Why Beyond the Doubt
We think we’re pretty well-qualified to talk with you about the motivation you need to take back your life from an anxiety disorder or OCD. Read on to see why.
Jeff is an author, mental health advocate, radio news anchor, and OCD survivor. In Rewind, Replay, Repeat: A Memoir of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Jeff shares his own journey of overcoming obsessive compulsive disorder and how developing the concept of “choosing Greater Good” gave him the motivation necessary to succeed in treatment. 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 — whether it stems from OCD or just everyday worries — and demonstrates how a shift from decisions based on fear and doubt to ones based on purpose and service can transform any life.
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, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges. Jeff is also a National Spokesperson for the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) and is on the IOCDF Board of Directors.
Shala 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 currently trying to catch up with Jeff in book publishing by writing the book version of her story, 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 decided she would turn her adversity into advocacy by becoming an OCD treatment specialist. She’s now a licensed professional counselor specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders at Cornerstone Family Services in Atlanta. 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.
It’s not all about OCD
After reading about us, you might think, “Wow! They have a lot of experience with OCD, but I have a different anxiety disorder. Do they know anything about how to help me with treatment motivation for my situation?”
It’s true that we know a lot about OCD, after having it (Jeff and Shala) and treating it (Shala). While OCD and anxiety disorders have different triggers, they are all based in part on an intolerance of uncertainty. The evidence-based treatment for OCD and anxiety disorders, including phobias, GAD, social anxiety, and panic disorder, are all forms of cognitive behavioral therapy, and they all include exposure therapy. So the concepts we present are applicable to all anxiety disorders.
Would you like to learn from our experience?
We hope so! Check out our upcoming events page to find out about our upcoming workshops. Don’t see one near you? Send us a Contact Us form to let us know you are interested, as we are planning on taking our show on the road!