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About James Callner

About James Callner

 

James Callner’s onset of OCD came when he was in his 20s. To this day, he continues his recovery with (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and (ERP) Exposure Response Prevention Therapy, spiritual, medical, and holistic therapies and treatments, and has emerged as an OCD educator and a public speaker specializing in OCD and anxiety disorders.

Mr Callner has been invited to speak for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, International OCD Foundation, Stanford Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, The Anxiety Association of America, The Trichotillomania Learning Center, The Learning Disabilities Association of America, Catholic Charities Behavioral Health Program, Codependents Anonymous Conferences, Children’s Hospital, Seattle, Kaiser Hospital, California Nurses Association, Madison Institute of Medicine and a variety of schools ranging from middle school, high schools, community colleges and universities.

Mr. Callner graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors Degree in Radio-Television- Film and a Masters Degree in Theater/Film. He holds two teaching credentials and started his college teaching and professional film-making career in his early 20s.  He has earned over 30 National and International film festival awards as well as critical acclaim for writing and directing films about physically and emotionally challenged individuals. He was commissioned by the International OCD Foundation to make the first dramatic educational film about a child with OCD, The Touching Tree. He went on to make In the Shoes of Christopher, a dramatic film about OCD and bullying, The Risk, a film about OCD and the family, and Hope and Solutions for OCD, a four-part lecture series with OCD professionals. All films can be found on the Films Page and YouTube.

Mr. Callner currently provides inspiration and recovery techniques through his OCD Coaching Videos and Words of Hope, and his articles and blogs can be found on OCD Coaching Videos/Facebook, YouTube, and other social media. He is author of It’s Matter of Trust ~ Hope and Solutions for OCD & How I Got Better, which can be found on this website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple books.

Mr. Callner is available for speaking engagements. Use our contact page to get in touch with him.

James Callner lives with his wife Jeanine by the ocean in Northern California.

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Nice stars uh? And most, will look at my photograph and buy that these are actual stars. They are not. Some digital dark room magic going on here. But, it looks cool - and maybe you believe it. Lots of art is enhanced or photo- shopped or whatever and we still choose to believe it because it is pleasing to our eye. Key words here; we choose to believe it. OCD gives me false messages or  obsessions  almost daily - and some actually get though to my belief system. Then, I have to self talk myself down with facts. We do have choice you know. Its an art with OCD recovery to practice not buying into a fear or obsession. And, not choosing to believe it. OCD always distorts reality. I would go as far as saying -it always lies to us. I have to catch myself all the time and choose to not go along with the distortion. Not easy - but easier with practice. When I look up at the night sky Im seeing star light from millions, billions, trillions of years ago - the actual star may not even be there. But the light is real. I choose to believe in the light. We do have choice to believe or not  - practice it. I will too. JC

 

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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. .