Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Judy Lair, Licensed Therapist, LPCC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Judy Lair


Licensed Therapist, LPCC


As a therapist, I start with empowerment. I'll start by finding out what your strengths are and how you approach life. We'll take that and empower you to use your strength. Coming from a position of strength allows you to do the hard part of ERP. A fun fact about me: I've lived all around. I was born in Idaho, moved to Alberta, Canada, and Hershey, Pennsylvania, and now I find myself in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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OCD therapy works because it changes the way you're going through life. With OCD, you go through life on the defensive. You're backing away, trying to hide from everything. You can't live a life that is fulfilling. So we have to change the direction: we have to get on the offense.

Get to know Judy Lair

Because I was on the other side of the couch myself. It helped me get a different perspective on things and gave me tools to manage and look at life differently. In the midst of working with my therapist, I kept thinking, 'I probably can do this. I would love to do this.' I have generalized anxiety. I love to travel, but I cannot travel without anxiety. My own anxiety is always relevant experience when I'm there in the trenches with my members.

One of my first clients I had after school called me up and said she had OCD. She knew it, she'd had it for years. She needed a new therapist and started describing it. I was fascinated by how the brain can see things in an inaccurate way. I instinctively knew how to help her. She told me you understand OCD better than anybody else I've ever talked to who doesn't have OCD. I have anxiety, not OCD. I really do understand it well.

I've worked with a variety of conditions, including anxiety and depression. I am also a faith-based counselor, and I've had a couple people ask me, 'What does that mean?' The answer is that my understanding of faith informs my ability to see every person as individual and special in their own right. If somebody is a faith-based person and they want me to incorporate that, I'm very comfortable with that, but it's not something I have to do.

ERP may seem challenging. But living with OCD is really difficult—you already do hard things every day. Doing ERP is a challenge that opens up your world to other things. ERP is extremely effective, because it changes the way you're going through life. With OCD, you go through life on the defensive. You're backing away, trying to hide from everything. You can't live a life that is fulfilling. So we have to change the direction: we have to get on the offense.

Take your time to feel more comfortable sharing what you want to share. We can start with the basics, learning how OCD works. You'll see that your thoughts are just part of the type of OCD you have. These thoughts are not individual to you.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - North Carolina
  • Student Blue
  • Blue Care Network HMO - Michigan
  • Health Alliance Plan (HAP)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Michigan


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What our members say about
Judy Lair


Jan 11, 2024

NOCD has had such a big impact on my life by connecting me with the best therapist. Judy is phenomenal at getting to the root of my compulsions. She has amazing insight and uses metaphors to help you truly understand and put things into perspective. Can't thank her enough!!


Dec 20, 2023

Thanks, Judy! We are looking forward to exploring new ways to beat in the New Year.


Oct 19, 2023

Judy, who is the 6th therapist I’ve ever had, is by far the best. The ERP I’ve done with her has fundamentally changed my life, making my life feel livable again.


Sep 20, 2023

There is unavoidable sadness that I did not seek help earlier. As I suspect is common among people with OCD, I developed maladaptive coping techniques for many years. It was good to receive a professional diagnosis. Judy was very professional and easy to talk to, but I cannot say much more because this is only the first step.


Sep 01, 2023

Judy has been amazing to work with and I honestly am not sure if anyone else could have matched so well with my personality to help me so much.


Aug 18, 2023

It was very helpful having my therapist coach me doing an exposure. She told me to celebrate when I get rid of some papers off my table even if there's still more left to go through. She said, "Change your perspective. See the glass half full instead of half empty. Take one step at a time". I needed to hear that.


Aug 15, 2023

Judy is a guru! LOVE HER


Jul 19, 2023

The NOCD program has helped me so much! I am thankful they take my insurance so I can afford to have weekly therapy. My therapist Judi is a perfect fit for me! She is so upbeat, encouraging, and uses analogies I can relate to! She has given me great tools to use to help beat OCD! I am also thankful that through the NOCD App there is additional support available!


Jul 19, 2023

Very understanding and helpful


Jul 17, 2023

This is hard work but it is helping! Ms. Lair is a very kind and effective therapist who loves Jesus. I don’t always want to do the exercises because they produce anxiety, but they don’t take very long and they work!


Jul 15, 2023

My therapist made some good suggestions of what I could do to stop some bad habits. She also had me think about what my priorities should be and set goals for myself.


