Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Compulsive Hoarding

Group treatment may be an especially useful strategy to help people with compulsive hoarding. A group therapy structure can not only decrease social isolation but also increase motivation; both are substantial obstacles for many individuals with compulsive hoarding. This research study examines the effectiveness of specialized group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for treating individuals with compulsive hoarding.

With this structure, group members meet for two hours each week over a period of 16 to 20 weeks. In addition, there are three 90-minute individual home sessions for each participant. Participants complete self-report assessments at the beginning, middle, and end of treatment. These assessments deal with their hoarding behavior and any related symptoms (for example, depression).

Group treatment may be especially useful because it increases access to trained clinicians for compulsive hoarding, it is highly cost effective for both individuals seeking therapy as well as clinics providing treatment, and it can help reduce the social isolation and stigma linked with compulsive hoarding.