Acceptance and commitment therapy for hoarding disorder : A proposed treatment protocol for individuals

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Eppingstall, Jan, Xenos, Sophia and Yap, Keong. (2020). Acceptance and commitment therapy for hoarding disorder : A proposed treatment protocol for individuals. Australian Psychologist. 55(3), pp. 183-195. https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12438
AuthorsEppingstall, Jan, Xenos, Sophia and Yap, Keong
Abstract

Objective
This article offers a practical guide for an acceptance‐based hoarding disorder (HD) treatment protocol for clinicians, which is an augmentation of the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for HD originally developed by Steketee and Frost.

Method
Although efficacy research is yet to be conducted on this new protocol, this proposed acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) protocol for hoarding individuals is presented as a framework for current researchers and clinicians to pioneer evidence‐based efficacy studies.

Results
Ongoing improvements in clutter levels have been one of the concerns with CBT for HD. Although limited information is available on treatment follow‐up, what has been found is that the reduction in clutter is likely to stall post‐treatment and no further discarding occurs without further intervention.

Conclusion
Thus the urgent need for the inclusion or augmentation of ACT into existing treatment protocols is warranted.

Keywordsacceptance and commitment therapy; hoarding disorder; psychological inflexibility; treatment
Year2020
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Journal citation55 (3), pp. 183-195
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN0005-0067
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/ap.12438
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85075807607
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Page range183-195
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Accepted11 Oct 2019
Deposited25 Aug 2021
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