Compulsive hoarding (Messie)

The Outpatient Clinic of Sigmund Freud University has been providing the following treatment settings, for people who suffer from Hoarding Disorder, as well as support services for relatives and friends.

Self-help groups

Self-help groups are offered for both the afflicted and family/friends, separately. Both groups are held by assistant psychologists under supervision and take place at the same time from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, during the academic year. Participation in groups is free of charge and prior registration is not necessary.

The hoarders’ self-help group aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences, overcome social isolation and develop healthy coping strategies. It also helps individuals to understand whether they are suffering from Hoarding Disorder or not.

The self-group for relatives of people with Hoarding Disorder is not only for partners, children or parents of affected people, but also for neighbors, colleagues and friends. This group allows the exchange of the effects of hoarding behavior on one’s daily life and gives the opportunity to learn more about the disorder.

Home visits

Students visit affected people in their homes to help them manage their Hoarding Disorder. The purpose of home visits is to help the affected to assess their living environment, create a plan to organize and reduce the amount of belongings they own. The aim is to find person’s own order and promote a more comfortable and relaxing living environment. Registration via e-mail is required.

Group or individual therapy

Individuals can always register for individual or group therapy at the Outpatient Clinic of Sigmund Freud University.
If German is not the mother tongue, International Outpatient Clinic offers psychotherapy in various languages.

Download:
Messies Informationsblatt in German (pdf)