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



Licensed Therapist, LCSW


Acceptance is at the core of the work that I do. With OCD, you may feel a lot of fear, worry, and anxiety about the particular struggle you happen to be having. I will help you learn how to sit in that space. As a therapist, I am genuine and trustworthy—we can do this together. A fun fact about me: I have lived in two different ancient lands: Jerusalem and Egypt.

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This may be an up-and-down journey, but I will be there for you. Even if you don't fully believe in yourself, or if you feel like this isn't working, I'm going to be there.

Get to know Lulu

Initially, I worked with children, particularly children on the autism spectrum. That's where I fell in love with evidence-based practice—seeing the improvements people can make and all the goals they can accomplish, while helping them as a behavioral coach. That led me on this journey: having one experience after another with all different populations who are struggling in their own unique way. I realized we're all on our own journey. Why not be a part of that together?

I think OCD is particularly interesting because exposure and response prevention therapy is so effective. You can help people overcome their fears right in the moment, right on the spot. It doesn't require years of therapy or expensive rehabilitative programs. You can do it there with them, and see them recover and improve quickly.

The areas I've covered the most include general anxiety, grief and loss, depression, and trauma. I worked in the medical field for a while, and the cancer population was really intriguing because it involves the most heightened anxiety I think any human can feel.

Number one: you are very brave for being here. Just getting to therapy is probably the hardest part. This may be an up-and-down journey, but I will be there for you. Even if you don't fully believe in yourself, or if you feel like this isn't working, I'm going to be there. That's my job—to let you know you're still on the right path.

I'm really here to support you. I'm never going to force you to share your thoughts. We're going to go at the pace you're comfortable with. That being said, I will motivate you to challenge yourself a little bit. Therapy will be a nice balance: Sometimes you're going to lead and I'll follow, and at times I might push you out of your comfort zone a little bit. We can work together to keep moving things forward.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Cigna
  • Magellan
  • Aetna
  • Kaiser - Southern California Region
  • Kaiser - Northern California Region



What our members say about


Nov 29, 2023

Lulu is an amazing therapist. She does an amazing job of balancing where I am currently and continuing/staying focused on treatment plan. My homework is doable while also helping me to build new skills... And she honors the moments when I need a break.


Nov 15, 2023

I have made incredible progress since working with Lulu and I cannot write her enough of a glowing review. In a few sessions, I felt like we reached our initial goals. Since then, she has continuously pushed me to reach new goals and has given me valuable skills and lessons that I utilize in my life daily. My life has changed since working with Lulu and I am so so so grateful.


Aug 07, 2023

Wonderful therapist


Aug 02, 2023

So patient kind and effective! Feels like a perfect match for my needs!


Jul 17, 2023

My first therapist at NOCD (Ross) was terrible. He shortened the therapy time and said that we needed to schedule my next session two weeks out. Not happy and disillusioned which is why I switched therapists (with whom I’m happy with now).


Jul 17, 2023

Lulu is incredible: she’s perfect for this work—understanding and supportive with a ton of tools! I’m motivated each week to continue with the therapy.


Jul 05, 2023

Lulu is amazing I really feel that she is able to make me feel safe seen and heard and also gently but easily gets me focused back to the task at hand so that we can get some real work done which is difficult for me as I tend to spin in a million directions.


Jun 22, 2023

I can’t say enough about LuLu Her genuine personality, knowledge of OCD AND other therapeutic forms is outstanding. I am very fortunate to have found LuLu as my therapist


Jun 14, 2023

Lulu is such an amazing therapist. I didn't feel seen or heard in my last NOCD experience, but Lulu is a complete 180. From my first session she really invested in getting to know me, explaining the process and my diagnosis, and also took the time to walk me through an exercise on having grace with myself as I navigate OCD and ERP. Even her tone is soothing and calming!


Jun 07, 2023

Very patient and understanding wonderful listener


May 22, 2023

Lulu rocks!


May 15, 2023

Love love love Lulu—she’s awesome and I’m very hopeful!


May 11, 2023

I’m very grateful for Lulu. She has helped me get through quite a bit since we started working together. I leave our sessions feeling heard and understood. I’ve learned such valuable ERP techniques that I’ve been able to apply in my daily life. She’s very easy to talk to, nonjudgmental, and empathetic. Highly recommended!


May 09, 2023

I’m not being dramatic. Lulu Safki and ERP has saved my life. There were dark moments when I didn’t want to live anymore because the OCD voices were too much to bear. It was nonstop, 24/7, invasive thoughts that left me anxious, spiraling daily, depressed. I’ve been working consistently with Lulu since end of Sept 2022 where I saw her twice a week, every week. Since last month I have tapered to just once a week every week because I started noticing change. Lulu has this balance of compassion, kindness, humor and thoughtfulness that works well for me. She also is able to take the thoughts in my head and translate them into something I can fully grasp and understand….I’ve had so many “a-ha!!” moments with Lulu. She’s given me this lens to see things in a whole new light. With Lulu, we’ve also uncovered different OCD themes I have been subconsciously dealing with. Never have I ever experienced therapy quite like this. Stay consistent, do the work. OCD never fully goes away but with ERP and a good therapist you’ll find a way to live fully and lean into uncertainty even when it’s scary.


Mar 15, 2023

Lulu is amazing!


Mar 15, 2023

I feel that Lulu truly understands what I’m going through and offers incredibly insightful and nuanced guidance. She holds me accountable while allowing space for me to vent about my frustrations and difficulties with this disorder. She’s also genuinely invested in my well-being and is happy to celebrate my little wins. It’s amazing to see tangible improvements and feel like OCD’s grasp on my life is loosening….I wholeheartedly believe that I wouldn’t have made this much progress if not for Lulu’s compassionate wisdom. I’m so grateful to have her as an ally!


Mar 11, 2023

I feel so safe, heard and really enjoy all my sessions with Lulu. She is truly amazing and I have made so much progress since we first started working together. Can’t praise her enough!!


Feb 28, 2023

Words can not express how much my therapist (Lulu) has supported me and how grateful I am to have found her. Lulu's therapeutic and humanistic approach is all encompassing. Lulu's knowledge of OCD treatment is extremely visible and what makes Lulu's therapeutic practice great is her ability to adjust to patients needs.


Feb 08, 2023

Lulu really 'sees' me


Dec 29, 2022

I love working with Lulu! She’s an amazing therapist and I come away from each session feeling heard. Each session is very productive and I appreciate her empathy.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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