Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Kathryn Ciraolo, Licensed Therapist, LCSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Kathryn Ciraolo


Licensed Therapist, LCSW

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As a therapist, I like to create a nurturing environment. I'm laid back with a good listening style. But I can also be firm in coaching people to work on challenging issues while being very supportive. My goal is to empower you to reach your goals and be able to stand on your own to overcome the obstacles OCD presents. Outside of work, I'm finally living my dream of being out in the country. I grew up in a city housing project. Today, I'm in the mountains with six cows, four dogs, and 11 acres.

In therapy, we're going to build on your strengths. It won't be easy. In fact, it will be some of the most challenging work you've ever done. But I'm completely in your corner, and I'll support you every step of the way. I believe that you can be successful.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Humana
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Cigna
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What our members say about
Kathryn Ciraolo


Feb 22, 2023

Kathryn is a great therapist, non- judgemental and a great listener. She always makes sure you are comfortable with the topics reviewed for the session


Feb 07, 2023

Kathryn is always extremely helpful. I’m very thankful for the match I found on Nocd, most effective therapy I’ve tried


Jan 26, 2023

She is incredibly helpful. I wish I had found her sooner.


Jan 20, 2023

I love Kathy. She really cares. She keeps me on track. Thank you, Kathy, for being in my life!


Dec 21, 2022

I trust Kathryn, she is very knowledgeable


Dec 19, 2022

Kathryn is great she is teaching me a lot. She is a great therapist


Nov 23, 2022

I hear her voice sometimes in my head encouraging me she’s always been there for me.


Nov 18, 2022

Felt very comfortable. Felt she was very knowledgeable! Looking forward to our success!


Oct 13, 2022

I am happy I have some tools and resources it seems like there’s a clear direction to improving


Oct 07, 2022

I feel safe telling her things that I can’t tell other people


Sep 01, 2022

Kathryn has been wonderful!!!


Sep 01, 2022

Kathryn was so straightforward and helpful. I can already see my daughter’s burden a little bit lightened.


Aug 29, 2022

I like how how treatment focuses on what you need to get better, instead of spending a lot of time talking about stuff. Helped me get to recovery quickly.


Aug 22, 2022

Felt incredibly overwhelmed and depressed this week but she’s helping me find my inner bravery to move through those feelings and move on with my day. Very grateful to have my sessions with her.


Aug 20, 2022

I have enjoyed my sessions with Kathryn and look forward to working with her more in the future. I felt comfortable sharing my obsessions with her and supported during my ERP exercises.


Aug 16, 2022

Hardest session I’ve ever had but I felt supported the whole way through. I’m grateful to have someone like her in my corner guiding me through


Aug 12, 2022

Kathy is so compassionate while guiding ERP and ACT. She has helped me progress so much!!


Aug 03, 2022

Kathryn is very kind and encouraging. She explains ERP well and how to best challenge myself to make the therapy effective.


Jul 27, 2022

I'm glad that they don't judge you based on your lifestyle choices, or religious choices. In the past I felt like that was a problem (with someone outside of NOCD). I have to be able to openly talk about my sexuality in order for my behavioral therapy to work, so I'm glad to know I'm not being judged.


Jul 18, 2022

She’s by far the best therapist I’ve ever had.


Jul 14, 2022

I have developed a close relationship of trust with Kathy. She is consistent, kind, and offers the support I need to keep pushing back against ocd. I am very thankful for her influence in my life.


Jul 08, 2022

Kathy is excellent! Great balance of listening and guiding change and development.


Jun 24, 2022

I did all of my surveys and everything is going in the right direction! My level of disability has gone from 9 to 0. My stress, depression, and anxiety are all at 0 now. My quality of life is up to 💯 and my dimensions of OCD is all the way down to 19. That might seem high still, but it was so much higher before and I’m still working on it. I couldn’t have done it without Cathy. She truly cares about me and how I’m doing. She is willing to go at my pace and she says if I continue to work hard she’ll start practicing guitar again so we can have a jam session as a reward for all my hard work. I’m considering dedicating a book to her. She’s made my life sing again.


Jun 22, 2022

Best decision ever


Jun 21, 2022

Today's session was fluid and adaptable, I really appreciate adaptable treatment styles.