Jul 14, 2023

Judy was nice. I was a little nervous in this first session, but to be able to address my OCD was a start to recovery. I hope it continues to go well.


Jun 30, 2023

Judy came up with a new idea of how I can deal with thoughts that come up when I'm getting ready to eat related to prayer. She asked me what I thought of it and we came up with a new exposure for me to do. I think it will help me. She was patient with me and encouraged me to try something different.


Jun 27, 2023

Judy gave me a strategy to deal with religious OCD.


Jun 20, 2023

I loved Judy. Since having her as my therapist since February, I feel like I’ve come a long way. She took something as scary as intrusive thoughts and turned the perspective completely. Since having her, I don’t have the desire to act on my compulsions the way I used to and feel as if I can now approach OCD in a more logistical manner


Jun 19, 2023

She is so knowledgeable and helpful


Jun 06, 2023

Judy Lair is an amazing therapist! I love how upbeat, positive, and encouraging she is! I am learning a lot from her!


May 19, 2023

Judy helped me understand how to do ERP. I did it washing a dish. This was the second time I've really done erp washing a dish. I understood better this time how it works. It was hard, but it took me less time to wash the pan than I usually do. Judy is excellent at what she does as a counselor and a coach.


May 10, 2023

Judy Lair is so upbeat, positive, and so helpful! I am amazed how much we cover in our sessions! She listens to me and understands OCD so well! She has given me tools that really help!


Apr 28, 2023

Judy is patient and understanding. She stays focused on what she is doing. She helped me come down. I am looking forward to our next session.


Apr 22, 2023

Judy is upbeat and positive and believes that I can beat this OCD! I feel so heard and understood and I leave the session feeling hopeful! I have learned so much from Judy in my first three sessions! She has given me tools and is teaching me how to use the tools in order to overcome OCD and religious scrupulosity.


Apr 21, 2023

Judy is not just a therapist but an advocate for all individuals affected by OCD. She has helped me and those around me to understand the disorder. Because of that, we now know that I am a blessing and not a liability to my family. Thank you for helping me see the good in me!!


Apr 18, 2023

I enjoyed talking to Judy. She explains things in a way that's easy to understand. I think she is going to be able to help me at least minimize OCD symptoms. I think she is a good fit for me. She's a good listener.


Apr 11, 2023

Judy is wonderful! I love how she shares my same faith in Jesus and she is so knowledgeable with my OCD struggles! I love how upbeat she is and she is so helpful! This was my second session with her and I have already learned so much and she has already given me tools to help combat OCD! I have struggled with OCD most of my life. I like how she believes in me and knows with God’s help and her guidance that I can overcome this!


Mar 17, 2023

I love my therapist Judy Lair. She is supportive and I appreciate her words of encouragement.


Mar 16, 2023

Just is great!


Mar 16, 2023

Judy is compassionate and very uplifting. I’ve grown so much since working with her!


Mar 15, 2023

She works very hard to tailor treatment specifically for me, which helps immensely!


Mar 09, 2023

Love Judy. She is a wonderful teacher and resource for the community. Her amazing experience is a gift to her students—that and her creativity and spunk! Run dont walk to her telehealth practice!


Mar 08, 2023

I’m beginning my journey to freedom:))


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Feb 14, 2023

Judy is the best. Super helpful at encouraging me to take steps in the right direction through ERP, but also recognizing the emotion that is making the OCD worse.


Feb 04, 2023

I love Judy!!!


Feb 01, 2023

Amazing - Judy I cannot wait to continue therapy with Judy


Jan 27, 2023

Yay!!!! Judy is great!!!!


Jan 24, 2023

Helping me a lot to understand the specific ways OCD manifests in my life, and how to deal with them together and individually.


Jan 19, 2023

Judy is a master teacher with a master’s knowlege and a savvy grasp on the intricacies of OCD. She is The Top. Hurry and ask for her! AND shell make you LAUGH!!!


Jan 19, 2023

She not only taught me about the nuances of OCD but she validated my thoughts and feelings and their relevance to OCD.


Jan 12, 2023

I am so very thankful for my therapist, Judy. She is so easy to talk to, and she offers such great insight to help me in my journey with OCD! So thankful NOCD takes insurance and makes this therapy accessible and life changing!


