Thriving with OCD:
Four Keys Out When Locked in Doubt

If you have OCD, we’re guessing you’ll agree that …

Four keys out when stuck in doubt

  1. Lots of things that might not bother other people can be pretty triggering for those of us with OCD!
  2. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do the therapy needed to get OCD in check, because although exposure and response prevention therapy, or ERP, is quite effective, it’s also really hard.
  3. OCD, left to its own devices (i.e. without ERP), will do its best to take all the joy out of life.

As two OCD survivors, we know from first-hand experience the misery that OCD can cause.

We also know that OCD is not insurmountable. And that you can thrive, even with OCD tagging along … if you can keep the motivation needed to face the OCD Doubt Bully and turn triggers to your advantage.

Join us!

learning secret weapons against OCD on the webinar!

You can participate in the webinar from the comfort of your home online using your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Join us online on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at 7 pm ET / 6 pm CT / 5 pm MT / 4 pm PT for a 75 minute, story-filled and informative webinar, Thriving with OCD: Four Keys Out When Locked in Doubt, to learn:

  • The three truths about OCD
  • An antidote to OCD’s relentless doubt
  • A brief overview of the gold-standard treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP)
  • Strategies for making “Greater Good” decisions that take power away from your OCD
  • The four keys that will help you create and maintain the motivation needed to do ERP and thrive, despite having OCD!

Sometimes OCD makes you feel like you’re just in “survival mode.” We know what that feels like, and it’s no way to live an enjoyable life. Join us to learn how to keep yourself motivated to not just survive, but thrive.

Register today!

We know what it’s like

Both of us know from first-hand experience what it’s like to have OCD. Jeff is an author, mental health advocate, radio news anchor, and OCD survivor. In Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive DisorderJeff shares his own journey of overcoming obsessive Jeff in the studiocompulsive disorder. Jeff’s second book, When in Doubt, Make Belief: An OCD-Inspired Approach to Living with Uncertainty offers readers practical techniques for pushing through the discomfort of uncertainty.

Jeff  is a 2007 recipient of Mental Health America’s prestigious forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward,” and his story has been featured in The Wall Street Journal (online), Psychology Today, DETAILS Magazine, and The New York Times. He is also the founder of The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance and a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is on the IOCDF Board of Directors.

Keynote Preso 3Shala is a mental health advocate, author, counselor, and OCD survivor. After hiding her OCD from family, friends, and colleagues for more than thirty years, she broke “rule #1” and shared the story of how she finally took her life back from OCD as the keynote speaker at the 2013 IOCDF national conference. Shala is writing a book about OCD with Jon Hershfield, MFT, which will be published in 2017, and she’s also writing the book version of her story that she told during the keynote, Is Fred in the Refrigerator?

She spent more than fifteen years in sales and marketing, but after finally getting the right treatment for OCD, she went back to school and became an OCD and anxiety treatment specialist. Shala has also started and led a number of support groups for people with OCD, and she co-founded the non-profit OCD Georgia, the official Georgia affiliate of the IOCDF. She is also an Advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance.

Feedback from past webinars

Thriving with OCD

“Made me feel less alone with my long term OCD.”

“I found your “4 Keys” very helpful and motivating. I look forward to trying them out.”

“I really enjoyed the personal stories, it makes such an impact knowing you truly understand. Thank you for making other OCD sufferers part of your Greater Good. I hope one day, I can do the same.”

“It was very helpful and refreshing to hear from two OCD sufferers who have not “overcome” OCD, but are thriving with it. It makes life much less lonely. I have done better on my rituals and compulsions this week simply from feeling not so alone. Jeff’s story of him being told about the typos in his book @ a book signing as well as the publisher printing books out of order was very helpful to me in living with my own perceptions of perfection and control.”

“The lived applications of the skills you taught made you people more relatable. In particular, pointing out that you still sometimes fall short of ideal in your mindsets and actions helped to establish common ground, thereby encouraging me that I, like you two, can also get it right a bunch of the time.”

“I appreciate your sense of humor and how you’re so personable. enjoyed watching you guys :)”

“Easy to understand and follow even for someone with not a lot of knowledge on OCD. It was a great reminder on the steps that I need to take when dealing with an OCD thought to avoid engaging in the compulsive behaviour.”

