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Dr. David Tolin

Psychologist
Researcher
Author
Speaker
Television Personality

 

About Dr. Tolin

 

Dr. Tolin is the Founder and Director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Institute of Living, and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine.  

He was the 2014 President of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and a principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health. He received the Award for Lifetime Contribution to Psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association.

Dr. Tolin is the author of over 150 scientific journal articles, as well as the books Doing CBT: A Comprehensive Guide to Working with Behaviors, Thoughts, and Emotions, Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding and Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions.

Dr. Tolin has been featured on the reality TV series HoardersThe OCD Projectand My Shopping Addiction, and has been a recurrent guest on The Oprah Winfrey ShowThe Dr. Oz Show, and Anderson Live!

 

 
 

Television

 
 
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Hoarders

Dr. Tolin was the first psychologist featured on the A&E series Hoarders. An internationally-recognized expert in hoarding disorder, he continues to appear on the program periodically.

 
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The OCD Project

Dr. Tolin was the host of the 2010 VH1 series The OCD Project, which documented his treatment of six patients suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder over three weeks.

 
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My Shopping Addiction

Dr. Tolin was co-host of the 2012 Oxygen series My Shopping Addiction, in which he treated patients with compulsive buying behaviors.

 

Workshops

Dr. Tolin is a highly sought-after speaker for professional groups, community agencies, and consumer groups. 

Some of his workshops have included:

  • Buried in Treasures: Understanding and Treating Hoarding Disorder
  • Face Your Fears: Conducting Good Exposure Therapy Across Diagnoses
  • Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
  • The Science and Practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing: Helping Clients Get Unstuck
  • Treating Trichotillomania and Skin-Picking Disorder
 
 

See Dr. Tolin at the Nobel Forum, Stockholm

Reviews

Dr. Tolin consistently draws high attendance and receives excellent training reviews. A rare combination in a trainer, Dr. Tolin is both entertaining and expertly informed. His presentations are organized, easy to understand and engaging. Attendees leave with a thorough understanding of the topic and valuable take-away skills to enhance their clinical practice. 

Aili Arisco, Connecticut Women's Health Consortium

The evaluations were great: “What a performance! Not only was this a thorough review of CBT for these OCD-related disorders, but also very entertaining!”  “This was exactly what our outpatient clinic needed to begin treatment with these patient groups!”  “An excellent combination of the most recent research and great clinical advice from one of the most skilled lecturers I have ever listened to!”

Linda Juris, Ph.D., KBTPsykologerna, Uppsala, Sweden

Dr. Tolin has a gift of being able to present difficult and in-depth material in a down-to-earth manner that makes it interesting and easily understandable. We look forward to the opportunity to have Dr. Tolin speak for us again!

Marnie Mathews, North Shore Elder Services, Danvers, MA

Dr. Tolin is a dynamic speaker on the subject of hoarding, inspiring clinicians to a call to action.

Theion Perkins, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

 

 

 
 
 

Books

 
 

DOING CBT: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO WORKING WITH BEHAVIORS, THOUGHTS, AND EMOTIONS (Guilford Press)

A masterwork of CBT for the next generation... This book is a "must read" for every clinician, student, and professional who wants to deliver excellent CBT.

Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., University of Washington

Written with clarity, humor and free of pretension. I love this book... To say it's a game-changer is an understatement.

Joel Minden, Ph.D., Private Practice

I have taught a graduate course in our clinical psychology doctoral program for 16 years... and I have never found a text that works. This book, however, is the one I have always wanted. It is practical yet rich with evidence and science, full of humor yet rigorous and richly detailed. 

Thad Leffingwell, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

 

FACE YOUR FEARS: A PROVEN PLAN TO BEAT ANXIETY, PANIC, PHOBIAS, AND OBSESSIONS (John Wiley & Sons)

Self-Help Book of Merit Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

If you suffer from problems with panic, anxiety, or phobias, look no further—this is the book for you. 

Jonathan Abramowitz, Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Filled with powerful, clear, and evidence-based strategies to alleviate fear and enhance life satisfaction, this book will change lives.

Lizabeth Roemer, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Boston

Dr. David Tolin is a master at helping people understand why they are afraid and helping them overcome the problem.

Gail Steketee, Ph.D., Boston University

 

BURIED IN TREASURES: HELP FOR COMPULSIVE ACQUIRING, SAVING, AND HOARDING (2nd Edition, Oxford University Press)

Self-Help Book of Merit Award, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Buried in Treasures is one of the few books I regularly recommend to clients and other professionals searching for clear, accurate and practical information on hoarders and hoarding behavior. David Tolin and his colleagues distill the latest research and apply a very human touch in this excellent reference.

Peter Walsh, Professional Organizer and Bestselling Author

There are a fair number of self-help books out there on aspects of OCD. Buried in Treasures is among the best of them. People with a hoarding problem should definitely find value in this book. It also belongs on the shelf of many mental health providers because whatever population one is working with will have its share of individuals with this problem. 

PsycCRITIQUES

The world's leading experts... have presented their proven, step-by-step treatment in a practical, easy-to-understand format that will be useful to anyone who hoards, as well as any professional who treats this problem. If you are looking for ways to clear your clutter, you need to read this book now!

Martin Antony, Ph.D., Ryerson University

Buried In Treasures:

DVD Workshop for Professionals

 

Contact Dr. Tolin

Please note: Dr. Tolin cannot provide online counseling or referrals to mental health professionals. To make an appointment in Dr. Tolin's clinic, click here.  To find help elsewhere, see the "getting help" links on this page.

 

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