Jan 09, 2023

Therapy with Judy is almost always more helpful than I expect it to be, even far along in my journey when I think I finally understand myself and OCD. I always learn something new and empowering.


Jan 09, 2023

Judy is a whiz at explaining OCD and techniques of managing it through ERP with her own personality and style. Its clear and interesting and refreshing.


Dec 14, 2022

Judy really listened to me and helped me understand that i was not the only one having these thoughts and obsessions. Although it was only my first session I’m really looking forward to meeting with her again.


Dec 13, 2022

Judy is truly one who cares and desires to see me get better! I’ve enjoyed all my sessions with her and have been using the tools she’s taught me!


Dec 02, 2022

I love Judy !!! Gives me great advice.


Nov 18, 2022

Always a great session with Judy.


Nov 18, 2022

Judy is incredible. She gives me practical tools to help manage OCD.


Nov 12, 2022

I’m doing well but sometimes OCD uses those “back door” tricks. My conversation with Judy was right on time to help me recognize that. Thank you!


Nov 09, 2022

She hasn't given up on me despite me having a big setback


Nov 01, 2022

Judy is an amazing therapist. She always makes my son feel better and more in control. Her advice is specific to him and her upbeat personality is so refreshing.


Oct 18, 2022

I was so scared to start therapy. And for the first several weeks, I'd get extremely anxious before each session. But I'm actually starting to look forward to my sessions now because Judy is helping me learn about myself & my ocd in these really unexpected and helpful ways, and I also just like her. Feels really good to be making progress and forming a trusting relationship through therapy. (I only reread this once, Judy!)


Oct 18, 2022

Judy was truly incredible. She knows so much about OCD and explains it in a way that you can understand. I felt so comfortable talking about my thoughts with her right from the get-go and she made me feel normal and heard and gave me hope for the first time in so long! I’m kicking myself for the fact that I waited six years to get the right help


Sep 21, 2022

I’m just not quite understanding what to do but my guess is I will understand more as time goes on


Sep 02, 2022

i feel very optimistic for the first time that I will get over this


Aug 03, 2022

Judy was very knowledgeable and professional and so patient through my technical difficulties (a storm hit just as our session was starting and we lost power). Instead of rescheduling, she waited around till I had slowly downloaded zoom into my phone and fixed my audio issues and then stayed on with my an extra half hour past our scheduled time. Appreciate her patience and kindness.


Jul 30, 2022

Even though it was my first session with Judy she made me feel encouraged, heard, and like she genuinely cared about me and helping me with my lifelong battle of ocd. I truly feel like she is a gift from God and an answer to many prayers of someone who not only has the knowledge and desire to help me but also a similar heart. I am excited and hopeful to continue working with her!


Jul 22, 2022

Tackling the new challenges of life in recovery, with God’s help, my family, and the skill, care, and support of my NOCD therapist!


Jul 13, 2022

Judy is helping me progress through fears about possible regression and through the challenges of this season of life!


Jul 08, 2022

NOCD and my therapist Judy have served as an answer to many years of prayer. My compulsions are mostly mental, which made them difficult for me to “catch” in daily life. Judy and NOCD have helped find my way out of the darkest time in my life, and they’ve helped me face the present with peace. They have gone ABOVE and BEYOND to help me get my life back, which is positively affecting my family and others around me. Judy cares about her patients and wants the world to understand and fairly treat people with OCD. Thank you!!! Thank the Lord!


Jul 07, 2022

Judy is Amazing. Hadn’t seen her in a while. But she remembered my son. Had great suggestions, did some ERP and he is feeling better. She always has a happy demeanor.


Jul 06, 2022

Judy Lair was great to work with. I will miss working with her!


May 02, 2022

Judy is amazing and really explained things so perfectly. I felt like I had a real fighter on my side and there was no way she was going to let me fail. Very encouraging.


Apr 12, 2022

Judy has encouraged and been patient in this journey with me, and now together we are seeing some victory.


Apr 04, 2022

I started therapy feeling like a slave to my OCD. Judy Lair is literally a miracle worker because I now have taken the drivers seat in my life. I know the feeling of being all alone with your thoughts and thinking you’re “crazy.” She has helped me to understand OCD as well as manage it. The sooner you get therapy, the sooner you aren’t in OCD’s shackles. Judy is an absolute godsend who truly loves helping people with OCD and is so talented in her work.


Dec 09, 2021

Judy is the best!!

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