Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD

Being the Change: How We Deliver World-Class OCD Treatment

By Stephen Smith

Mar 06, 202425 minute read

We created NOCD because we deeply understand the struggles and needs of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) community. Being a team of people living with OCD, advocating for the OCD community, or professionally treating OCD, we experienced firsthand the frustration of trying to navigate a broken healthcare system and decided to do something about it. NOCD Therapy was born as a result.

Our team’s passion fuels our large, continuous investment in delivering a world-class OCD treatment experience. Instead of taking an increasingly hands-off approach to growing and managing our OCD-specialty therapist network as we’ve scaled—like many virtual therapy companies do—we’ve done the opposite. We’ve invested more in training each NOCD Therapist, building the technology needed to support them and the members they serve, and establishing nuanced processes to hold our team accountable to a “VIP-only” treatment experience. It’s the recipe that powers NOCD Therapy to drive significant reductions in OCD symptoms and dramatically improve quality of life.

In our pursuit of greater transparency within the healthcare system, we’d like to offer complete visibility into our intentional processes for training NOCD Therapists, developing state-of-the-art technology, and holding ourselves accountable. And to go one step further, we’d also like to disclose our ongoing efforts to make the NOCD Therapy experience even better in the future.

NOCD is stepping up for the OCD community, making the large investment required to deeply train each of our therapists in OCD and ERP 

All therapists must go through graduate-level training to practice; however, to effectively treat people with a chronic, severe condition that requires a specialized approach, like OCD, significant additional training is necessary. This training can be delivered in a variety of settings, but shockingly, many therapists who claim specialization in OCD have no formal training outside of what they’ve learned in graduate school or during a weekend workshop. 

In fact, only a select number of therapists receive comprehensive training to treat OCD, and even fewer receive it from globally-recognized OCD experts. This is due to the expense—it can cost tens of thousands of dollars per therapist to receive comprehensive OCD-specialty training, as it requires therapists to dedicate weeks to learning exposure and response prevention (ERP), the gold-standard therapy for OCD, and employing top OCD experts to teach professional clinicians. Without specialty reimbursement for OCD-specific therapy services, many providers historically haven’t found the incentive to invest in such training, causing a mass shortage of quality OCD specialists over the years. 

NOCD has stepped up to fill this void, since many people—1 in 40 globally—need it to be done, including many on our own team. We heavily invested in developing an elite program that would train each of our therapists, rather than require them to find and fund less extensive external programs, and have deeply trained thousands of therapists to specialize in OCD over the years to help people globally. The quality of our training model, led by Patrick McGrath, Ph.D., has become noteworthy, and it entails 4 phases: interviewing, training, evaluation, and continuous training for skill mastery. Here’s a deeper look: 

The NOCD Therapist interview process

To be hired by NOCD and begin training to join the NOCD Network, therapists are required to pass a stringent interview process, conducted by both a NOCD hiring manager and NOCD clinical interviewer. Their qualifications, along with alignment with NOCD Therapist attributes—being empathetic to help people feel understood during challenging times, actively listening to provide the most personalized experience, and devoting our full attention to maintaining the satisfaction of our members—serve as the foundation on which we build our therapists’ expertise in OCD. During each interview, one of our leading clinicians will evaluate whether a therapist is qualified to become a NOCD Therapist and will assess their ability to provide specialty care to people with OCD. If they appear to hold any biases against the OCD population, specific intrusive thoughts, or ERP treatment, we will respectfully part ways. 

Further, after a clinical interview is conducted and before an offer is extended, a clinical leader at NOCD, assisted by artificial intelligence (AI), will retrospectively evaluate the interview as a “peer auditor.” This is done to ensure that only the top therapists are joining the NOCD Network. Only after the therapist passes the audits will NOCD extend an offer to the therapist. 

The NOCD Therapist training process 

Shortly after accepting an offer to join NOCD, the budding NOCD Therapist will begin onboarding by embarking on a 3-month intensive training journey to learn how to properly treat people with OCD. It starts with two weeks of small-group lectures. The training curriculum for NOCD Therapists is extensive, and it was meticulously created by NOCD’s clinical leadership team.

