In May 2013 Hoarding Disorder was officially recognised in the DSM-V (the fifth edition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).   The NHS has published a page on Hoarding, click here for more details. 

Your GP is your first point of contact. Take a trusted friend with you to help explain the situation, you could even take photographs or ask for a home visit.

Alternatively, download Dr Mataix Cols' Clinicians Diagnostic Criteria for Hoarding Disorder and take this to your doctor.

Your doctor may also be able to refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist, and connect you with any support projects, enabling teams or charitable organisations for hoarders in your area.

Some people find that prescribed medication can help to reduce the need to acquire, as well as the anxiety felt when discarding possessions. Speak to your doctor or psychiatrist.

You may also qualify for “Direct Payments” through the NHS, to pay someone to assist you. More information here

St George's Hospital (SW London) can provide home based treatments for hoarders with OCD, and assessment of people without an OCD diagnosis. Click for more info or contact Dr Lynne Drummond or Tel: 02035136961

Prof. Paul Salkovskis' psychological clinic at the University of Bath is now able to accept NHS referrals. Click here for details 

To take part in the research on hoarding with the Institute of Psychiatry, visit or email

Hoarding Websites

Free Dowloads

The Clutter Image Ratings can be used to assess the condition of a hoarded home as well as the hoarder’s level of insight. Download now.

The London Fire Brigade have developed Fire Safety Tips for Hoarders Download here.  If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire or know someone who you think needs our help please arrange a home fire safety visit. To find out more please click here.

Therapists & Groups

Solihull Community Fire Station,
Streetsbrook Road,Solihull,B91 1QY
Every last Tuesday of the month 7-9pm
Contact Heather 07939 059470

Satwant Singh runs a monthly hoarder’s treatment group in East London, click here for details

Martina Papmeyer has set up the website and a hoarding support group in Edinburgh

Orbit have a hoarder's support group in Coventry. For details click here or read there blog here 

The Hoarding Peer Support Group Tower Hamlets, run by hoarders for hoarders, meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month. Address: London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St, E1 1ES (nearest Tube, whitechapel) From 6-9pm. Visit the website, call 01908 607667 or email for more details.

A peer support group "The Plymouth Squirrels" will take place every fourth Wednesday from 7-9pm Pilgrim Church Hall, St Levans Rd, Milehouse, Plymouth PL2 1HW (easy parking). Call Jeff on 07752 351234 for details.

A Hoarding support group for Hammersmith & Fulham residents meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11am to 1pm at 62 Blythe Road W14 OHP.  Contact or 0207 471 0580 or visit their website

Leatherhead Self-Help group takes place on every second Thursday of the month, run by the Mary Frances Trust and facilitated by Andy Honey (Carer & Hoarding Expert) and Sophie Holmes (Clinical Psychologist) Contact: 01372 375400 or

Support group in West Berkshire run by Hoarding Disorders UK for anyone suffering from Hoarding Disorder or living with someone who is suffering, once per month on a Thursday from 7-9pm. More details here

Clutterbugs group offer fun, chat and friendship, they meet at CentrePeace Community Centre, Palace Avenue, Paignton (behind the theatre) once a month on a Monday morning 9.30-11.00am. To find out when the next meeting in is contact Christine on 07794978095. 

Ask your GP for contact details of local Psychiatrists and Psychologists who specialise in hoarding.

You can get reduced priced therapies with no waiting lists by joining and they also have a helpline open Mon-Fri 09.30-17.30 Tel: 08444 775 774

Emotional Freedom Technique has been very effective for my mum and combines tapping on specific acupressure points with structured dialogue.   Find certified practitioners in the UK on or or try the self help videos below.

Kathryn Deyn, otherwise known as The Memory Whisperer is an EFT practitioner based in Lincolnshire, that has been working with my mum.  For a free consultation visit Read her article on Hoarding here. Kathryn features in the self help videos below..

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be helpful in changing your thought process with regard to hoarding. To find a therapist in your area go to or ask your Doctor.

