Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Kara Lash, Licensed Therapist, LPCC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Kara Lash


Licensed Therapist, LPCC


As a therapist, I prioritize the psychoeducation portion of OCD treatment. It's really important to me that you understand OCD as a disorder, what's going to exacerbate your symptoms, and what's going to help you alleviate your symptoms. I never judge—it's not my job to have any personal opinions about anything that you're sharing. We are not our thoughts. Outside of work, I love to cook, travel, be around friends and family, and play with my adopted retired racing greyhound.

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I like helping people understand what OCD is and watching them get their lives back. I will meet you wherever you are and gear you up for ERP. As long as you're willing to work, I'm ready to work along with you.

Get to know Kara Lash

I like people, and I'm so interested in them. From a young age, people always talked to and would confide in me. People feel comfortable being around me. It's always been a strength of mine, providing time and space for people to open up and get support and encouragement. When it came time to choose a career path, becoming a therapist was a natural fit. I want to help people become the best versions of themselves, so they can improve their lives and learn how they function within them.

People close to me have OCD. It's so misunderstood. It's often misdiagnosed. Not many therapists specialize in its treatment. I've seen that play out in real time. Then someone close to me went through NOCD treatment. They were talking about their experience with recovery, and I was kind of blown away. I wanted to learn more, and the more I learned about OCD, the treatment, and how effective it is, the more interested I became in providing that treatment.

My background includes experience with a range of different mental health concerns and various populations. I've worked with severe and persistent mental illness—things like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I've also worked in addiction, with couples, and with kids and families. On top of that, I worked in private practice, treating general mental health conditions.

Everybody at NOCD cares about the mission and wants you to have effective treatment and feel supported on that journey. ERP can be challenging, but it's worthwhile, and we're going to be supportive every step of the way.

You should know that I've probably heard what you're thinking and feeling every day. I understand what intrusive thoughts are. I'm trained to understand that the thoughts, ideas, images, and urges are not in line with your values. I'm never going to judge you for an intrusive thought. I'm going to help you learn how to handle them. The more I know, the better I can help.

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Insurance Coverages

  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Cigna
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio
  • Regence Blue Cross
  • Aetna



What our members say about
Kara Lash


Oct 12, 2023

Kara is just the dream therapist for my daughter. She is so kind and understanding. She has an excellent listening ear and knows what to say. We are really appreciative of her incredible work and time. Thank you so much!!


May 04, 2023

Kara was amazing and so helpful to me. Very professional and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!


May 04, 2023

Kara has been amazing since day 1. My daughter absolutely loves her. She looks forward to every session. Kara is so kind and understanding, and has helped my daughter in many many areas. I cannot be thankful enough for having found such a perfect professional person who invests so much in my daughter. Thank you and thank you again.


Feb 10, 2023

Great communicator….


Dec 29, 2022

Kara is amazing! My daughter has improved SO much with her ocd and she comes out of every session happy. She really likes it with Kara. I'm so relieved to have found a perfect fit for her. Thank G-d.


Dec 07, 2022

All good


Aug 19, 2022

She is the best!!!


Jul 01, 2022

She was very nice and compassionate and wanted to help.


Jun 23, 2022

They really know what they are doing on this! And Kara Lash is awesome! Best therapist ever ❤️


Jun 13, 2022



Jun 09, 2022

Was a great session, I’m already learning a lot about OCD that I never knew in the 25 years I’ve had it!


Feb 23, 2022

Kara was very helpful and I’m hopeful that everything will get better!


Feb 01, 2022

I always feel better and more motivated to do Erp after I speak with Kara. Wonderful therapist and has really changed my life.


Jan 20, 2022

Kara is great. I feel understood and like I’m talking to a friend. That is a new experience for me with therapy


Jan 14, 2022

I am incredibly grateful for Kara's support, advice and guidance. I felt comfortable discussing distressing topics and addressing issues I've never touched before. I felt the therapeutic relationship was positive and empowering and I'm going forward with a confidence and peace I thought I'd never achieve. Thank you so much.


Dec 16, 2021

Really trying with lots of great help from Kara to get a handle on my OCD

Badges and training


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Cultural competencies

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Languages spoken

  • English

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