With over 8 years of experience specialising in clutter and hoarding, I offer 3 types of expertise;
- Individual counselling for clients
Using my counselling skills with practical assistance to support clients to understand and address their clutter or hoarding issues. With years of mental health experience, my focus is on the client/participants, the items are just a symptom.
“Tangible and sensitive help. No judgement. Help that equips me to get on with living life. 100% recommend”
I work with people who have an NDIS plan or who having funding from DHHS, community agencies or are self-funded.
2.Training in how to best support clients
Using my experience working with clients, public housing, child protection, local councils, mental health providers and NDIS, I tailor each training session to the role and skills of workers. Training packages range from 2 – 5 hours and all staff receive a free 30 minute post training phone consultation to discuss putting the learning into practice. Here’s an example – Less is more training flyer
From a “Less is more” in June 2018 training for Wintringham staff, Gayle Reeve, Regional Community, Housing and Support Manager wrote
“Tania from For a Crowded House presented 1 day training session to 25 staff working in Regional Victoria. The group had various roles but all found the training material/content, presentation of the training relevant to each of their roles and able to take away new learning and many reported to have been challenged by the training and how they approach working with people experiencing hoarding. The training gave some workers a hunger for more training – taking back what they learnt and applying some of the strategies, has given them a renewed ‘can do’ approach. We would highly recommend Tania’s training sessions to anyone wanting to better understand issues around hoarding and develop their skills in working directly with people experiencing hoarding issues. Thanks Tania”.
I provide confidential Secondary consultations for workers feeling stuck or overwhelming or just not sure what to do next. These can be face-to-face, or conference call or Skype. Or it may be a meeting with you and your client from which I write an assessment and recommendation report for NDIS.
Need some information? Here’s a great list of hoarding resources.
- In 2013, the Victorian Department of Health released A Practical Resource for Service Providers – Hoarding and Squalor
- Neuropsychological characteristics of people living in squalor
- Clutter image rating scale – this set of 9 images will help assess the amount of items in homes.
The MFB (Metropolitian Fire Brigade) have developed an information kit, hoarding notification form and discontinuation form. Currently, these forms are for use by community organisations who have identified a significant risk in a home, no personal details of the residents are required. Melbourne only. For more information about these, email firstname.lastname@example.org