Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Ruthie Brooks, Licensed Therapist, LPC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Ruthie Brooks


Licensed Therapist, LPC


You may be coming into sessions feeling anxious from your OCD. You may fear that your intrusive thoughts may reflect the type of person that you are. Nothing could be farther from the truth. You are not your OCD. During sessions, I'll make you feel calm and in-the-moment with you, so you can feel safe sharing your OCD experience while using each session to gain progress. Members describe me as approachable, compassionate, and supportive. But your treatment is not about me. I’m here to work with you towards your goals, so in a way, our time is a collaboration. Together, we can find the happiness in life that you desire as you learn to manage OCD on your own.

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You are not your OCD. Your OCD is just one area we're going to focus on as part of your mental health as a whole. I’ll help you to incorporate self-compassion and to let go of any shame, judgment, and guilt.

Get to know Ruthie Brooks

I had a great therapist as a teenager. As a teen, I often didn’t feel heard and understood by the grownups in my life. But I had a therapist who was non-judgmental and allowed me a space to be heard. I thought, this is something I can do to give hope.

That's also close to home. I saw a loved one struggle. We're only a few months apart in age, and growing up, I didn't really understand what was going on with him. There was also a stigma within the family—you don't talk about these things; you deal with them and get over it. He found treatment with a therapist who specializes in ERP, and it really changed his life.

In addition to OCD, I focus on treating anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, and stress management. When you meet someone, very seldom are they struggling in just one area. It's often necessary to treat the whole person, not just what they initially come to you for. There are usually other things that are happening simultaneously. I try to take a holistic approach. You are not your OCD. Your OCD is just one area we're going to focus on as part of your mental health as a whole. I also incorporate self-compassion into that—letting go of any shame, judgment, and guilt.

It will be challenging, but on the other side you will learn you can manage it. You must work hard, but the rewards exceed the challenging and difficult parts. On the other side, you’ll gain hope, knowledge, awareness, and the ability to do something awesome.

With OCD, some things are very sensitive. You might be afraid of being judged or looked at differently, but this space is nonjudgmental. I want to ensure that you feel you can be transparent. There is never judgment here. The effectiveness of ERP is truly dependent on the desire to change, and the amount of time and effort you put into it. If you put in consistent work, practice, and effort, the effectiveness is limitless. If you come in ready to work hard, and ready to be in some difficult spaces and experience discomfort, the sky's the limit. It can change your life.

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Insurance Coverages

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



What our members say about
Ruthie Brooks


Jan 05, 2024

I adore working with Ms. Ruthie. She is so kind and nurturing and has provided me with a lot of comfort as I pursue my treatment.


Dec 23, 2023

Ruthie is amazing!


Nov 13, 2023

Ruthie has been fundamental to my recovery from OCD. She is supportive, constructive and has taught me many strategies to combat intrusive thoughts and behavioural compulsions. Ruthie has challenged me when I needed it the most and has enabled me to push back against OCD and continue to live my life. I am SO grateful to have Ruthie as my therapist and so thankful for her help in my recovery!!


Oct 19, 2023

Today was my daughter's first session. Ms. Brooks made my daughter feel very comfortable and hopeful!


Sep 26, 2023

it was HARD today. but it was supposed to be. thank you Ruthie.


Aug 31, 2023

Ruthie is the best. I have learned so much from her about managing my OCD.


Aug 21, 2023

Even when I feel like I’m having a challenging time, Ruthie points out the progress I’m making. It helps me feel empowered.


Aug 17, 2023

I’ve been noticing real progress and Ruthie always makes sure I celebrate that


Aug 17, 2023

Ruthie is a fantastic therapist. She has so many great ideas for you to practice ERP that make it easy. They are specifically tiered to meet your needs and comfort level so you are able to make so much progress. She shows you how to use all of the tools so you can also function well without her. She is warm and caring and kind and messages patients in between sessions. I love the quotes and reminders she sends and of course, they always seemed to be right at the exact time you need them. I feel very fortunate to have such a wonderful therapist.


Jul 28, 2023

She’s great!


Jul 20, 2023

Ruthie was wonderful! I was very comfortable talking to her and felt it was a safe, non-judgmental space which makes me excited to go through a process that previously was very daunting. The session felt relaxed and less clinical than I had imagined, which made discussing the difficult topics very easy.


