Collaborative Therapy: A Holistic Approach to Overcoming Disorganisation

Collaborative therapy is a synergistic relationship between the client, a professional organiser, and a counsellor. This partnership addresses the practical and emotional aspects of disorganisation, overcommitment, and hoarding. While the professional organiser focuses on implementing behavioural changes and useful strategies, the counsellor addresses the underlying psychological vulnerabilities contributing to these issues.

What is Collaborative Therapy?

If you’re struggling with disorganisation and are working with a professional organiser, collaborative therapy can enhance your progress. In this setup, the professional organiser tackles practical challenges related to organising and productivity, while the therapist works on the emotional and psychological aspects, such as anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma. This dual approach ensures that the symptoms and the root causes are addressed.

What is a Professional Organiser?

A professional organiser is a highly skilled expert who assists individuals in transforming their living or working spaces and managing their time and schedules more effectively. Whether you’re considering hiring one or are already working with one, their expertise can be invaluable in helping you create a more organised and functional environment.

How Can a Professional Organiser Help?

A professional organiser can assist you in various ways, including:

  • Sorting and Categorising Items: They help you group similar items together.
  • Decluttering: They assist in deciding what to keep, donate, give away, or discard.
  • Honouring Items: They find suitable places to display or store cherished items.

Professional organisers can work with you in many areas, such as:

  • Information (papers)
  • Collections (books, magazines, music, sports memorabilia)
  • Craft Supplies
  • Photographs
  • Clothing
  • Pantry Items
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Children’s Bedrooms
  • Garages
  • Home Office Workspaces

The Role of a Counsellor in Collaborative Therapy

Life changes such as grief, trauma, anxiety, and depression can lead to disorganisation. When you work with a professional organiser, you might find that strong emotions surface, making decision-making overwhelming. As a trauma-informed grief counsellor and an organising and productivity consultant, I am uniquely positioned to support you through these challenges.

I can help you manage the emotions that arise during the organising process and prepare you mentally and emotionally to work effectively with a professional organiser. My goal is to make you more ready, willing, and able to tackle the practical aspects of getting organised, ensuring a holistic approach to overcoming disorganisation.

Conclusion

Collaborative therapy, involving a professional organiser and a counsellor, offers a comprehensive solution to disorganisation. By addressing both practical and emotional aspects, this approach helps you achieve lasting change and a more organised, functional life. If you’re struggling with disorganisation due to emotional challenges, consider the benefits of this dual support system to reclaim control over your space and your

Changes in Between offers collaborative therapy with clients who are preparing to work with or have chosen to work with professional organisers. 

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Qualifications

Hoarding Home Solutions for Independent Service Providers (Graduate) Mental Health Provider: Hoarding Home Solutions, Australia 

Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder Course: The University of Sydney, Centre for Continuing Education, Australia.

Compulsive Hoarding – Conceptualizing and Treating the Chaos: PESI, USA.

ADHD in Adults: Diagnosis, Impairments and Management: PESI, USA.

The Costs of Undertreated ADHD: Health Outcomes and Implications for Life Expectancy: PESI, USA.

Memberships

Institute for Challenging Disorganization – Premium Subscriber

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