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Stand-out resources for hoarding in CA:
Dorothy Breininger, Professional Organizer, Center for Organization
Heidi Schulz, CPO-CCollaborative Therapy for Clutter Management
MHA-SF Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering
Mark Odom, LCSW, Hoarding Specialist, Counselor. OC Hoarding Task Force
Peninsula Community Services, Inc. (Hoarders.org)
Researcher: Sanjaya Saxena, Director, UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program
Steri-Clean/National Directory of hoarding cleaning companies

Animal Hoarding:

We aren’t aware of any specialized resources in this area for animal hoarding right now, but below are good sources of information that may help lead you to find resources in your area:



Assessment & Measurement Tools:



Authority in the U.S. for Information about Hoarding Disorder:






Cleaning Companies-Hoarded Environments:

Steri-Clean, Inc
Hoarding Specialists
Training/Education/Support Groups
Offices Throughout all of California
Company Info/Contact by Email

San Francisco/Bay Area:
Disposal Services
Donation/pick-up services
Recycling Services


Additional crisis cleaning/hoarding related
•Want to break into the hoarded home cleaning business?

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




Deborah Efron, LCSW
1760 Solano Avenue – Suite 301
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 717-1415
Email: efron@sbcglobal.net

Melinda White, MFT
1635 Solano Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510).526.8208
Email: mwhite@berkeleytherapist.net

Beverly Hills:
Joel L. Becker, PhD
9171 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 858-3831 or
(310) 858-3832
Email: jbecker@ucla.edu

Jayson Mystkowski, PhD
9400 Brighton Way – Suite 407
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone: (310) 858-3831
Email: Jlmyst@ucla.edu

Marie K. Lee, PhD
9777 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 707
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Phone: (310).464.6363
Email: drlee@marieklee.com

Dr. Lance Steinberg
23504 Park Sorrento
Suite 101
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: (818) 224-3540
Fax: (818) 224-3639

Karron MaidmentRN, MFT
5000 N Parkway Calabasas, Suite 218
Calabasas, CA 91302
Phone: (310).285.2280

Roland Rotz., PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Lifespan Development Center
CA Lic.#psy12424
957 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
email- DocRotz@DocRotz.com


Costa Mesa:
Harish Kavirajan, MD
950 South Coast Drive – Suite 202
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (949) 422-6814
Fax: (714) 424-0012

S. Leiann Harker, PsyD
5300 Orange Avenue
Suite 226
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 652-3637

Daly City:
Elke Zuercher–White, PhD, ABPP
Westlake Medical Dental Bldg Suite 347
48 Park Plaza Drive
Daly City, CA 94015
Phone: (415).584.2321

Diane Gilbert, MFCT
16055 Ventura Boulevard #719
Encino, CA 91436
Phone: (818) 788-3160
Fax: (818) 788-0313

Tanya N. Rishwain, MSW, LCSW
16055 Ventura Boulevard—Suite 1025
Encino, CA 91436  US
Phone: (818) 788-0577
Fax: (818) 343-0255

Lori Riddle-Walker, MFT
502 W El Norte Parkway
Escondido, CA 92026
Phone: (760) 715-7273
Email: LLRWalker@sbcglobal.net

Joan Land, MFT
1370 Brea Blvd.
Fullerton, CA  92835
phone: (714) 526-8433
fax: (714) 257-1017

Garza Garciz:
Nancy Padilla – BTI Graduate
Rio Villagran #621 Col del Valle
Garza Garciz Mexico, CA 66220  CA
Phone: 81.837.82609
Fax: 81.83560024
Email: nancypadillage@Hotmail.ca

Rodney P. Boone, PhD
116 N. Maryland Ave. – Suite 230
Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of So Cal
Glendale, CA 91206
Phone: (818) 547-2623
Fax: (310).831.4319
Email: rpboone@cbtsocal.com

Raymond Jones, MFT, CAS
541 S. Glendora – Suite 1F
Glendora, CA 91741
Phone: (626) 914-1456
Fax: (626) 914-1456

Jeffrey R. Martin, PhD
1010 Sir Francis Drake Blvd – Suite 2E
Kentfield, CA 94904
Phone: (415).461.3175

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La Jolla:
Brett Johnson, MD
4225 Executive Square
Suite 1130
La Jolla, CA 92137
Phone: (858)455.9712
Fax: (858).455.9713
Email: johnson@psychiatryca.com

