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IV. Talking to Hoarders: Connection, Uplift and Developing Discrepancy

V. Have a Plan

VI. Navigating the Waters

VII. Following Up page





As I completed the first draft of an article about hoarding that would later be published in Counseling Today, I desired to have my daughter Margaret, whose editorial skills far outmatch mine, read over the article and give me her feedback. In the course of doing that she shared my project with a colleague in her advertising agency. This young, up and coming creative writer in the agency immediately asked permission to contact me and get a consult about a hoarding situation in his own family that was reaching its critical point. He was at his wits end, as were his siblings, dealing with a mother whose hoarding had gone on for decades. A year later, while attending a Rapid Resolution Therapy training (an innovative trauma therapy created by Dr. Jon Connelly), I was astonished that several other therapists, who were as engrossed as I in the learning, insisted on taking me aside during lunch and hearing what I had to say about treating hoarders. Several of them had either a current client or an affected friend or family member whose hoarding difficulties had touched their lives, and they were hungry for information on what worked with this often perplexing population.

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