Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Thelma Rivera, Licensed Therapist, LCSW, Licensed OCD Therapist

Thelma Rivera


Licensed Therapist, LCSW


Personally and professionally, I understand the struggle of OCD, so I strive to create a relaxed, empathetic atmosphere in session. I try to relate to members as much as possible; basically, I put myself in your shoes. About me: I love spending time with my family. I have a granddaughter that I adore. I'm a little nerdy—instead of collecting shoes, I collect books. And I love to spend time outdoors.

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I want to help people so they won't have to deal with the kinds of experiences I've dealt with. I love seeing people grow from the beginning to the end of therapy, when they're able to have a great quality of life.

Get to know Thelma Rivera

I grew up in a culture where therapy wasn't accepted. But I could see that people in my family needed therapy and would have benefited from it. As I grew up and started getting an education, I became aware that this was an option for my career, and it very much interested me. I want to help people so they won't have to deal with the kinds of experiences I've dealt with. I love seeing people grow from the beginning to the end of therapy, when they're able to have a great quality of life.

To provide the support I didn't have. I discovered my OCD in college. Mine mostly involves symmetry and 'just right.' For example, water being just the right temperature. Or if I'm taking notes, they have to be perfect; if they're not, I have to start all over. Even now I find that I still have to resist doing those things. ERP is very effective. It still surprises me how quickly members see results. Often in eight to nine weeks.

Trauma, anxiety in general, depression, and personality disorders. I'm trained in EMDR and cognitive processing therapy. A close family member is a veteran who has some PTSD. When I trained in EMDR and started using it, it was initially with veterans.

It's like going up a hill. It seems hard at the beginning. You may want to just stop and quit and not do it. But in the end, it's all worth it. It's just about allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable, and you become comfortable with discomfort.

I have experienced this with a couple of members. I will let you know I'm empathetic and that I understand it can be difficult for you to share. But we're here to help. This is a place to start verbalizing those thoughts, and that's a really good beginning. This is a safe space. I'm not here to judge your thoughts.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Cigna
  • Moda Health
  • Aetna
  • Independence Blue Cross (IBC)
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What our members say about
Thelma Rivera


Feb 09, 2024

she is simply awesome


Dec 03, 2023

Excellent engagement between our therapist and our family


Dec 01, 2023

Thelma is great at keeping me accountable but being compassionate too.


Nov 28, 2023

I’ve always been a very methodical person - which is an extra struggle with OCD. Thelma has been there to help me through periods I felt there was no coming back to maintenance sessions because I’ve overcome the worst parts. I couldn’t have done this without her!


Nov 15, 2023

I feel very supported by Thelma and she motivates me to continue facing my fears. I am very grateful that she is my therapist!


Nov 12, 2023

Thelma has an in-depth understanding of OCD and how to treat it because she is she a talented ERP therapist, and she has OCD herself. This means she is uniquely qualified to help OCD sufferers like you and me. For this reason you can open up to her about anything without fear of judgement because you know she “gets it”. She is not only skilled as an ERP therapist but as a therapist in general. She is incredibly wise and I am so grateful that I found her.


Oct 18, 2023

Is very compassionate, gives me helpful feedback and helps me feel my emotions


Oct 03, 2023

Thelma is an amazing therapist. She is caring and compassionate and very good at what she does.


Sep 20, 2023

I love that Thelma is open to hearing my perspective and consistently offers feedback for how I can challenge myself.


Sep 19, 2023

She is awesome


Sep 07, 2023

Thelma always helps me so much, and listens so well. I came out of this session with several fresh insights.


Aug 16, 2023

Thelma is so lovely and understanding! She really validates my experiences and makes me feel seen (without providing reassurance! 😝)


Aug 10, 2023

I’ve done about 12 sessions with her- it was really challenging and frustrating at first that I couldn’t stop ruminating, but she’s been pretty patient. I like her metaphors for OCD since it’s a new concept to me, and she’s validated me when there have been actual relationship problems vs OCD.


Jul 27, 2023

Felt like I got new Insight to why I do my BRFBs. Very helpful.


Jul 24, 2023

I spent about 9 months in treatment through NOCD and I am in such a better place because of it. My therapist Thelma approached our sessions with a balance of exposure and compassion that was just what I needed. I was not expecting this to work. I wasn’t even sure I had OCD. I am sure of it now and I am confident in the tools I have developed to manage my OCD. I’m really grateful to have this program at my fingertips, and I feel OCD has significantly less power over me. What an incredible space to be in.


Jul 18, 2023

Thelma is the best! She has been great at helping me navigate OCD through the ups and downs!


Jul 16, 2023

Loving my sessions. It is making me realize factors in my life that may be contributing to my BFRB's. My therapist is understanding, insightful, and real.


Jul 14, 2023

I've had three sessions with Thelma and I feel like I've made so much progress. Stressful things do come up in my life but I'm handling them better. Thelma is a great coach and advocate.


Jul 13, 2023

Had a great session with valuable input and ideas presented.


Jun 27, 2023

Thelma is so prepared! She listened to me so well too. I feel more prepared to address my OCD


May 24, 2023

Thelma is really good about helping me to identify themes in my progress and thinking, as well as listening to my feedback if something is not what I was aiming to communicate. I am really grateful she’s my therapist and I’m glad we work together. She’s an ally and encourages me to see things differently when I get “stuck.”


May 21, 2023

It was okay.


