Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Sandra Magliacani-Shern, Licensed Therapist, LMHC, Licensed OCD Therapist

Sandra Magliacani-Shern

Licensed Therapist, LMHC


As a therapist, I take a coaching approach. You and I are a team, aligned against the OCD bully. I do a lot of acceptance and commitment therapy, which is about being aligned with your values, and identifying things that are important to you as the motivators for treatment. Outside of work, I love outdoor activities. I have two daughters, a preteen and a teen. What's meaningful to me is spending time with my kids and my dogs, being in the present moment, and enjoying the little things in life.

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You don't have to walk in feeling strong, brave, courageous, and able to do OCD therapy. Some people don't start because they believe they have to be in that spot of bravery. You don't—you just have to be willing.

Get to know Sandra Magliacani-Shern

I love empowering people to reach the meaningful life they're looking for. I started my career in human resources and training. I thought that was what I wanted to do because I liked working with people. That's where I was trained to do the Myers-Briggs personality test. But I found that every time I did a Myers-Briggs, I wanted to do more—to get to know that employee, find out what made them tick, and determine how I could help them to be more successful not just at work, but in their life. I created my own life coaching company, then I went for my second master's degree to become a therapist. I love helping people align with their values and tackle whatever they're struggling with, whether it's depression, OCD, or anxiety. On the other side of that is a full, meaningful life.

In the '70s, I grew up in a household with OCD. It was one of those things everybody tiptoed around. We didn't know what to call it, and there really wasn't treatment. My mom really suffered. Additionally, when I was young, several younger people in my family died. In my early 20s, I started having severe anxiety about my health and fear of death. I don't have an OCD diagnosis, but I know what it feels like to be completely freaked out about something that doesn't make sense.

My first job as a therapist was in a community mental health agency, so I treated literally everything, including OCD cases. My supervisor was trained in ERP, and she could tell that I had an interest in it. So I worked with OCD cases and anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety, and general anxiety. In addition to that, I treated schizophrenia, severe bipolar disorder, and addiction, and I worked in the prison system.

Have the willingness to be open. Stay in communication with me as your therapist. Transparency is the best way to get through the process. The most important thing is to realize you don't have to walk in feeling strong, brave, courageous, and able to do it. Some people don't start because they believe they have to be in that spot of bravery. You don't—you just have to be willing.

If you're too scared, tell me. We'll work on getting you to feel stronger. Maybe we can break down the exposures. ERP is hard, but as a therapist, I can manage the exposure process so you still feel safe.

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Insurance Coverages

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Rhode Island
  • Lee Health
  • Forest County Potawatomi
  • Key Benefit Administrators



What our members say about
Sandra Magliacani-Shern


Jan 27, 2024

I have been doing ERP therapy with Sandra for a little over a year now and have always felt supported. She has thought me that I can do hard things. She is an excellent therapist.


Oct 26, 2023

Sandra listens and understands. She gives spot on feedback and advice. It is not always what you want to hear but her advise will help you chip away at the OCD bully if applied.


Oct 17, 2023

Sandra is great! I feel heard and understood, and she is making my OCD much easier to manage with effective tools. She’s a lifesaver!


Sep 11, 2023

Sandra was amazing like always! Great therapist!


Sep 05, 2023

Sandra Shern is wonderful. The best therapist I’ve ever worked with.


Sep 05, 2023

I did feel like my ability to communicate my feelings wasn't as great, but still a good experience!


Aug 30, 2023

Excellent session.


Aug 18, 2023

Sandra and I set goals and reach them! She is the best.


Aug 15, 2023

Sandra is great so far! She listens to my thoughts and concerns, and is dedicated to seeing me do better and improve. She tells it like it is, but she does so to help in the best way possible.


Aug 03, 2023

Cannot stress enough the appreciation I have for Sandra Shern. I’m blessed to be working with her. She’s an excellent therapist; knowledgeable, empathetic and a great listener.


Aug 02, 2023

Great session !


Jul 31, 2023

Another great session with Sandra!


Jul 26, 2023

I feel encouraged and understood. I feel my therapist is a master at her craft and truly understands how to approach OCD while also demonstrating great compassion. This is the first time I’ve ever felt confident that this disorder can be treated effectively.