Here’s a breakdown of the lecture curriculum:

  1. Understanding the intricacies of OCD: NOCD Therapists undergo comprehensive training to understand every aspect of OCD, including its various presentations and subtypes. OCD can involve many distressing, unwanted thoughts that often contradict what people value and love. Therapists will be trained to recognize the most common subtypes, based on real-world data from NOCD’s community, as well as understand how to both empathize with and treat people with each subtype.
  2. Specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP): Therapists receive in-depth instruction in ERP therapy, which is considered the gold-standard therapy for OCD. They learn how to effectively administer ERP, including hierarchy development, exposure techniques, response prevention strategies, and utilizing the NOCD platform for enhanced treatment delivery.
  3. Treatment across all age groups: Since OCD can affect individuals of all ages, therapists are trained to work with children, adolescents, and adults, ensuring comprehensive care across life stages and addressing the different challenges associated with them. They’re also trained to work with families because when a loved one is struggling, education is needed for an entire family so they can understand how to best support the member struggling with OCD—particularly in the case of children and adolescents.
  4. Treating conditions that are related to and co-occur with OCD: Therapists are equipped to assess and treat not only OCD, but also related conditions such as hoarding disorder, tic disorder, and body-focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs) like hair pulling and skin picking. This comprehensive approach addresses the complex needs of individuals with OCD. Further, many people with OCD also struggle with co-occurring conditions, including anxiety disorders, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). While treating OCD will often reduce symptoms of these co-occurring conditions, in some cases, they will require specific treatment of their own. As such, all NOCD Therapists receive training in Behavioral Activation (BA) for depression and behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and more), and they have the opportunity to receive additional training in at least one other specialized therapy, such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for PTSD or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modalities for BDD.
  5. Cultural competency training: Therapists are required to demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the diverse identities, beliefs, backgrounds, and orientations of their members. Training in cultural competency topics affecting BIPOC communities, such as antiracism and implicit bias, is also available.

NOCD has set a new standard for how clinics should begin training therapists in OCD before seeing people with the condition.

The NOCD Therapist evaluation process

After completing the initial training, to officially start treating NOCD’s community of members with OCD and related conditions, each NOCD Therapist must demonstrate retention of the recently learned material and pass multiple exams through the Clinical Advising Meetings (CAMs) process. This is to ensure that therapists are well-prepared to deliver high-quality care to individuals with OCD and related conditions. 

As part of the CAMs preparation process, NOCD Therapists can work with fellow staff in practice, conduct one-on-one mock sessions, and watch guest lectures from OCD experts about specific OCD treatment topics. Therapists also can observe and learn from other experienced therapists from our network, asking questions to them directly within NOCD’s therapist community.

When it’s time to take their CAMs, prospective NOCD Therapists will do mock sessions with NOCD’s clinical leadership team and be asked specific questions that cover a variety of topics, from treating OCD to managing the virtual therapy process. If they pass our CAMs, therapists will be able to work with members from NOCD’s community, assuming they pass our due diligence–a NOCD process accredited by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). If not, therapists will be asked to either exit the process or start it over. 

The CAMS process takes our therapists months to complete, and it’s because our bar for offering quality care is incredibly high at NOCD. Those who suffer the most need the best treatment. 

The NOCD Therapist continuous training process for skill mastery

By the time our therapists pass the CAMs and begin seeing NOCD community members, they’ve spent hundreds of hours learning to treat OCD across a 3-month timeframe, in addition to the training they’ve received to earn their clinical degree. This robust OCD training is, in fact, just the beginning of their learning process at NOCD. As therapists progress through work at NOCD, they continue to engage in professional development activities designed to deepen their clinical excellence.

Here’s how NOCD Therapists are supported in maintaining their clinical skills and developing professionally:

  1. Consistent clinical consultation: Licensed therapists in NOCD’s network receive continuous consultation from our clinical leadership team who, in aggregate, have treated OCD for decades. This helps ensure they have resources they can turn to if any situations become ambiguous. Each NOCD Therapist is paired with a clinical leader called a Clinical Operations Manager (COM).
  2. Learnings from NOCD Therapist peers: NOCD Therapists are encouraged to support one another, both in case management and the further development of conceptual and technical skills. We regularly receive feedback from our therapists emphasizing the value of this clinical network of peers. Therapists also have numerous opportunities to join weekly group office hours, attend live guest lectures by top OCD experts, and participate in group communities for Q&A sessions together. Fostering a supportive therapist community is important to NOCD. 
  3. Ongoing education and professional development: Our therapists attend monthly case consultation groups and utilize the NOCD Academy platform, an online resource we’ve created to provide them with world-class training and continued educational courses (CEs). Further, all NOCD Therapists can both participate in NOCD’s CE courses and attend live guest lectures at no cost.
  4. Making time for learning: We believe that time spent on administrative work slows professional development and takes time away from caring for members, so our operational team works to handle it all for our therapists. In particular, therapists don’t have to spend time navigating scheduling, revenue cycle, care coordination, and IT issues. With the selective application of AI, more work can be removed from our therapists’ plates this year. 
  5. Access to metrics for performance-tracking and career goal-setting: Therapists are empowered to proactively manage their careers through easily accessible metrics, providing visibility into their performance and goals. These metrics also aid clinical leadership in monitoring member progress and assuring that our standards of care are being met.

