I’m Jaimie Eckert. As a scrupulosity coach, I help people with scrupulosity OCD get out of their heads and rediscover a thriving relationship with God. I founded scrupulosity.com to help others work through the same issues that used to trip me up in my own spiritual walk. I create informative blog posts, worksheets, and quizzes that you can find for free on this website, and I also do group and one-on-one coaching sessions to walk you through recovery.
But you may be wondering about me. Who am I? Let me answer a few of the most common questions I get.
Where are you from?
This is a complicated question. I was born in Hawaii, grew up in Florida, spent a few years in Tennessee, a few years in Arkansas, and most recently, seven years in Beirut, Lebanon. My husband and I are currently living just north of Washington DC.
As a scrupulosity coach, what’s your educational and professional background?
I have two BA degrees — one in elementary education and one in Biblical Studies. I have an MA in Islamic Studies, and I recently completed my coursework for a PhD in Religion (specializing in Mission and Religious Education). I’m still in process of writing my dissertation, so don’t call me “doctor” yet!
I have over 10 years of ministry experience, which has included lots of Bible teaching, cross-cultural evangelism, and compassion work for Syrian and Iraqi refugees. I’ve also done extensive work as a ghostwriter for Christian evangelism resources, and around two years of city missions in the United States.
After helping many people work through their scrupulous obsessions and compulsions over the last few years, I simply didn’t have time to help as many people as I wished while keeping my former job. So in late 2019 I decided to go full-time as a scrupulosity coach.
As a scrupulosity coach, will you work with my denominational background?
Christianity in the US often seems very splintered and divided. There are dozens and dozens of denominations. When I moved to the Middle East in 2013, I discovered that where Christians are the minority, the "Us versus Them" mindset drops off.
Instead of Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Adventist, Reformed, and Episcopalian, we are “Christian.” In Arabic, we are called Messihi, followers of the Messiah. That’s it.
My time abroad has deeply impacted the way I view denominationalism. What I can tell you is that I work with any and all faith backgrounds without judgment and without a sense of superiority. My biggest goal as your scrupulosity coach is to help you where you are in your own spiritual walk to find relief from scrupulosity.
Who are you as a person, and what kinds of things do you enjoy?
I eat a plant-based diet and thrive as a homebody. I crochet, cook, birdwatch, read, and write. (Fun fact: I don't own a television. I'm a digital minimalist.) I'm super happy to spend an hour sitting next to a lake or an afternoon with a friend (especially friends that have babies or toddlers). And I usually spend my evenings walking or relaxing with my husband.