Jul 19, 2023

Sandra is the BEST


Jul 17, 2023

Amazing therapist, compassionate, listens attentively, very knowledgeable, kind.


Jul 11, 2023

Sandra is very thorough, knowledgeable and helpful. I appreciate our sessions and look forward to learning and growing through this.


Jul 07, 2023

Sandra is an awesome therapist! She is very knowledgeable and encouraging. She is teaches very useful tools to tackle OCD.


Jul 07, 2023

Sandra is an amazing therapist! Very knowledgeable and helpful!


Jun 17, 2023

Doing higher exposures. Sandra is the best. This is actually fun inspire of the fear, anxiety and guilt which arise during exposures.


Jun 07, 2023

Awesome therapist!


May 24, 2023

Great insight into my complex issues


Apr 18, 2023

As always, Sandra is a well seasoned, intuitive excellent ERP therapist. She is remarkable.


Apr 16, 2023

Sandra is the best cheerleader! 🥰


Apr 01, 2023

Sandra is an excellent therapist. She just has a sense about when and how to make exposures progressively harder but not without knowing you are not alone or unsafe.


Mar 16, 2023

I truly appreciate the wealth of resources that Sandra brings to the counseling!


Mar 12, 2023

Sandra’s great, offers super good advice on how to combat ocd / intrusive thoughts and never judges what you have to say. Truly one of the best therapist I’ve ever had .


Mar 04, 2023

Sandra is a gifted therapist.


Feb 25, 2023

She’s super caring and helpful and open to listening !


Feb 17, 2023

Sandra is taking me to higher levels of exposures. I can do hard things. She is very consistent, she is a solid therapist.


Feb 16, 2023

Very knowledgeable and kind therapist, I'm so glad to be working with her.


Feb 11, 2023

Today was me second session with Sandra. Not only I feel like she understands me, but also that she genuinely cares for my well-being. I look forward to our sessions and my future ahead.


Feb 01, 2023

Sandra is so kind and wonderful at directing me through an exposure plan.


Jan 31, 2023

Sandra is an a very good listener. That is not a skill that all therapists have.


Jan 24, 2023

Sandra know her stuff! No “uncertainty “ there.


Jan 20, 2023

Sandra is the best!


Jan 12, 2023

I was once again encouraged by Sandra. Today I am encouraged continue to chip away at the ocd bully, align with my values and practice mindfulness. She is a really good therapist.


Jan 11, 2023

Sandra is AMAZING. She is so knowledgeable and kind. My quality of life has increased greatly, and the way I am handling stress is so much better. My OCD does not control my life anymore. Sandra is seriously my hero.


Jan 05, 2023

Excellent, wise and caring council !


Dec 31, 2022

Sandra is just always spot on. She was not frazzled by my spike. She knew how to handle it. She pointed me back towards the course of ocd recovery.


Dec 01, 2022

I definitely appreciate and value Sandra’s consistent, wise counsel!


Nov 16, 2022

Excellent as always. Sandra really listens and cares. I have to do the work but I she presents the skill set to defeat the ocd bully in a way that is actually doable. I leave sessions with her feeling lighter, encouraged and more empowered.


Nov 07, 2022

Sandra is a very in tune therapist. She recognized my state today and adjusted and did not force. I felt empowered and much better able to face the day by the time the session was over.


Oct 05, 2022

I have hope after today’s session. This is not going to be easy but I am hopeful.


Aug 08, 2022

I felt relieved.


Jul 28, 2022

She explains things so I can understand them.


Jul 28, 2022

Sandra has excellent insight and wise, compassionate counsel !


Jul 21, 2022

Sandra is a great therapist!


Jul 08, 2022

Sandra is AMAZING.


Jul 06, 2022

Sandra is a great therapist


Jun 15, 2022

Sandra is very helpful and I’m very glad she is my therapist


Apr 05, 2022

Sandra Shern is experienced in my problem, super smart and because of this, very influential. I can’t imagine a better therapist.


Mar 23, 2022

She’s always there for me and is a great listener 10/10 therapist


Mar 17, 2022

Sandra is amazing she always there when I need her both on and off the clock she sends me quotes to keep me pushing through the day and is always helpful and I feel like she cares for her clients


Feb 26, 2022

She’s always there for me when I need her

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Languages spoken

  • English

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