The following organizations provide either an on-line search engine or a listing sent by mail that provides information on cognitive-behavioral therapists situated in your area. You can then contact these individuals to determine if they have availability and that the provider is a suitable match for your treatment needs.

The Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
The ABCT ( is a professional, interdisciplinary organization that is concerned with the application of behavioral and cognitive sciences to understanding human behavior, developing interventions to enhance the human condition, and promoting the appropriate utilization of these interventions. Find a therapist here

The Academy of Cognitive Therapy
The Academy ( is a non-profit organization, founded in 1999 by a group of leading clinicians, educators, and researchers in the field of cognitive therapy. As part of its mission, the Academy supports continuing education and research in cognitive therapy, provides a valuable resource in cognitive therapy for professionals and the public at large, and actively works towards the identification and certification of clinicians skilled in cognitive therapy. Find a therapist click here

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
The ADAA ( is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them. Find a therapist here

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Information about ADHD, suggested resources, and a directory of professionals who assess and treat ADHD (CBT indicated as treatment modality for some of the professionals in the directory).

International OCD Foundation (IOCDF)
The O. C. Foundation ( has more than 10,000 members, and is an international not-for-profit organization composed of people with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders, their families, friends, professionals and other concerned individuals. Founded by a group of individuals with OCD in 1986, the mission of the OCF is to educate the public and professional communities about OCD and related disorders; to provide assistance to individuals with OCD and related disorders, their family and friends; and to support research into the causes and effective treatments of OCD and related disorders. Find a therapist here

National Tourette Syndrome Association
Information about the disorder and resources for children, adolescents and adults with Tourette’s Syndrome.

The Trichotillomania Learning Center
The TLC ( is a national non-profit organization established to provide information, support, and referral sources regarding the experience and treatment of trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling). TLC’s educational resources are available to people with TTM, their family members and friends, therapeutic professionals, educators, and anyone with an interest in the subject. TLC’s mission is to raise public awareness, to maintain a support network and treatment referral base, and to raise funds for research to find a cure for trichotillomania. Find a therapist here


Unfortunately, the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy does not offer low-fee, sliding scale, or direct payment from insurance companies for treatment. Listed below are a few Bay Area clinics that either accept insurance payment for treatment (indicated with an *) or offer low-fee and sliding scale cognitive behavioral therapy. Several of the clinics offer treatment that is provided by graduate students or medical residents who are supervised by licensed clinicians. These clinics may provide a variety of treatments; be sure to specify if you are seeking CBT or other evidence-based treatments.

East Bay:

The Golden Bear Sleep and Mood Research Clinic at UC Berkeley: 510-643-3797

UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic: 510-642-2055

Wright Institute, Parker Street Clinic: 510-548-9716

Schuman-Liles Clinic (*): 510-569-9334

San Francisco:

California Pacific Medical Center Department of Psychiatry: 415-600-3247

UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (*): 415-476-7500

San Francisco State University Psychology Clinic: 415-338-2856

South Bay/Peninsula:

Pacific Graduate School of Psychology The Kurt & Barbara Gronowski Psychology Clinic: 650-961-9300


Below is a list of websites that offer information about treatment; specific problems and disorders; books, articles, and videos; support groups, and ways to get to help. The sites marked with an asterisk (*) have a search feature to help you find a cognitive behavioral therapist in your area.

Academy of Cognitive Therapy*
Professional association that provides information about cognitive therapy and a list of therapists who have been certified by the Academy.

American Psychological Association
Largest national association of psychologists, with a variety of information about psychological research and treatment.

Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level. The Association’s mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America*
Information about each of the anxiety disorders, treatments available, and a list of therapists who have expertise in treating anxiety disorders; most of these therapists will be cognitive behavioral therapists.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies*
National association provides information about CBT, resources available, and maintains a Find a Therapist section that will allow you to search for a cognitive behavioral therapist in your city.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder*
Information about ADHD, suggested resources, and a directory of professionals who assess and treat ADHD (CBT indicated as treatment modality for some of the professionals in the directory).

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Information about treatment, training, research and advocacy for individuals with mood disorders.

European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies*
European professional association of CBT provides information about CBT, workshops, and training.

Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice
Information about the research that informs practice.Great resource for professionals seeking to incorporate evidence-based practices into their work.

Face The Bulimia & Anorexia
Information about eating diorders and where to get help, geared at teens and young adults.

Face The Self Esteem
Information about self-esteem and the signs of low self-esteem, geared at teens and young adults.

Freedom From Fear
Information about treatment for anxiety and depression and how to find services that accept insurance and lower fees.

International Association for Cognitive Psychotherapy*
International professional association for cognitive therapy, including an international list of clinicians who provide cognitive therapy.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Information about treatment, training, research and conferences focused on trauma.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
A comprehensive site with information about mental illnesses and treatment for mental illnesses.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders*
Information about eating disorders and how to get treatment for eating disorders, including treatment trials and studies.

