Bay Area Resources
Francisco Bay Area Internet Guide for Extreme Hoarding Behavior
Supported by Peninsula Community Services, Inc
Advocates for Peninsula residents struggling with hoarding disorder
ABOUT SUPPORT GROUPS
Support Groups- What They
Are and What They Do
by Carol Ransall, MA
Group Treatment for Hoarding
by Jordana Muroff,
Group interventions may
be especially useful strategies to help people with hoarding problems. When
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.,
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
BAY AREA GROUPS
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
phone: (415) 421-2926 Fax: (415) 421-2928
To download the schedule for the support groups follow
the link below
is an organization for people who struggle with the
clutter in their lives.
Organization is at: PO Box 25884, Santa Ana, CA 92799-5884
Information Directory 866-402-6685
45 Castro, B level Room B1/B2 at CPMC Davies Medical Center
Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 or 5:00 to 6:00
Every Monday, (except for
All Saints Church, 555 Waverly Street (corner of
Hamilton), Palo Alto, CA.
Calvary Church, Room D112, 16330
Los Gatos Blvd
Wednesday 7:15 – 8:45 PM
Every Monday 7:15 - 8:30 Every Tuesday,
10:00 - 11:00 AM.
United Methodist Church, 1953 Hopkins
7:15 - 8:45 PM.
St. Luke’s Lutheran
Church, Class Room #9, 2491
San Miguel Drive
Every Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Rancho Cordova /
Sun River Church, Children’s Ministries Building, E26 (2nd FLR)
Building w/ramp, next
Trinity River Drive
(off Sunrise Blvd.)
OCD Support Groups - SF Bay Area
Individuals with OCD
1st Tuesday of each month, 7:30-9:30pm
San Francisco OCD Mutual Help Support Group,
UCSF, Clinical Bldg. 521 Parnassus Ave.
(between 3rd/4th Ave.) Room C-517
To join our online support or to view a
listing of therapists specializing in anxiety
disorder (serving the entire SF Bay Area)
San Francisco, CA, USA
OCF San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate, Scott
Granet, President, Neal Horovitz,
Vice President , Paula Kotakis
Anyone with OCD, spectrum disorder, families
3rd Saturday of each month, 1:30-3:30pm
1900 Sullivan Ave. Daly City,
Conference Room by the Cafeteria on second floor
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 email@example.com
East Bay OCD support group
2nd and last Saturday
3:00 to 5pm
280 W Macarthur Blvd.
For further information
Contact Tim at 926-699-1355
Los Gatos Weekly Support Group
Buried in Treasures Book Study Group
Oct.8-Jan 7, 2014 7pm-8:30pm
16573 Los Gatos Almaden Rd., Los Gatos
Fees may apply-Enrollment limited
Contact Dr. Dana Girard (Lic. PSY 25448) to register or more information
At 408 - 358-2218
Weekly Support Group
April 19 - July
12, 2014, 10am to 12pm
142 Stambaugh St.,
Contact Dr. Dana
Girard (Lic. PSY 25448) to register or
at 650-241-3778 or
Redwood City Weekly Drop-In Support Group
142 Stambaugh St., Redwood City
Weekly Drop-In Support Group
Wednesdays 11am to 1:00 pm
Contact Dr. Dana Girard for more information
Call 650-241-3778 or visit
Hoarding and Cluttering
First and Third Tuesdays - 5:30-7:00 pm
Enterprise Resource Center
Kerner and Bellem, Suite C
415 - 457- 4554
Supported by Community Action Marin
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.
organization for people who struggle with messiness.
Messies Anonymous: 5025 SW 114th Ave., Miami, FL 33165. 1-800-MESS
On their website, they provide links to many on-line support groups, including
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: St. Mary & St. Joseph Coptic Church,
4300 Mirador Dr.
Call: Just come, or call
Santa Clara County Senior Center
Santa Clara Senior Center
1303 Fremont Street
Santa Clara, CA 95050
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.
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
hoarding disorder but it is not a primary self-help group for hoarders.
Giving family/friends a place to interact,
what they are feeling, and offer education, enlightenment, and
encouragement. Discussion of solutions
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.