Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Iris Cohen, Licensed Therapist, MSW, LCSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Iris Cohen


Licensed Therapist, MSW, LCSW


My approach to treating OCD is direct and compassionate. I'll help you identify your values and develop exposures involving the things that are important to you.

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If you commit to therapy, you can learn how to manage the distress that comes from your intrusive thoughts. You can improve your relationships, do the things you want to do, and work toward your goals.

Get to know Iris Cohen

I enjoy learning about people and helping them through difficult situations. Studying psychology for my undergrad degree, I was so fascinated by the brain and its relation to people’s behavior. Right before grad school, I suffered a traumatic loss that completely altered my outlook on life. I learned how difficult it is to move forward and engage in 'normal' activities while carrying heavy, indescribable pain. That led me to get into therapy. There is so much suffering in the world, and I wanted to provide support and relief, to help people learn tangible ways they can improve their well-being.

Like most people, I had little to no understanding of OCD. When I saw a job opportunity that utilized ERP, I decided to apply. It was in that job interview that I began to learn about OCD and how impairing it can be. Working with people with OCD, I’ve learned how scary their intrusive thoughts can be. I learned how many experiences, relationships, and opportunities they have lost or strained because of their OCD. I could not believe how brave these people were, to do scary things their OCD is telling them will cause a feared outcome.

In addition to OCD, I focus on treating anxiety and depression. I've been interested in treating depression because of my personal experiences with it. I've experienced how exhausting and lonely it can be to constantly be chained down by feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, lack of motivation, and lack of pleasure. I wanted to help people regain enjoyment in life, improve their mood, and engage in behaviors that align with their values and goals.

You should know it will not be easy. It can be very hard and very scary. There might be times when you want to give up. But if you commit to engaging in therapy, you can learn how to manage the distress that comes from your intrusive thoughts. You can improve your relationships, do the things you want to do, and work toward your goals.

It is completely understandable. Intrusive thoughts can often feel taboo or unspeakable. I hope you'll tell me that you feel scared to share your thoughts. I will meet you where you are and not force you to tell me anything you are not comfortable with. I will help you identify the barriers to sharing those thoughts with me.

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Insurance Coverages

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



What our members say about
Iris Cohen


Apr 03, 2024

She is great with my daughter and very patient. Great explanation to understand OCD.


Oct 20, 2023

Iris has really helped me out of one of the darkest periods of my life.


Aug 01, 2023

Really like Iris. I feel that this is going to be life changing for me and my family. Extremly excited


Jul 21, 2023

Iris is amazing! Love working with her, sessions are productive and helpful, I get great tools to keep in mind, and she challenges me to keep pushing myself with exposures


Jul 05, 2023

Iris has changed my life. I'm so thankful.


Jun 23, 2023

Iris has changed my life in less than a month! I'm so thankful!


Jan 23, 2023

Love my therapist, she helps me challenge my thoughts and dig deeper, and also remains unbiased and non-judgmental about my specific concerns. Thanks!


Sep 22, 2022

first session went well, looking forward to what me and iris can accomplish together moving forward


Aug 09, 2022

Iris has helped me so much allready.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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