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  1. Resources about Severe Clutter and Compulsive Hoarding (Local to Sonoma County)
    (Organizations, Websites, Support Groups, Books, Professional Organizers)

Books I Recommend

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving and Hoarding by David Tolin, Randy Frost and Gail Skeketee. It speaks to both the person with the hoarding issues and has sidebars written to family members or loved ones who are trying to help or understand. Great primer for "do's and don'ts" when helping a person to clean their home.

Digging Out, Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding and Compulsive Acquiring, Tompkins & Hartl
This book is written to the loved one of a hoarder utilizing “harm reduction” techniques to “help your loved one live more comfortably and safely, salvage your damaged relationship, and restore your peace of mind.” Emphasizes a “team” approach with the hoarder, family, therapist and appropriate agencies. Planning worksheets.
The Hoarding Handbook: A Guide for Human Service Professionals. Christiana Bratiotis.
"This is a 'must read' for human service professionals working with clients who hoard. The authors provide the reader with a clear and concise understanding of hoarding and its impact on individuals, families, and communities, then walk the reader step-by-step through specific ways that various service professionals can help." David F. Tolin, PhD, ABPP, coauthor, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, Neziroglu, Bubrick and Yaryura-Tobias. Self-help strategies for those with hoarding issues. Step-by-step approach with exercises in each chapter an individual can use to clear clutter and change thoughts and habits (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).