Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Danielle McDowell, Licensed Therapist, LCSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Danielle McDowell


Licensed Therapist, LCSW


I'm a very laid-back therapist. I like to laugh and be comfortable in session. At the same time, I'm going to hold you accountable for the work that we're doing in a funny and supportive way. Outside of work, I am a 500-hour yoga teacher. I've practiced for over 20 years and teach several classes a week. Yoga really engages the mind, body, and spirit. It works in all those areas to make me my healthiest self.

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There are no answers to the questions OCD is asking. We have to learn how to sit with the unknown. It's about learning how to ride the waves of the ocean instead of having them crash onto you.

Get to know Danielle McDowell

In college, I minored in women's studies and went to grad school for social work. I felt like I was learning things that were important for society as a whole and for people as individuals. My desire to help people had me looking for where I could have the most impact. Initially, I worked at places where I was helping marginalized youth. From there, I went into private practice so I could work with people in my own community.

There is a huge disconnect in people being able to diagnose OCD and treat it appropriately. I feel like there's a huge need for proper treatment, and it feels really good to be able to fill that for people.

I have a lot of experience with autism and trauma. I love working with adolescents and their families. For five years, I worked with kids who are not able to be in a general education classroom because they were impacted by autism, trauma, or something else. I worked with those kids and helped them learn skills to transition back into a classroom comfortably.

ERP is really hard. But OCD is harder. ERP is by far the best treatment for OCD. It works because there are no answers to the questions OCD is asking. We have to learn how to sit with the unknown. Anxiety is all about this false illusion of control. We dispel the myth that people have control over much of anything. It's about learning how to ride the waves of the ocean instead of having them crash onto you.

Taboo thoughts are part of the human experience. Everybody who's alive will have a taboo thought. It's just that with OCD, it gets harder to live with them. I have lots of members who are struggling with the same things you are. You're not alone in this.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser - Southern California Region
  • Magellan



What our members say about
Danielle McDowell


Nov 12, 2023

Always making us feel seen and heard.


Nov 07, 2023

Perfect therapist. Thankful.


Oct 13, 2023

Love her so much.


Aug 13, 2023

Was very excellent. Very good very good therapy.


Aug 02, 2023

Danielle is awesome. She listens and works at my pace, but pushes when I need her to.


Jul 17, 2023

It was very good very helpful and good advice.


May 23, 2023

I really connected with her. She is super nice. Amazing therapist.


May 16, 2023

Danielle helps me do think- i absolutely planned on refusing to do!


May 10, 2023

Danielle is amazing. I can’t believe how far I have progressed with her. I’m doing things i never thought I could accomplish!


May 03, 2023

Amazing as always :)


Apr 27, 2023

She’s amazing!


Apr 26, 2023

Em really had a good session today. She enjoys working with Danielle


Apr 18, 2023

five stars!!


Apr 12, 2023

She’s amazing! Only had a few sessions and already noticing differences in my happiness levels :)


Apr 11, 2023



Apr 04, 2023

Danielle goes above and beyond. She is a wealth of knowledge and pushes me to succeed- even past what I think I can do. The extra pushes have been key to my success!


Mar 24, 2023

Danielle is absolutely amazing!


Feb 23, 2023

My therapist is so great, she makes me feel heard and understands what im going through. She has been nothing short of amazing.


Jan 22, 2023

Great expertise & knowledge of OCD & comorbities - offered hope for successful treatment


Dec 26, 2022

Danielle is just amazing! I always feel so taken care of ❤️


Oct 30, 2022

My session went very well thank you.


Oct 13, 2022

Danielle is AMAZING


Sep 22, 2022

I love my therapist already. Really looking forward to our next session.


Sep 09, 2022

I feel very confident in my therapist ability to help my child


Aug 29, 2022

I feel that I found the place that will help my child recover.


Jul 19, 2022

Danielle is helping me with working on putting off compulsions in new areas and was helpful in suggesting a slower approach to not napping during the day as my psychiatric suggested.


Jul 05, 2022

Danielle is helping me with exposures and response again and assigning new areas to work on the next 2 weeks.


Jun 28, 2022

Danielle is having me do exposures that will hopefully help me tolerate the uncertainty of the exposure causing harm. She does not force me to do an exposure.


Jun 28, 2022

Reminding me of past techniques and helpful tools. Introducing new ideas


Jun 20, 2022

She is real, raw, open and honest. She reflects and reiterates what I’m saying to make sure she understands me. It feels like she genuinely cares and is motivated to help me get better.


Apr 26, 2022

I really liked how approachable Danielle was. When my therapist comes off as too clinical, I can feel uncomfortable.


Apr 04, 2022

Danielle and I clicked very well, I feel very comfortable with her and know I can share how I’m truly feeling without any judgement.


Mar 30, 2022

She was very thorough, she went above and beyond my expectations for attentiveness!!


Mar 07, 2022

Seems very knowledgeable and easy to talk to ;)


Mar 06, 2022

I leave each session with more confidence and hope for recovery every time. Love it.


Mar 04, 2022

Feel so confident with my progress, thanks to Danielle and the support of the NOCD platform.


Feb 20, 2022

She is so easy to talk to, and does a great job at connecting the dots on the road to managing my OCD. I have already seen improvement in myself and with the “tools” I’ve been given to battle my daily/hourly/minutely reoccurring triggers.


Feb 09, 2022

She created an open and inviting environment to be honest about my situation.


Feb 06, 2022

My session was very good had problems with the tech. problems.


Jan 31, 2022

danielle was super kind and she had a relaxed manner. she made me feel comfortable and that i wasn’t alone. i’m looking forward to continuing care with her!

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Languages spoken

  • English

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