How lucky am I to do this amazing work that I do with women. I say women because it seems that women are more likely to ask for help compared to men. However, because we are dealing with chronic disorganization or hoarding, sometimes people don’t really want help or see that there is a problem. So there are other factors that hopefully will motivate an individual to do the work to improve their home environment and their activities of daily living.
If the Fire Department or Property Management has become involved due to a complaint then often an individual has a certain timeline to get their place up to code which has to do with safety for that individual as well as others who live in the building or house. The safety code has guidelines such as three feet wide pathways, no more than three feet deep of belongings, all exits clear, stove clear and any other ignition or heat sources clear to name a few. This can be an overwhelming task for someone who has issues with hoarding and difficulties with discarding.
This is where I come in to help. If an individual is facing eviction they can be very appreciative that someone will help them. I help people deal with the emotional side of hoarding and of course I also can help with physically removing items as well. I help people to become more aware of their actions, their behaviours and their emotions. This work is based on a cognitive behavioral therapy model and has been shown that it is the most effective treatment.
I get to work with women who are getting better, achieving success and moving forward in their lives, women who share some of their most intimate and vulnerable issues and challenges with me. I am in the position of being able to offer help and support and seeing them smile at the end of our session knowing that maybe they feel that there is a ray of hope and that their situation can improve. I love helping people to make space for what is important to them in their life.