Find information & details of counsellors or psychotherapists that deal with hoarding on

A Hypnotherapist may be able to help you communicate with your subconscious for lasting change. You can find one near you on If you would like to experience hypnosis download this free relaxation mp3 by Robin Hobson.

Some people with hoarding problems have found EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) very helpful in reprocessing experiences that may have triggered their hoarding. For more information and to find a therapist visit

Health kinesiology is a gentle energy technique that works on the mental, emotional, Spiritual and physical aspects of challenges that we face. For a full a list of practitioners go to Davies works as a Health Kinesiologist in west London Tel: 07890 192 531.  

Hoarding support group in Bracknell, Berkshire. Second Wednesday of each month, details here


  • Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things
    Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee.
  • Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save & How You Can Stop
    Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick & Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias.
  • Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
    David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost & Gail Steketee.
  • Dirty Secret – A Daughter comes clean about her Mother’s compulsive Hoarding
    Jessie Sholl.
  • Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Workbook (Treatments that work)
    Gail Steketee & Randy O. Frost.
  • Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring
    Michael A. Tompkins & Tamara L. Hartl.


  • My Mother's Garden Film
    By Cynthia Lester
  • Hoarders Season 1 DVDs
  • Hoarders Season 2 DVDs


Heather Matuozzo - Director of Clouds End CIC

Clouds End CIC is the first social enterprise in the UK to work with those with hoarding issues. She is a trainer, an activist for people who hoard and a facilitator of three support groups. Heather was actively involved in the development of Hoarding Awareness week with the CFOA Hoarding Working Group recently launched Hoarding Awareness Week website. Heather is Trustee Chair, HoardingUK. Training : Hoarding Awareness Training, Multi-Agency Working Training, Hoarding Practitioner Training. Also has an online Hoarding Awareness training course for individuals.

Jo Cooke - Director HoardingDisordersUK CIC

Jo is a trainer, a professional declutterer. Jo also runs 2 support groups in Newbury and Bracknell in West Berkshire. She is also the author of Understanding Hoarding Training: Hoarding Awareness Training, Hoarding Practitioner Training.

Cherry Rudge - Director of RainbowRed

Cherry is the daughter of a hoarder. She was actively involved in the development of Hoarding Awareness week with the CFOA Hoarding Working Group. Cherry actively campaigns to raise awareness around health and safety issues associated with clutter, disorganisation and hoarding behaviours, to increase support for people affected by them. Training: Professional Organising and Hoarding Practitioner training.

The following are a few that say they can work with hoarders, but I cannot personally vouch for them:

How to let go of your unwanted possessions

Stuff U Sell is a fantastic service which really helped my mum de-clutter. They will collect, sort and sell your items on eBay, donating to charity or disposing of anything that can't be economically sold. See or freephone 0800 046 1100.

Other Clearance companies who state they can work sensitively in hoarded environments include the below: offer sympathetic house clearance nationwide, and offer 10% discount to referrals from this site Tel: 0800 58 78 783 a house clearance company who specialise in hoarded houses and recycle or donate 90% of everything they clear. specialise in clearing hoarded homes and can also provide de-cluttering services.  Contact via their website or on 0800 567 7769 Experienced uniformed teams - operate a Nationwide House Clearance & DeCluttering Service (Fully Licensed, Insured, Accredited). Quote 'HELP' for a 10% discount provide a house clearance service with sensitive experienced staff and give 5% of every order to Hoarding Disorder Research.

Other options include local recycling or house clearance companies. Some house clearance companies may be willing to buy your stuff, and some local authorities may be able to collect large items for recycling or disposal.

Charity shops are usually very happy to take donations that they can sell on. Some may even be able to arrange collection.

Clothing or other items which are not suitable for re-sale could be donated to aid charities, or recycled at a recycling centre.

Car Boot or Jumble sales can be a good way of letting items go. is a really good way of matching the things you would like to part with, with people in your area who will use them, thus keeping them out of landfills. believes that "One man's trash is another Man's treasure", and offers you the opportunity to sell your unwanted and unused items.


Your borough may also have a local charity or enabling team which can provide practical help, some of these charities are NHS funded.

Professional Training

Webistes for professionals who work with hoarders: