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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:


Advanced Bio-Treatment
Frederick, MD
(800) 860-4268

SI Restoration
Serving Maryland and the District of Columbia
800- 356-0484


Covers all of Virginia and Maryland
(866) 258-8837
(301) 309-1481

Crisis cleaning/hoarding related

•Want to break into the cleaning business of helping people who hoard?
•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




Gerald Nestadt, MD
John Hopkins Hospital
Meyer 4-181,500 N Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 US
Phone: (410) 955-4838

Jean F. Ratner, LCSW
8209 Hamilton Sp. Court
Bethesda, MD 20817 US
Phone: (301) 469-8542
Fax: (301) 469-8691

Richard Wolff, PhD
Wildwood Medical Center
10401 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814 US
Phone: (301).530.4550
Fax: (301).530.2277

Deborah Cole, PsyD
8640 Guilford Road – Suite 235
Kings Contrivance Village Center
Columbia, MD 21046 US
Phone: (410) 381-7551 or (301) 596-5916

John R. May, PhD
10774 Hickory Ridge Road
Columbia, MD 21044 US
Phone: (410) 992-7288 or (410) 997-2880

David A. Dia, LCSW-C
Blue Ridge Behavioral Health Serv.
170 Thomas Johnson Dr – Suite 200
Frederick, MD 21702 US
Phone: (301) 695-8390 x 217
Fax: (301) 694-7906

Louis E. Kopolow, MD, DFAPA
Assoc Psychotherapy Centers
8915 Shady Grove Ct.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 US
Phone: (301) 963-0060
Fax: (301) 258-7482

Cynthia M. Lincoln, LCSW-C, LLC
100 Barbon Street , 2nd Floor, Bayview
Havre de Grace, MD 21078 US
Phone: (443) 466-6830 or (410).939.6336

Jean F. Ratner, LCSW
10400 Connecticut Avenue # 201
Kensington, MD 20895 US
Phone: (301) 469-8542
Fax: (301) 469-8691

Carol E. Watkins, MD
16829 York Road Box 544
Monkton, MD 21111 US
Phone: (410).329.2028

Joyce L. Robbins, ICSW
Kenneth X. Robbins, MD
11305 Rouen Drive
Potomac, MD 20854 US
Phone: (301) 983-8368
Fax: (301) 299-2986

Lynne S. Gots, PhD
2301 Research Blvd – Suite 210
Rockville, MD 20850 US
Phone: (301) 217-9687

Meyer D. Glantz, PhD
6131 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20852 US
Phone: (301) 881-0516

Sharon C. Cooper, PhD
6201 Executive Blvd
Rockville, MD 20852 US
Phone: (301).299.3656

Theresa P. Shank, PhD
Psychological Resource Associates
479 Jumpers Hole Road – Suite 106
Severna Park, MD 21146 US
Phone: (410) 647-8840
Fax: (410) 647-1405

Ruth M.T. Stemberger, Ph.D.
692 Ritchie Hwy, #204
Severna Park, MD 21146 US
Phone: (410).315.9797
Fax: (410).315.8015

Elspeth Bell, Ph.D.
Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D.
Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Silver Spring, MD

Bruce Hershfield, MD
1415 Cold Bottom Road
Sparks, MD 21152 US
Phone: (410) 771-4575
Fax: (208) 694-4107

Dr. Sally Winston, PsyD – Co Director
Anxiety Disorder & Stress Institute
6525 N. Charles Street
Towson, MD 21204 US
Phone: (410) 938-8454 or (410) 938-8449
Fax: (410).825.7105



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:

Montgomery County Task Force on Hoarding Behavior

Gaithersburg Hoarding Task Force

For more information on the Task Force and hoarding related questions in Gaithersburg, call the City of Gaithersburg Community Services Division at 301-258-6395 x2, or contact Emily Rainone in the Neighborhood Services Division at 301-258-6340.



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

•Professional organizers

•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:


JSSA! Family Member Monthly Hoarding Support Group
Co-sponsored by the Gaithersburg Task Force on Hoarding. Support for families and significant others. Meet in a friendly, confidential environment facilitated by a JSSA clinical social worker with experience in the area of hoarding and with family caregivers.
When: Monthly, 4th Tuesday; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville
Facilitator: Beth Shapiro, LCSW-C, JSSA
Cost: $15/per session
Registration: Advance registration required. For questions and to register, please call Beth Shapiro at 301-816-2665.
Family Member Monthly Hoarding Support Group Flyer (pdf file)

JSSA! Family Member Hoarding Education Series
Co-sponsored by the Gaithersburg Task Force on Hoarding. This four session educational series is an opportunity for family members and significant others of adults with hoarding behaviors to learn, share and re-energize with others in similar situations. Sessions feature guest speakers and facilitated discussion.
When: Thursday, September 13, September 27, October 11  and October 25; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Beth Shapiro, LCSW-C, JSSA
Where: 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville
Cost: $60/series of four sessions. Mail check (made payable to JSSA and identify “Hoarding Seminar Series”) to: JSSA Family Member Hoarding Seminar Series, 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Please include your mailing address and contact information on check.
Registration: Advance registration required. For questions and to register, please call Beth Shapiro at 301-816-2665. Space limited to 12.
Family Member Hoarding Education Series Flyer (pdf file)

Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:

Deborah Cole, Psy.D. :: Psychologist :: Columbia, Maryland
Kings Contrivance Village Center
8640 Guilford Road
Columbia, Maryland 21046


Therapy Group for Hoarding/Cluttering

Before & after photos
Homework assignments
Compulsive buying targeted
Awareness of impact on quality of life
Enhanced motivation & support
Referrals to organizers if needed

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

Treatment Centers/Clinics for Hoarders:

Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington
Dr. Elspeth Bell
Charles S. Mansueto, Ph.D.
Silver Spring, MD

The Anxiety & Stress Disorders Institute of Maryland, LLC

Towson, MD

Additional Information/Resources:

Hoarding Study in Washington D.C.
Are you unable to use living space for what it is intended, and experience impairment in family relations and social life? The George Washington University School of Education is conducting a study on the nature of compulsive hoarding and understanding how people deal with stressful situations. The study is open to adults aged 18 and over. Participants must live within a 45 minute radius of Northern Virginia.

Participation includes:

answer a few screening questions
one time meeting of 45 minutes to an hour to complete surveys
receive a lottery ticket for participation

For more information, please email Irene Miranda at imiranda@gwmail.gwu.edu or call (571) 276-3859.

News Articles/Media:

2/27/12:  Local Woman Shares With WJZ Her Past As A Hoarder
2/6/12:  Hoarding in the D.C. area causes physical danger, public health issues (with video)

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:

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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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