LeslieFor the past ten years, I worked as a residential organizer and coach. Through my work, I experienced many different types of encounters with people. In my work as an organizer, I had emotionally connected work. Being an organizer was an intimate job, similar to therapy. In order to do my job, I had to get to know the client very well, very quickly. We organized their personal items, some of which were very private. Most clients had an explanation for wanting to keep almost every object they possessed and sometimes there was even a story behind the object. Many times traumatic events were associated with the objects; such as a divorce, an unhappy childhood or even a death. I worked with many people that suffered from depression, anxiety, and people who hoard. This experience whetted my appetite to better understand my clients, and acquire the skills necessary to become a therapist.

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AlisonHello! My name is Alison and in addition to being an intern with The Hoarding Project, I am a Marriage and Family Therapy student as St. Mary’s University. My experience with The Hoarding Project started volunteering during safety day activities; I was so inspired that I decided to be of further help as an intern. As a member of The Hoarding Project’s team, I will be working directly with clients and helping with outreach and other tasks. My previous experience is in working in elementary education and I am excited to earn new experiences working with people and families with hoarding difficulties.

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JenniferMy name is Denise Burningham. I am currently obtaining my masters in Art Therapy and Couple Family Therapy at Antioch University Seattle. I have been interning with The Hoarding Project since April 2015. I provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to clients with Hoarding Disorder. I work with individuals and families and am inspired by client progress and the human ability to learn and change behaviors, thoughts, and emotions to create and maintain and safe and healthy home.

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AnneHello, my name is Anne. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in couples and family therapy at Antioch University Seattle. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in education at University of Washington, Tacoma. I am honored to be the newest intern at The Hoarding Project in Tacoma and excited to be working with the people in my community. Please, join us at our monthly support group.

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EllieHello! My name is Ellie and I am a intern at The Hoarding Project. I am pursuing my Master’s at Saint Mary’s University in Marriage and Family therapy. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in psychology and the University of Minnesota Duluth. I have experience working with families that have children with diagnoses, and providing them with therapy services. As a team member at The Hoarding Project I will be working directly with clients and running support groups here in the Metro area. I am excited to be on The Hoarding Project team and am ready to learn from this amazing organization.

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