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NOCD Therapy is now covered by Aetna insurance nationally

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Stephen Smith
By Stephen Smith

Dear NOCD Community,

I hope you’re doing well and enjoying your summer! Today, I’m elated to share good news with you: people with Aetna insurance nationally can now access NOCD Therapy using their benefits!

Our team started NOCD to restore hope for people with OCD through better awareness and treatment. The mission is personal to us, as our team consists of people with OCD, providers who specialize in it, and friends of both communities. Though it’s one of the world’s most debilitating conditions, misconceptions about OCD, a shortage of specialists who can effectively treat the condition, and the high costs of evidence-based care have historically kept the majority of people with OCD from finding the help they desperately need, preventing them and their families from living happily. Since the condition has a 2.3% lifetime prevalence, hundreds of millions of families globally are suffering due to OCD’s wrath. 

We launched NOCD Therapy to end the OCD crisis worldwide by making effective treatment more scalable, since the problem is primarily operational in nature, not clinical. Inside the NOCD platform, NOCD Therapy members can do live face-to-face video sessions with a licensed therapist who specializes in OCD and exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy—the gold-standard, highly-effective treatment for OCD— as well as get always-on support between sessions when their NOCD Therapist isn’t available from peer communities and self-help tools. The model has helped people globally get better, generating hundreds of thousands of virtual ERP therapy sessions annually while simultaneously achieving and maintaining top-notch clinical results. 

With Aetna including NOCD Therapy in their behavioral health network nationally, now every national health plan in the United States covers ERP therapy in an effective, affordable, and convenient way. 

I hope you can celebrate this achievement with us! Prior to the OCD advocacy movement conducted by NOCD and our advocate friends over the last decade, it took 14-17 years on average for people with OCD to access effective treatment. Now, people are realizing what they’re going through much sooner in their journey and are accessing evidence-based treatment in less than 7 days typically. Further, with Aetna’s commitment to the OCD community nationally, about 2 of 3 Americans with commercial insurance can access NOCD Therapy through their health benefits. 

The future is bright! If you’re looking to take advantage of the expanded coverage and receive evidence-based OCD treatment, please feel free to learn more here on our website. You can even schedule a free call with our team to get your first session on the books or view additional treatment resources. 

Again, I hope you can celebrate this important milestone with us. There’s more work to be done— some health insurance plans still don’t work with NOCD, but we won’t stop pushing until 100% of them do. 

Make it a great day!

Stephen Smith 
Co-Founder and CEO

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Taylor Newendorp

Taylor Newendorp

Network Clinical Training Director

I started as a therapist over 14 years ago, working in different mental health environments. Many people with OCD that weren't being treated for it crossed my path and weren't getting better. I decided that I wanted to help people with OCD, so I became an OCD therapist, and eventually, a clinical supervisor. I treated people using Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and saw people get better day in and day out. I continue to use ERP because nothing is more effective in treating OCD.

Gary Vandalfsen

Gary Vandalfsen

Licensed Therapist, Psychologist

I’ve been practicing as a licensed therapist for over twenty five years. My main area of focus is OCD with specialized training in Exposure and Response Prevention therapy. I use ERP to treat people with all types of OCD themes, including aggressive, taboo, and a range of other unique types.

Madina Alam

Madina Alam

Director of Therapist Engagement

When I started treating OCD, I quickly realized how much this type of work means to me because I had to learn how to be okay with discomfort and uncertainty myself. I’ve been practicing as a licensed therapist since 2016. My graduate work is in mental health counseling, and I use Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) therapy because it’s the gold standard of OCD treatment.

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Stephen Smith

Stephen founded NOCD after feeling frustrated with a lack of treatment resources and support during his own OCD recovery. He enjoys running hill sprints, listening to audiobooks, and eating breakfast no matter the time of day.