May 30 Workshop

Getting Better & Staying Better: The Motivation You Need to Dare to Challenge OCD
Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Offices of New Harbinger, 5720 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA 94609
Audience: People with OCD, family members, and/or therapists. All attendees must be 18 years of age or older
Workshop Facilitators: Jeff Bell, Shala Nicely, and Joan Davidson
Cost: $50 per person before May 30 and $60 at the door (as space is available)

Are you in therapy for OCD, but not making the progress you’d hoped for? Are you having trouble doing your canstockphoto1466909homework between sessions? Are you finding yourself avoiding the very things you know you need to be approaching?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. Cognitive behavioral therapy, especially exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, is hard, and many people struggle to do the work necessary to get better. And it’s important to know that if you are having a hard time, there is nothing wrong with you. You are struggling because you are human, and we are all programmed to avoid what our brains interpret as threatening, even if that interpretation might not be quite accurate.

Our workshop,“Getting Better & Staying Better: The Motivation You Need to Dare to Challenge OCD,” give you the tools to approach, rather than avoid, what you fear and learn to:

  • Recognize the difference between fear-based doubt and intellect-based doubt
  • Identify trapdoors that lure you into a false sense of security
  • Harness anxiety and uncertainty to help you get better
  • Focus on getting your life back through Greater Good Motivation
  • Overcome common obstacles to recovery

No “death by PowerPoint”

Yes, we do use PowerPoint slides in our workshops. No, we do not read them to you. Instead, we use stories and activities to help bring the tools we are sharing to life. We have even been known to call on TV shows and movies to illustrate important points.Jeff First Workshop

So, what we’re trying to say in a nutshell is that our workshops are not only empowering, they are also … fun!

We want them to be entertaining because we know from first-hand experience how grueling this therapy can be. During the workshop you’ll see how we, ourselves, leverage the power of humor and perspective in dealing with obsessive compulsive disorder. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, as doing so plays right into the hands of anxiety and keeps us stuck in the grip of OCD!

Incorporating concepts into everyday life

We’ve all been to workshops where we’re really excited during the workshop and for a few days afterwards, and then the material slowly fades from our minds and we go back to living our lives as they were before the workshop.canstockphoto8753196

That’s not our model.

We want to help you stay excited about what you learn in our workshops and help you incorporate the concepts into your everyday lives. That’s why we offer monthly Skills Application Group meetings after our workshops: to give you an opportunity to set goals, practice the concepts, and discuss your successes and challenges with us and other workshop attendees, so that you achieve the maximum benefit from the time you’ve invested.

Oh, yeah … this is not a way to avoid therapy!

Our workshops are NOT a replacement for therapy! Ideally, if you decide to come to our workshops, we would like you to be in therapy with a cognitive behavioral therapist doing exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP), so that you have someone to talk with about how to apply the concepts you learn to your specific situation. It’s not an absolute requirement, but we think it’s helpful. (If you don’t have a therapist and would like to find one, please visit our Resources page.)

In addition, even though Joan is a psychologist and Shala is an associate counselor, neither one of us provides therapy during the workshops. We (including Jeff) are instead teachers who share lots of stories (and believe me, we have some good ones!) to illustrate new ways to think about fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

Ready to sign up?

Are you tired of OCD making decisions for you? Take the next step and click on the Buy Now button below to sign up for our May 30 workshop. Registration is $50/attendee before May 30 and $60/attendee at the door (as space is available).

(If the button isn’t working for you, please send an email to shala (at) and we’ll help you get registered!)

Space is limited, and we had more people interested than we had spaces for our last OCD workshop, so don’t miss this opportunity — register today!

Have you signed up for the workshop, but now you have a conflict and can’t attend? We’ll miss having you join us! Cancellations received via an email to shala (at) by May 15 will receive a full refund. Cancellations received via an email to shala (at) between May 16 and May 22 will receive a $25 refund via check. Unfortunately, we will be unable to issues refunds to cancellations received May 23 or after.