Hello, I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker working with individuals, families, and professionals affected by excessive clutter, hoarding behavior, and hoarding disorder. From May 2013 to June 2017, as the Clinical Specialist and Program Director of the North Shore Center for Hoarding and Cluttering, I have been facilitating support groups, individual and family counseling, crisis case management, case consultations, and community education throughout the United States for over six years. Additionally, I am a Graduate Level Field Instructor for Salem State University and Simmons College for Masters Level SW students, sit on several hoarding task forces, am on the Board of Directors of The Hoarding Project, and sit on the MA Statewide Steering Committee on Hoarding. Due to the complicated nature of assessing and planning to resolve cases, I developed the Uniform Inspection Checklist and Quick Reference as a standardized and objective tool for assessing, goal setting, and the monitoring and measuring of progress in hoarding cases. The UIC is currently being used nationwide to help resolve hoarding cases.
Whether you are an individual, a family member, or a professional affected by clutter, together we can work to find the best way to help you move forward. Issues with clutter, no matter to what degree, can be very overwhelming. There is a lot of misinformation, stigmas, isolation, embarrassment, and shame. If you are an individual struggling with issues of clutter, our work together will provide you with a safe and non-judgmental space to understand your behavior while learning skills and strategies to manage your clutter and maintain the progress that you are attaining. If you are a family member of someone affected by issues of clutter, our work together will help you understand what this behavior is and what it is not, learn strategies for approaching and helping your loved one and develop healthy coping skills and boundaries to better support your relationship with your loved one. If you are a professional that actively works with or comes across situations of excessive clutter, our work together will help you effectively assess, plan, monitor, and resolve cases through a client-centered, multi-disciplinary, harm reduction-based approach.
Due to licensing regulations, mental health counseling services are only available to residents of Massachusetts and pending licensing approval in Tennessee. Skills and strategy-based coaching along with family and professionals consultations, crisis case management and planning is currently available worldwide. Clinical Social Work supervision for licensing requirements is also available - check with your state's licensing board to ensure virtual supervision meets all licensing requirements.
I look forward to meeting you and working together!