Obsessive compulsive disorder - OCD treatment and therapy from NOCD
OCD therapist Bethany Burton, Licensed Therapist, MA, LPC, CCTP, Licensed OCD Therapist

Bethany Burton


Licensed Therapist, MA, LPC, CCTP


I've had my fair share of intrusive thoughts. I recall having thoughts of harm about my newborn and how upsetting it can be to experience them. But I also know how to deal with them now. I'm here to teach you how to treat intrusive thoughts like everyday thoughts, to learn how to just let them pass by. We’ll build a strong relationship founded on trust and safety so you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts with me. I can also be a little silly and use humor to release tensions during sessions.

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You're practicing behaviors, and when you change your behaviors your mind follows. It's powerful. You're not just talking about what you're going to do - you're actually doing it.

Get to know Bethany Burton

I had some personal struggles. I've experienced depression and panic attacks. I had some postpartum obsessions and fears, which involved some compulsive checking. I have experience with loved ones with substance use disorder. I got help from a great therapist. It made me want to do the same thing and give back in the same way.

Before coming to NOCD, I worked with people who had OCD, and I felt like I wasn't making progress with them. I knew I was missing something. Then I received training in ERP and realized, “this is what I've been missing.” I started off as one of those therapists who was treating people with the wrong approach, and I wasn't really able to help them. That's what got me to specialize in OCD and stick with it. I like this type of therapy, and I like seeing people make progress.

Depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, trauma. I've worked with severe mental illness, as well as with the general mental health population.

It's going to require a commitment—a time commitment and a commitment to being uncomfortable in order to reach our goals. It's going to be hard, but very quickly it can become worth it. Very quickly. ERP is extremely effective. Part of the reason is that OCD involves more than just thoughts—you're not just thinking, you're actually doing something different. That's why ERP is so effective, even in a telehealth model. You're practicing behaviors, and when you change your behaviors your mind follows. It's powerful. You're not just talking about what you're going to do - you're actually doing it.

We can do many things to help you get to that point of trust. You can write down your thoughts. You can type them out to me if you can't say them out loud. Sometimes, we share less distressing thoughts first. You can also share some intrusive random thoughts that you've had in the past to normalize that experience. My personal experience has expanded my concept of “normal.” It allows me to be very matter of fact about mental health. Mental health issues do not come as a surprise to me. That has made me more open, empathic and compassionate. And with that comes understanding.

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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
Bethany Burton


Oct 21, 2023

she's amazing and I couldn't ask for a better therapist


Aug 25, 2023

I did my first major exposure today and Bethany was with me the entire time while also pushing me and not offering too much assurance, which was good. It was so hard but I’m so grateful for her encouragement and support. I feel like I have a chance at conquering this beast that is OCD!


Aug 14, 2023

It has been life changing to do ERP with my therapist. She has helped me notice patterns in myself and tackle aspects of my OCD that impede my daily life. She listens well and offers practical tools and compassionate support.


May 18, 2023

Six months ago when I started therapy, I was very skeptical that my ocd habits were really going to be able to change. Working with Bethany Burton I was able to get to a place where I see a real difference with my ocd, for the better. I feel more confident in my capabilities to handle fears and can do things now like touching something “dirty” and not letting it send me into a panic. Very thankful to have started my journey in treating my ocd and I look forward to seeing how much more I can progress.


May 17, 2023

Bethany is a great listener and understands my needs.


Apr 25, 2023

Bethany was a great support system during my journey. She guided me and provided with great ERP therapy. She listened and helped me find a stronger side of myself.


Mar 05, 2023

I was nervous with my transfer of therapists; however, Bethany really helped me feel comfortable as if we were already working together.


Dec 15, 2022

I feel like Dr. Bethany can really help me and I felt comfortable with her.


Oct 20, 2022

Bethany has truly helped change my life for the better. I looked forward to seeing her for my appointments. She was a firm, yet gentle guide who acknowledged that this journey was hard, but NOT impossible. Thanks to Bethany, I now have the tools to deal with whatever OCD or life throws at me. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart Bethany!


Sep 28, 2022

My therapist Bethany is amazing!!


Sep 01, 2022

Bethany is amazing !! Always have productive sessions with her.


Aug 16, 2022

My therapist Bethany Burton is truly remarkable


Aug 11, 2022

I am so lucky to have a therapist who has helped me so much


Aug 02, 2022

Amazing therapist


Jul 21, 2022

Good balance of listening and engaging


Jan 28, 2022

She is amazing and so helpful.

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Languages spoken

  • English

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