Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Marilyn Pennington, Licensed Therapist, LCSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Marilyn Pennington

Licensed Therapist, LCSW


As a therapist, I am very client-centered. I will meet you where you are and how you're feeling. I'll let you tell me your story first. I won't project any preconceived ideas on what your problems are. When I'm not doing therapy, I love cooking. I probably spend too much time watching cooking shows, trying to learn new techniques. If I've been to a restaurant, I will research their menu online and try to duplicate an excellent dish. I enjoy that immensely.

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Don't worry too much about the initial feelings that may come up in therapy. We will work at your speed. I'll ask you to do some intense work, but it will be worth it.

Get to know Marilyn Pennington

My first career was in a clinical laboratory; I worked there for about 20 years. But I felt that there was something missing in regard to direct contact with people who could benefit from my services. So I went back to school and got a degree in social work, and started off from there. That's been about the second half of my life so far. It's been highly interesting, because everything I did before has been very applicable in therapy—not to mention all the things I've learned about therapy itself.

At the start of the pandemic, I pursued tele-mental-health jobs, because we weren't allowed to open up completely to do in-person therapy. I like how NOCD focuses on one health issue; I find OCD very interesting. It's a good fit for me.

I have worked mainly with anxiety and depression. I also have some experience treating schizophrenia.

It's a process that might be uncomfortable at times, but it will be effective in the long run. It's an evidence-based practice. Don't worry too much about the initial feelings that may come up in therapy. We will work at your speed. I'll ask you to do some intense work, but it will be worth it.

People have a wide range of intrusive thoughts. Because they're so diverse, your NOCD therapist has probably dealt with several of the themes that you have going on. It's perfectly OK to express those thoughts—they are just thoughts, and you won't be judged for your thought process.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Cigna
  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
  • Blue Care Network HMO - Michigan
  • Priority Health



What our members say about
Marilyn Pennington


Jan 25, 2024

Marilyn is amazing! My symptoms have improved by at least 80% since starting. Whole heartedly believe I couldn’t have done it without her!!


Jul 17, 2023

Tough work. Super patient, continuing to learn


Apr 06, 2023

Provided clarity in the process and answered all my questions. Very affirming.


Mar 22, 2023

Marilyn is kind and patient.


Mar 16, 2023

Professional and kind.


Jan 26, 2023

I was impressed enough in this initial session that I choose to move forward with therapy.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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