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

Shelby Kruse


Licensed Therapist, LCSW


We all have intrusive thoughts. There will never be a time during our work together that the thoughts you share will carry judgment. As a therapist, I love witnessing folks reclaim their lives and rebuild confidence to integrate the things that bring them joy. Outside of work, I am a mama and have a four-year-old daughter who is the light of my life. I love interior design, true crime podcasts, and working out.

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OCD therapy can feel scary, especially if you can't remember a life without OCD. But if you're willing to try it out, you can expect to see some really profound and positive changes in your life.

Get to know Shelby Kruse

Mental health has played a significant role in my life as I have dealt with anxiety-related disorders since adolescence. I always knew that I would choose a profession focused on healing and being a therapist has allowed me to integrate my education and lived experience to empower others to reclaim their lives. There is healing in that process, and it is unbelievably rewarding to witness.

I have worked as a clinical therapist as a generalist, treating a spectrum of diagnoses. I completed a training on Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy and it was unlike any other modality I had utilized with such notable outcomes for folks who struggle with OCD and anxiety.

I have six years of experience working within the acute care setting in which I provided clinical intervention for life-threatening illnesses, death/dying, substance abuse, traumatic injuries, suicidality and self-harm, and adjustment issues. I completed my second-year graduate internship in the hospital setting and was exposed to a multitude of physical and mental health diagnoses and the intersectionality of the two which I found interesting.

We are going to be intentionally challenging your fears and leaning into uncertainty. This might feel scary, especially if you cannot remember a life without OCD. But if you are willing to try it out and withstand the discomfort, you can expect to see some really profound and positive changes in your life.

It seems fair that you might initially be afraid to share some of your thoughts with me. It’s important to know that (1) we all have intrusive thoughts; and (2) there will never be a time during our work together that the thoughts you share will carry judgment.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Kaiser - Northern California Region
  • Magellan
  • Kaiser - Southern California Region
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Independence Blue Cross (IBC)



What our members say about
Shelby Kruse


Nov 21, 2023

Literally the best therapist ever. So grateful for her.


Aug 15, 2023

Shelby is kind, encouraging and patience!


Jun 16, 2023

She’s patient with I interrupt the whole time


May 15, 2023

Shelby is great. So knowledgeable and gives me so much hope.

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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