Sanjaya Saxena, MD.
UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program
La Jolla, CA 92037
For appointments, contact
Mylene Eduvala: (858) 534-6200

La Mesa:
Jeff Schanowitz, PhD
7484 University Avenue
Suite 330
La Mesa, CA 91941
Phone: (619).252.3713
Fax: (858).536.7084
Email: jeffs686@yahoo.com

Edward Abramson, PhD
901 Moraga Road – Suite D
Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone: (925) 299-9011
Email: Abramson@jps.net

Los Altos:
John N. Marquis, PhD
745 Distel Drive (Upstairs)
Los Altos, CA 94022
Phone: (650) 965-2422
Email: Jnmarquis@comcast.net

Los Angeles:

Karron Maidment, Coordinator, UCLA OCD
Partial Hospitalization Program
Los Angeles, CA
310-794-7305, 310-794-7577
Outpatient services: Call Access Center of Anxiety Disorders Clinic at: 310-825-9989

Alexander Bystritsky, MD, PhD
300 UCLA Medical Plaza # 2335
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 206-5133
Email: Abystritsky@medunit.ucla.edu

Tom Corboy, MFT
OCD Center of LA
10921 Wilshire Blvd-Suite 502
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 335-5443
Email: director@ocdla.com

James Feusner, MD
300 UCLA Medical Center
Room 2345
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310).206.4951
Fax: (323).443.3593
Email: Jfeusner@mednet.ucla.edu

Eda Gorbis, Ph.D., MFCC
UCLA OCD Research Program
921 Westwood Boulevard – Suite 223
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (323) 651-1199
Email: edagorbis@yahoo.com

Denise Nelson, PhD
10921 Wilshire Blvd – Suite 1206
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 963-4891

Tanya Vapnik, PhD, RN
10921 Wilshire Blvd #702
Los Angeles, CA 990024
Phone: (310).335.2202
Fax: (310).209.0444
Email: tvapnik@sbcglobal.net

Linda Trozzolino, PhD
12011 San Vincente Boulevard – # 402
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310) 471-8574

Jenny Yip, PsyD
11633 San Vicente Boulevard
Suite 306
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Phone: (310).820.8186
Email: drjyip@yahoo.com

Abraham Havivi, MD
921 Westwod Blvd #216
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310).208.1770
Email: ahavivi@Ucla.edu

Lilly Rousseva-Stoyanova, Ph.D.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Michael E. Cameron, PhD
Suite 226
1081 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310).208.3909

R. Lindsey Bergman, PhD
10850 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1210
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310).880.8867
Fax: (310).825.0106
Email: lberman@ucla.edu

Shana Doronn, LCSW, PsyD
1923 1/2 Westwood Boulevard Suite 2
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310).903.7115
Fax: sdoronn@mednet.ucla.edu

Neal Goldberg, LCSW
10350 Santa Monica Blvd Suite 310
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310).557.1537

Mary De Van, LCSW
Mary works with people both individually and in small groups and offers consultations to family members of clutterers. She participates in the LA County Hoarding Task Force, helping to assist seniors with Hoarding problems and educate other professionals re: hoarding.
(323) 227-6279


Paul Bohn, MD, PsyD
12300 Wilshire Blvd # 330
West Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (310) 829-1924
Fax: (310) 829-3877
Website: www.paulbohn.com
Hoarding/ ERP/CBT

Menlo Park:
Joyce Nash, PhD
1220 University Drive – Suite 104
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 329-1000
Fax: (650) 851-0103

Mill Valley:
Alexandra Matthews, Ph.D. (Psy16219)275
Miller Avenue, Suite 203
Mill Valley, CA 94941
ph: (415) 388-0800
fax: (415) 383-6320 am@amatthewsphd.com


Mission Viejo:
Leslie Gustafson, MFT
24772 Chrisanta Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (714) 284-7445

Barbara Zebb, PhD
Suite 275
27401 Los Altos
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Phone: (877).230.5429

John J. Jacisin, MD, DFAPA
Psychiatric Medical Group
3425 Coffee Road – Suite 2A
Modesto, CA 95335
Phone: (209) 524-9401
Email: drjjj42@insearch.com

Jennifer Ash IMF 51800
Office of Fred Hollander MFT 35282
832 School St # 3
Napa, CA 94558
Phone: (707).260.4910
Email: jennifer.ash@sbcglobal.net

Newport Beach:
Karen M. Simon, PhD
Center for Cognitive Therapy
1101 Dove Street – Suite 235
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (949)725-3800
Fax: (949)553.1083
Email: karen.simon@cox.net

Marie K. Lee, PhD
4060 Campus Drive Suite 120
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Phone: (310).464.6363
Email: drlee@marieklee.com

Daniel Kalb, PhD
200 Professional Center Drive
Suite 200
Novato, CA 94947
Phone: (415) 898-9015 x 525
Email: dkalb@lvha.net

Michael A. Tompkins, Ph.D.
San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
Oakland, CA

(510) 652-4455
3/08: currently not taking new patients.

