Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Kelsey Callahan, Licensed Therapist, Professional Counselor, Licensed OCD Therapist

Kelsey Callahan


Licensed Therapist, Professional Counselor


As a therapist, I want to focus on things you are avoiding—or areas where your functionality is diminished—and help you get back to your regular way of life. Therapy isn't about throwing you in the deep end of the pool. It's about giving you the tools to be able to swim over there and tread water. Outside of work, I love doing outdoor activities like hiking. I minored in photography in college, so I enjoy taking photographs whenever I can.

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One person I worked with hadn't been to a beloved relative's house in a year because they were worried about the house. Some stopped going to school. Others found their jobs had become incredibly difficult because they were constantly checking things. I was able to help them get their lives back on track. It's so rewarding to see someone resume their passions and goals.

Get to know Kelsey Callahan

I've always loved being the person who could provide a safe space for people to process scary stuff. I was the kid in high school who just came over and talked with you. Back then, I felt like I could help people feel comfortable. I don't think anyone I knew had OCD, but that time of life is so hard. I initially became a therapist to work with teens, but I then branched out into the adult population.

I wasn't looking for it. OCD found me. I was lucky enough to have a class in grad school that discussed OCD and anxiety. In a previous job, I was trained in ERP. I've stuck with it because I see concrete change in people's lives. One person I worked with hadn't been to a beloved relative's house in a year because they were worried about the house. Some stopped going to school. Others found their jobs had become incredibly difficult because they were constantly checking things. Therapy resolved those symptoms. It's so rewarding to see someone's world grow as they're able to resume their passions and goals.

Beyond OCD, I’ve worked primarily with anxiety spectrum disorders, depression, and body dysmorphic disorder. My focus in those areas arose from the people I was working with. Helping people change their perspective on life is really cool.

Trust the process. Be open to your world shifting pretty drastically. Therapy can be hard work, and it can get worse before it gets better, but that 'better' is worth it. Know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and when you come here, you're going to be heard and seen. In those things you're dealing with, you are not alone.

No thoughts are off limits. Know that I can't help you unless I know what's going on. If you're having some of those really scary thoughts—like self-harm, other harm thoughts, or POCD types of thoughts—you might be afraid we're going to report you or tell someone about it. No matter what those thoughts are, I'm always going to talk to you about next steps. Most of the time, the next step is going to be me saying, 'Those thoughts aren't about you, and I'm here to help you be OK with that.'

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Insurance Coverages

  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Tennessee
  • Independence Blue Cross (IBC)



What our members say about
Kelsey Callahan


Jan 12, 2024

Kelsey is great! Obviously this can be very difficult to navigate, but it’s a whole lot easier having support.


May 15, 2023

My therapist is amazing


Feb 09, 2023

Kelsey remains committed and capable in her ability to lead my daughter through her specific OCD temptations.


Nov 28, 2022

I really appreciate Kelsey.


Nov 17, 2022

I'm very thankful for Kelsey


Nov 03, 2022

Kelsey has excellently guided our daughter from a place of severe anxiety and 8+ hours a day being enslaved to OCD back to her joyful, playful self with only mild remnants of OCD to contend with. We are so grateful for her help!


Oct 19, 2022

We appreciate Kelsey’s patience!


Aug 26, 2022

Kelsey is attentive and encouraging. Under her guidance we are making progress back towards pre-OCD days!


Jun 30, 2022

We are getting to the meat of the therapy. We went through our first ERP exercise, and Kelsey led our daughter and us through very capably. We still have a lot to work through and learn, but we’re so thankful to have Kelsey walking us through it all!


Jun 22, 2022

I can’t thank Kesley enough for the help. I’m about 6-8 months from my last therapy session. It was tough initially but I have the tools now to keep moving even when those thoughts stick.


Jun 08, 2022

Kelsey is compassionate, attentive, and knowledgeable. I feel like we’re finally in capable hands and will begin beating back OCD!


Jun 01, 2022

For two months Kelsey helped me prepare for attending my family reunion. When we started my anxiety was off the charts and depression had returned to my life. I worked with Kelsey and my medication management doctor and followed directions. I did the work but their support helped me not only get well but actually enjoy the big event. This is one to remember and chalk up in the WIN column. I am sure I will use this plan again in the future because “life happens”. And, when it does, I can handle it!


May 31, 2022

Kelsey was very understanding and seemed very knowledgeable. We’re excited that she’ll be able to help our daughter.


Mar 04, 2022

Kelsey is so supportive! Even though I am early on in my treatment, she helps me feel hopeful about the future.


Mar 01, 2022

Always a great session with my therapist. She makes me feel seen and heard and I leave the session feeling better.


Feb 21, 2022

I always feel that my sessions with Kelsey brings thing out of me or that she tells me things that I really needed to hear… big changes in perspective followed by actionable steps that I am confident are making a difference in undoing years and years of unhealthy behavior and making me more happy. Super super grateful and pleased!

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Languages spoken

  • English

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