Jun 17, 2022

I tried traditional therapy but it wasn’t working anymore. I needed someone who would help me with OCD specifically. I was miserable and felt hopeless. I was afraid to do ERP, I didn’t want to face my fears straight on. It was really hard to do at first but I am doing so much better thanks to my clinician and working hard. Read the information about the clinicians and look at their pictures when choosing. I picked someone who looked like they would be a good fit for me. It worked. I’m so grateful. Also, love doing the online appointments. Much more flexible!


Jun 16, 2022

Kathy is wonderful. I trust her to be honest with me and honest with my OC cycle. We have done some really challenging ERP together. I know she genuinely cares about me and getting my life back from the clutches of OCD. I am improving and I am very grateful for her impact on my life and recovery.


Jun 15, 2022

Cathy once again helped me to feel hopeful about my future. She is not only amazing at her job, but she listens to me and she adjusts things to work for me. She has improved my more than I can ever say.


Jun 10, 2022

My therapist has helped me so much with strategies and erp practice that I feel like I’ve got my life back!! I could not recommend her enough!!!!


May 24, 2022

Very empathetic, patient and kind. Is confident and effective in ERP and is flexible and incredibly knowledgeable in its use, while remaining an excellent listener and is a great person to talk to.


May 23, 2022

Cathy is a shining light in the otherwise dark skies of OCD. She makes me feel like I can live a good life without reassuring me in a way that is bad for my OCD. She really cares about every aspect of my life. I will be forever grateful to her.


May 19, 2022

My daughter started seeing Kathryn Ciraolo when she turned 5. She was excessively worried and upset about being sticky or slimy after eating, even after washing her hands. Later she worried about putting on sunscreen or bug spray. Some days she would spend several hours being worried. She also developed motor tics, such as scrunching up her face over and over. I am happy to report that after about 4 months of therapy with Kathryn, she was dramatically better. We ended therapy after 6 months, and in the 3 months after the end of therapy, her motor tics are completely gone, and she’s had only one mild instance of OCD. She may be bothered by OCD again, but if it happens, Kathryn has given us the tools to handle it. If it ever gets bad again, we know how to seek help. So far, however, she is doing great. We have our happy, carefree, playful, and creative daughter back again. Thank you, Kathryn!!


May 10, 2022

My therapist is so awesome! This journey is definitely a cha-cha with two steps forward and one step back but I have regained so much of my life with the skills my therapist has taught me.


Apr 26, 2022

I have had such success working with my therapist. It has been hard work with ups and downs but I have gained so much of my life back that I didn’t even realize I was missing.


Apr 18, 2022

Kathy is encouraging and friendly. She shows she really cares.


Apr 14, 2022

Kathy is absolutely wonderful. I have been working with Kathy for a little more than 2 months now, and I plan to continue with her over the coming months. I have been struggling with OCD since I was at least 6 years old, and she is empowering me to finally challenge the beast. She is caring yet strong. She offers a tough love that balances empathy and compassion with an effective ERP. She has continually coached me and encouraged me through accepting uncertainty and living with obsessive thoughts without always giving into my compulsions. She reminds me to anchor to values and self-compassion in the face of the list of ERP "maybes." I am really grateful for all of her help and I am confident I am headed in the right direction! Thank you, Kathryn!!!


Apr 07, 2022

I just had my final appointment with Kathryn C. I could not have asked for a better therapist. I was even tearing up at the conclusion of our appointment because I will miss her. This was a very rewarding journey for the both of us. - Nathan


Mar 28, 2022

Therapist was very helpful and friendly


Mar 15, 2022

We love our therapist. She is so wonderful with my son and helping him through his needs. We've accomplished more in three weeks than we have in seven years of his illness.

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Kathryn Ciraolo 10 months

Hello I am a full time therapist working with NOCD. I have a brother with OCD. I wish EPR was available or more know when he was younger. It works, I see this every day with the members I work with and how they regain their lives. It is hard work and challenging but know that you are brave and can do this. Each little step you take is progress. Don't let OCD be a bully you can show OCD who is boss. It will be challenging there will be highs and lows. Remember to practice good self care and self compassion. You can do this and you can move forward. We also have support groups that can provide additional support. They are listed on this app. I facilitate the moms with ocd support group on Tuesday and Thursday. The support groups have others who have experienced the challenges of OCD and understand. Have a great weekend. Thank you for the opportunity that you give us therapists to work with you and the courage you show.

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