More Buzz about our OCD webinars

“Just the ticket for those who are contemplating ERP but are ambivalent about doing so. This webinar will coax you over the hump and enable you to do the difficult thing in order to make life better for you and those around you.”

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Living with OCD is all about embracing imperfection, so we share stories of when we were successful and not so successful in dealing with our OCD.

“Made me feel less alone with my long term OCD.”

“You two are far along on your wellness path, which makes you great leaders. Those individuals that are deep in the OCD woods with their illness and those that want to remain out of their OCD woods, can gain real value from your webinar(s). Even though you speak with authority regarding the OCD topic, you speak from the street level: both natural, full of spirit and easy to listen to. I loved your personal stories about the “poo residual on the sidewalk” and the “diet coke experience”. I get the plight totally! I appreciated you poking some fun at your OCD triggering experiences. You can laugh or you can cry. You two laughing is effervescent, full of life and promise (so much different than OCD prison). Thank you for being soulful, for caring so deeply about humanity, and thank you for all for that you do.”

Webinar FAQs

Sharing our OCD stories

The first time Shala and Jeff spoke publicly together, on stage after Shala’s keynote at the International OCD Foundation conference in 2013.

How do I register?
Go to our registration page at Eventbrite.com.

What will happen after I register?
You will receive an email from AnyMeeting with links to click to log onto the webinar. If you don’t receive an email, please let us know.

What will I learn during the webinar?
During the webinar we’ll discuss the three truths about OCD, an antidote to OCD doubt, the gold standard treatment for OCD (ERP), strategies for making empowering “Greater Good” decisions that take power from your OCD, and four keys you can use to motivate yourself to do the hard work of ERP and thrive!

What is ERP?
ERP is exposure and response prevention, the evidence-based therapy for OCD.

How long is the webinar?
1 hour and 15 minutes.

Can I register for the webinar right before it starts?
Yes!

Can I use my computer to watch the webinar?
Yes! You can use your computer, a tablet or a smartphone. You’ll be able to see us, hear us, and see our slides through your device. You can also call in, but if you do, you won’t be able to see us or the slides.

I’m outside the United States, and the webinar is being held in the middle of the night where I live. Can I watch the recording instead of the live webinar?
Yes. After you register, just send an email to shala (at) beyondthedoubt.com and let me know that you’d to see the recording, and I’ll send you a link the Monday after the webinar.

I’m a therapist and would like to tell my clients about the webinar. Do you have a flyer I can give them?
Yes, you can download a flyer about the webinar.

How much does the webinar cost?
$30. If you are currently unable to afford this webinar, please email us at shala (at) beyondthedoubt.com.  We offer pro bono slots in hopes of making our work available to all who are interested.

Motivate yourself to beat OCD!Is this webinar a replacement for therapy?
It’s not. However, it will help motivate you to do your therapy, whether you are working with a therapist or doing a self-help program on your own. 

Do I need to be in OCD therapy to attend your webinar?
No. This webinar is for anyone suffering from OCD. We will discuss how to find a therapist who knows how to treat OCD at the end of the webinar.

What if I’ve already gone through OCD therapy … would this webinar be helpful?
Yes! OCD needs long-term management, even after therapy, and the motivation tools we’ll introduce can help you strengthen your recovery from OCD. 

I have another question … how do I contact you?
You can send an email to shala (at) beyondthedoubt.com or you can send us your question through the Contact Us form.

Top three reasons to sign up today

  1. While we take OCD very seriously, we try to take ourselves less seriously, and ourYou can overcome OCD!webinar is filled with personal stories of how we apply the tools to keep our own OCD Doubt Bullies in check and our lives our own.
  2. The strategies we share are tools you can start applying immediately in your day-to-day life.
  3. We’ve both had OCD on and off since childhood, and we’ve been in recovery from OCD for years, so we get it. By joining us you will know you are not alone, and that you can have a great life, even if you have OCD.

Bottom line … are you just “surviving” with OCD? Join us for this webinar and learn how to THRIVE! Register today!