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When Collecting BecomesToo Much—How Can You Tell It Is Hoarding?


This presentation will focus on the
growing phenomenon of compulsive
hoarding—the physical clutter and
the associated thoughts, feelings
and behaviors. This workshop will
familiarize participants with the
symptoms of compulsive hoarding
and how it differs from run-of-themill
clutter. By looking beyond the
external presentation, it is possible to
address the underlying issues related
to hoarding and create change in a
cluttered environment.
Elspeth Bell, Ph.D., received her
bachelor’s degree in psychology at
Vassar College. She received both a
master’s degree in psychology and
a doctorate in clinical psychology
from Fordham University, with an
emphasis on cognitive behavioral
therapy. As the director of her clinic’s
growing Hoarding Program, Dr.
Bell provides individual therapy for
hoarders, both office-based and in
vivo, as well as psycho-educational
and support groups. She participates
on Hoarding Task Forces in the D.C.
area and provides professional training
for numerous agencies. In addition,
Dr. Bell specializes in the treatment
of OCD and other anxiety disorders,
depression and familial relationship
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 11 a.m.
– 1 p.m., Main, Private Dining Rooms 1 & 2


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Sibley Hospital, Main Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Rooms 1&2
5255 Loughboro Road, NW
Washington, DC

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