Chia-Ying Chou, Ph. D.

Effects of Working In Hoarding Situations and Compassion Mind Training


Professional organizers provide essential support to clients experiencing hoarding and chronic disorganization, prompting the question: “How does this work impact organizers’ physical and emotional wellness?”

  1. The first part of this presentation seeks an answer by sharing the findings from our ICD-funded study investigating the challenges and needs among professional organizers working with people experiencing hoarding.
  2. The second part of this presentation will share an initial outline of the Compassion Mind Training (CMT) program tailored for professional organizers, which aims to support wellness by building resilience and self-efficacy.
  3. Lastly, the speakers will share and discuss with the audience ways to incorporate some of the tools from the CMT in their self-care, and ways to improve and implement this training to best suit the needs of professional organizers.

Chia-Ying Chou is a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist in private practice. She is a UCSF-trained specialist in Hoarding Disorder. She works with individuals experiencing hoarding challenges applying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Chou’s clinical work is closely informed by her active research involvement. Her scientific publications focus on the roles of self-relationship, emotion regulation, and trauma in Hoarding Disorder. Dr. Chou strives to investigate novel interventions for Hoarding Disorder. She has developed a Compassion-Focused Therapy treatment protocol for Hoarding Disorder and conducted studies to examine the effect of this treatment.


Rea Berg is a graduate student at the University of Denver, studying social work with a concentration in mental health and trauma. Rea hopes to pursue a PhD in Fall 2022. Rea also works at the San Francisco Center for Compassion-Focused Therapies, where Rea’s research aims to expand treatment options for hoarding and foster collaboration between peers and helping professionals. Participatory research and mixed-method are the approaches Rea utilizes at work.