Jennifer Sampson

Jenniferis a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Executive Director of The Hoarding Project. She is a Core Faculty member and Associate Chair of the Couples and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests involve the influence of family and life experiences on hoarding behavior, as well as developing effective and ethical approaches to mandatory hoarding cleanouts. She has published multiple articles in academic journals on hoarding and completed her dissertation work on understanding the influences of unresolved trauma and loss and family dynamics on hoarding behavior. She earned her Master’s degree from Seattle Pacific University, currently practices therapy in her group practice, Northwest Relationships, in Tacoma, Washington, and chairs the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force.

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Leslie Shapiro

Mental Health Therapist and Educational Consultant

LeslieLeslie Shapiro, MA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Washington state. In her clinical practice as a mental health therapist for The Hoarding Project and Northwest Relationships in Tacoma, Washington, Leslie works with people who suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Hoarding Disorder. Prior to completing her Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle, she worked as a residential organizer and coach. This experience whetted her appetite to better understand clients and acquire the skills necessary to become a therapist. Leslie currently serves as a staff consultant, educator, and mental health therapist for The Hoarding Project in Tacoma, and serves as a member of the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force in Western Washington.

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Denise Burningham

Mental Health Therapist and Program Development Staff

JenniferDenise Burningham, LMFTA, AT, obtained her masters in Art Therapy and Couple Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle. In her clinical practice with The Hoarding Project she provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to clients with Hoarding Disorder. Denise works with individuals and families and is continually inspired by client progress and the human ability to learn and change behaviors, thoughts, and emotions to create and maintain safe and healthy homes. As part of her work at The Hoarding Project Denise runs the King/Pierce County Washington Hoarding Task Force and assures proper provision of The Hoarding Project support groups. Denise interned with The Hoarding Project from April 2015-September 2016 and her previous work was as a domestic violence advocate, providing support to children, teens, and families.

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Lindsey Crow

Family Therapy Intern

LindseyHello! My name is Lindsey Crow and I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seattle Pacific University and obtained my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Central Washington University. I have experience working with foster children and providing them a safe and loving environment. I am interested in working with hoarding clients and their families because I believe that hoarding behaviors are often overlooked and I am passionate about helping those individuals work through the unresolved trauma or loss that may be causing the hoarding behaviors. I am grateful to be apart of this organization and excited to develop new experiences as an intern at The Hoarding Project.

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LaKercia Nichols

Family Therapy Intern

LaKerciaLaKercia is currently completing her clinical internship in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northcentral University. She is currently working toward completing her clinical hours. Her personal life has provided experiences that have driven her toward building clients’ skills in self-reliance, self-worth, and self-motivation. These skills also aid couples in feeling that they can depend on one another. She offers her clients a non-judgmental space to recognize their strengths, endless possibilities, and to garner their inner drive that she believes all humans possess but most do not tap into. She is passionate about working with individuals and couples of all ages. LaKercia also appreciates working with clients from a solution-focus approach, to aid clients in discovering resources they already possess, to look at the solution rather than getting stuck on the problem, to provide hope, and to achieve the desired life that the client envisions.

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