Jun 29, 2023

Always encouraging.


Jun 23, 2023

Ruthie is fantastic!


Jun 22, 2023

We love Ruthie! So thankful for her help 🙏😊


Jun 16, 2023

Perfect, as always!


May 18, 2023

Love Ruthie!!


Apr 28, 2023

Ruthie is the best. Always has great advice and direction for me.


Apr 27, 2023

Feel very good about Ruthie! Looking forward to working with her.


Apr 19, 2023

I have nothing but great things to say about therapy and my therapist . a few months back I came into therapy feeling completely hopeless and in constant worry . After working with Ruthie, I have been able enjoy life more and apply my ERP to my compulsions . I am still a work in progress and work on improving everyday but I am able to no longer give my OCD power over my life and can accept that it is there .


Apr 04, 2023

So thankful to Ruthie. It's hard work but I feel really supported and empowered, and can see positive changes.


Apr 04, 2023

Ruthie has been fantastic, has helped me change my life and I feel better than I ever have. Thank you


Mar 29, 2023

Lightbulb moment I’m understanding the program


Mar 23, 2023

I feel like I was able to release more as the sessions continue. The ERP is really helping me center my issues and come to terms with them.


Mar 14, 2023

Looking forward to continuing my work with Ruthie. She is clear concise and I feel heard.


Mar 06, 2023

Made me feel very comfortable sharing my symptoms. I feel hopeful in the future process of treating my OCD!


Feb 14, 2023

Welcoming, put me at ease, and explained everything really well.


Feb 09, 2023

I was incredibly lucky, when I reached out for help NOCD happened to have discounted prices for therapy and because of that deal, I was able to start this process. My therapist, Ruthie Brooks, is amazing. This is a tough path but well worth it. Not sure if I would still be here without this program. Changed my life.


Jan 10, 2023

Ruthie was great. I felt like I could be open and honest with her without any judgment. She was very encouraging and kind toward me which is exactly what I needed


Dec 13, 2022

Ruthie is just fantastic.


Dec 05, 2022

Great session really got what I needed from this 💯


Nov 04, 2022

Ruthie is a wonderful therapist! She has helped me find the light in the sometimes darkness of my mind.


Sep 06, 2022

Ruthie is so patient and kind. I feel comfortable sharing my anxieties, knowing that she understands. Ruthie helps me manage my OCD, and I'm confident that I'll keep getting better with our continued ERP sessions.


Aug 09, 2022

Ruthie has helped change my life. I’m so grateful to her and to NOCD.


Jul 01, 2022

Ruthie is so sweet and thorough! I'm looking forward to working with her.


Jun 29, 2022

Ruthie has been like a steady light in my darkness.


Jun 27, 2022

I’ve learned so much about my OCD from my therapist Ruthie. She is always warm and friendly and makes me feel comfortable.


Jun 22, 2022

Ruthie was amazingly kind and comforting. She took time to not just listen to, but to really hear me.


Jun 10, 2022

Love the NOCD group. Ruthie is the best.


Jun 01, 2022

Ruthie has helped me dig myself from the trenches. I consider her part of my Saving Grace.


May 27, 2022

Such a warm and helpful first session.


May 25, 2022

Great session with very understanding therapist 👍


May 10, 2022

Really love Ruthie, she is helping me so much. Always listens and answers me clearly with zero judgement.


Apr 27, 2022

Excellent therapy session with great therapist 👍


Apr 17, 2022

I found Ruthie very helpful and professional, as well as friendly and open I look forward to more sessions with her.


Apr 14, 2022

She really listened and even though it was just an intake I felt completely heard and understood.


Feb 22, 2022

Ruthie has helped change my life.


Feb 03, 2022

Ruthie has been so very instrumental in my attempts to deal with and overcome OCD. She’s very patient and persistent with me and I never feel judged or pressured by her. She’s my life raft and I’m so grateful for her.


Feb 02, 2022

Therapist very supportive


Jan 20, 2022

Ruthie is my life-support. It's so wonderful having someone I can talk to about things I've never been able to talk to anyone about. A true life-saver, she is.


Jan 19, 2022

Ruthie is amazing! I have made so much progress in my journey from just three meetings with her. She finds the perfect balance of challenging you while also caring deeply for you.


Dec 10, 2021

It felt freeing to finally speak the words and it felt even better to not be judged.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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