OCD Coaching Videos
with James Callner, M.A.

Welcome to OCD Coaching Videos

Welcome to our website! We are about Inspiration and Hope. Our mission is more than educating you and the public, it is to help you help yourself by literally showing you how to reclaim the power to manage and heal from the devastation of OCD.

 

 

(This site was formerly the Awareness Foundation for OCD (afocd.org) – and is now all about helping you to get better with videos, my book, blogs, resources, and more.)

OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos.

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The 4,7,8, breathing exercise. Inhale to the count of four, hold for the count of seven, exhale slowly to the count of eight. Go slower and slower each time. It will actually oxygenate your brain and turn on your Vegas nerve which creates the calming affect in your body. I do it every night and especially when I'm anxious. It works.. đź’™ ... See MoreSee Less

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What does it mean to help someone? What does it mean to be kind to someone? What does it mean to be empathetic to someone? Everything. And, it's paradoxical. In my experience, the most important purpose in life is to do one or all of those things for someone in need. Why? Helping others with kindness and empathy brings you spiritual growth. It helps you grow up to the reality that we don’t have to be not alone, that we have people that understand even if we don’t know them. You may ask yourself; how can I help anybody? I wouldn’t know what to do? Start by listening. I mean really listening deep listening. You don’t have to fix anybody, you don’t have to be anybody’s therapist, you don’t have to give any advice. Just listen with an open mind and a caring heart. I didn’t learn this until I was in my early 40s. At the college where I taught, I joined a committee called the campus assistance program. This was a program made up of a small number of teachers that have gone through traumas and crisis themselves, and our job was to listen to students who had problems much like ours and be front line advocates for them. My area was anxiety and panic disorder because I experienced them myself. I know anxiety from the inside out. A woman who was an older student tracked me down and wanted my advice. I told her to tell me her story. I listened without interruption for close to four hours. From time to time I would interject, I understand or I hear you, but nothing more than that. After she was done telling me her issues, I told her that we had better get going because it was getting late. With tears in her eyes, she thanked me for all my help and told me she felt so much better. What did I do? I didn’t give her any advice, I just listened. I believe by talking to someone who cared she taught herself what she needed to learn. There is great power and purpose in helping anyone in need or anyone that feels alone. That's why we are in this group. The paradox is - it helps you too. JC 💙 ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
What does it mean to help someone? What does it mean to be kind to someone? What does it mean to be empathetic to someone? Everything. And, its paradoxical. In my experience, the most important purpose in life is to do one or all of those things for someone in need. Why? Helping others with kindness and empathy brings you spiritual growth. It helps you grow up to the reality that we don’t have to be not alone, that we have people that understand even if we don’t know them. You may ask yourself; how can I help anybody? I wouldn’t know what to do? Start by listening. I mean really listening deep listening. You don’t have to fix anybody, you don’t have to be anybody’s therapist, you don’t have to give any advice. Just listen with an open mind and a caring heart. I didn’t learn this until I was in my early 40s. At the college where I taught, I joined a committee called the campus assistance program. This was a program made up of a small number of teachers that have gone through traumas and crisis themselves, and our job was to listen to students who had problems much like ours and be front line advocates for them. My area was anxiety and panic disorder because I experienced them myself. I know anxiety from the inside out. A woman who was an older student tracked me down and wanted my advice. I told her to tell me her story. I listened without interruption for close to four hours. From time to time I would interject, I understand or I hear you, but nothing more than that. After she was done telling me her issues, I told her that we had better get going because it was getting late. With tears in her eyes, she thanked me for all my help and told me she felt so much better. What did I do? I didn’t give her any advice, I just listened. I believe by talking to someone who cared she taught herself what she needed to learn. There is great power and purpose in helping anyone in need or anyone that feels alone. Thats why we are in this group. The paradox is - it helps you too. JC 💙
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