Sharon F. Smith, MSW, MFT (*Limited Hoarding treatment)
445 Bellevue Ave # 201
Oakland, CA 94610  US
Phone: (510) 891-9430
Fax: (510) 653-3814


Olympic Valley:
Robb Gaffney, MD
1604 Christy Hill Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Phone: (530).583.4233
Fax: (530).583.1742

Orange County, California
Mark Odom, LCSW  714-504-0671
Mark Odom is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides individual and family consultation, counseling, and practical help for excessive clutter and hoarding behavior.  He is the past chairperson of and currently serves as the clinical consultant to the Orange County Task Force on Hoarding.  Website:  www.MarkOdomLCSW.com E-mail: info@MarkOdomLCSW.com

Lynn Martin, NP, MS, RN, CS
61 Avenida de Orinda # 100
Orinda, CA 94563
Phone: (925) 377-0410
Email: martincbt@comcast.net

Palo Alto:

Beverly E. Taylor, CH, CSC, CLP
Certified Hypnotherapist
Director, Easy Key to Life Center
Offices in Peninsula and East Bay
Palo Alto, CA
(866) 326-EASY (3279)
Beverly Taylor was the hypnotherapist on the TLC TV “Help! I’m a Hoarder”   While the show ended up with hypnosis looking like a “magic cure”, it portrayed what actually happened (no special effects other than they sped up the morning’s cleaning).  Beverly has worked with hoarders with OCD, but it takes a lot longer for them to see results (e.g., 12 or more sessions versus 3 to 6 for clutterers). Source.

Hugh Baras, PhD
415 Cambridge Avenue # 14
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone: (650) 325-9002
Email: Baras@bigfoot.com

Heidi Hartston, PhD
707 Welch Road
Suite 207 Building B
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone: (650).888.0820
Fax: (510).482.4258
Email: hhartston@yahoo.com

Dr. Marina Bystritsky, PhD
Suite 23
467 Homer Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: 650.525.5522
Fax: 484.351.2558

Ernest Schmidt, LCSW
407 Sherman Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306  US
Phone: (650).384.0342
Fax: (650).327.9151

Dr. Steven Dilfaver, MD
Haraszti & Associates
2810 East Del Mar Boulevard
Suite 8
Pasadena, CA 91107
Phone: (626).356.0363

Michael E. Jones
127 N Madison Avenue # 302
Pasadena, CA 91101
Phone: (818).974.2158

June Taylor
Petaluma, CA 95492
Phone: (707).838.4697 x 707
Email: ocdtaylor@comcast.net

Doris R. Sami, DSW, LCSW, BCD –
BTI Graduate
35 Maria Drive Suite 861
Petaluma, CA 94954
Phone: (707)544.0821
Email: doris@sami.org

Dr. Barbara Sachs, PhD
Suite 107- 999 Mission De Oro
Redding, CA 96003
Phone: (530)722.1077
Fax: (530).221.4411

Redondo Beach:
Paula Van Doren, LCSW, BCD
205 Avenue I, # 11
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: (310).245.6814

Dr. Barbara Sachs, PhD
Suite 110
805 Douglas Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (530)722.1077
Fax: (530).221.4411

Felicity Sapp, PhD
8980 Aldderson Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916).366.0647 x 2
Email: fsapp.sac@sbcglobal.net

Robin Zasio, PsyD
The Anxiety Treatment Center of Sacramento
8980 Alderson Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95826
Phone: (916) 366-0647
Fax: (916) 487-4408
Email: drrobin@sierrabg.com

Susan Haverty, MFT
3067 Freeport Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95818
Phone: (916).355.8721
Email: susanhavertymft@Yahoo.com


San Diego:
Jim Hatton, PhD,MFT
5665 Oberlin Drive – Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92121
Phone: (858) 457-8428
Email: jdhatton@ucsd.edu

