Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Julie Vierling, Licensed Therapist, LISW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Julie Vierling


Licensed Therapist, LISW


I realize that the idea of sharing your OCD thoughts with me can feel uncomfortable, but I'm here to offer support without judgment. You are not a bad person; you're simply in the midst of a challenging situation. I'm here to listen with a kind heart, to find out what your needs are. We'll build your comfort level from session to session, so you can feel good about speaking freely.

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I will move you along at your own pace. I'm not going to make you do what you don't want to do. I'm going to be supportive in helping you achieve what you want to achieve.

Get to know Julie Vierling

I just wanted to be able to help people achieve their goals, be the best they can be, and reach their best potential in life, whatever that may be. It's in my DNA to be empathetic. I may be a little more understanding and patient with people with anxiety, allowing them the time to be comfortable to share without pushing. I think my empathetic nature allows me to know when to push and when not to. That's an important thing to recognize: When is the right time? I also have anxiety issues of my own. I have found that working with people to help them realize their goals and work through their anxiety issues has helped me educate myself as well.

I believe OCD is a significant issue in the world we live in today. The treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, can be applicable to and helpful with many other mental health disorders. I learn every day from members, and I love that. It could be something small or something large, but I'm always learning. I always want to learn.

I've done a lot of work with trauma, grief, substance use disorders, and crisis-oriented interventions. I worked in an ER for 25 years, so I handled a lot of crises. I did that for so long because I found that I was effective at it. I have a calming demeanor, which is helpful in crisis situations. My soft-spokenness is comforting to people and can dissipate some of the anxiety from the crisis as well.

I would really like you to be the driver of your treatment. What do you want to focus on? What are your strengths? How can we help you improve in the areas that they want to improve in? I'm focused on where you are and where you would like to see yourself go. I will move you along at your own pace. I'm not going to make you do what you don't want to do. I'm going to be supportive in helping you achieve what you want to achieve. I have found ERP to be the best—really, the only—treatment for OCD. I've seen it work for people with all different types of OCD. It just works. Much more than any other treatments that I've done, such as simple CBT, talk therapy, or psychotherapy.

Share that you're afraid. Maybe we can figure out why—what's the underlying cause of the fear? I can support you in that process. I'm not into making people share what they don't want to share. When you're ready, in your own time, and when it's right for you, you'll find a way to share. I'll be ready when you're ready.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Priority Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Michigan
  • Blue Care Network HMO - Michigan
  • Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
  • United Healthcare / Optum



What our members say about
Julie Vierling


Jan 14, 2024

My therapy took an unexpected turn this year when unpredicted, unprecedented life events left me reeling. Prior to the unfolding of events this summer, I had reached a point in which I felt nearly "recovered" from my maladaptive OCD patterns and tendencies, thanks to my work with Julie. However, due to the stressors of life events, I have struggled with maintaining my newly-formed healthy habits. Julie has been a constant source of support, and patience, as I attempt to navigate uncertain circumstances and keep applying my healthy coping habits despite the stress of uncertainty. I cannot comfortably check the "I'm clear on what comes next" box, due to my own resistance to making major plans in my uncertain life situation, but it is in no way a reflection of Julie's strength as a therapist. She is a kind but firm, supportive practitioner of ERP, who has always supported my ability to practice self-care without validating rumination the way traditional CBT did (for me anyway). I have nothing but gratitude for my encounters with Julie.


Nov 01, 2023

Julie has done a wonderful job helping me to understand and effectively manage my compulsive mental habits. I have strategies for handling intrusive thoughts so that I don’t immediately identify with them anymore, and I’m able to get observe them, rather than follow the maladaptive path of rumination that I’ve walked for so long.


Sep 21, 2023

I always get so much out of my meetings with Julie!


Sep 12, 2023

Julie has really helped me! So glad to have started this journey and wish I had begun it years ago!


Sep 08, 2023

Julie is wonderful! She really helped me and pitched the session at the appropriate level. I feel like I am making progress.


Aug 25, 2023

Julie is great!!!!


Aug 17, 2023

Julie is such a great listener!


Jul 20, 2023

Julie has been such a tremendous help to me. Every week she manages to bring new insight into the ways of OCD and the tools to effectively deal with it.


Jul 13, 2023

Julie is so helpful to me in being able to spot my ocd and help me to see it for what it is.


Jun 15, 2023

Julie is always so helpful! Today she helped me recognize OCD when I was struggling. She helps me feel empowered!


May 25, 2023

The things Julie says during our sessions really hit home! She has helped me to see what OCD really!!!


May 24, 2023

Thank you, Julie!


May 17, 2023

Julie has been my rock lately. I’m dealing with a difficult situation in my personal life and she’s not only helping me to navigate the associated feelings, but to stay aware of how my OCD patterns of thinking can emerge unnoticed during times of stress and change.


May 03, 2023

Julie is very easy to talk to!!!


Jan 03, 2023

Julie helped me to use ERP to address and come down from a very stressful place today. She is awesome!


Nov 15, 2022

So happy to have found Julie and start this journey. She gets it

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Languages spoken

  • English

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