Dr. David Tolin



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 is the President-Elect of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Past-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!



Private Practice

In addition to his clinic at The Institute of Living in Hartford, Dr. Tolin maintains a private practice in Avon, CT.  The practice specializes in time-limited, solution-focused, evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Groups and problems that can be addressed include, but are not limited to:

Adults and adolescents

Anxiety disorders

Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders

Hoarding disorder (home visits are available)


Stress- and trauma- related problems

Individuals and couples






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.


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.



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

  • CBT for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder


See Dr. Tolin at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm


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







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

…on its way to becoming a classic text in the field… “Doing CBT” is an excellent “go to” resource for professional practice, consultation and graduate level training.

Hartmann & Yokley, Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth Medical Center



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



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. 


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


Treating Trichotillomania: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Hairpulling and Related Problems (SPringer)

Treating Trichotillomania... is concise, well written, empirically grounded, and richly filled with clinical examples and samples of patient-therapist dialogue that clearly illustrate the various techniques... this book is essential reading for all clinicians involved in the treatment of TTM.

Steven Taylor, Ph.D., University of British Columbia

A powerful addition... Psychologists and other mental health professionals will find this valuable for their practice. Graduate students will benefit from the advanced knowledge and overall understanding of trichotillomania... This is one of the best books available on trichotillomania, and clinicians are strongly urged to have this invaluable reference on their shelves.

Nicholas Greco


CBT for Hoarding Disorder: A Group THerapy Program (Wiley-Blackwell)

Comprised of a therapist manual and client workbook, CBT for Hoarding Disorder guides group leaders through a comprehensive CBT group program for patients struggling with hoarding disorder. Filling the need created by the inclusion of hoarding disorder (HD) as its own diagnosis in the DSM-5, this program—which was created by a group of four clinical psychologists experienced in research and treatment of  problematic hoarding behavior—prioritizes experiential learning, repeated practice, skills building, and real-world discarding progress.

The therapist manual provides step-by-step, evidence-based guidance for treating hoarding with a focus on proven methods for behavior change rather than complex cognitive interventions. It contains the latest research on hoarding disorder and emphasizes the cognitive, emotional, and motivational factors involved in discarding and decision-making. The client workbook features accessible, straightforward content, including coping cards that summarize key lessons, homework assignments, motivational tools, and practice exercises for decision-making and emotion regulation skills. Easy to implement without home visits, this is a cutting-edge treatment program for professionals and group leaders of all educational backgrounds treating problematic hoarding behavior across a wide variety of treatment settings and disciplines.


Contact Dr. Tolin

Please note: Dr. Tolin cannot provide online counseling or referrals to mental health professionals. You may use this form to inquire about making an appointment in Dr. Tolin's Private Practice, to schedule speaking engagements, or other inquiries.  To make an appointment in Dr. Tolin's clinic at the Institute of Living, click here.  To find help elsewhere, see the "getting help" links on this page.


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