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Imaginal Exposure for Hoarding Disorder

The present study will test a potential new treatment strategy, imaginal exposure, for hoarding disorder. Although cognitive behavioral therapy often reduces hoarding, some people do not want to start, or cannot handle, that option. To help such individuals, the present study will provide imaginal exposure therapy to people with hoarding disorder, wherein they imagine discarding possessions as a way of becoming acclimated to the idea. We predict that imaginal exposure will improve hoarding symptoms as well as two psychological experiences linked to the condition: intolerance of uncertainty and emotional avoidance.

Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial.

Lead Sponsor:

Stanford University

Collaborator: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Stanford Investigator(s):


  • Behavioral: Imaginal Exposure Writing
  • Other: Neutral Writing




Inclusion Criteria:

   1. Age 18 and older

   2. Any gender and all ethno-racial categories

   3. Hoarding Disorder primary condition

   4. Willing and able to understand and complete consent and study procedures

   5. English speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

   1. Severe depression

   2. Clinically at risk of suicide with Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)
   Suicidal Ideation Subscale of 4 or higher (i.e. suicidal intent without specific plan)

   3. Currently receiving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Ages Eligible for Study

18 Years - N/A

Genders Eligible for Study


Not currently accepting new patients for this trial

Contact Information

Stanford University
School of Medicine
300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
Tatevik Avanesyan, MD