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Upcoming Event:
The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation of Western PA is holding a seminar “Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder” featuring Randy O. Frost, PhD on May 18, 2012 in Monroeville, PA (just outside Pittsburgh). There will be a continuing education portion from 10-4 and a special session for hoarders, family and friends to question Dr Frost and the rest of the faculty.”


Animal Hoarding:

Elders Hoarding Animals Need Help
PA Elder, Estate & Fiduciary Law Blog

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:

D.A.S.H. Bio-Recovery, LLC
Pittsburgh, PA
(724) 926-8724

Sensitive Matters
Covering Eastern PA

SI Restoration
Covering all of PA



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

•Hoarder Home Specialist Course




Christine Molnar, PhD
Center for Mindful Exposure Therapy of Anxiety & Psychological Wellness
1800 Horace Ave
Ground Floor
Abington, PA 19001
Phone: (717).602.6202

Brownback, Mason & Associates
1702 W. Walnut Street
Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: (610) 434-1540

Jonathan B. Grayson, Ph.D.
Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
Bala Cynwyd, PA
(610) 667-6490

Amy Bollenbacher Young, Professional Counselor
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610).667.6490

Linda B. Welsh Ed.D. AATC
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19103
Phone: (610).667.6490

Peter G. Aubuchon, PhD
One Bala Avenue – Suite 230
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6055

Brigette A. Erwin, PhD
Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6490

Lori J. Kasmen, PsyD
Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6490

Shelley Milestone, PhD
30 Sanringham Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19064
Phone: (610) 664-6993

David A. Raush, Ph.D
Anxiety & Agoraphobia Treatment Center
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004
Phone: (610) 667-6490
Fax: (610) 667-1744

Jodi S. Rosenfeld, PsyD AATC
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19460
Phone: (610).667.6490
(American Sign Language)

Ian Osborne, MD
Clearfield County Counseling Center
Clearfield, PA
Phone: (814).765.5337

Ian Osborn, MD
Clearfield County Counseling Services
Clearfield, PA
Phone: 814.765.5337

Steven Adelman, PhD
8302 Old York Road – Suite 2
Elkins Park, PA 19027 (Also an office in Philadelphia)
Phone: (215) 884-4557

Cheryl Ann Baldwin, LCSW
4509 West Ridge Road
Erie, PA 16506
Phone: (814) 833-4778
Fax: (814).833.8243

Kimberly J. Morrow, LCSW – BTI graduate
1373 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505
Phone: (814).480.8908
Fax: (814) 838-9097

Virginia T. Sherr, MD
47 Crescent Drive
Holland, PA 18966
Phone: (215) 322-6567
Fax: (215) 322-9663

Ray, PhD
1818 Minno Drive
Johnstown, PA 15905
Phone: (814).255.7111
Fax: (814).255.7130

Richard J. Fonte, MD
20 Erford Road – Suite 101
Le Moyne, PA 17043 US
Phone: (717) 761-8332
Fax: (717)761.8340

Shelley Milestone, PhD
255 S. 17th Street #1907
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (610).664.6993

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Martin E. Franklin, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Mark Jones, MSW
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Pittsburgh, PA

Johanna H. Gorman, MD
45 Ridge Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
Phone: (610) 933-7749
Fax: (610) 935-4947

Ms. Dalila Akkal
Department of Psychiatry
Kaufmann Building – Room 1101
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 647-5735
Fax: (412) 246-6644
Child OCD Researcher/Coordinates Research Studies

Lawrence M. Glanz, PhD
155 N Craig Street – Suite 170
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 687-8700

Robin Richardson, LCSW
144 N Dithridge St
Suite 110
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412)683.1926

Gail Detweiler-Shostak, RN, MSN,APRN
Dithridge Towers
Suite 110
144 No Dithridge Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-683-1926

Robert Hudak, MD
3811 O’Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412).586.9571

Arthur Merrell, LPC, MSeD,D.Min.
Positive Pathways
Gove Business Center Suite 212
226 Paul Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15211-2332
Phone: (412).894.8222
Fax: (412).223.2422

Lisel Virkler, LCSW
Suite 205
4 Allegheny Center
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (412).337.4798

Sally A. Allen, MS.Ed
Rosemont Counseling Assoc.
1062 Lancaster Avenue – Suite 9
Rosemont, PA 19010
Phone: (610) 525-1510
Fax: (610) 525-2586

Judith Kolman, PhD
Rosemont Counseling Associates
1062 Lancaster Avenue # 9
Rosemont, PA 19010
Phone: (610) 525-1510

Ian Osborne, MD
Penn State Student Counseling
State College, PA
Phone: (814).863.0395

Ian Osborn, MD
Student Health Services
Penn State University
State College, PA
Phone: 814.863.0395

Gina Micarelli, LSW – BTI Graduate
Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services, Inc.
100 New Salem Road – Suite 116
Uniontown, PA 15401
Phone: (724) 437-0729

Marilyn Barkan-Wood, M.Ed, LPC
BTI Graduate
990 Congress Street
Whitehall, PA 18052
Phone: (610) 821-8929

Dan Egli, PhD – BTI Faculty
454 Pine Street – Suite 6 Eggs
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 326-6111




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:

We aren’t aware of any Hoarding Task Forces in this area at this time, but please check the two sites* above who may have more current listings than we do at the present time.



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:
There are none known of yet, but there have been many requests to get one going, even just to casually meet-up. (in different areas of PA)

Feel free to post in the comment section below,  if you’d like to get one organized in your area of PA to hopefully make a connection with others in your area. (don’t forget to check back for replies, or subscribe to receive any comments in your inbox.)


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



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:

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



Additional Information/Resources:

OC Foundation of Philadelphia
Ms. Theresa Cohen, President
Ms. Jene Beardsley, Co-President
c/o AATC
112 Bala Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19001
(610) 660-0549
(610) 660-8266 (Fax)
Web site: www.philaocdgoal.org
Email: tzclilyanna@yahoo.com

OC Foundation of Western PA
Ms. Deborah Iannuzzi, President
Mrs. Elaine F. Davis, Ph.D.,
Vice President
1045 Merion Drive West
Mifflin, PA 15122
(412) 466-4688
Web site: www.ocfwpa.org
Email: ocdirections@verizon.net


News Articles/Media:

February 12, 2012
By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Death in trash-filled home shows difficulty of aiding solitary seniors


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
October, 2008
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