Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Jennifer Shafi, Licensed Therapist, LPC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Jennifer Shafi


Licensed Therapist, LPC


Before becoming a therapist, I was an artist, which led me into the field of art therapy. My approach to treating OCD is warm but direct; my goal is to help you become your own therapist. Creating art—especially ceramic art and painting—and skiing are my big passions in life.

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I've struggled with anxiety and depression, and that runs in my family as well. I know personally that with effort, you can overcome these challenges. I have seen and helped many people make the changes that are necessary to improve their lives.

Get to know Jennifer Shafi

I became a therapist, first and foremost, to help people who are struggling. When I was younger, I went through a very difficult time with my health. That led me to pause my life and look at how I was coping with my stress and anxiety. It was part of a life-changing journey that took me to a new place. I decided to go back to school to become a mental health counselor and art therapist.

I first worked with people who had OCD in an outpatient setting, and that led me to train as an ERP therapist. ERP helped so many people that it was always interesting and motivating to go to work. Treatment does take effort, and with effort, you will see results.

I have worked in various settings as a mental health clinician. I was initially trained as a marriage and family therapist and an art therapist. I have worked as an individual therapist in community mental health and been a lead therapist for an intensive outpatient program and a partial hospitalization program focusing on OCD, anxiety, and mood disorders.

Often, just starting something is the most difficult step. Before we get started with treatment, I will answer all the questions you have about ERP. I will never ask you to do something you don’t want to do. Everything I ask you to do comes from having your best interest in mind. We will be partners in this journey, with you taking the lead. We will need to unlearn safety behaviors and compulsions, so I will try to model that as much as possible in the sessions. I like to send the message that we don’t want to “negotiate” with OCD. We will take a slow, methodical approach to facing fears and worries together, so you can progress at a speed that feels achievable but also challenging.

I know that sharing your OCD or anxious thoughts with a stranger can be daunting, especially thoughts that may bring up feelings of guilt, shame, or embarrassment. I want you to know that I'm a professional who has been working with OCD for 11 years, and I'm here to help you understand and work through OCD together. Although OCD thoughts can differ from person to person, the themes can be very similar. Chances are you're not the only person who experiences the thoughts you're having. By sharing your thoughts with me, you're helping me help you.

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Insurance Coverages

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



What our members say about
Jennifer Shafi


Nov 14, 2023

It's felt like a long process, but with Jen's outstanding help, I'm feeling good and have made a lot of progress.


Oct 04, 2023

Jen is sooooo helpful to me!


Aug 31, 2023

Jen has helped me tremendously. She listens to me and encourages me to push myself with my exposures. I like that she has a background working at Roger’s too. I feel safe sharing my thoughts with her, and she doesn’t judge me for picking at my skin (just helps me develop tools to combat it). My scores have improved significantly under her expertise. Overall, I would highly recommend Jen to anyone wanting to improve their OCD!


Jul 14, 2023

Jennifer Shafi, my therapist, is a great person and therapist. I very much enjoy meeting with her and everything else about the NOCD app and program. Thank you for all you do!


Jul 06, 2023

I really appreciate Jen,and most of all trust her!She is very knowledgeable and I feel that I am in safe hands.


Jun 27, 2023

Jen has helped me immensely. She’s always been easy to talk to and has given me effective tools to handle my OCD.


May 15, 2023

Jen is great! She’s so knowledgeable and experienced with OCD. I know I can trust her with my treatment.


Mar 31, 2023

Jennifer is the best therapist I have ever had. This is my first experience with ERP and I couldn’t imagine going through it with anyone else. I really feel like I hit the therapist lottery.


Mar 07, 2023

It was just an assessment but she was very understanding and helpful


Feb 20, 2023

Jen is the best


Feb 15, 2023

Jen is just the best! She's helped me extremely. I will be forever grateful that I've had her as my therapist.


Feb 06, 2023

Wonderful always


Feb 01, 2023

I appreciate Jen so much. I feel I will eventually get better with her help. It’s hard work but she encourages me.


Jan 27, 2023

Starting exposure and response for the first time is tough & I felt encouraged to bravely go toward difficult thoughts, as uncomfortable as they may be.


Jan 13, 2023

Jen's the best!


Jan 05, 2023

I love Jen she knows how to keep me on track,and she is a very good therapist!


Dec 12, 2022

I have every confidence in my therapist to help me.


Dec 07, 2022

My therapist is very helpful


Dec 03, 2022

I’m anxious to get started on the treatment


Nov 03, 2022

I just love Jen,she is very professional and kind,she knows her stuff!


Oct 25, 2022

Jen has been a wonderful therapist for me. She really listens and is very encouraging. I've needed someone to help me with my OCD for years and years, and I now have a therapist who is doing that. Jen is very knowledgable about therapy for OCD and knows just what to say to help me through. I'm extremely grateful.


Aug 25, 2022

I was feeling awful this morning and in 5 minutes with Jennifer I felt worlds better. She says what I think but don’t believe with a compassionate and validating outlook, while still being direct.


Aug 22, 2022

Jen is the best


Aug 08, 2022

Very understanding and kind once you get to know her, and super knowledgeable on not just OCD but other mental health disorders as well!


Jul 13, 2022

Jen is a great therapist,she always makes me feel like there is hope,and she has helped me tremendously.I am thankful for her and NOCD.


Jun 22, 2022

I’ve been in talk therapy for the last 10 years and I can truly say I have gotten so much more in the short 6 months with my NOCD therapist Jennifer. Someone told me that they thought I had OCD after my twins were born and it wasn’t until some extensive research and validation from Jennifer that I realized I have been “misdiagnosed” my whole life. NOCD is changing the game and Im happy to be part of such a warm and welcoming community. I can feel myself getting stronger with each session and genuinely feel heard and cared for.


Jun 17, 2022

Jennifer is a great therapist. She has a wonderful balance of warmth and professionalism. She has helped me tremendously.


May 10, 2022

My therapist has been very helpful. I have made big improvements through my sessions with her


Apr 29, 2022

My therapist is easy to talk to and understands OCD, I did not feel “odd” about talking openly about how OCD has affected me


Apr 06, 2022

I am very satisfied with NOCD. I have improved much since starting therapy with NOCD.


Feb 28, 2022

I feel comfy already


Feb 23, 2022

Jennifer just knows what I need & really helps me understand my condition.


Jan 26, 2022

Very good session & making progress


Jan 25, 2022

I just love Jen.I feel safe,and optimistic when I talk with Jen.


Jan 17, 2022

Hopefully making some progress with Jennifer guiding me.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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