About Me

Shannon Shy

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

I am a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and an attorney who retired from the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2007 and from federal civil service with the Department of the Navy in 2022 after thirty years of total service. Diagnosed with a severe case of OCD in 1997 while on active duty, I underwent treatment and developed my own strategy to successfully overcome OCD. I have written three books on overcoming OCD, operated a Facebook page about OCD recovery, produced an online course about my peer support methodology (which includes modules from Dr. Jenny Yip, Dr. Jon Abramowitz, and artist/OCD Advocate Sean Shinnock), and have successfully provided peer support to OCD sufferers since 2016 worldwide.

After my first book "It'll be Okay": How I Kept OCD from Ruining My Life was published in 2009, the International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) invited me to deliver the Keynote Address at the 2010 annual conference in Washington D.C. I served on the Board of Directors for the IOCDF from 2011 to 2018, including as President from 2016 – 2018, when I resigned to serve in Afghanistan as a civilian advisor to their Ministry of Defense. In 2016, the State of Virginia certified me as a Peer Recovery Specialist.I have successfully worked with over 450 clients around the world. I must be recertified every two years through continuing education. My latest book (2021) and online course (2022), Turning Points, present a comprehensive guide that provides peer support and a proven strategy for recovering from OCD.

My one-on-one peer support relies on both my personal experiences and credentials as a certified peer recovery specialist to teach OCD sufferers how to summon the power and strength within to transform their perspective and get to a place where OCD does not adversely affect their lives. I provide a roadmap of hope that shares valuable information about the growing discipline of peer support, insight into how to build a recovery foundation, insight into my strategy to overcome OCD, motivation, encouragement, and tips for sufferers to self-motivate in order to become indifferent to the intrusive thoughts and resist giving in to compulsions.