Our goal is for therapists to advance and have a long-term career at NOCD, and we strive to make each year full of growth and meaningful impact. 

NOCD has developed a state-of-the-art technology platform to power a more connected OCD treatment experience

The same passion that fuels NOCD to train therapists drives our team to create world-class technology that better connects them to our community members. From our team’s personal experiences with ERP therapy, we realized that we saw a therapist for one session per week but spent the rest of our time alone, often suffering. It became increasingly clear that a standard, face–to–face therapy model doesn’t fit a chronic condition like OCD, since a therapist likely isn’t available when OCD strikes unexpectedly

Therefore, a better clinical model was needed, and it became abundantly clear that it needed to be tech-enabled. The NOCD platform was born from this inspiration. The platform combines the NOCD App for members with the NOTO Portal for therapists, and they’re integrated into one backend system: the NOTO Engine.

The NOCD App for members

The NOCD App was the first product rolled out from NOCD in 2016. It was originally built to help OCD-specialist therapists support people with OCD between therapy sessions, giving their patients access to self-help tools, progress reports, and peer communities. But, since most people with OCD weren’t able to access a licensed therapist with specialty training in OCD, as time progressed, NOCD built the NOCD Network and gave community members the functionality to do therapy with a provider within the app. The creation was coined NOCD Therapy, and it created a “one-stop shop” for OCD treatment: live, face-to-face virtual therapy sessions with a therapist from NOCD’s Network who specializes in ERP, as well as support between sessions from the app’s self-help tools, peer community, and progress-reporting functionality. 

As NOCD Therapy scaled due to its effectiveness, the NOCD App’s capabilities only grew to support the treatment process. For instance, custom therapy exercises were developed, sub-communities were created in the feed, messaging functionality was offered to asynchronously connect with therapists, spaces were developed to join live support groups, journaling functionality was created to help members reflect, and more. Before NOCD Therapy, these key components of the treatment process used to exist on paper or in formats that were often otherwise inaccessible outside of therapy sessions. 

The NOTO Portal for therapists

NOCD Therapy’s growth on the NOCD App spotlighted that our therapists needed support between therapy sessions, too—but unlike members who needed care for OCD, our therapists needed clear operational processes and the removal of administrative burden. Treating OCD with ERP therapy often takes more time, energy, and creativity than general therapy, so having the technology to streamline operational processes and reduce administrative overhead is a must. We made this realization after trying off-the-shelf Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems for our network that didn’t work, and the NOTO Portal for therapists was born shortly after. 

The NOTO Portal is a web and mobile app that exclusively supports NOCD Therapists in offering care to NOCD Therapy members. Inside the NOTO portal, NOCD Therapists can do face-to-face sessions with our network, concurrently take notes, administer assessments, message members and their families between sessions, view data to help understand treatment progress, and more. In addition, it helps our therapists communicate with our clinical leadership team, who can support them in ensuring quality treatment. 

The name NOTO originates from the Latin word meaning “to know,” and when it’s split in two, the phrase “No To” appears. For reference, NOCD’s name originates from the dual-meaning concept “say no to the compulsive disorder” and “know about OCD.” 

The NOTO Portal for therapists stands out for its ease of use and adaptability to therapists’ needs, qualities made possible by the expertise of the team that developed it: people who’ve scaled some of the leading electronic medical record companies, designed some of the most friendly interfaces in healthcare IT, and built some of the top enterprise platforms. 

The NOTO Engine, the backend system powering our world-class platform

Our product team can foster a connected experience for both therapists and members because of the backend system that NOCD built to bridge the two platforms together, called the NOTO Engine. The name originates from the Latin word meaning “to know,” and when it’s split in two, visually the phrase “No To” appears. For reference, NOCD’s name originates from the dual-meaning concept “say no to the compulsive disorder” and “know about OCD.” 

