Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Heidi Vanderhei, Licensed Therapist, LMHC, CCMHC, NCC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Heidi Vanderhei


Licensed Therapist, LMHC, CCMHC, NCC


Mental health has been prominent in my family, so becoming a therapist felt like the right career path for me. I have a passion for helping others, and I have a lot of experience with OCD. I understand why intrusive unwanted thoughts and urges are difficult to talk about. Obsession and compulsions are taking a lot of time out of your life and interfering with the things you love. We’ll work together so you can learn how not to rely on compulsions and rituals, freeing yourself for you to do things you love to do. You’ll find me to be supportive and encouraging, with a genuine desire to help people succeed. I prefer to work with ages 12 and up, so if you’re ready to get on the road to recovery from OCD, I can help.

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I want you to know how proud I am of you today for taking this first step towards treatment. I know it's not easy, but I am really glad that you are going to get the treatment that you need, as well as deserve!

Get to know Heidi Vanderhei

I became a therapist because I always had interest in helping others. When I was a teenager I struggled with anxiety, low self-esteem, and an eating disorder. When I finally was brave enough to seek treatment, my therapist helped me to get my life back on track. This made me want to do the same for others, I want to give back and do for others what others once did for me.

Where I grew up, there was a behavioral health hospital. It had a residential program that specialized in OCD. After receiving my bachelor's degree, I tried out different areas such as working with the elderly and working in community mental health. I eventually ended up focusing on for OCD. Anxiety disorders run in my family, so it just felt like a really good fit. I enjoyed it then, and I still do today.

I have over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. More than 10 of those years have been working with adults, adolescents, and children with OCD and related disorders in a residential setting. Other conditions that I have treated include depression and other mood disorders, GAD, PTSD, trauma, substance abuse, and eating disorders.

When you enter my session, it's safe for you to share anything with me. I understand that a lot of the themes that come up in OCD can be very difficult to talk about. I want to encourage you to talk about them here so that we can address them and face them together.

I want you to know that this is a safe space and that I have been working with people with OCD for a long time. I'm used to hearing some pretty intense things, and, as a result, I'm unshockable. In addition, I know that these thoughts have nothing to do with who you are as a person, and I'm not going to judge you for them.

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Insurance Coverages

  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Florida Blue
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wisconsin - Medicaid
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wisconsin - Commercial
  • Cigna



What our members say about
Heidi Vanderhei


Jan 16, 2024

Heidi is helping me so much. She takes the time to really listen and understand me, and she gives me new perspective and coping skills to practice outside of sessions. She is very knowledgeable about the different ways OCD can manifest and cause distress, and she is able to tailor her knowledge to help me through whatever I’m going through at any given moment, while also keeping my focus on the overarching themes and thought patterns that are common to all of my obsessive thoughts and compulsions. Within just weeks, I felt that I better understood what was happening in my brain, and after a few months I already feel a real difference in how I’m coping with things that previously would have caused me debilitating anxiety. Heidi is friendly and easy to talk to while always providing a professional and safe space.


Dec 11, 2023

Heidi is very helpful but doesn’t let me slack off. I like her a lot.


Jul 20, 2023

Nocd has given me my daughter back. Thank you thank you!!! Sometimes therapy seemed hard but totally worth it. My daughter is able to go with friends, out to dinner, and full days of school. Can’t say enough good things about it.


Mar 09, 2023

The best therapist I’ve ever had!


Dec 02, 2022

Heidi is a fantastic therapist. She really understands OCD and she’s so easy to talk to. Making good progress so far!! 😊


Aug 24, 2022

From Yaffa’s parent


Aug 15, 2022

First therapy session went awesome!


Aug 10, 2022

Great session, very helpful.


Aug 10, 2022

My son’s therapist is great


Jun 13, 2022

Second session went very well. Looking forward to the next.


Jun 08, 2022

I had my first therapy session to take and it made me feel like I’m walking in the right direction. I’m looking forward to the next.


Mar 08, 2022

I have really come a long way in a relatively few sessions. I feel really great about how well I am feeling now


Mar 04, 2022

I did it! My first therapy session went really well. I’m so proud of myself I could cry!


Feb 19, 2022

Heidi is very warm and welcoming, she makes sure to explain things in detail so I understand them. I look forward to more sessions and seeing my progress.


Feb 11, 2022

I feel so much better after my therapy session


Feb 03, 2022

I got some good suggestions that I can implement this week and I intend to write them down and get started today


Jan 19, 2022

I have tried therapy several times before, and they did not feel like a good fit for me, but now I feel confident that I have finally found the right therapist for me.


Jan 12, 2022

Feel so much better about session

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Languages spoken

  • English

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