Chia-Ying Chou, PhD is the founder and director of the San Francisco Center for Compassion Focused Therapies (SFCompassion)- a group psychotherapy practice and a training hub for Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in California. As a specialist in hoarding and trauma, Dr. Chou’s clinical and research interest focus on the connection between difficult life experiences and the blocks and fears of letting go and letting in. Her practice, SFCompassion, is one of the few psychotherapy practices in the world that conducts practice-based research. Besides research and clinical work, Dr. Chou provides training, supervision, and consultation for clinicians on CFT and hoarding worldwide. Her team at SFCompassion found a program, Better Treatment for Hoarding, where clinicians, researchers, and advocates come together to bring forth compassion-based public education, support, and research about hoarding.