The NOTO Engine supports NOCD in a similar way a tree’s trunk supports its branches. A tree trunk is responsible for not only holding the tree sturdily upright, but also for transporting vital nutrients to each part of it. The NOTO Engine works the same way: It supports each platform NOCD offers externally to members and therapists, as well as internally to specific NOCD teams, by ensuring that information gets effectively transported to them. Without the NOTO Engine, the NOCD Therapy experience wouldn’t exist today, and NOCD would likely not have had the ability to scale to this point. 

The NOTO Engine is powering the future of NOCD Therapy. It’s giving our team a unique ability to use advancements in data science to better support our therapists—offering improved ways to bill insurance companies and message members—and better care for our members, allowing them to receive guidance in the moment of an OCD episode, delivering content to effectively answer the OCD community’s most pressing questions, and connecting them with specific therapists who are an ideal match. By using technology to invest in serving the OCD community in more scalable and personalized ways, NOCD will be able to expend more resources on serving those in vulnerable and underserved populations, ensuring we can help more people suffering from OCD without financial barriers preventing them from accessing much-needed care. 

NOCD has held ourselves accountable to quality in ways never before seen in behavioral healthcare 

The NOTO Engine was developed at our inception as a response to the frustration stemming from disjointed collaboration, where we felt the “right hand was not talking to the left.” This often resulted in us providing our members with only a “good” or “satisfactory”—but not “elite”—experience. We refused to accept this, as we hold ourselves to a higher standard. We’re still not perfect today, but we’ve been able to make substantial improvements in our operational proficiency and enhance the member experience while scaling—a rare feat, thanks in part to our strategic investments in our NOTO Engine. 

The impetus for these investments stems from our team’s cultural values, particularly our commitment to accountability, defined by our core value of “extreme ownership.” We care deeply about the OCD treatment experience because of our personal experiences and backgrounds, which started with my own experience. I confronted many of the same challenges commonly faced by individuals with OCD when seeking an accurate diagnosis and effective OCD treatment. My experience of grappling with misdiagnosis, experiencing worsened symptoms from unspecialized treatment approaches, struggling to access a qualified and trained OCD specialist, and maintaining progress once I got better fueled the creation of NOCD. Several other members of the NOCD team share similar backgrounds, with many having undergone NOCD Therapy or providing support to those who have.

Based on these firsthand experiences, we know how important it is for the OCD community to feel confident in truly knowing what they can expect from therapy. Additionally, they must trust that their treatment progress will consistently meet the highest standards. By allowing the OCD community to openly hold NOCD accountable, we can continually learn and refine our approach to deliver an experience that both NOCD Members genuinely love, not just like

Here are several ways we’ve adopted radical transparency to live by our value of “extreme ownership”: 

Members can post unfiltered feedback on the NOCD website and in the NOCD App

Every member has multiple opportunities to share their honest review of their NOCD Therapy experience, and all reviews are posted directly on our website exactly as we receive them, unedited and unfiltered. We chose this standard of transparency because we see it as our responsibility to the OCD community—we earn the privilege to serve people with OCD and related conditions by ensuring they receive the utmost quality of care. Additionally, this transparency is for future members, who can confidently rely on the unaltered stories of their peers to gauge the quality of our services.

This commitment is not limited to a single point in time. We ask our members to provide feedback through quick rating prompts after each session with their therapist so we can catch any issues as soon as possible. While we can’t guarantee perfection, we can guarantee that we’ll strive to catch issues quickly and work to solve them immediately. Constantly auditing our process for opportunities to improve is an essential part of our commitment to providing the OCD community with world-class care.

We invested in building a Member Advocate team to problem-solve and advocate on behalf of our Members

Our goal is not just to gather feedback, but also to promptly address it—particularly when it concerns the active and ongoing therapy experience. Recognizing the need for personalized support and a champion for our members’ care, we built the Member Advocate team as part of our treatment service to troubleshoot any emerging issues.

Our Member Advocates are peers in the OCD community who are trained to deliver support to NOCD Therapy members, due to their profound understanding of OCD and related conditions—with many drawing from personal experience with OCD—as well as their familiarity with the NOCD Therapy journey. Member Advocates are to NOCD Therapy members as agents are to professional athletes or artists. 

Member Advocates establish rapport with our members and maintain regular check-ins throughout their treatment. They play a crucial role in providing ongoing support, resolving challenges, and enhancing the overall treatment journey. Their approach is tailored to meet each individual’s needs, demonstrating a sense of urgency to ensure swift and effective resolution when issues do arise.

