Identifying and Treating Hoarding Behaviors

About the Speaker, Laura Lokers

Laura Lokers is a founding member of the Washtenaw County Task Force. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and worked in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry – Anxiety Disorders Program for 10 years before co-founding the Anxiety and OCD Treatment Center of Ann Arbor. Laura Lokers has specialized training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for a variety of anxiety, mood disorders, and OCD. She has extensive experience in treating hoarding disorders. Lokers bases her treatment plans on current scientific evidence to provide treatment targeted to develop skills for patients to overcome their anxiety symptoms, both now and in the future. She works with children, teens, and adults.

According to psychologist David Tolin, PhD, a hoarding specialist and author of Buried in Treasures, “A surprising 2% to 5% of Americans meet the criteria for hoarding. Compare that to the 1% of Americans affected by panic disorder, or the 2% of people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We’re talking about a surprisingly common disorder that had never really been recognized.”

For more information about the Kalamazoo Hoarding Task Force, view the news clip from last time they had an event.


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