Clutter and hoarding – Too much stuff can be stressful, embarrassing and overwhelming. I help with the ‘head’ stuff (the psychological difficulties with attachment and anxiety) and the practical – reducing the acquiring, organising, sorting and discarding! Clean ups don’t work, the stuff isn’t the issue. It’s the over-attachment that creates too much acquiring, and also difficulties sorting and discarding. Professor Randy Frost (the hoarding guru and author) says “Clearing things out isn’t going to solve that. The clutter will come back unless something is done to change the person’s behaviour”.
Agoraphobia and OCD– We assist people to carefully and progressively address their fears in a supportive manner. Both illness are anxiety based and we use an hierarchy of exposures to facilitate recovery.
I’m support people to make the changes they want to (hence the NDIS category in “individual counselling”). I’m based in Melbourne but can do phone and Skype support across Australia.
I recently spoke on 3AW with the charismatic Dr Sally Cockburn about hoarding, clutter and how many wardrobes of clothes is too many! Listen to show 110120, 11th January from 7:58 secs onwards.
Late last year, I spoke to Emma Nobel, an ABC journalist who wrote this piece about hoarding, genetics and why there is no quick fix “Hoarding symptoms can start as early as childhood, and often run in the family, researchers say”
As an NDIS provider for many years, I’ve learnt a bit about how it all works. There are 3 types of support, core, capacity building and capital. My support is under “Capacity Building”, improved daily living skills, individual counselling. My NDIS number is 4050006301.
I’m Tania Reid and whilst working in the community and mental health sector, I became involved in the Department of Health Hoarding and Squalor Discussion Paper 2012 and the Hoarding and squalor – a practical resource for service providers 2013. I then started For the Crowded House in late 2012. I provide specialist support to people living in cluttered or hoarded homes.
In 2014, I self-published “An Ordinary House”, the first children’s picture in English that explores the experience of children living in hoarded homes. I’ve been interviewed on Radio National, Life Matters (8:30sec into the podcast). Konrad Marshall from The Age wrote
“This book is her passion though” in this article.
The book was lauched at the 2014 National Hoarding and Squalor conference.
In 2016 with artist Sandra Fiona Long, we presented at the last National Hoarding and Squalor conference “Birdcage Thursday” which explores the tensions between a mother who hoards, her daughter who has tried everything and the worker who understands – here’s a 3 minute clip.
The clutter or hoarding is usually created by some or all of these;
- feeling overwhelmed
- perfectionsim or
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p. 042 777 0510
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