Counsellor BA (Hons), Dip. Clinical Supervision and Consultancy, Prim. Cert CBT, National Advocacy Qualification, Independent Mental Health Advocate, Independent Capacity Advocate, MBACP.
After leaving her role running a national charity for who people who experience Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Megan Karnes, Director of HoardingUK, launched a one page website.
Having supported people who hoard, their family/friends and professionals in her nearly five years at that organisation, hoarding stood out as an area of Mental Health in which discriminatory practice was common.
Discriminatory because people who were dealing with hoarding tendencies were getting all the backlash and none of the support.
Integrating Megan Karnes’ thirteen years experience of supporting people who compulsively hoard, family, friends, neighbours and professionals, HoardingUK is an organisation committed to increasing choice and control for people who compulsively hoard while ensuring the professionals are empowered to provide appropriate and effective interventions.
Margaret Hooper Msc
Clinical Services Manager
Msc Counselling Psychology, Chartered Counselling Psychologist, BABCP accredited CBT Therapist. Margaret, psychologist, is a co-author of Overcoming Hoarding.
Margaret is a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Counselling Psychologist with a special interest in hoarding. She has co-faciliated the East Ham Hoarding Support Group since its inception in 2005.
Dr Gianetta Rands
Dr Rands worked in Camden and Islington NHS Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist and has honorary contracts with the University College London Department of Mental Health Sciences and the Whittington Hospital. She specializes is cognitive impairment due to dementias and delirium, mental capacity assessments and management, and the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses presenting in older people. Throughout her career she has had major roles in postgraduate training, as Membership examiner, and on several Committees of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Danielle started her career as a support worker working with street based sex workers and went on to manage a drop-in centre for vulnerable women. She then focused on advocacy, working initially with older adults before going on to work with unpaid carers and people effected by hoarding behaviour. She has a decade of experience working with adults with complex needs.
Access and Safety Improvement Programme (ASIP) Manager and Therapeutic Counsellor
Cliff has worked in recycling, clearing and cleaning jobs since 2004 and was a manager of a recycling charity for nine of those years. This work included clearing houses and flats for local councils, who had no understanding of hoarding and issues surrounding this subject or how to be empathic or compassionate with its residents. Due to this attitude Cliff returned to his love of listening, in 2014, by undertaking a course in therapeutic person centered counselling. Cliff has also lived experience gained from his developmental years when living with a mother who hoarded.
We are able to write letters, make calls and work to bring professionals and people who
deal with hoarding behaviours to find a way forward. Please get in touch by letter, phone or email.
137-149 Goswell Road
London EC1V 7ET
T: 020 3239 1600
Office hours: 10:00-17:00 Monday-Friday