Paul C. Lee, MD
7770 Regents Road #113305
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (858).646.9877
Fax: (858).824.1916

Jeffrey Schanowitz, PhD
7484 University Avenue Suite 330
San Diego, CA 91941
Phone: (619).252.3713


San Francisco:
Carol A. Mathews, MD
University of California at San Francisco Dept of Psychiatry
401 Parnassus Ave
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415).476.7702
Fax: (415).476.7389
Email: cmathews@lppi.ucsf.edu
Hoarding/Accepts Medicaid/ERP/CBT

Milam Freitag, PhD
Suite 420 – 55 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 522-2953
Email: milamfreitag@sbcglobal.net
Hoarding/Home Visits/Sliding

David L. Levine, MD
2107 Van Ness Ave – Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: (415) 441-4171
Fax: (415) 352-2050

Dr. James Reich, MD
2406 Clay Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 673-2950
Hoarding/ ERP/CBT

Dr. Bridget Flynn Walker, PhD
760 Market Street – Suite 945
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: (415) 263-5711
Home Visits/Sliding Scale/Support Group/ERP/CBT

Heather Wassarman, PhD
220 Montgomery Street – Suite 1028
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 399-0255
Fax: (415) 399-0265
Hoarding/ Home Visits/Sliding Scale/ERP/CBT

William A. Dickman, MD
9 Funston Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone: (415)561.3140
Fax: (415).482.9712

Jill Warburton, PsyD
2481 Clay Street
Suite 202B
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415).922.7793
Fax: (415).474.6409
Email: jillwartburton@gmail.com
Hoarding/Sliding Scale/Home Visit on case by case basis/ERP/CBT

More private therapists, from MHA-SF (including mulit-lingual therapists)
See also additional SF resources.

Oasis Office of Self Help –
tel: 575-1400
1095 Market Street, Suite 202- – Offers various support groups. Has a variety of community resources (perhaps some counseling resources?)


San Jose:
Donald B. Dufford, PhD
3880 S. Bascom Avenue – Suite 212
San Jose, CA 95124  US
Phone: (408) 559-9088 or
(408) 377-7833
Hoarding/Support Group/Exposure Response Prevention/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Karen Radella, PhD,LMFT –
BTI Graduate
1302 Lincoln Avenue # 205
San Jose, CA 95125
Phone: (408) 866-8570
Fax: (408)278-9030
Email: Karenradella@yahoo.com
Home Visits/Exposure & Response Prevention/Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

James M. Boyers, PhD – BTI Graduate
1130 McKendrie Street
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408).248.7728
Email: jimboyers@sbcglobal.net


San Luis Obispo:
Eric Goodman, PhD – BTI Graduate
Coastal Center for Anxiety Treatment
Suite B-2, 1428 Phillips Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: (805) 473-3388
Fax: (805).548.0815
Hoarding/Home Visits/Support Group/ERP/CBT

San Mateo:
Scott Granet LCSW
161 W. 25th Street – Suite 101
San Mateo, CA 94403  US
Phone: (650) 599-3325
Hoarding/ Home Visits/Sliding Scale/Support Group/ERP/CBT

San Raphael:
Pamela A. Marcucci, PhD
1050 Northgate Drive
Suite 480 San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 456-2975
Fax: (415).456.7062
Email: pammarc@comcast.net

Santa Barbara:
Michael I. Beiley, PhD
Anxiety & Panic Dis. Clinic
115 W. Arrellaga Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone: (805) 962-2869
Email: Beileyfam@aol.com
Hoarding/ Home Visits/ERP/CBT

Addtl. resource:
Professional Organizer:
Heidi Schulz, CPO-CD
Collaborative Therapy for Clutter Management with Dr. Roland Rotz. e-mail: 805-569-5288

Santa Monica:
Gerald Tarlow, PhD
Suite 600 2730 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 208-4077
Fax: (818) 222-1390
Email: Gtarlow@ucla.edu
Hoarding/ Home Visits/ERP/CBT

Santa Rosa:
Doris R. Sami, DSW, LCSW
132 Leland Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707) 544-0821 ext.2
Fax: (415) 479-7959

Heather Stone, PhD
1023 College Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Phone: (707).291.7386
Hoarding/ Home Visits/ERP/CBT

Tamara Hartl, PhD
18809 Cox Avenue
Suite 290
Saratoga, CA 95070  US
Phone: (408).603.9857
Email: tamhartl@msn.com
Hoarding/Home Visits/ERP/CBT

