Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Vanessa Duran, Licensed Therapist, LCSW, BCD, Licensed OCD Therapist

Vanessa Duran

Licensed Therapist, LCSW, BCD


The most important aspect of treatment is to have somebody you can talk to, who you feel comfortable with. Somebody who's going to listen to you and you feel you can trust. Making sure that that therapeutic alliance is established is my number one priority. Outside of work, I really enjoy crafting. I love to make homemade gifts for friends and family.

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Growth looks different for each person. It's not necessarily a jump from zero to 10. Making small, incremental changes over time, you can look back and say, 'I've climbed a mountain.'

Get to know Vanessa Duran

Originally, I worked at a dialysis clinic, helping patients with insurance issues. I found that I really liked sitting chairside with people, listening to their stories, the day-to-day things they were going through, and trying to find ways to help them. I realized therapy was my calling, and I decided to pursue it as a profession.

I've previously treated trauma. Many of the evidence-based treatments for trauma are similar to exposure and response prevention that we use in OCD. I felt like it was a natural fit for me. What I find most gratifying is hearing that a person I've been working with is doing something they had previously shied away from. Growth looks different for each person. It's not necessarily a jump from zero to 10. It could be small incremental changes. Sometimes growth even looks like going a few steps backward before progressing forward. Making small, incremental changes over time, you can look back and say, I've climbed a mountain.

I have experience treating anxiety and depression. My main focus has been post-traumatic stress disorder.

Come to therapy as your authentic self. Bring your truth. Be prepared to work. Therapy isn't always easy—there are times when we're going to push and we're going to negotiate for goals—but it is the most effective way to help you feel better in the long run.

Absolutely bring it up. Say, 'Hey, I'm having some reservations about sharing what's on my mind.' Just bringing up the fact that you're uncomfortable talking about something can lead to areas of improvement, healing, and growth.

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Insurance Coverages

  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Cigna
  • Aetna
  • Independence Blue Cross (IBC)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Rhode Island


District Of Columbia

What our members say about
Vanessa Duran


Sep 28, 2023

Wonderful educational tools and insights


Sep 26, 2023

Vanessa Duran is absolutely amazing!


Sep 07, 2023

I feel that Vanessa does a fantastic job listening to me, being personable and also professional. Thank you!!


Aug 11, 2023

I knew I liked Vanessa right away. She has a very kind, gentle and genuine way about her. I feel comfortable talking with her. She shows care for me. She is educating and provides me with hope that I can get better.


Aug 09, 2023

Vanessa was so kind, open and gentle. Thank you for showing me that I can get help!


Aug 02, 2023

My first session with my therapist went great! She was very professional and made me feel hopeful!


Jul 24, 2023

We love Vanessa very much!!! We find her to be compassionate and knowledgeable. We are so grateful for her and for NOCD!!!!


Jul 18, 2023

Vanessa is FANTASTIC! I don't know where Id be without her. I have struggled on/off with OCD for many years and had a relapse of symptoms after having my first baby last summer. I suffered with scary intrusive thoughts and mental compulsions for months. Im so grateful that I finally took this step and committed to treatment through NOCD. Its extremely convenient and all of the exercises and homework and treatment plan materials are in your app portal. Vanessa is kind, relatable, friendly and sooo down to earth and understanding. She honestly made ERP fun, I even was able to laugh at my self a few times. She gives so much encouragement and really made me feel confident that I have what it takes to beat OCD!!! Highly recommend Vanessa and NOCD. Also loved that using the app and zoom made ERP less intimidating than it may have been in person as I procrastinated on having to go into someones office not knowing what to expect. I feel amazing compared to when I started this journey - 5 stars!


Jul 17, 2023

I absolutely love my therapist. She has helped me a great deal and I hope to continue to work with her. However, before my first appointment I was told my therapy would be in network. But after 10 sessions I was informed by my insurance company that it is out of network. I have been battling with NOCD and my insurance company to get it straitened out. This is causing a lot of undo stress and the balance is astronomical to me and now I cannot continue therapy because it is too high. Now I have to wait for them to straighten it out.


Jun 20, 2023

She is an amazing therapist!


Jun 16, 2023

My therapist Vanessa was extremely supportive and helped me with through a challenging exposure today. I’ve grown to appreciate how caring and understanding she is with my treatment and the compulsions I struggle with.


Jun 02, 2023

Today was an amazing breakthrough session! It is the first time in many years were I felt peace. I look forward to continuing our work together.


May 23, 2023

Very patient and understanding


May 18, 2023

Very professional. I look forward to working with her to help me with my OCD.


Feb 23, 2023

Vanessa is the best


Feb 09, 2023

She is incredible


Jan 26, 2023

4th session and feeling this is going very well.


Nov 30, 2022

Very patient

Badges and training


These designations signify the therapist's expertise in treating specific mental health conditions, ensuring you receive the personalized care you deserve.


Languages spoken

  • English

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