Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Lourdes De Las Heras Kuhn, Master of Social Work (MSW), Registered Social Worker (RSW), Licensed OCD Therapist

Lourdes De Las Heras Kuhn


Master of Social Work (MSW), Registered Social Worker (RSW)


I'm all about empowering members to make decisions motivated by their values, not their intrusive thoughts. It’s important for me to know your concerns and questions before I invite you to commit to therapeutic work. I will take time to listen before I give any recommendations or information. I'm pretty animated most of the time and don’t hesitate to cheer members on and celebrate wins!

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My research background provides scientific rigor to my work. I am committed to understanding members while honoring their individuality. I identify as a Latina with a unique cultural and historical background, which impacts the ways in which I approach my work.

Get to know Lourdes De Las Heras Kuhn

I was 6 years old when I sat at the table where my mother was chatting with a woman that captivated my attention. She was eloquent and spoke of things that are usually hard to capture—thoughts and emotions. Fast forward a few years: I was often trusted by my peers with deeply personal stories of pain and sorrow. Fascinated by psychoanalysis in college, I started my own therapeutic process with an analyst. I learned about the craft as I learned more about myself. Informed by all of this, I decided to become a therapist.

I decided to specialize in OCD because of my previous experience working with exposure-based procedures. I first guided exposures in an inpatient psychiatric hospital as part of my training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). I witnessed the effectiveness of exposures while working with women who struggled with high sensitivity, high reactivity, and slow return to emotional baseline. I decided to further my understanding of OCD and its impact on people’s well-being.

Working in research and hospital settings gave me the opportunity to work with women and men struggling with substance abuse, mood disorders, and personality disorders. As a social worker in New York, I was privileged to work with the Latinx community.

Doing ERP is a commitment and an investment. It's hard, but it's not unlike other hard things you’ve done in your life. We’ll make room for us to sit with the whole spectrum of emotions, whether there are tears, laughter, frustration, hopelessness, or pride. As we work together, you’ll realize that the skills you're learning to cope with OCD are transferable and will enhance other areas of your life.

Put that fear into words. Let me know how you're feeling. Talking about your thoughts with me will be your first exposure. Avoidance perpetuates obsessions, and I don't recommend it. Telling me how you're feeling and what you're thinking will help us understand how your mind works, how your body's reacting, and will identify how your choices are serving you.

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What our members say about
Lourdes De Las Heras Kuhn


Jan 10, 2024

Working with Lourdes over the last year has been life changing. She has supported me throughout my entire ERP journey and continues to support me by teaching me and helping me understand what I'm going through on this journey.


Dec 21, 2023

Lourdes is the best therapist for me because she always has an answer, makes OCD and the compulsions clear to me and points out what is important for me to improve in recovery. With her support I am able to do things and participate in life like I wasn’t able to do for a long time and I am so grateful to have her.


Nov 09, 2023

Lourdes has been extremely supportive, professional, sympathetic and kind to me throughout my journey with NOCD. A year ago I never thought I could have made this kind of progress and thought I would be stuck in the OCD cycle forever. Lourdes encouraged me to take hard leaps in my recovery, face difficult fears and learn to trust myself again. I feel like me again, I learned more about myself and I like life again and she helped me do that.


Aug 25, 2023

Lourdes is a wonderful therapist. She's compassionate n willing to help. She encourages her clients n motivates them.


Aug 10, 2023

Once again an amazing session with Lourdes. I always feel like I’m in a safe space to talk about anything and I actually feel relief and like I’m making progress after each session, she’s always the first to tell me how strong I am and how I can do hard things. I really appreciate that as a lot of the time I forget.


Aug 03, 2023

Lourdes listens with so much understanding and is always ready to provide wisdom that I can take with me onto my day to day life. I am learning to recognise the rigid thinking patterns of OCD and to not get hooked in OCD’s stories. OCD is smart and uses anything it can, including some very serious and real life stressors, to get my attention… but guess what. I’m smarter!


Jul 26, 2023

Lourdes is the best therapist I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with, I always feel better and have a better grasp on my OCD after session. I’m so thankful to have her as my therapist!


Jul 14, 2023

Lourdes is incredibly kind, open, and constructive with her approach to therapy!


Jul 12, 2023

Lourdes is such an understanding therapist. My daughter feels comfortable with her, and we really appreciate her help.