Sherman Oaks:
Charles D. Weinstein, PhD, ABPP-
BTI graduate
4849 Van Nuys Blvd – Suite 210
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
Phone: (818) 995-4840
Fax: (676) 441-6940
Email: cweinsteinphd@sbcglobal.net
Hoarding/Sliding Scale/Home Visits/ERP/CBT
Behavior Therapy Institute Graduate

Donald B. Dufford, PhD
5905 Soquel Drive – Suite 400
Soquel, CA 95073
Phone: (831) 479-1960
Fax: (408) 377-7833
Email: drdufford@sbcglobal.net
Hoarding /Sliding Scale/Exposure & Response Prevention/Cognitive Therapy

Dr. Lorrin M. Koran, MD –
OCD Research Unit Clinic
Dept of Psychiatry – Room 2363
Stanford Medical Center
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94305
Phone: (650) 723-5154
Behavior Therapy Institute Faculty

Thousand Oaks:
Teresa Rattray, PhD – BTI Graduate
325 E Hillcrest Drive # 115
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Phone: (805) 370-8700
Hoarding/Home Visits/ERP/CBT
Behavior Therapy Institute Graduate

Marie K. Lee, PhD
24445 Hawthorne Blvd – Suite 105
Torrance, CA 90505  US
Phone: (310).464.6363
Email: drlee@marieklee.com

Rodney Boone, PhD.
University of California at Los Angeles
310-375-4855 (Torrance, CA)
818-547-2623 (Glendale, CA)

Leslie D. Gustafson, MFT
14751 Plaza Drive – Unit F
Tustin, CA 92602
Phone: (714) 284-7445
Hoardeporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.


Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to people as they age and people with special needs.
  • National Association Senior Move Managers -Facilitates “the physical and emotional aspects of relocation for older adults, with a national referral network, for delivery of services with compassion and integrity.”
  • National Center on Elder Abuse

    Elder & hoarding related info & news stories

      • Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:

        City of Torrance Fire Prevention Team:
        310-618-2973.  Provides referrals to appropriate agencies that may help individuals deal with issues and problems related to hoarding.
        Hoarding Intervention Guide

        Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


        Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

        Online resource center-Hoarding Task Forces

        Buena Park
        Collaborative Efforts Produce the Best Results.

        Traditionally, hoarding was dealt with only through City Code Enforcement when property became a health or safety hazard.   However, Code Enforcement is limited in scope. In some cities, the city can only issue citations for violations on the on the outside of the property.  A better approach involves a coordinated plan involving reprentatives from Adult Protective Service, Animal Control, Senior Service Providers, Code Enforcement, the Fire Department, and Housing agencies.  This is best option for lasting solutions. Buena Park, CA’s Neighborhood Improvement Task Force is a particularly successful model of collaborative, community oriented approach to addressing the issue of hoarding and its effects on the hoarder and those affected by hoarding.

        Butte County:
        Multidisciplinary Team Hoarding Task Force Brochure

        Los Angeles Hoarding Task Force
        For more information contact, Diane Liberman at the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging (213) 252-4007.

        LA Animal Cruelty Task Force

        Marin County, California
        Hoarding and Cluttering Task Force, composed of many community agencies (housing, mental health, senior services, public health, sheriff and police departments, fire department, fair housing and legal aid, code enforcement, environmental services etc.) and individuals (consumers, therapists, landlords).
        Contact information:
        GailMosconi, LCSW
        Shelter Plus Care/Marin Housing Authority

        Related news story:
        Marin County Task Force on Hoarding
        “More to hoarding than just clutter”
        Oakland Tribune,  May 14, 2007
        by Paul Liberatore

        Orange County Task Force on Hoarding
        County of Orange Health Care Agency,
        Behavioral Health Services
        Older Adult Services
        Santa Ana, CA

        Related news story:
        Grabbing hoarding by the horns
        (Orange County, CA)
        October 25, 2006

        San Francisco-Hoarding Task Force
        San Francisco HTF Members
        A public seminar for family members of those who compulsively hoard will be held on Tuesday, March 18, from 6-8 pm, at the World Affair Council at 312 Sutter Street, San Francisco. The seminar will be lead by local hoarding expert Dr. Michael Tompkins of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy. Further information is available at www.mha-sf.org.

