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

Sarah Peterman


Licensed Therapist, LCSW


I like to collaborate with my members to develop a plan specific to the individual's needs as I implement evidence-based ERP strategies to achieve results. I am warm and compassionate, and I use humor throughout the treatment process. I find that this helps members feel comfortable and supported while I actively encourage them to lean into their discomfort and challenge OCD. I also frequently talk about the importance of self-compassion, acceptance, and living out your values. Outside of work, I love spending time with my dog, cat, and human family. I also volunteer weekly at a therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with disabilities, and love reading and listening to music in my downtime.

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ERP gave me my life back. After learning to do the work as a therapist, I have seen it work for so many others who struggle with OCD as well.

Get to know Sarah Peterman

I have always wanted to help people in some way as a career. That, combined with a fascination with how the human mind works, led me to become a therapist. I enjoy connecting with my members, partnering with them in overcoming their challenges, and seeing them return to living their lives with new skills and opportunities. It is such a privilege to be able to help people to move toward recovery!

I knew I wanted to become a therapist when I was in college, but I didn't really know much about OCD until I had my own experience with OCD and ERP treatment in my early twenties. ERP gave me my life back, and, after learning to do the work as a therapist, I have seen it work for so many others who struggle with OCD as well. I love both the creative process of finding the right ERP pathway to recovery from OCD for each person as well as celebrating the successes that members have in regaining their lives!

I have focused on treating a range of anxiety/depressive disorders, personality disorders, and BFRBs, in addition to OCD/OC spectrum disorder treatment. I feel confident helping members to identify and manage anxiety disorders using cognitive behavioral therapy and ERP, depression symptoms with cognitive behavioral therapy, and BFRBs with habit reversal training. I also have past experience using dialectical behavioral therapy to help members to regulate emotions, cope with distress, and improve relationships and communication.

NOCD is a place that understands OCD and provides the most effective intervention available to help individuals cope. OCD specialists at NOCD are familiar with all kinds of OCD, and we provide a safe space to explore your symptoms and move toward recovery. We know that ERP isn't an 'easy' type of treatment—I always joke that it 'doesn't look good on paper'—and we know you can do it! Also, please know you aren't alone. Many people have similar experiences with OCD and have benefited from ERP treatment to get better. Recovery is possible!

First and foremost, know that this is really common. OCD is invested in sticking around and continuing to make you afraid of it. Sometimes, it will even create specific fears about how a therapist will respond to your OCD thoughts! Sharing these thoughts, in spite of your fears, is often the first step toward regaining your life from OCD. That said, I recognize that having these conversations is difficult. I will support you in talking through these thoughts at a pace that feels manageable.

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Insurance Coverages

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



What our members say about
Sarah Peterman


Oct 04, 2023

Very satisfied. Great first impression.


Aug 06, 2023

Sarah Peterman is a great therapist and she’s hugely helping my daughter with her ocd journey and recovery! So grateful for her


Jul 27, 2023

Very comfortable with her !


Jul 21, 2023

Very engaging, empathetic and willing to understand my symptoms.


Jul 19, 2023

Sarah helped me to overcome a mental health challenge when I most needed help.


Jul 11, 2023

Sarah is patient with my questions and sometimes lack of linear progress


Jul 06, 2023

Sarah is knowledgeable and offers insightful suggestions.


Jun 30, 2023

Sarah is great


Jun 20, 2023

I am grateful for Sarah. She really knows her stuff and is able to articulate some of the complex emotions I am going through. Not sure where I’d be without her!


Jun 13, 2023

I think I feel grateful and relieved to have Sarah because she's very experienced and I believe she will do a great job at helping me


Jun 06, 2023

Sarah is knowledgeable and offers insightful suggestions. I am glad she is my therapist.


May 30, 2023

Sarah is knowledgeable about OCD and how best to manage it. Glad she’s my therapist.


May 30, 2023

Felt seen and heard, happy to have gotten my OCD diagnosed


May 09, 2023

Very pleased with Sahra


Apr 27, 2023

Sarah is insightful and professional in our sessions. I am glad she’s my therapist.


Apr 26, 2023

I am hopeful That Sahra can help me through this mess


Apr 24, 2023

Sarah is helping me learn how to manage my OCD.


Apr 21, 2023

Sarah is helping me to gain insight into how my thoughts impact me and how best to work with them


Apr 17, 2023

Sarah is teaching me a lot about my thinking patterns, which is very useful.


Apr 13, 2023

Sarah seems to know what she’s doing and is very thorough.


Apr 12, 2023

I recently started therapy with Sarah, and I am impressed with her so far. Looking forward to getting a better handle on OCD with her guidance.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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