National Center for PTSD*
Information and how to get help for veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Information on drug and alcohol dependence for individuals and family members and information about treatment programs.

International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression
Foundation for research and education about depression; includes a section for finding a therapist.

National Institute of Mental Health
Information about mental health, including some clinical trials that have evidence-based components.

National Mental Health Association
Information about mental health and mental health advocacy in the United States.

International OCD Foundation*
Extensive information about obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and a list of clinicians who provide evidence-based treatment for OCD.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Information about substance abuse, research and data on substance abuse and mental health, and information about suicide prevention.

National Tourette Syndrome Association
Information about the disorder and resources for children, adolescents and adults with Tourette’s Syndrome.

Trichotillomania Learning Center*
Information about the disorder, useful tools for coping with Trichotillomania, and a list of clinicians who have expertise in treating trichotillomania.

Legal Assistance Resources

AIDS Legal Referral Panel

(415) 701-1100 – 1663 Mission Street, Suite 500

Provides legal services for people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Bar Association of San Francisco — Lawyer Referral Service

(415) 982-1600 – 301 Battery Street, 3rd Floor

Provides access to low-fee or free attorneys in eviction defense cases. If you receive an eviction notice (30-day or 3-day) call for placement with an attorney. If you receive a summons and complaint (5-day notice) go immediately to the Eviction Defense Collaborative (see below).


Bay Area Legal Aid

(415) 982-1300, Legal Assistance Line: (415) 982-4243  50 Fell Street, 1st Floor

Provides attorneys for individuals being evicted out of Section 8 and public housing.


Eviction Defense Collaborative

(415) 947-0797 – 995 Market Street, Suite 1200

Assists in filing appropriate papers upon receipt of a summons and complaint (5-day notice) and an unlawful detainer. Client must come in within 5 days (including weekends) of receipt of paperwork. Walk-in hours daily.


Homeless Advocacy Project

(415) 974-6541 – 995 Market Street, Suite 915

Provides free legal services and supporting social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at serious risk of homelessness in San Francisco.


Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco

(415) 703-8644 – 427 South Van Ness Avenue

Offers free phone and drop-in counseling and advocacy programs for tenants to secure their rights to habitable and affordable housing in San Francisco.


Independent Living Resource Center

(415) 543-6222 – 649 Mission Street, 3rd Floor

Provides housing counseling to help individuals request reasonable accommodations for clutter problems. Does not provide legal representation.


Legal Assistance to the Elderly, Inc.

(415) 538-3333 – 995 Market Street, Suite 1400

Provides legal assistance to San Francisco residents of all ages, including adults over 60 years of age and younger adults with disabilities.


Protection & Advocacy, Inc. (PAI) (“Disability Rights California”)

(510) 267-1200 or (800) 776-5746  1330 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612

Provides free legal information and advice to people with disabilities on a wide range of disability-related issues, including housing discrimination.


Mental Health Resources

24 Hour Mental Health Access Line

(888) 246-3333 or (415) 255-3737

Provides mental health evaluations and diagnoses needed to prove disability. Call for initial screening and to set up an appointment for evaluation and treatment.


Bay Area Helplink

Marin, Napa, Solano or San Mateo Counties call (800) 273-6222 or (415) 808-HELP or San Francisco residents dial 211

Provides referrals to community counseling agencies and self-help groups throughout the Bay Area.


Clutterers Anonymous

(310) 281-6064 – P.O. Box 91413, Los Angeles, CA 90009

A self-help 12-step organization with chapters throughout the United States. Members can receive a newsletter and several brochures on the topic of clutter.


Friendship Line

(415) 752-3778

24-hour counseling hotline for elderly suicide prevention and grief counseling.


Independent Living Resource Center

(415) 543-6222 – 649 Mission Street, 3rd Floor

Provides support, referrals, advocacy and housing counseling for people with disabilities.


Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHA-SF)

(415) 421-2926 – 870 Market Street, Suite 928

Provides information and referrals on mental health including information on cluttering issues as well as referrals to independent clutter organizers. Sponsors weekly hoarding and cluttering support group. Call for updated information on meetings and new programs.


National Attention Deficit Disorder Association

(847) 432-2332, American Coaching Association: (610) 825-4505  1788 Second Street, Suite 200, Highland Park, IL 60035

Information and referrals are available to ADD coaches through the American Coaching Association. ADD coaches can assist individuals to become better organized and to establish organizational systems.


International OC Foundation

(203) 315-2190 – P.O. Box 9573, New Haven, CT 06535

A self-help organization dedicated to the expansion of understanding, research and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Provides a monthly newsletter to its members and can refer individuals to professionals knowledgeable in the evaluation and treatment of OCD.


Clean-Up Help Resources


(415) 820-7230

Provides janitorial services for your home or office. Call for free estimate.


