Wednesday OCD Recovery Group Meetings

Here’s a listing of topics from past meetings.

Past Meetings

Saturday, July 23
Bring it On! ERP Session
The Tuesday and Wednesday OCD Recovery Groups will join together for a morning session where everyone can go out and poke their OCD together. Join us for ERP games and a chance to remind your OCD who’s in charge!

June 8, 2016
Helping Family Members Understand Recovery
Happiness equals reality minus expectations, so setting appropriate expectations with family members about what a successful OCD recovery looks like is crucial for good family functioning. In this session we’ll talk about misconceptions family members have, how to correct those in the most helpful way, and how to help the family set realistic expectations for your OCD recovery and the family’s OCD recovery.

May 11, 2016
Life after therapy 
You’ve been coming weekly or bi-weekly to therapy for months, and now you’re heading out on your own. We’ll discuss what you can expect and what life really looks like in recovery.

April 13, 2016
Mindfulness and OCD
In this meeting we’ll discuss why mindfulness matters, how to become more mindful, the difference between mindfulness and meditation, how you can use mindfulness in your OCD recovery, and how to get started with mindfulness.

March 9, 2016
Self-compassion and giving yourself credit
It may not be very surprising to learn that many of us with OCD are not all that nice to ourselves! In this month’s meeting we discussed how being more self-compassionate can strengthen your recovery from OCD. Before this meeting take the self-compassion assessment and bring your scores to our meeting for discussion.

February 10, 2016
Love is in the air … or is it? Relationships and OCD
Any mental illness can be a strain on relationships, but OCD creates some additional challenges, even beyond the aptly named Relationship OCD. For instance, family members and friends lovingly but annoyingly accusing you well into your recovery of obsessing or doing rituals when you’re actually not! This evening we’ll discuss everything OCD and relationships. Recommended pre-reading is Jon Hershfield’s awesome book, When a Family Member Has OCD.

Sunday, January 24, 2016: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ten Steps Out When Stuck in Doubt with special guest speaker Jeff BellWheninDoubt
Just because we’re recovery doesn’t mean OCD is going to leave us alone! Join Jeff Bell, author of When in Doubt, Make Belief and co-founder with Shala of Beyond the Doubt, to learn how to use the Ten Steps to effectively and quickly manage an OCD lapse so you can get back to living your life.

January 13, 2016
People pleasing
At this meeting we discussed people pleasing: why it’s not healthy for people with OCD and members’ ideas about how to stop doing it! Also, to celebrate the start of a new year, in this meeting we also set themes for 2016, which Gretchen Rubin describes in a recent blog post.

December 9, 2015
Fun with OCD
You can have a good life, even if you have OCD! At this meeting we discussed some ways to poke fun at your OCD and keep yourself in a good recovery at the same time.

November 11, 2015
Inaugural meeting
The first meeting of this group gave participants a chance to meet others who are in recovery from OCD and give and receive support. They also developed a list of topics for upcoming meetings.