        San Mateo County:
        Crisis Intervention Hot line for troubled people  or families experiencing stress and seeking help in dealing with a crisis.
        Belmont thru Palo Alto 650 368-6655
        San Mateo thru Daly City 650-692-6655
        Coastside 650-726-6655




    • Professional Organizers:

      Los Angeles:
      Mary De Van, LCSW
      Mary works with people both individually and in small groups and offers consultations to family members of clutterers. She participates in the LA County Hoarding Task Force, helping to assist seniors with Hoarding problems and educate other professionals re: hoarding.
      (323) 227-6279

      Dorothy Breininger
      Los Angeles

      Senior document organizing. See her video featuring elderly hoarders (among other aging issues) and how to help them coming out soon: “Saving Our Parents.”

      Santa Barbara area:
      Professional Organizer:
      Heidi Schulz, CPO-CD
      Collaborative Therapy for Clutter Management

      The San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers
      (NAPO) 415-281-5681

      Additional/How to find a professional organizer:
      San Francisco Bay Area

      Excerpt from: Professional Organizers & Hoarding Clients

      • by Cristina Sorrentino Schmalisch, PhD, LICSW

      Professional organizers can provide important help for clients who are getting mental health treatment for hoarding. Very few mental health providers make home visits and even those who do can usually only provide limited visits (for example, once per month). Working with a professional organizer can give clients critical hands-on help with their hoarded items. Ideally, the professional organizer would contact the therapist and work with them to help the client’s hoarding symptoms.

      Some professional organizers have specialized training in working with hoarding or related problems, such as chronic disorganization (CD). This specialized Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD) provides information about CD and trains professionals to work effectively with this problem. However, CD is not the same as hoarding because a person may be chronically disorganized without having hoarding (for example, because of current depression or attention deficit disorder). In contrast, most people who hoard do have CD. The ICD provides contact information for professional organizers with different levels of expertise in working with CD (www.challengingdisorganization.org). The National Association of Professional Organizers provides contact information for the broader group of professional organizers and also provides training opportunities.


      The ICD offers a variety of resources to help both people who are challenged by chronic disorganization and the professionals who work with them:

      • The Code of Ethics provides guidelines for professionals and also helps potential clients know what to expect of an ethical organizer
      • The Useful Links section provides links to outside organizations that offer information and assistance to chronically disorganized people
      • The ICD Clutter-Hoarding Scale is a free assessment tool to help professional organizers and related professionals evaluate the health and safety aspect of clutter/hoarding situations
      • The FAQs section provides answers to questions the public might have about chronic disorganization and the ICD
      • The ICD is involved in collaborative research projects relating to chronic disorganization. The Research Projects section describes that work.
      • Additional reading from the ICD

      •Want to break into the organizing business & help hoarding clients?
      •The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers
      (BCPO®) (certifying body whose charter is to increase the professionalism of the organizing industry)



      Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:

      Southern California OCD and Hoarding Support Group:

      Family support group for any family members residing in and around southern California invites others to join us. We are parents,grandparents, spouses, significant others, brothers and sisters,who have an adult dealing with OCD and compulsive hoarding. We meet every 6-8 weeks in private homes chosen by our members for 2-3 hour meetings to share ideas, issues, problems, community information, therapist resources, positive results, success stories, etc. We help one another and on occasion have invited guest speakers who are experts in the field. If you are intersted in more information, future meeting dates, times and location, please contact Sydney Turk Porter at email address:
      turk.porter@ verizon.net or call 310 475 8077.



      Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:

      National-check for a local listing Clutterers Anonymous, ClutterLESS Recovery Groups

      Berkeley OCD Support Group

      Buena Park
      Support group for compulsive hoarders.
      (Call 714-562-3500 for information.)

      Butte County:
      Support Group:
      Celebrate Recovery Support Group (530) 533-1456

      Los Angeles:
      Support Group:
      OCD Center of Los Angeles conducts a weekly OCD support group and a weekly support group for family members.

      Self-Help and Recovery-
      (310) 305-8878
      Referrals to hoarding and other self help support groups. May be recorded messages.

      San Diego:
      The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego
      San Diego Support Group for Hoarders:
      Overcoming Hoarding Behavior Therapy Group
      -Learn CBT skills for reducing the “packrat” and hoarding patterns
      -Develop strategies to reduce clutter
      -Create a more organized, open, and pleasant home environment
      8 week program, 1/2; hour sessions, $40/session Call (858) 450-1101 for more information

      Hoarders Support Group (HSSD)
      email: spyyyyyke@igc.org
      For individuals with hoarding/1st & 3rd
      Tuesday of each month, 6:30-8:30 p.m./Free

      San Francisco:

      The Institute on Compulsive Hoarding and Cluttering (ICHC) is pleased to announce that a new treatment group is starting April 28th, from 6pm to 8pm, and will be held every Monday evening thereafter for 16 weeks.  This treatment group is unique because it is the first treatment group of its type that is available in the Bay Area, designed to specifically treat the behaviors associated with compulsive hoarding and cluttering.

