Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Alicia Kaja, Licensed Therapist, LMSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Alicia Kaja


Licensed Therapist, LMSW


As a therapist, my approach is to meet you where you are today. Then, through the evidence-based practice of ERP, I will provide the support and tools to empower you to overcome your thoughts and urges and pursue the life you truly want for yourself. Outside of work, I’m equal parts book nerd and nature lover. I enjoy being by the water, going to the beach, rock hunting, hiking, fishing, and getting out in nature. I also love board games, books, painting, coloring, drawing, writing poetry, and watching TV (horror movies, true crime shows, and ridiculous stand-up comedy are my favorites).

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You are not alone at NOCD. We’re here to treat you with respect and dignity and to help you achieve your personal goals. You are not your thoughts, and you are stronger than you know.

Get to know Alicia Kaja

I think I was born to be a therapist. I grew up in a challenging environment, and at an early age I became the family mediator. Growing up this way, I learned how to read others, be sensitive to the environment, and be encouraging and supportive. My empathy skills came naturally. As an adult, I am proud to be a cycle breaker. I have a unique ability to relate and empathize with others while encouraging them to be cycle breakers too. I can’t imagine a better use of my unique personal talents than to encourage others to face their challenges and feel empowered to improve their lives.

Obsessions and compulsions are often treated in ways that make them worse. Having been a therapist for more than a decade, when I learned about ERP, I knew it was for me. I thought about my own challenges and clients who received treatment that was ineffective or made things worse. I wanted to master the skills to dramatically improve people’s lives. ERP is an evidence-based practice that empowers people to overcome their personal challenges.

I've been helping children, families, and individuals thrive in challenging situations for more than a decade. I worked for many years in foster care in multiple roles. My favorite role was training foster parents to help children and families recover from trauma and break the cycles of abuse and neglect. I then worked for four years at the Friend of the Court. I wanted to help change the systems people interact with at their worst moments by assisting people with kindness, dignity, respect, and competence. During the pandemic, I knew it was time to do what I had always wanted to do: Help individuals directly through therapy. I worked in a community mental health setting to better understand the spectrum of mental health challenges in a diverse population. I then transitioned into private practice as a therapist helping children and adults in various life situations with unique mental health challenges.

Your personal struggles may feel overwhelming right now. You may not feel you can tell anyone about what you're going through. But there is help that works. You are not alone at NOCD. We’re here to treat you with respect and dignity and to help you achieve your personal goals. You are not your thoughts, and you are stronger than you know.

Know that I will not judge you. I am here to work with you at your own pace. I will encourage you and support you no matter what the situation is or what your thoughts are. You are not your thoughts, and you have immense value.

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Insurance Coverages

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



What our members say about
Alicia Kaja


Jan 07, 2024

I feel so supported and grateful for the help I receive from Alicia. I feel we connect and she is helping me in numerous ways.


Oct 20, 2023

I would recommend Alicia to anyone who has OCD. I felt like a prisoner in my own body when I first started this program in June 2023. I no longer feel like that.


Sep 08, 2023

I love Alicia. She is such a gift to me. She gets it & she understands. She makes me feel so seen and heard and I’m very grateful for all of her help.


Aug 08, 2023

Even though this was the first appointment I feel very encouraged and helpful that this treatment will help!


Jul 27, 2023

My therapist felt warm and inviting. I was nervous at first, but right away she made me feel as though it was ok to share. By the end of the session I feel as though there might be a light at the end of this tunnel.


Jul 27, 2023

Alicia has a great understanding of ocd and ERP and she understands my process. I’m glad I connected with her!


Jul 26, 2023

My therapist really understand me. She is kind, professional, and listens to me during our session. Beyond planning exposures, she also is helping me to develop a toolset for the future (i.e. be my own ERP therapist).


Jul 26, 2023

Today was a good session I felt we connected .


Jul 21, 2023

Alicia listens to what I have to say then shares her thoughts and ideas in how I can work towards my OCD triggers. Because of her I accomplished something today I honestly thought I would ever do again.


Jul 20, 2023

My therapist, Alicia Kaja, has been incredibly helpful in working with me to find out what causes my anxiety and how OCD makes it hard for me to do certain things. She listens to me and truly understands how OCD affects each part of my life. She’s also very encouraging with both my exposures and things I would like to do in my personal life.


Jun 02, 2023

Looking forward to defeating ocd with Alicia’s support.


Jun 02, 2023

Alicia has been the perfect fit for Jack and she has been helping him with his fear of throwing up.


May 26, 2023

I feel Alicia listens and allows each session to develop organically. She provides valuable insight and feedback.


May 19, 2023

Is very understanding and helping me move forward with my recovery.


May 05, 2023

Alicia is such a compassionate and understanding person. We have only just begun ERP but I am confident she is the one to help me.


Apr 25, 2023

I am feeling very hopeful!


Apr 13, 2023

Alicia is great. I feel safe and understood. She really listens to me and I can tell she is invested in my journey. She goes above and beyond to help me even outside of our sessions, sending me podcasts, articles, and checking in. I’m so glad I tried NOCD!

Badges and training


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Cultural competencies

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Languages spoken

  • English

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