Podcast 138: Interview with Elaine Birchall

This is podcast 138 and, as promised, it’s my interview with Canadian social worker Elaine Birchall, who’s worked for 18 years helping hoarders. She has a book out called Conquer the Clutter. We talk about the three criteria of hoarding, the TV show Hoarders and the paths to becoming a hoarder.

I asked her about myths concerning hoarders and what some warning signs are that people should look for. The thing is, hoarding is more common than we think and it you don’t have to be a cat lady living in squalor to qualify. Finally, we talked about how friends and family can help hoarders.

You can find Elaine at www.hoarding.ca to learn more and to buy her book.