In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)

(415) 557-5251

If you are low income and either elderly or disabled, IHSS provides government funding for you to hire a worker chosen by you – either someone you know or through a referral from the IHSS Public Authority (see below) – or receive home care services through the IHSS Consortium (see below). Free to individuals receiving or eligible for SSI, otherwise you pay a “share of cost.”


IHSS Consortium

(415) 255-2079 – 1453 Mission Street, Suite 520

Employs, trains and supervises home care workers who provide services in your home. The agency also assists you in obtaining other services to help you to continue living independently at home.


IHSS Public Authority

(415) 243-4477 – 832 Folsom Street, 9th Floor

Refers in-home care workers to disabled, blind or elderly clients. Refers IHSS-funded workers or workers to be paid directly by you. Sliding scale fees.


La Raza Day Labor Women’s Collective

(415) 252-5375 – 474 Valencia Street, Suite 295

Provides workers to be paid directly by you for cleaning services. Hourly rates $10-$17. Call at least one day in advance.


Mental Health Association of San Francisco

(415) 421-2926 – 870 Market Street, Suite 928

Provides referrals to clean-up agencies and independent organizers.


National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)

(512) 454-8626 – P.O. Box 140647, Austin, TX 78714

San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NAPO

(415) 281-5681 – P.O. Box 895, Millbrae, CA 94030

Provides information, products and assistance to help others organize their homes or businesses.


National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (NSGCD)

(404) 231-6172

A non-profit organization serving professional organizers and related professions who are interested in the study and methods of serving chronically disorganized people.


San Francisco Department of Public Health – Environmental Health Services Code Enforcement: Complaints Program

(415) 252-3805

Responds to and resolves citizens’ complaints regarding unsanitary conditions, public health hazards, nuisances, pests and mold in Apartments, Private Homes and Public Housing Authority properties.


SRO Hotel/Shelter Program

(415) 252-3857

Conducts routine inspections and responds to tenants’ complaints in SRO Hotels and Shelters, provides training/educational materials to tenants and landlords, assists tenants and landlords in effectively eradicating bedbugs, rodents, mold, etc. Connects tenants to other support services.


St. Anthony’s Foundation

(415) 241-2600 – 121 Golden Gate Avenue


Pick-Up Services/Donation Places Resources

Building Resources

(415) 285-7814 ¨ 701 Amador Street

Accepts building materials such as lumber, tile, windows, doors and plumbing parts. Will pick up large amounts of materials.


Community Thrift Store

(415) 861-4910 ¨ 623 Valencia Street (near 17th Street)

Accepts a variety of donations in saleable condition. Will pick up large quantities including furniture. You can donate to benefit a nonprofit of your choice in the Bay Area, including the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (Donor #206).


Goodwill Industries

(415) 575-2101 ¨ 1500 Mission Street

Accepts many donations, including large items. Accepts only new computers, no large appliances, no sofa beds or items in disrepair. Will pick up large items/quantities only.


Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts (SCRAP)

(415) 647-1746 ¨ 801 Toland Street (Entrance is on Newcomb Avenue between Toland and Selby)

Accepts many different types of donations. Will pick up large quantities. Call for details.


SF Advertiser

(415) 863-3151 ¨ 130 Tenth Street

Will place one free weekly listing in their paper for items given away for free or sold for less than $500; autos and auto parts are not included.


St. Anthony’s Foundation

(415) 241-2600 ¨ 121 Golden Gate Avenue

Accepts donations such as clothing, dishes and flatware — no large appliances or items in disrepair. Call for pick-up request.


St. Vincent De Paul Society

(415) 597-7960, call (510) 638-7600 in Oakland ¨ 525 5th Street (at Bryant)

Accepts donations in good condition; no office supplies, sporting goods or tools. Will pick up donations, call one week in advance for an appointment.

Allows you to place free ads for items to sell or give away.

For more information and/or referrals to clinicians, call or visit the Mental Health Association of San Francisco at 870 Market Street, Suite 928, San Francisco, CA 94102. Our phone number is (415) 421-2926.


Mental Health and Support

Family and Friends of People who Hoard Support Group

870 Market Street, Suite 781

San Francisco, CA 94102



Support Group for People who Compulsively Hoard and Clutter

870 Market Street, Suite 781

San Francisco, CA 94102



Peer-Led Hoarding Response Team

870 Market Street, Suite 781

San Francisco, CA 94102



Treatment Group for People who Hoard

870 Market Street, Suite 781

San Francisco, CA 94102



ClutterLess (CL) Self-Help Group

7:00 – 8:30 pm, Every Monday

The Parkview

100 Valley Avenue, 2nd Floor Activity Room

Pleasanton, CA


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Basic informational handout for parents of kids with OCD can be found HERE

Information on Parent Accommodation (slides from Emily Berner’s talk at the SF State 2017 OCD awareness week event) HERE