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Embracing Hope: The Transformative Power of OCD Recovery

August 8, 2023

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Hey there, warriors! Today, we delve into the incredible realm of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) recovery, exploring the magic of hope and its role in our journey towards healing. So, buckle up and get ready for an uplifting conversation with my good friend and fellow OCD specialist, Carly Samach, as she guides us through exposure and response prevention (ERP), mindfulness, and the true essence of hope.

Unraveling the Enigma: The Connection Between OCD and Hope

Carly’s passion for helping clients with OCD and anxiety began with an intriguing observation. While working with clients who had successfully conquered the acute stages of OCD, she noticed an unexpected pattern. Many of them appeared hesitant, almost ambivalent, despite achieving their recovery goals. Carly recognized that their fear of being hopeful about the future was holding them back.

Exposing the Fear of Hope

In her quest to understand and address this fear, Carly discovered the concept of hope and its influence on OCD recovery. Hope is not just wishful thinking; it’s a positive regard for an uncertain future. But fear often distorts our perception of hope. The three common distortions Carly encountered were:

  1. Fear of Jinxing: The belief that expressing hope might ruin everything and lead to negative outcomes.
  2. Lack of Self-Compassion: Feeling undeserving of hope due to negative self-perceptions.
  3. Perfectionism: Believing that certain achievements must be reached before allowing oneself to feel hopeful.

Brave Steps on the Path to Hope

Carly’s approach to empowering her clients involved exposure and response prevention exercises centered on hope. These exposures challenged the clients to voice their hopes while embracing the uncertainty. Whether it was speaking out loud about their aspirations, writing stories or drawing images of their hopeful future, Carly guided them through the process with compassion and creativity.

You Have a Choice: A Radical Act of Courage

The decision to be hopeful can be daunting, especially when life seems to hand us one challenge after another. Carly emphasizes that choosing hope is like flexing a muscle. It may feel difficult at first, but with small steps and consistent effort, it becomes more natural and empowering.

Instead of waiting for an “aha” moment, Carly encourages clients to actively create their moments of hope. By challenging themselves to act in ways that allow for hope, they can break free from learned helplessness and discover their inner strength.

The Journey to Wholeness: Embracing Uncertainty

Through her work, Carly reveals that hope is not an isolated concept; it intertwines with various aspects of our lives. Choosing hope in the face of uncertainty is a courageous act, leading us to explore the layers of our experiences and discover hidden truths within ourselves.

You Are the Master of Your Recovery

To anyone feeling trapped in the depths of OCD and anxiety, Carly’s message is simple yet profound. You have the power to choose hope. It might start as a difficult decision, but with time and practice, hope becomes an integral part of your journey to recovery. Small choices, tiny steps, and a willingness to be flexible are the key to embracing the transformative power of hope.

So, buckle up, and let’s take this journey together. You’ve got this! To hear the full podcast, check out my podcast called “All The Hard Things” – episode #137.

Resources for Your Recovery

To learn more about OCD and anxiety recovery strategies and resources, visit my website at, where you can find additional support and guidance.

Want more content like this? Check out some of my related podcasts and masterclasses below.

This post is for informational purposes only and may not be the best fit for you and your personal situation. The information and education provided here is not intended or implied to supplement or replace professional advice of your own professional mental health or medical treatment, advice, and/or diagnosis. Finally, make sure to check with your own physician or mental health professional before trying or implementing anything read here.

© 2023 Jenna Overbaugh, LLC


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