Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Tia-Channell Hernandez, Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, Licensed OCD Therapist

Tia-Channell Hernandez


Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker


My approach to treating OCD is collaborative, member-led, and guided by gentle nudges. My role is not to impose anything on you or introduce unexpected exercises without your consent. When I say it's member-led, I mean that you will have the agency to give consent for the exercises we undertake, and it's your willingness and eagerness that will propel us toward a better, healthier, and more manageable place compared to when OCD was left untreated. Your active participation and choice in this journey are paramount. Outside of work, I occasionally indulge in surfing using my eight-foot longboard, working out, exploring new restaurants in San Diego, and spending quality time with friends and family.

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Through my own successful journey with therapy, I have experienced the profound impact it can have on one's life, and I am passionate about extending that help to others.

Get to know Tia-Channell Hernandez

Growing up in a culturally diverse family, my curiosity about people and relationships was insatiable. During my college years, I explored various majors, but after several years of searching, I found my way back to psychological sciences, and it felt like the right path for me. Through my own successful journey with therapy, I have experienced the profound impact it can have on one's life, and I am passionate about extending that help to others, just as therapy has helped me.

Having a general background in therapy, I aimed to specialize in a specific area while completing the remaining hours required for licensure. My motivation came from two close friends who have OCD, and their experiences shed light on how misunderstood this diagnosis often is. Previously, I worked in community mental health, where I gained valuable experience in treating various conditions like anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. During my time there, I encountered OCD, which seemed to receive limited attention and treatment within our clinic. Recognizing this gap in care, I'm driven to make a difference by aligning myself with a company that shares my core value of providing much-needed support to those in need.

I have generalized experience working with severe and chronic mental illness such as anxiety, depression, trauma, psychosis, and bipolar. Formerly, as a therapist working in an outpatient clinic in a community mental health setting, I led dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and grief groups. I have experience working in higher levels of care at an intensive outpatient program for seniors, where I used cognitive behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. I have worked with children for several years as an applied behavior analysis therapist and doing school social work.

It's entirely natural if taking this step feels daunting or unsettling; those emotions are expected. The most significant part of embarking on the therapy journey is taking that initial step, which you've bravely done! Please take a moment to acknowledge and congratulate yourself for getting here. Therapy can indeed appear intimidating, and it's essential to emphasize that this process is entirely member-led, meaning you are in control. We'll work together in manageable, incremental steps to gently challenge your comfort zone. Initially, things may feel uncomfortable or trigger anxiety, but it's crucial to understand that these feelings are transient and won't persist indefinitely. Our overarching objective is to confront and conquer doubt and uncertainty, and we'll do this collaboratively.

You are not alone in this journey. Many individuals who come here are initially fearful of sharing their thoughts and may have harbored them in silence for weeks, months, or even years. OCD is a diagnosis that is often widely misunderstood and tends to target the very things we hold dear. It's highly likely that the thoughts you're experiencing are things you genuinely don't want to act on or see happen. We will proceed at your pace, ensuring you are comfortable every step of the way. This therapeutic process is tailored specifically for individuals dealing with these types of thoughts, so rest assured that you are entering an environment where we specialize in treating this precise challenge.

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Insurance Coverages

  • United Healthcare / Optum
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Forest County Potawatomi



What our members say about
Tia-Channell Hernandez


Mar 25, 2024

Definitely felt a lot of weight leave my body after session today. Feeling feelings has been hard and also today I realized some in vivo exposures I can do in real life like take steps for allowing uncertainty with a creative project and a personal goal.


Mar 20, 2024

Was able to allow my autonomy and encourage me pushing myself.


Mar 19, 2024

Tia has a calm, grounded demeanor and is organized in the way she structures her treatment planning.


Feb 27, 2024

Tia is awesome very professional


Feb 20, 2024

Tia is an awesome therapist


Oct 20, 2023

Happy to be kicking OCD’s ass with Tia-Channell!


Oct 03, 2023

Very welcoming and makes me feel comfortable to explain my experiences.

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