To hoard usually means that we keep buying new things when we don't need them and we don't throw out the old. But this needs clarifying as to exactly what is happening and how long has it been happening and what was going on in that family member's life when it first started or even before that.
Whatever label we want to put on this, i.e. hoarding or compulsive obsessive disorder - that simply tells us that what is happening is a symptom developed to meet a need. It doesn't tell us why it is happening, (which is the original cause). Many of us hoard to a certain extent, maybe for sentimental reasons - even though it does not get used, yet we are reluctant to let it go. But when it becomes chronic, it goes beyond that.
As a clinical hypnotherapist/counsellor, as has already been mentioned above, in hypnosis I would ask the client to go back to the very first time they were aware of the problem. Even then, that can only be the 'straw that broke the camels back', and things can have happened prior to that, but it opens a window to view what was going on at that time. The question; 'Was there a time before that when you felt this...' can take you to a further window.
So I would recommend that you look for a professional who has done the training to be able to not only deal with regression work, but know how to release the cause(s) which may be tied in with anxiety, stressfull or traumatic happening(s) from an earlier time in the client's life.
Recent advances in neuropsychology and brain imaging have opened new doors to understanding of PTSD and other anxiety-related disorders. The researchers say they now know that the symptoms associated with these conditions closely interweave with memory circuits of the brain. Although PTSD or anxiety is triggered by a traumatic event(s), it is really a problem of the memory they tell us. The problem isn’t the trauma or anxiety related happening; it’s what happened can’t be forgotten, and so the memories of how we felt at the time of the original happening(s) keeps coming back the same as if it were happening right now, giving us the same feelings over and over, causing us to repeatedly find a way to deal with these.
However, all of this is hypothetical, until we can check with the client what it is for them that causes this to happen.
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