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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:


Accident Cleaners Inc.
Ocala, Fl

Associated Services
All of Northern Florida


Spaulding Decon
Tampa Bay 813-298-7122
Orlando 407-405-4413


ACT Cleaning and Restoration
All of Southern Florida

Miami/West Palm Beach
1-866 XS-TRASH

•Want to break into the cleaning business of helping people who hoard and/or their families?
•Hoarder Home Specialist Course

Crisis cleaning/hoarding related


Karen Larkey, PsyD
283 Crones Roost Blvd – Suite 111
Altemonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone: (407) 265-1900
Email: Drlarkey@aol.com

Blanche Freund, PhD
Turnberry Plaza
2875 NE 191 Street – Suite 903A
Aventura, FL 33180
Phone: (305) 573-1733
Fax: (305.937.0625

Karen Comiter Beer, LCSW
2499 Glades Road – Suite 108
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 620-4844
Fax: (561) 361-0368
Email: LCSWmom3@aol.com

Bruce M. Hyman, PhD, LCSW
OCD Resource Center of Florida,
Boca Raton Office
398 Camino Gardens Blvd – Suite 207
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Phone: (954) 962-6662
Email: ocdhope@bellsouth.net

Jodi Jacobson, LCSW, MSW
7301-A W. Palmetto Park Road
Suite 106C
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: (561) 391-4669
Fax: (561) 391-1815

Dr. Louis T. LaPorta, Jr.
7200 W Camino Real – Suite 314
Boca Raton, FL 33433
Phone: (561) 901-1430

Priti M. Kothari, MD, PA
9325 Glades Road Suite 208
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Phone: (954)385.0353

Stacy Sanders Shaup, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
OCD Resource Center of Florida
1499 West Palmetto Park Road
Executive Suites
Boca Raton, FL 33486
Phone: (954) 962-6662 x4

Blanche Freund, PhD
1230 South Federal Highway – Suite 102
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Phone: (561) 523-0206
Fax: (561) 736-4025(fax)

Francine Sherwood, LCSW
Coral Springs, FL

Regine I. Diamond, JD, MSW, LCSW
2699 Sterling Road #A 105
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312
Phone: (954).964.3249
Email: regine@reginediamond.com

Gary R. Geffken, PhD
4324 NW 21st Street
Gainesville, FL 32605
Phone: (352) 392-3856
Email: Geffken@psych.med.ufl.edu

Wayne K. Goodman, MD
Dept of Psychiatry MBI L4-100
PO Box 100256
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352) 392-3681
Email: wkgood@psychiatry.ufl.edu

Eric Storch, PhD
University of Florida OCD Program
Dept of Psychiatry
Box 100234
Gainesville, FL 32610
Phone: (352).392.3613
Fax: (352).392.3614
Email: estorch@ufl.psychiatry.edu

Jean H. Gibson, PhD
1198 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Suite 3
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Phone: (850).934.4523

Karen Breakstone, MD
3475 Sheridan Street – Suite 308
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954) 893-9223
Email: kubmd@bellsouth.net

Bruce M. Hyman, PhD, LCSW
OCD Resource Center of Florida, Hollywood Office
(see also Boca Raton)
Sheridan Executive Center
3475 Sheridan Street #310
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954) 962-6662
Email: OCDHope@bellsouth.net

Stacy Sanders Shaup, PhD
Licensed Psychologist
OCD Resource Center of Florida
Suite 310
3475 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33021
Phone: (954).962.6662 x 4

Amaya Ramos, MD
8225 State Road 52
Hudson, FL 34667
Phone: (727) 861-1765

Cindy Richetti, Mental Health Counselor
100 Executive Way-Suite 200
(Ponte Vedra 32082)
Jacksonville, FL
Phone: (904).280.8006
Fax: (904).280.8009

Mary E. Morel, LCSW
10225 Ulmerton Rd,8-B
Largo, FL 33771
Phone: (727).586.0636
Fax: (727).585.6287

Roberta Shapiro PhD
4530 Prairie Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33140
Phone: (305).674.8158
Fax: (305).534.2304
Email: rshap33@earthlink.net

Amie E. Grills, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2568

R. Scott Benson, MD
Bldg 6-5190 Bayou Boulevard
Pensacola, FL 32503
Phone: (850)476.0977
Fax: (850).476.2558

James Lemli, PhD
3900 Clark Road – Suite D1
Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 924-8484
Fax: (941) 924-9980

Thomas Joiner, Ph.D.
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Brad Schmidt, Ph.D.
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Kristi F. Weiner, PhD, PA
Psychology Center of Tampa Bay, Inc.
13357 N. 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33617
Phone: (813) 914-9000
Email: kweinerphd@tampabay.rr.com

A. Carter Pottash, MD, D.F.A.P.A.
Post Office Box 511
West Palm Beach, FL
Phone: (561).837.2215

Priti M. Kothari, MD, PA
1730 Main Street
Suite 222
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: (954)385.0353

Regine I. Diamond, JD, MSW, LCSW
1730 Main Street # 212
Weston, FL 33326
Phone: (954).964.3249
Email: regine@reginediamond.com

Nancy Rizzo, PhD – BTI Graduate
1850 Lee Road
Suite 321
Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone: (407).822.4880
Email: nrizzopsyd@aol.com


Image source-My Mother’s Garden Documentary

  • National Center on Elder Abuse: State Directory of Helplines, Hotlines, and Elder Abuse Prevention Resources-State reporting numbers, government agencies, state laws, state-specific data and statistics, and other resources.
  • 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.”

Elder & hoarding related info & news stories

Fire Departments Specially Trained for Hoarded Structures/Related:
Currently we don’t know of any specialized training in this area. Here’s what they are doing in Arizona though-hooray AZ!

Maricopa County firefighters practice battling fires in hoarder homes.
Watch the video.

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories

Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

Please check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.

Lee County (FL) Hoarding Task Force
Florida , USA
County:Lee County
Primary Service Area(s):
Lee County

Broward County Hoarding Task Force
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida , USA
Primary Service Area(s):
Broward County, FL

Professional Organizers:

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)

Professional organizers

Support Groups, In-person-Family Members of Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area

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

Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

OCD Resource Center of South Florida
Hollywood, FL

Additional Information/Resources:

OCF of Jacksonville
Gay Nightingale, President
4495-304 Roosevelt Blvd. PMB # 205
Jacksonville, FL 33310
(904) 728-7834
Web site: www.ocfjax.org
Email: info@ocfjax.org

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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Disclaimer re: all services/businesses/providers
The services, businesses, treatment providers and all others (as well as external links) listed do not mean a recommendation or endorsement by Children of Hoarders Inc. These listings are for sharing general knowledge on what is available only. All businesses and services should be carefully researched by consumers before entering in to any contract or any schedule of services what-so-ever. Children of Hoarders Inc. has no affiliation with any of the businesses or services listed, nor does it receive any commissions for services contracted by our site visitors. Children of Hoarders Inc. is not responsible for the business practices, services or fees, of anyone listed in these forums, or the content of any external links.

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