The Hoarder in You - Robin Zasio book

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I've read a lot of books about organizing and hoarding disorder. I've attended a lot of classes. Dr. Robin Zasio's book, The Hoarder in You,  is the best introduction to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a counseling modality which can be effective for treating people with hoarding disorder, that I've found for laypeople. Dr. Zasio, a frequent clinician counseling the participants in A & E's TV show Hoarders, uses everyday language and everyday examples to illustrate difficult, even frightening concepts, and, equally important, provides a detailed framework for how CBT is potentially used in conjunction with other therapies, for example Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) protocols.


Dr. Zasio also convincingly places hoarding in an empathetic context of "Walk a mile in someone else's shoes." She gently illustrates the unsettling concept that everyone has acquisitive instincts, even the slight possibility of hoarding tendencies. Our environment, genetic makeup and a multitude of other factors create the difference between "organized" and "disorganized," "minimalist," "cluttered," "hoarded," "collector," and "compulsive." Thought-provoking.

Comments (2)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lauren - is it possible that one could be overwhelmed by books on the subject of hoarding?  Asking for a friend.  

Dec 23, 2021 07:15 AM
Lauren Williams, CPO, CVPO

Michael Jacobs Of course. The challenge is, from the perspective of my clients, some books might provide much more powerful insights/tools for their struggles than others. So I see it as my responsibility to offer as many options as possible. Same as with the general organizing books I've reviewed in past: Marie Kondo vs. Julie Morgenstern, it's a huge spectrum. Lauren

Dec 28, 2021 11:05 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Lauren.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Very Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2022 05:18 AM