Additionally, following each therapy session, members are encouraged to share their honest thoughts in a survey. Upon receiving this feedback, our team of Member Advocates steps in to promptly address any concerns. In the event that a member is not completely satisfied with their NOCD Therapist, our Member Advocates can proactively assist members in finding a better match, ensuring their treatment journey gets back on track. Even once the member has the right therapist match, we continue to encourage honest feedback after each subsequent therapy session.

This VIP level of service coupled with the personalized support approach we provide and state-of-the-art technology ensures a smooth treatment experience and demonstrates our dedication to delivering exceptional care for every NOCD Therapy Member.

Therapists are encouraged to post their thoughts about working at NOCD

Our commitment to accountability extends beyond member feedback; we greatly value therapist perspectives as well. That’s why we also prioritize cultivating an open and collaborative feedback culture among our therapists. We actively encourage our therapists to provide honest feedback through various channels, whether publicly, privately, or anonymously, in the following ways:

  • NPS Survey: The Net Promoter Score (NPS) is an anonymous employee survey that provides a standardized metric to gauge overall employee sentiment and identify areas for improvement and is widely used across various industries. At NOCD, the NPS serves as a pivotal metric, providing a quantitative measure of therapist satisfaction and loyalty. The anonymity of the NPS survey encourages therapists to provide honest and unbiased feedback.
  • Anonymous feedback portal: In between NPS surveys, we provide ongoing opportunities for therapists to provide their thoughts anonymously through a dedicated feedback portal. This empowers therapists to offer feedback not only when asked, but whenever they feel it’s necessary.
  • External platforms, not owned by NOCD: We also encourage therapists to express their experiences externally on third-party platforms not owned by us, which we regularly monitor, for those who wish to share their thoughts outside of NOCD. This additional avenue for feedback offers valuable perspectives into areas of improvement that we promptly act upon, even though it comes with the inherent risk of external exposure. We consider this risk a necessary aspect of our commitment to transparency and accountability.
  • Personal and direct meetings: Face-to-face communication is another important means for obtaining direct feedback. Dr. Patrick McGrath, NOCD’s Chief Clinical Officer, consistently extends an invitation for feedback, offering his time to all therapists who wish to share their thoughts by scheduling dedicated meetings at their request, any time. Furthermore, every therapist is paired with a Clinical Operations Manager (COM), fostering a trusting relationship that facilitates open communication and gives therapists another clinical leader to express their feedback. Moreover, I have a time on my calendar every day between 7:30AM-8:00AM CT to meet one-on-one with therapists in case needs emerge. 

Through these initiatives with our therapists, we aim to cultivate an environment where feedback is not only welcomed but actively sought after, contributing to our ongoing growth and improvement.

We take on risk-based contracts with health plans

Our commitment to accountability is also evident through our engagement in risk-based contracts with some health plans. Unlike the traditional model where providers are paid per session, this approach is centered on the value of the care we provide. Our primary goal is to help our members reclaim their lives as quickly as possible, and in situations where this objective is not met, we willingly bear the associated costs—meaning the highest standard of care is imperative for us to be able to exist to help others. We are so confident that we can deliver better care for our members that we are eager to work with health plans through risk-based models to get people the treatment that they need. 

In other words, NOCD Therapy prioritizes meaningful outcomes, so we are focused on helping members achieve life-changing results. The emphasis we place on value over volume ultimately means members get better as quickly as possible and stay better for as long as possible. 

We submit our data for peer review, so other providers can confirm NOCD Therapy’s clinical efficacy

Our dedication to further delivering clinical excellence is fueled by the impact we’ve seen so far. People with OCD who enroll in NOCD Therapy not only experience significant reductions in OCD severity, but they also experience substantial reductions in the severity of comorbidities—conditions that often result from OCD going untreated. These outcomes are seen across all OCD subtypes

We submit our outcomes-papers for peer-review, though, to ensure they’re independently and anonymously validated by providers without connection to NOCD. For example, one of our peer-reviewed studies, the largest OCD treatment study to date, showcased NOCD Therapy’s clinical efficacy across thousands of people with OCD. We have more studies coming soon.

The data speaks for itself, but perhaps the evidence that we still value most is the thousands of heartfelt therapy reviews written by our members every day. Seeing that we’ve been able to provide the OCD community with the experience they’ve been asking for—one of comfort, trust, and deep understanding—is profoundly meaningful to us. 

