Words cannot express my gratitude for Ashley. I found her during a time in my life when my whole world felt like it was turned upside down due to my anxiety. Having never experienced symptoms like this before, I felt completely lost. Ashley has a very caring and nurturing personality that helps put you at ease during your first conversation with her. Not only is she accepting, non-judgmental and totally approachable, she also knows what she's talking about. While having your best interest at heart, she helps you build the tools you need to overcome the thoughts and anxieties you're experiencing to help you move on with your life. Quit looking for a person to talk to about your anxieties. You found her. Ashley is your gal.
Having our 9 year old son see Ashley for CBIT was one the best decisions we have ever made. I was skeptical about doing online therapy (we are in Alaska), but after the first session I knew it was a good choice. Our son had severe motor and vocal tics, which are almost non-existent at this point. We worked through CBIT for 9 weeks with Ashley and saw dramatic improvement!
Janise, mother to son with Tourette
The OCD Expert! In a very short amount of time Ashley has helped me make amazing progress with my OCD. OCD is different for every person, and Ashley was quick to understand the fundamental "rules" that were governing my behavior and how to overturn them quickly. She was always receptive to my feedback but made her expectations clear, pushing me every day to go just a little bit further than I would have been willing to go without her guidance. She has always been receptive to my questions and provided clear explanations for why she was setting me on a certain path. She has truly changed my life and I can't thank her enough.
I am so thankful we found Ashley. She was able to help my teenage daughter control her severe anxiety. After seeing Ashley a few times we could see a remarkable difference in our daughter's demeanor. We now feel like we have our old daughter back, thanks to her help.
After suffering from social anxiety for the majority of my adult life, I felt as though I was destined for a life of solitude. After losing several opportunities within my company due to lack of engagement in social settings, I decided to seek help. I progressed weekly through treatment with Ashley, and finished treatment after roughly 3 months. I now feel confident at work, making small talk on the golf course, and in one day pursuing a relationship. I only wish I sought out therapy sooner.
As a retired adult dealing with severe skin-picking, I thought the battle was hopeless. Then, I found Ashley. She renewed my hope and was, by far, the most knowledgeable therapist I've spoken to about BRFBs. She gave me tangible tools to use immediately to get this behavior under control. I still slip from time to time, but overall my picking has dropped by leaps and bounds.
Our 10 year old daughter pulled out her eyelashes since she was in preschool. It was something we learned to live with, but as our daughter aged, she asked for help to stop. We found Ashley and our daughter was pull-free in about 8 weeks. Our daughter has so much more confidence now, not only because she now has her beautiful eye lashes back but because she feels a sense of control over this behavior.
Oh my gosh! I slept the entire last night and I cried when I woke up this morning because I felt so good! Today is the best day I've had in a very long time... Possibly the best I've felt in my entire life! Thank you so much for helping me!
Firstly, I just wanted to say what a brilliant company I have found Beyond Borders CBT to work with. I was very sceptical doing online therapy sessions but wouldn't think twice about it now. Your whole offering and experience is brilliant and super easy. Secondly, I just wanted rave about the wonderful Melissa. I've suffered with OCD for many years, had lot's of different types of therapy but, never actually worked with an OCD expert before, as they are very hard to find here. Melissa is so knowledgeable about the disorder and really understands the treatment process. She's been absolutely inspirational and a true rock in my progress, being on hand when I need her, explaining my irrational thoughts and helping me come through a really difficult period. She's taught me things I didn't know about OCD and worked in a way that suited my needs. In Melissa I have found a therapist that I can trust and know will be there for me as I continue to learn to live with the wonderful OCD!
Working with Jack has changed my life. When I stumbled upon Beyond Borders I was looking for some glimpse of hope in my journey with motor tics. I had been suffering with these my entire life (now in my 30s) and had tried everything short of surgical management. I had tried therapy, cognition altering medications, muscle relaxants, injections, etc. etc. When I started working with Jack I was experiencing tics every few seconds. My day was consumed with thoughts of motor tics, how they were being perceived, and how to make them stop. Jack taught me management techniques that have been, quite literally, life changing. I am now going entire days without the feeling of a need to tic and am easily able to stop tics when the drive does occur. This would have been unthinkable to me just weeks ago. I can't recommend Jack enough if you or someone you love is struggling with managing socially difficult, physically exhausting motor tics. Thank you for all you do!
In just two sessions I was able to learn CBIT (Comprehensive Behavior Intervention for Tics) techniques that have allowed me to diminish significantly my tics, especially the most bothersome one, which is a neck, head and shoulder tic. Jack is a great practitioner. He's got tons of positive energy, is very realistic, and knows how to quickly improve tics.
I was always unsure if therapy would be right for me. Emotions were everywhere: doubt, pride, and admitting there were things wrong. Will this really help me? Being a man from a conservative culture, taking the first step and fighting those doubts were difficult. Thankfully, those fears were wrong. Gabriela, my Beyond Borders therapist, was phenomenal, and she helped guide me every week. With the sessions being online, I was able to attend my sessions without fear of being judged. It was just me and the therapist. At first, things may seem insurmountable, but each week, things got better, and I am so thankful that I decided to take the leap with Beyond Borders.
Finding Armando has been life changing for our precious son. He suddenly developed severe vocal tics after many years of head jerking. His confidence and school life were hugely affected. I tried to find a UK therapist but they were few and far between. Armando immediately connected with my son using language and dialogue that he responded well to. Within the first session Armando had taught him to use a competing response for his aggressive vocal tic. (I actually couldn’t believe it!) Over the 9 or so sessions Armando worked with him on all his tics. My son is now able to lead the life he deserves. He has control over his tics and his confidence is back. Armando is like family! He really cares and wants the very best for the child. He is the best support anyone could have! We are in a great place right now but knowing Armando is there if we need him in the future is a great reassurance. Do not hesitate to contact Armando.
Mother of 12 year old boy with TS
Our experience with Beyond Borders CBT, and Ashley specifically, was amazing! Her knowledge and insight into OCD, and her ability to explain it to our young teen was so helpful. Her wisdom and compassion, and her ability to share these via teletherapy is exactly what we needed. We are so grateful for her guidance, and truly feel that the skills that our daughter learned throughout this process are invaluable and will help guide her for years to come!
I wanted to let you know that I'm doing extremely well. My fear of death is pretty much gone and I've learned so many things about myself. I have found self-love and so much more, but I believe this journey started when I decided to get treatment for my OCD, and you were a big part of helping me see a lot of things that needed healing that I didn't realize needed healing. Thank you for sitting with me and holding space for me.
I cannot believe how much you have changed our lives! I feel like I have my daughter back and she feels like she is walking in freedom from where she was stuck. Thank you! Thank you!
Lisa, Addison’s mom
You are now a constant name in our home. Any time we see Nick begin to slip into his OCD tendencies, we say, “Let’s pull a Karly and knock this out!” You gave us the confidence and tools to take charge of Brian’s OCD.
Amy, Brian’s mom