Living Life Beyond the Doubt: Field-Tested (and Retested) Strategies for Navigating OCD

(OCD Workshop for Clients, but Therapists welcome to attend) 

  • To Be Announced
  • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • This workshop is designed for clients, but therapists are welcome to attend
  • *This is the last time this workshop will be offered!*
  • 5 Core Continuing Education Hours (Related Hours for MFTs)
  • Location: Hilton Garden Inn (3045 Windy Hill Road, Atlanta, GA 30339)
  • For more information, click here
  • Investment: $105 before August 4, $120 after

Presented by: Shala Nicely, LPC

Shala Nicely is an OCD survivor, author, advocate and therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD and related disorders in Atlanta. Her life is a testament to the power of resilience, as she learned to thrive despite being shattered twice—once by a car and again by her crushing OCD, which she vividly recounts in Is Fred in the Refrigerator? Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life. Fred has received critical acclaim within the OCD community, where it’s been hailed as a “masterpiece,” “an amazing story of terror and resilience,” “an inspirational story of hope,” and “one of the clearest descriptions of the experience of OCD and how one can learn to defeat it” by international experts in the field.

Shala is coauthor with Jon Hershfield, MFT, of Everyday Mindfulness for OCD: Tips, Tricks and Skills for Living Joyfully. She is cofounder with Jeff Bell of, an initiative dedicated to helping people learn to thrive through uncertainty, and an advocate for The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance. She blogs for Psychology Today, offering an inside perspective on life with OCD, her most popular post being “The Hidden Power of Swearing at Your OCD: Three ways to use the art and science of cursing to power up your recovery.”


This interactive workshop—specifically designed for people with OCD at any stage of treatment or recovery, their loved ones, and therapists—offers practical strategies for navigating the many challenges of living with obsessive compulsive disorder.  Drawing on her own personal experiences in learning to thrive with OCD, Shala shares both engaging stories and practical tools. Participants will learn motivational strategies to maximize their exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP) for OCD, including self-compassion, the Four Keys Out When Locked in Doubt, and the Greater Good Perspective Shift, so they can more effectively take back their lives from the grips of this often-debilitating disorder.  

*While this workshop will offer a comprehensive overview of tools and best practices for OCD therapy, it aims to be a complement to, not a replacement for, professional treatment. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify the difference between fear-based doubt and intellect-based doubt and learn how fear-based doubt commonly manifests in OCD.
  • Describe the gold standard treatment for OCD, exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy, and how people with OCD can use in vivo and imaginal exposure simultaneously.
  • Discuss how OCD creates and maintains anxiety/discomfort and the paradoxical interventions that can be used before and during exposure to help people with OCD better manage anxiety/discomfort.
  • Explain the “Four Keys” motivational strategies that can be used before, during, and after ERP to enhance treatment participation, and demonstrate how people with OCD can use the Greater Good Perspective Shift to make better decisions in the heat of an OCD episode.
  • Identify the three components of self-compassion, why self-compassion an important adjunct to ERP in the treatment of OCD, and how to create and use a self-compassion statement.


  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Granola Bars Served)
  • 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Morning Session
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Break
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Morning Session (Cont.)
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Break (Lunch is on Your Own)
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m Afternoon Session
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session (Cont.)

Rave Reviews from Past Participants:

“Phenomenal workshop, one of the best I’ve attended!” 

“Most helpful event I have ever attended. I learned many tools to help control my OCD.”

“Easy to remember, practical, immediate-use things to carry away with me.”

“Excellent, very engaging and insightful.”


5 Core CE Clock Hours by:

  • APA:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute (ASMI) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASMI maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • NBCC:  The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6502. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Anxiety & Stress Management Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • GSCSW:  This workshop is approved for five core continuing education hours through the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work.
  • MFTs:  Related hours.

For information about our Continuing Education Workshops, please contact our Continuing Education

Workshop Coordinator at:

770.953.0080 Ext. 333