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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A technique that I've used over the years to this day–I mean, almost every hour. This technique deals with countering those was horrible obsessions of OCD. Every single OCD recovery mentor, teacher or therapist have all told me the same thing. Words have power to change your physiology, your biology and they will expand onto themselves. We all know that OCD creates negative horrible fearful thoughts and internal words that we buy into and anxiety ensues. Examples: I’ll never get over this, it's impossible, I'm unworthy, it's my fault, I'm not strong enough, I can't do it, I have to do it or something bad will happen, I'm crazy, etc,etc... (BTW, you're not crazy) The technique that I've been using is kind of like the game that calms me down. It brings me back home. And even a little bit of home is better than anxiety or panic. Here's how it goes. If OCD relentlessly pounds my head with–I can't, I counter with I can. OCD says I'm unworthy– I say I'm worthy. If OCD says–I have to - I say I prefer to. If OCD says–I'm weak, I say–I'm strong. You get the idea. There's enough negativity in this world and I'm not going to be a part of it whether I have OCD or not! You can make that decision too. I encourage you to make a list what's right in your life. A list of positive words you can use to counter OCD's constant negativity. Even if you don't believe the words right now, make the list anyway because what you do and think expands. What do you have to lose except negative OCD thoughts. Remember, it's not about being happy, happy, happy which would be nice - but please. It's about teaching your brain to be mindful of the good stuff not just the bad. And there is–good stuff, even if we don't see it in ourselves right now. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

A technique that Ive used over the years to this day–I mean, almost every hour. This technique deals with countering those was horrible obsessions of OCD. Every single OCD recovery mentor, teacher or therapist have all told me the same thing. Words have power to change your physiology, your biology and they will expand onto themselves. We all know that OCD creates negative horrible fearful thoughts and internal words that we buy into and anxiety ensues. Examples: I’ll never get over this, its impossible, Im unworthy, its my fault, Im not strong enough, I cant do it, I have to do it or something bad will happen, Im crazy, etc,etc... (BTW, youre not crazy) The technique that Ive been using is kind of like the game that calms me down. It brings me back home. And even a little bit of home is better than anxiety or panic. Heres how it goes. If OCD relentlessly pounds my head with–I cant, I counter with I can. OCD says Im unworthy– I say Im worthy. If OCD says–I have to - I say I prefer to. If OCD says–Im weak, I say–Im strong. You get the idea. Theres enough negativity in this world and Im not going to be  a part of it whether I have OCD or not! You can make that decision too. I encourage you to make a list whats right in your life. A list of positive words you can use to counter OCDs constant negativity. Even if you dont believe the words right now, make the list anyway because what you do and think expands. What do you have to lose except negative OCD thoughts. Remember, its not about being happy, happy, happy which would be nice - but please. Its about teaching your brain to be mindful of the good stuff not just the bad. And there is–good stuff, even if we dont see it in ourselves right now.  JC

Is this photography perfect? Nah, not even close by my standards. I took it a couple of days ago because it captured my interest. But, I certainly can take better photos. I keep learning, experimenting and trying. You know, you don't have to be perfect. Let me say that again. You don't have to be perfect, at all. I grew up trying my best to be perfect. The perfect son, the perfect brother, the perfect friend, the perfect artist, the perfect person in recovery, etc etc. It never really worked. Now in my 60s, I know that's not how life works. Striving but never really arriving–is not recovery. It's not life either. Being in the now, appreciating baby steps, being grateful that you are here– and maybe, just maybe you’ll start to be a little calmer than you were five minutes ago. Hey, sometimes calmer for a minute is good enough for me. Progress not perfection - is what it's called momentum. Steady steps will lead to bigger steps. And as the momentum takes hold you start doing things you thought you could never do. I know it’s hard – but try anyway. I will too. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

Is this photography perfect? Nah, not even close by my standards. I took it a couple of days ago because it captured my interest. But, I certainly can take better photos. I keep learning, experimenting and trying. You know, you dont have to be perfect. Let me say that again. You dont have to be perfect, at all. I grew up trying my best to be perfect. The perfect son, the perfect brother, the perfect friend, the perfect artist, the perfect person in recovery, etc etc. It never really worked. Now in my 60s, I know thats not how life works. Striving but never really arriving–is not recovery. Its not life either. Being in the now, appreciating baby steps, being grateful that you are here– and maybe, just maybe you’ll start to be a little calmer than you were five minutes ago. Hey, sometimes calmer for a minute is good enough for me. Progress not perfection - is what its called momentum. Steady steps will lead to bigger steps. And as the momentum takes hold you start doing things you thought you could never do. I know it’s hard – but try anyway. I will too. JC

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Pretty good, though . Pictures have an energy, they capture a moment and allow us to relive that moment or that energy. "Perfect" might be nice in a pic but I have some far from perfect that still capture the moment and make me smile or bring back a memory and that's good enough. Better than no pic at all, definitely.

"Choose again" is a slogan I have used many times through the years, It means for us, when an obsession comes in make a conscious decision to choose to ignore the thought, not believe the thought or choose a replacement thought. I know how hard all of those are to do - but choose again anyway. You will begin to teach your brain how to behave. Really. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Choose again is a slogan I have used many times through the years, It means for us, when an obsession comes in make a conscious decision to choose to ignore the thought, not believe the thought or choose a replacement thought. I know how hard all of those are to do - but choose again anyway. You will begin to teach your brain how to behave. Really. JC

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Hey JC, JC , your alright by me. Thanks

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