Jul 05, 2023

Lourdes is a very compassionate and caring person. She really listens and is very helpful. Thank you


Jun 20, 2023

I felt I hit rock bottom in my life. But Lourdes sessions always make me get up on my feet again !!!.


Jun 15, 2023

Really happy with my therapist. She really motivates me.


May 18, 2023

The best therapist I could have ever asked for! She makes every session as comfortable as humanly possible, she’s always there for me and I feel comfortable telling her anything and everything without feeling so alone! I truly wouldn’t be where I am in my ocd journey without her. I’m so thankful I got matched with her.


Apr 29, 2023

Lourdes is the best therapist I could ask for. It’s great to be witness to her expertise and how skilfully she leads each session. 👌🏻Thank you ❤️


Apr 28, 2023

Lourdes has taught me a lot about my OCD, myself and how to manage it and make my life the best it can possibly be. I can only say good things about my experience with her and NOCD.


Mar 24, 2023

Great as always :)


Mar 01, 2023

Lourdes is amazing really helping me.


Feb 02, 2023

Fantastic session and as always, make me feel totally refreshed and energetic.


Jan 25, 2023

Very good therapist. I'm excited to see the progression of the treatment.


Jan 25, 2023

Lourdes is the best


Jan 20, 2023

I feel like I’m in really good hands now. Lourdes is really interested in my experience of things and so nice and so motivated to help me.


Dec 03, 2022

I am so thankful for my wonderful therapist! Whenever we finish a session, I always feel there is a close light at the end of the tunnel.


Oct 27, 2022

I feel like I am finally close to understanding the root of my worst worries !! I am very thankful for Lourdes for delivering those extraordinary sessions!!


Oct 11, 2022

Great session, as always. ☺️


Oct 04, 2022

I have 26 years of therapy experience and Lourdes is the best therapist I ever had. She sees and treats me holistically and not only my OCD, which is an eye opening and extremely helpful experience. I can really feel, that we are getting somewhere and I'm even excited about the journey ahead.


Sep 21, 2022

Lourdes has the ability to give me hope, that my mental state can get better and that she makes me feel welcome, no matter how my mood is. I always feel better after talking to her.


Sep 14, 2022

Lourdes is a great therapist. Starting the session, I had been in a very bad state, after the session I felt so much better. I felt understood, encouraged and supported.


Aug 13, 2022

Lourdes seems to be the perfect fit for me, I'm looking forward to tackling my issues with her.


Jul 28, 2022

Lourdes is outstanding. Although I felt uncertain about the treatment before starting because I thought my subtype (existential) was too tough for most people to tackle, she has been doing it incredibly well while also helping me greatly with agoraphobia - I went from feeling unable to leave my own room to going where I want (mostly). ERP even allowed me to be patient when having dissociation and other weird anxious states, which greatly decreases suffering. For that reason, I have also been panic-free for a while, even though some exposures began with accepting that a panic attack might happen. If you are in doubt about ERP, please go and try it - I spent too much time and money with ineffective therapy, while Lourdes was able to help me out of it in a few months.


Jul 21, 2022

After every session, I always end up much more optimistic, motivated and hopeful. I am really truly thankful for Lourdes


Jul 09, 2022

Lourdes is the best!


Apr 21, 2022

I have been struggling with this mental obsession for 15 years that completely deprived me from enjoying anything I used to like in life. I thought I am cursed and almost completely gave up having fun in life. Until I registered in NOCD where I finally found Lourdes who completely and perfectly grasped my obsession. I finally felt some hope again.


Apr 15, 2022

Have deep understanding of my worries and is willing to spend as much effort as needed to support me


Mar 31, 2022

They understood my condition very well and provided me with appropriate support


Mar 02, 2022

As always, Lourdes understands, is very empathic and shows she really cares. She also always has some new learnings and insights about what I bring to sessions. I am learning a lot and feel great progress in my OCD journey.


Feb 09, 2022

Making a lot of progress! Lourdes is excelent and I always feel heard and supported in this journey. She truly cares!


Jan 25, 2022

I am so happy Lourdes is my therapist, she is great! I feel supported and motivated, she really understands. Being able to talk in Spanish is also a plus.


Dec 30, 2021

My therapist had great understanding of my inner thoughts and feelings


Dec 05, 2021

I felt that my therapist managed to understand my inner obsessions exactly and provide me with helpful tips. I am optimistic that I will become better as I go on.

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Languages spoken

  • English,
  • Spanish

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