st Saturday  of the month

10 am - noon.

Contact Mary

East Bay OCD support group
2nd and last Saturday of month
3:00 to 5pm
280 W Macarthur Blvd.
Room 1200A
For further information
Contact Tim at 926-699-1355

Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group

First and Third Tuesdays - 5:30-7:00 pm
Enterprise Resource Center
3270 Kerner and Bellem,  Suite C
San Rafael
415 - 457- 4554
No charge
Supported by Community Action Marin


Hoarding and Cluttering Support Group

Oakland and Walnut Creek
16 Weeks - Buried in Treasures Book Study. For more information  and Fees contact:
Kathleen Crombie, M.A. M.Ed.   
Member, NAPO and NAPO-SFBA Chapter.
Call 510-390-8187


Messies Anonymous is an organization for people who struggle with messiness.
Messies Anonymous: 5025 SW 114th Ave.
, Miami, FL 33165. 1-800-MESS AWAY
On their website, they provide links to many on-line support groups, including one
for hoarders and one for friends of hoarders. The main site is:
The link for the Messies Anonymous hoarding on-line support group is:

ClutterLess Self Help Group 

When: Mondays 7- 8:30 p.m. , 
Where: 100 Valley Ave. / Cross St. Sunol
At the Park View - use main entrance. 2nd Floor - Activity Room 
Pleasanton, CA
No meetings on holiday Mondays
Call or Just come, volunteer phone # 925-922-1467 or 925-525-3992                                                  
New members welcome
"CL is a non-profit, peer-based, self-help, support group for people with difficulty discarding unwanted possessions.
Cluttering is a psychological issue , not an organizing issue. Donation of $3-5 suggested but not required."

Santa Clara County Senior Center
Clutter Masters Support Group- 
Santa Clara Senior Center
1303 Fremont Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 615-3170

Meets:   2nd and Last Thursday of each month
10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
If you are struggling to manage an overwhelming number of
belongings, come join us for support and information.
No fee and all are welcome to attend.


On Line Support

Hoarding: Compulsive Hoarding Community: H-C

For compulsive hoarders with OCD and a strong desire to improve their living or work spaces. This is both a working
list and a community. Members are required to be in the action stage within 60 days of joining. In order to remain in
the group we require a once per month minimum posting of 1) actions and 2) responses to discussion threads. Advisor:
James Claiborn, Ph.D., ABPP. List moderators: Paula and Vildy.

Stepping Out Of Squalors
Very helpful on line support group,

For Friends and Family

Hoarding: Involved with a hoarder: Overcoming Hoarding Together (O-H-T)
Only for people who are in a caregiving relationship to others who have hoarding disorder. Some members will also
have hoarding disorder but it is not a primary self-help group for hoarders. Giving family/friends a place to interact,
normalize what they are feeling, and offer education, enlightenment, and encouragement. Discussion of solutions
involving manipulation or deceit, not welcome. Dehoarding is a process, not an event. Membership is limited to adults.


For Parents, mates, friends or children of hoarders
Find some really good guidance and tips here for starting the process of cleaning up and getting organized.