      The Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF) and Family Service Agency of San Francisco are collaborating to provide this opportunity to those individuals who meet criteria for the group.  For an intake, please contact Judy Hirsch, PsyD, of the Family Service Agency of SF at (415) 474-7310 ext.483.

      This treatment group is sponsored in part by a grant from the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency, Department of Aging and Adult Services.
      For more information about this and other programs of ICHC, please visit MHA-SF’s website at www.mha-sf.org.

      San Francisco Hoarding Peer Support Group
      tel: 421-2926
      870 Market Street, Suite 928, M-F 9-5
      – Various self help support groups including a support group for people who compulsively hoard and clutter

      San Francisco Hoarding Support Groups: 2008 Dates/Times & Meeting Locations
      Click here for a flyer.

      San Francisco OCD – is a support group that also has an on-line discussion group.

      tel: 808-HELP, M-F 8-5:30
      – Information and referrals for mental health services
      – Information for self-help groups in Bay Area
      – English, Spanish, and Chinese operators

      San Miguel:
      Clutterers Anonymous
      7:30-9 p.m., Thursdays.
      Solutions for chronic hoarding, clutter, and disorganization.
      St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Room 3, 2491 San Miguel Dr., Walnut Creek. Free. Sharon,925-285-7165

      Santa Barbara:
      Clutter Group
      Many individuals struggle with feeling overwhelmed by the clutter of “stuff” that has accumulated in their living and work spaces due to time/organization issues, compulsive collecting/hoarding, etc. This group, facilitated by Dr.Rotz and his colleague Heidi Schulz, Certified Professional Organizer, helps individuals to gain a better understanding of why the clutter happens and how best to create lasting change. The group is ongoing and may be joined at any time. When: The first Thursday of every month, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
      Where: The Dyslexia Awareness and Resource Center, 928 Carpinteria St, Suite 201, in Santa Barbara (off of Milpas near Trader Joe’s, in the MidState Bank parking lot). Call 963-7339 for directions.

      Walnut Creek:
      ClutterLESS Recovery Meetings:
      ClutterLess Self Help Group — 7-8:30 p.m.
      Mondays, Pleasanton Presbyterian Church, Room 7, 4300 Mirador Drive, Walnut Creek.
      925-297-9246, 925-426-5311.



      Manual for Facilitating a Support Group
      from the IOCDF, if you’d like to start a group in your area!


      Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

      Hermosa Beach:
      Associated Counselors and Therapists

      Los Angeles:
      Karron Maidment
      Coordinator, UCLA OCD Partial Hospitalization Program
      Los Angeles, CA 310-794-7305, 310-794-7577
      Outpatient services: Call Access Center of Anxiety Disorders Clinic-UCLA
      Los Angeles, CA

      Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, Inc.
      Los Angeles, CA

      Redwood City:
      OCF of San Francisco Bay Area
      P.O. Box 3313
      Redwood City, CA 94064-3313
      (415) 337-4160
      Web site: www.ocd-bayarea.com
      Email: ocdsfbayarea@yahoo.com

      San Diego:
      UCSD Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program
      La Jolla, CA 92037
      Director: Sanjaya Saxena, M.D. (858) 642-3472
      For appointments, contact Mylene Eduvala:
      (858) 534-6200

      The Cognitive Therapy Institute of San Diego
      San Diego Support Group for Hoarders:
      Overcoming Hoarding Behavior Therapy Group
      -Learn CBT skills for reducing the “packrat” and hoarding patterns
      -Develop strategies to reduce clutter
      -Create a more organized, open, and pleasant home environment
      8 week program, 1/2 hour sessions, $40/session Call (858) 450-1101 for more information

      San Francisco:

      OCF of San Francisco Bay Area
      P.O. Box 3313
      Redwood City, CA 94064-3313
      (415) 337-4160
      Web site: www.ocd-bayarea.com
      Email: ocdsfbayarea@yahoo.com

      San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy
      Oakland, CA
      (510) 652-4455

      Stanford University Department of Psychiatry OCD Clinic
      To get a referral, call outpatient intake: (650) 498-9111
      Dr. Lorrin Koran is the director of this clinic, and has done extensive research and clinical work on OCD and hoarding.



