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ambivalence

By Michael A. Tompkins, PhD

Ambivalence—and a great deal of it—is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Even clients who seek treatment for this debilitating condition bring considerable ambivalence to the goals and tasks of the treatment. Before you can work with a client’s ambivalence, you must first know what it looks like. Here are typical signs of ambivalence you may encounter when working with people who hoard.

By Michael A. Tompkins, PhD 

Ambivalence—and a great deal of it—is a typical feature of hoarding disorder. Given the considerable ambivalence of most clients with this condition, clinicians want to take care to avoid inadvertently shutting down the client’s motivation to work on the problem. Here are typical ways clinicians shut down motivation when treating hoarding disorder.

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