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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:

Serving New England

Top Notch Quality Services, Inc.

Serving all of MA



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

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




Dr Laura Ferrer, PhD
22 Mill Street – Suite 405
Arlington, MA 02476
Phone: (781) 648-4972
Fax: (781) 648-3434

Dr. Robin E. Goldstein, PhD
Suite 302-180 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02474
Phone: (781) 648-3778

Peter O’Connor, PsyD
71 Trapelo Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Phone: (617).484.4150
Email: o’connordoc@aol.com

Denise Egan Stack, MA, LMHC
Belmont, MA (Mclean Hospital)
Phone: 617-855-2775, 617-855-2252

Lee Baer, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital WEH-111
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 726-4072

David H. Barlow, PhD
Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
Boston University
648 Beacon Street – 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: (617) 353-6338
Email: dhbarlow@bu.edu

Daniel A. Geller, MD
Director Pediatric OCD Program
Mass General Hospital
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 724-5600

Nancy Keuthen, PhD
Mass General Hospital
WANG 815
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 726-4074
Email: nkeuthen@partners.org

Gail Steketee, PhD,LICSW
BTI Faculty
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215 US
Phone: (617) 353-3750
Fax: (617) 353-5612
Email: Steketee@bu.edu

Scientific Advisory Board Member & Behavior Therapy Institute Faculty
Most recent book on hoarding: Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

M Lynn Buttolph, MD
Mass General Hospital OCD Clinic
185 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617).726.8964
Fax: (781) 891-5213
Email: buttolph@comcast.net

Brian D. Ott, PhD
41 Burning Bush Drive
Boxford, MA 01921
Phone: (978) 766-5716
Website: www.drbrianott.net

Daniel Beck, LICSW
1330 Beacon Street, Suite 250
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone 617-470-3900

Laurie Livingston, Ed.D
1131 Beacon Street, Suite C-1
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: 617-734-5779
Bruce A. Maloof, PhD, LICSW, BCD, LADC
83 Cambridge Street – Suite 2B
Burlington, MA 01803
Phone: (781) 221-3180 x3
Email: Bmaloof@verizon.net

Wayne E. Brunell, MD
872 Massachusetts Avenue Suite 1-4
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 234-4405

Jennifer Patton, PhD
127 Mt Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617).661.9231

Leslie G. Goldberg, RN, LICSW, DCSW
South Shore Center for Guidance & Counseling
1030 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021
Phone: (781).828.8666
Fax: (781).575.1795
Email: phsox@comcast.net

Michael Jenike, MD
MGH – East OCD Clinic
CNY 9 – Bldg. 149 – 9th Floor
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 726-6766
Fax: (617) 726-4078

Brian D. Ott, PhD
73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Phone: (978) 766-5716
Website: www.drbrianott.net
Adol/Adults/Home Visits/Sliding

Thomas P. Tokarz, PhD
Anxiety, Panic & Phobia Treatment Center, Ltd
290 Main Street
Cotuit, MA 02635
Phone: (508) 428-5772
Fax: (508) 420-4986

Ronald Longpre, PsyD
150 Merrimac Landing
Newburyport, MA 01950
Phone: (978) 462-8160
Fax: (978) 358-0037
Email: ronlongpre@verizon.net

Peter O’Connor, PsyD
10 Langley Road – Suite 200
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: (617).484.4150
Email: o’connordoc@aol.com

Randy Frost, PhD
Dept of Psychology
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: (413) 585-3911
Fax: (413) 585-3786
Email: Rfrost@science.smith.edu

Lilly Gaev, LCSW
Therapeutic Associates PC
9 Center Court
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413)584-6005 or (413) 567.5533

Michael A. Goldberg, PhD
49 Walpole Street # 1
Norwood, MA 02062
Phone: (781) 551-0999 ext 208
Fax: (617) 551-3396

Deb Osgood Hynes, PsyD
The Center for Behavioral Health
31 Schoosett (Route 139) Suite 205
Pembroke, MA 02359
Phone: (781) 829-0902
Email: Dr.Deb@adelphia.net

Kathleen MacNaughton, PhD
11 River Street 2nd Floor
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: (617).206.8028
Email: kathleenmacnaughton@hotmail.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 Chief: Victim’s Hoarding Hampered Rescue

Fire & safety hoarding related news stories


Hoarding Task Forces & Related Services:

Professional Organizers:


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:
We aren’t aware of any at this time in this area



Support Groups, In-person-Hoarders:

Western Mass.:


ServiceNet offers group treatment to assist individuals with issues around compulsive hoarding. We help group members examine their thinking about their possessions, alter their habits of acquisition, and gain skills at organizing and discarding, thus making living spaces safer and more functional, and daily life less stressful and
more enjoyable.

Members receive encouragement to stay motivated, as completion of tasks between sessions is necessary. This treatment program is based on a cognitive-behavioral approach developed by Dr. Randy Frost of Smith College
and Dr. Gail Steketee of Boston University. For more information, contact: Christine Mero 413-585-1332 or at cmero@servicenetinc.org.
Local Support Groups: weekly meetings, 413.733.0999 for information.



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:

Mclean OCD Institute
Belmont, MA
A Harvard Medical School Affiliate
(clinical collaboration between Massachusetts General and Mclean Hospital)
10 miles west of Boston

Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
Boston University
Boston, MA

Riverside Outpatient Center (617) 969-4925
64 Eldredge Street, Newton, MA 02458

University of Massachusetts Medical School
Erick Smith MD, MPH – (508) 334-7261 Worcester, MA

Psychological Services Center (413) 545-0041
Offers both group and individual treatment UMass, Amherst

Additional Information/Resources:

  • Massachusetts Hoarding Resource Directory The Massachusetts Hoarding Resources Directory, which lists individuals, organizations and groups to help you confront hoarding, is now available. Download the Directory today.

News Articles/Media:

April 2007
Buried Alive, The Boston Globe
Those who hoard bear the weight of their mess plus a mental disorder only now being understood. Treatment programs are just beginning.

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 pages, or the content of any external links.

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  • 4/5/2012
    Regional task force seeks to understand, help hoarders

    Program offers outreach, support


  •  Hoarding task force changes name, same focus

    In addition to developing a web site (www.hoardingcapecod.org),
    the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force has developed relationships with
    like-minded task forces around the state, worked with various media
    outlets to raise awareness in the community about hoarding, coordinated
    local agencies to implement joint service plans and helped many local


  • Women Changing Lives in Worcesterhttp://www.golocalworcester.com/lifestyle/women-changing-lives-in-worcester/”…Carla Kenney of Uxbridge has a huge heart for people suffering from
    behavioral disorders. The licensed mental health counselor specializes
    in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other
    spectrum disorders such as hoarding, body dysmorphic disorder,
    trichotillomania, skin picking, Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric
    Disorders associated with Strep (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-Onset
    Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).

    …Carla provides home based behavioral therapy to children, teens and
    adults. Sometimes individuals with these illnesses are unable to leave
    their homes to see a doctor or a therapist in an office setting. She
    uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure response prevention
    (ERP) to treat these often disabling illnesses…”