      Additional Information/Resources:

      OCD Foundation Affiliate:

      P.O. Box 3313
      Redwood City, CA 94064-3313
      (415) 337-4160
      Web site: www.ocd-bayarea.com
      Email: ocdsfbayarea@yahoo.com

      • Brochure on compulsive hoarding. Click here to download a PDF of the brochure, or call 415-421-2926, ext. 300 to request a copy to be mailed to you.
      • Overwhelmed by Too Much Clutter”, a booklet on compulsive hoarding that people who hoarder can use to get an overview of information about compulsive hoarding including legal rights and a list local San Francisco agencies and services available for people who compulsively hoard.


    • Legal/Codes/HousingStatewide

      National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc
      1604 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716
      (520) 881-4005
      Find an Elder Law Attorney in your area, Free “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder Law Attorney.”

      Senior Legal Hotline
      (800) 222-1753
      Legal Information and help for elderly persons.

      State Bar of California Lawyer Referral Services
      1-866-442-2529 or 866-44-CA-LAW

      California Department of Consumer Affairs
      Information about tenants’ and landlords’ rights, including evictions and resolving problems.

      Los Angeles

      LA Housing Dept. Code Enforcement
      LA Dept. of Building & Safety
      LA Anonymous code violation report
      Bet Tzedek Legal Services (LA for Seniors)

      Code enforcement/Trash/Public Health /report code violation online.

      Orange County

      Kim Hubbard, Esq.
      Ms. Hubbard is a founding member of the Orange County Hoarding Task Force and Chair of the OAS (Older Adult Services)

      San Jose
      San Jose code enforcement


      Code violations

      San Francisco

      Legal Organizations to help prevent evictions:
      (San Francisco, but may be able to direct you to help in other resources in state)

      MHA-SF offers on-site or telephone fee-for-service consulting to other non-profits and local governments on how to set up hoarding programs and bring stakeholders together to reduce eviction and homelessness due to compulsive hoarding. For more information about MHA-SF consulting services call Belinda Lyons at 415-421-1882.

      Legal Rights of Hoarders and Clutterers-MHA-San Francisco

      Bar Association of San Francisco
      Lawyer Referral Service
      Access to low fee or free attorneys in eviction defense cases for 30 day or 3 day notices.
      If you receive a summons or complaint (5 day notice), go immediately to the Eviction Defense Collaborative*
      465 California St. #1100
      San Francisco

      Eviction Defense Collaborative
      Client must come in within 5 days, including weekends, upon receipt of paperwork of the
      summons and complaint. They assist in filing of appropriate papers.
      Walk-in hours daily.
      433 South Van Ness Ave.
      San Francisco

      San Francisco Tenants Union
      Information about tenants rights in San Francisco

      Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the SF Bay Area
      Provides access to attorneys for those who may have too much income to qualify for free services but cannot afford a private attorney.
      131 Stewart St, #400, San Francisco

      San Francisco Department of Human Services, Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance.
      Provides information about organizations that can help with evictions

      Independent Living Resource Center
      649 Mission St. l, 3rd Floor, San Francisco
      Provides support, referrals, advocacy, counseling, housing-for people with disabilities

      Legal Assistance to the Elderly, Inc.
      Provides legal assistance to San Francisco
      residents 60 and older.
      415- 431-8831
      433 South Van Ness
      San Francisco

      San Mateo

      Bay Area Legal Aid
      2287 S. El Camino Real
      San Mateo
      Offers free legal services for low-income clients, including help with evictions.

      Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
      521 East 5th Ave.
      San Mateo
      800-381-8898 or 650-558-0915
      legal advice and counsel on civil matters for low income individuals

      San Mateo County Bar Association

      333 Bradford St. Redwood City
      Lawyer referral service

      Legal assistance in San Mateo County

      San Mateo County Superior Court of California lists sources of help and information on being your own lawyer.

      San Mateo County Landlord Tenant Mediation Service:650-373-3490

      News Articles/Media:



      General hoarding related news articles in our archives/all areas, if you’d like to see how the reporting has changed (and readers comments) with all the recent awareness about Hoarding Disorder:

      From 2010
      Various dates-selected articles

      January, 2009
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