May 17, 2023

A great specialist who knows her stuff


May 16, 2023

I feel confident to conquer OCD with Thelma :)


May 01, 2023

I’m excited to start my OCD journey with Thelma :)


Apr 25, 2023

Thelma did an amazing job I cannot tell you how much she has changed my life. I do not know what I would do without her she understood me and understood why I do the things that I do and why I do the compulsions that I do and I'm so grateful for her and for her helpfulness for me to get my OCD compulsions down to that negative 49%. :-)


Apr 19, 2023

She was very kind and understanding and fun to talk to. Excited to work with her.


Apr 10, 2023

I absolutely loved my therapist and understood a lot what I was going through


Apr 08, 2023

Great, overall. I don’t have any complaints.


Mar 20, 2023

Thelma is the best! She is helping me a ton with overcoming my OCD!


Mar 18, 2023

Our Therapist was great. My daughter felt comfortable and was engaged.


Mar 16, 2023

She’s so nice and understanding, always great to work with her 😊


Mar 12, 2023

The difference between when I started and finished erp therapy with Thelma is honestly night and day. She instantly made me feel very comfortable which is important when opening up about the content of my more taboo ocd themes. She gave very good guidance which I still use in my day to day life. My ocd was affecting me so severely when I first started therapy but after a year of hard work Thelma helped me get my life back to the point where my ocd felt almost non existent at times. I highly recommend her!


Feb 27, 2023

My therapist was great. Very empathetic. We did have some audio issues.


Feb 21, 2023

Thelma was the best! When OCD was so bad I had quit doing everything I loved, she guided me on the recovery journey and showed me how to live a thriving life even if OCD pops up. I went from being unable to do schoolwork to being crowned prom queen at senior prom and getting the lead role in my senior drama production. Thelma gave me the tools I needed to get back to living a beautiful, amazing life no matter what OCD throws my way! I’m so grateful for her well-rounded support and encouragement. I could tell she was so genuinely happy to see me make progress! Thelma is a therapist that cares, and a therapist that has the tools you need to get your life back. I’m so grateful God used her to give me my life back.


Feb 18, 2023

Thelma was so amazing and gave great word pictures to help explain OCD.


Jan 31, 2023

Another great experience with my therapist, she’s so kind and very thorough, I felt heard


Jan 28, 2023

Super super kind, I am excited to move forward and to work with my therapist


Jan 28, 2023

I loved how Thelma helped me to understand my ocd can morph and change to try and feel scary, new, or different. I felt understood and supported by someone who clearly understands the ins and outs of this condition.


Dec 05, 2022

I love meeting w miss thelma she just gets me lol


Nov 23, 2022

All around great experience


Nov 02, 2022

Thelma has been so helpful in guiding and supporting me through my OCD recovery. I had previously searched for help for decades and never met anyone who understood OCD as well as her. Thank you for being such a great resource in my journey.


Oct 11, 2022

Miss Thelma a real one fr


Sep 27, 2022

Thelma is just too funny and very helpful/understanding lol!


Aug 30, 2022

Thelma is incredible. I can’t say enough good things about my experience with her so far.


Aug 29, 2022

Thelma was very friendly and validating. I really appreciate how well our first session went.


Aug 27, 2022

Thelma was super nice and understanding. I think this is the first therapist I’ve felt this comfortable with.


Aug 23, 2022

I have loved working with Thelma. I feel like she’s really helped me recognize my OCD brain and given me tools to move forward with life.


Jul 06, 2022

Thelma is great! She always has insights and ideas to help.


Jul 06, 2022

Thelma is always able to help me no matter where I am in the OCD recovery process


Jun 23, 2022

I am so happy I took the leap to join NOCD. I was nervous every part of the way but they have made the process easy and comfortable. I was especially nervous about my therapist but I truly lucked out and I am sure all the therapist are amazing here. I feel seen, heard, and understood which is huge when it comes to OCD. I wanted to say thank you to Thelma because she is outstanding at what she does and it’s changing my life with every meeting we have!


Jun 22, 2022

OK so I've suspected I had OCD for a number of years, but hadn't really done much about it other than reading a few books. My primary OCD types are "Just Right," Scrupulosity, and Relationship OCD, all with mostly mental compulsions like rumination. At a low point in my relationship with my wife, I decided that if I didn't do something about it, the trajectory of my life was not going to go the way I would like. I was resistant to NOCD at first because I wanted to do in-person therapy. I couldn't really find any OCD specific therapists that were available in person locally, so I bit the bullet and did NOCD. Well what can I say? It really changed my outlook on life for the better. I would say I am still in recovery (and likely always will be, this is no cure) but meaningful results happened for me really quickly. I had a new lease on life and felt more in control in a matter of about 2 weeks. If you've been struggling for a long time, you owe it to yourself to do something about this. NOCD therapists can both diagnose and treat, so if you don't know if what you have is OCD, they can help you with that as well. It's a really accessible way to do it.


Jun 18, 2022

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May 28, 2022

Therapists was able to completely focus on me to find my core fear.


May 18, 2022

My son’s OCD is practically gone now!!!


May 14, 2022

Excited to start learning more and working through my issues.


Apr 25, 2022

Thelma continues to surprise me with her skills and finding my sneaky compulsions. She has given me permission, I didn’t know I needed, to allow myself to take space in this world and betters me with every visit. Thelma is awesome!! Thank you NOCD for making this all possible!


Apr 04, 2022

Just when I think I won’t make any sense to the therapist. They always come through with incredible insights and understanding and help push me in the direction (of uncertainty) I’ve so desperately been needing.


Dec 07, 2021

I feel a million times better than I did 6 months ago thanks to my therapist’s guidance and also feel more confident that I can maintain these new skills.

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