James Callner, MA, AFOCD President
James Callner began his career in teaching and profesional film making in his early twenties. During his career in this industry he earned 35 national and international awards and critical acclaim for writing and directing films about physically and emotionally challenged individuals. In 1982, Mr. Callner himself was afflicted with the devastating anxiety disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). After over two decades of cognitive, behavioural, spiritual, medical and alternative therapies and treatments, James Callner has emerged as a personal coach, public speaker and educator on moving though the fears and anxieties of life and into self confidence, self esteem and hope. See James videos here.
New Book by James Callner
If you are looking for empathy, compassion, kindness, hope, and practical tools for living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), this book will help inspire you on your journey to recovery.
In 1982, author James Callner suffered a devastating mental breakdown and the onset of severe OCD. He was hospitalized for six weeks. He felt broken, lost, and terrified about what was happening to his life. He felt trapped with no way out. But there was a way out …
This hopeful and inspirational memoir is warm and casual and shares his recovery process. His care was multifaceted, including hospitalization, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure response prevention therapy, and an array of innovative approaches.
With compassion, empathy, humor, and wisdom, James chronicles his more than three decades of getting the right help while living with OCD. He found that OCD robbed him of trust and infused him with fears and phobias about people, places, and things and debilitating anxiety. He simply didn’t trust life. He regained that trust by using helpful tools to reclaim his power—to trust himself again. In this book, he shares those tools to help with your recovery.
From author James Callner:
“This is more than a memoir of my life living with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). It is more than my challenges and struggles with OCD. It is a book of hope, strategies, processes, tools, and solutions that I learned over several decades–all of which gave me my life back. I use them to this day and share them with you now. Living with OCD does not mean you cannot have a productive happy life. You can! For all of the courageous souls who take on OCD every day as I do: This book is for you.”
“… an encyclopedia for treating OCD … and will help depression and anxiety disorders.”
~ Phil Kavanaugh, MD, Psychiatrist, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
“… heartfelt, sincere, genuine. If you or someone you know is struggling with OCD, this book is a must-have! Sending a clear message that OCD is treatable.”
~ Dr. Robin Zasio, PsyD, LCSW,
Clinical Advisory Board – The International OCD Foundation
“Compelling, courageous, insightful, and informative.”
~ Donald Dufford, PhD, Director, Anxiety Treatment Services
“… sure to provide OCD sufferers with a deep sense of comfort… applicable tools that could help many break free from the grips of OCD.”
~ Craig Shirley, Senior Therapist and Co-Founder of The OCD Treatment Centre