The Outpatient Clinic of Sigmund Freud University has been providing the following treatment settings, for people who suffer from Hoarding Disorder, as well as support services for relatives and friends.

Self-help groups

Self-help groups are offered for both the afflicted and family/friends, separately. Both groups are held by assistant psychologists under supervision and take place at the same time from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, during the academic year. Participation in groups is free of charge and prior registration is not necessary.

The hoarders’ self-help group aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences, overcome social isolation and develop healthy coping strategies. It also helps individuals to understand whether they are suffering from Hoarding Disorder or not.

The self-group for relatives of people with Hoarding Disorder is not only for partners, children or parents of affected people, but also for neighbors, colleagues and friends. This group allows the exchange of the effects of hoarding behavior on one’s daily life and gives the opportunity to learn more about the disorder.

Group or individual therapy

Individuals can always register for individual or group therapy at the Outpatient Clinic of Sigmund Freud University.
If German is not the mother tongue, International Outpatient Clinic offers psychotherapy in various languages.

Intervention group

The clinical picture of pathological hoarding varies greatly among those affected and so treatment is also very individual. The offer for those affected has been expanded to include a so-called “intervention group”. The aim of this group is to improve personal skills in various areas under the guidance of psychologists. Topics that are dealt with include goal setting, resource orientation, dealing with emotions, communication and much more. A balanced mixture of theory and practice-oriented exercises such as worksheets, role-playing games or joint brainstorming is used. Everyone affected by pathological hoarding is welcome!

Prerequisite: preliminary talk (20 min.) – free of charge
Intervention group for those affected:

Every Monday: 13:00 – 14:30 (on site)
Every Tuesday 16:30 – 18:00 (on site)

Individual counseling for relatives

Individual counseling for relatives (psychoeducation): The aim is to impart knowledge on the topic of “pathological hoarding” (= psychoeducation)

On average, 3-5 sessions are required, but one-off consultations are also possible

Costs: According to a socially fair price model (social tariffs graduated according to income)

Contact: +43 (0)1 798 40 98/ 370


Individual counseling for relatives: The aim is to impart knowledge on the subject of “pathological hoarding” and to provide individual help for relatives and other people affected by symptoms of pathological collecting and hoarding. Possible topics that can be addressed include: Relationship management, dealing with conflicts, personal boundaries, etc.

Costs: According to a socially fair price model (social tariffs graduated according to income)

Prerequisite: Free of charge registration (approx. 45 minutes)

Contact: +43 (0)1 798 40 98/ 370


Head: Dr. Birgit U. Stetina
Coordinator: Univ. Ass. Christine Krouzecky, MSc.
Tel.: +43 (01) 798 40 98 / 370