An Introduction on Hoarding and Compassion Focused Therapy for Hoarding
About the talk:
Hoarding Disorder affects 2-5% of the adult population. We have lots of catching-up to do, even in the mental health field, to gain accurate understanding about what it is, isn’t, and most importantly, its psychological roots. This brief presentation will shed lights on these topics and introduce the Compassionate Mind Approach to addressing hoarding.
About Dr. Chia-Ying Chou:
Chia-Ying Chou, PhD is the founder and director of the San Francisco Center for Compassion Focused Therapies (SFCompassion)- a group psychotherapy practice and a training hub for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in California. Dr. Chou obtained her PhD from University College London with a research focus on trauma. With the understanding that most forms of difficulty letting go can be rooted in trauma, during her postdoctoral years in the University of California, San Francisco, she started to develop a group CFT protocol for hoarding, CFT-HD, which is trauma-informed. As a specialist in hoarding and trauma, Dr. Chou’s clinical and research interest focus on the connection between difficult life experiences and the blocks and fears of letting go and letting in. Her practice, SFCompassion, is one of the few private practices in the world that conducts practice-based research. Besides research and clinical work, Dr. Chou provides training, supervision, and consultation for clinicians on CFT and hoarding worldwide. Her and her team at SFCompassion found a program, Better Treatment for Hoarding, where clinicians, researchers, and advocates come together to bring forth compassion-based public education, support, and research about hoarding.
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