World-class OCD treatment is finally here, and there’s so much more to come

As we look back at the work we’ve done over the past decade, we see evidence that we are making progress. Unlike how things were before we started NOCD, someone seeking OCD treatment today can easily read articles to learn about commonly misunderstood OCD symptoms they might be experiencing, book a free call on our website, speak with an empathetic, informed team member who can answer their questions and match them with a specialty-trained OCD therapist who accepts their insurance, schedule a first therapy session, and begin working with a NOCD Therapist to help them begin conquering OCD—usually within a week. 

Someone tentatively seeking care can scroll through the thousands of reviews that NOCD Therapy members have shared on our website, engage in the NOCD App’s  peer feed or self-help tools, read peer-reviewed studies documenting NOCD’s clinical outcomes, and browse the personal profiles of hundreds of NOCD Therapists. They can watch videos of our therapists, read about them as people, and learn about what inspired them to dedicate their work to the OCD community. Most of our therapists come to us with a passion for ERP therapy and treatment for OCD-related conditions, while even some have shared a personal experience with OCD. We respect their personal commitment to excellence and to helping members build the skills it takes to manage OCD as a chronic condition long-term.

All of this exists today because we focused on rebuilding the entire treatment experience for people with OCD. We are still focused because more can be done. 

Here’s how our team is using the foundation we’ve laid over the past decade as a springboard to accelerate progress even more in the future:

  • Accelerated focus on content creation and community building: We’re educating millions of people each month on OCD, and we’re looking to continue that trend. OCD Awareness is the biggest challenge preventing people with OCD and related conditions from getting the care they need early on in their journey.
  • Enhancements in the NOCD Therapist experience: The extensive training, evaluation, and ongoing support we provide for our therapists is something that we are proud of and bring to life every single day, with new cohorts of therapists beginning to learn from our experienced NOCD Therapist Training and Onboarding teams every week. Yet, we continue to recognize the need for deeper investments in the therapist experience. As we invest in nurturing each NOCD Therapist’s clinical skills, we know that we also need to invest in their quality of life and continue to remove undue administrative and logistical burdens from their workday. Our technology platform, NOTO, is evolving to meet this need. As we grow, we continue to develop NOTO functionality to assist therapists with documentation and caseload management, to provide more balance in their day, and to offer predictability in their calendars. These efforts allow their time to be spent on providing individualized ERP therapy to their NOCD members and enable them to recharge so that they can do their best work. We take every opportunity to learn from our therapists, valuing both positive and constructive feedback, knowing that by meeting their needs, we can exponentially increase the positive impact that they make on our therapy members’ lives.
  • Expanding the NOCD Network’s capabilities: As we work to support each of our therapists and help them grow, we are also on a mission to grow the NOCD Network in order to identify and serve more people in need of care, as well as to decrease wait times in specific areas. To ensure that as many people as possible can access the care they need, we aim to expand our network and coverage to include not only all commercial insurance plans, but also to one day support people using public insurance benefits across the country. Fueling growth across all aspects of our business are consistent operational enhancements facilitated by technology. In addition, we’ve accelerated our efforts to cross-train different segments of our network to serve more people in the OCD community with complex needs. Deepening the NOCD Network’s capabilities is also being fueled by advancements in our NOTO Engine.
  • Supporting improved medication management workflows: Helping more people also means providing comprehensive, holistic care using a personalized approach. Though our therapists provide the most successful form of psychotherapeutic treatment—ERP therapy—we recognize that for some people with OCD, ERP therapy is most effective when accompanied by prescription medication. For these individuals, an expert-developed treatment plan that combines therapy with medication can provide the best chance at long-term recovery. We are continuing to enhance our processes to ensure that in cases where members require medication management, their NOCD Therapist can work alongside an external provider with expertise in medication management, coordinating seamlessly to provide gold-standard care. 

We have ambitious plans ahead. Our vision to end global suffering caused by OCD is not far from reality. Frankly, I’d bet it’ll happen in the next decade or so. There is only reason for hope! If you or a loved one has OCD or needs help, please don’t hesitate to book a free 15-minute call with our team. You are also welcome to contact me directly at stephen@nocdhelp.com. We’re always here for you, and it is our goal and our privilege to help you in any way we can. 

If you are interested in working as a therapist at NOCD, our team would love to hear from you, too. Candidates can visit our website to learn more about joining us to make an impact. We are also always open to coordinating care with like-minded organizations who would like to collaborate with us on the full spectrum of care for members. We have created tools and resources that we are happy to provide free of charge to support screening in any provider’s office. To learn more, please reach out to our Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Patrick McGrath, at drmcgrath@nocdhelp.com.

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