Meet Our Therapists

Ashley Annestedt, LCSW

Ashley Annestedt

LCSW

Ashley is the founder & clinical director of Beyond Borders CBT. She specializes in OCD, Tourette, BFRBs, & related disorders across the lifespan.

She is licensed in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, and Tennessee.

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Melissa Hunter, LPC

Melissa Hunter

LPC, NCC

Melissa is a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD, Anxiety & related disorders, as well as relationship counseling, for ages 18 and older. She also treats Tourette/tic for ages 8 & older.

She is licensed in Colorado, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Florida.

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Jack Jacobsen, LCSW

Jack Jacobsen

LCSW

Jack is a therapist specializing in the treatment of OCD, Anxiety, BFRBs, Tourette, and related disorders.

He is licensed in Missouri, Virginia, Colorado, Arkansas, Idaho & soon-to-be licensed in Illinois.

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Gabriela Osorio Fajardo, MTA, MTFS

Gabriela Osorio Fajardo

MTA, MTFS

Gabriela is a bilingual therapist & behavior coach, speaking both English and Spanish, who serves patients in various countries around the world.

She specializes in OCD & Anxiety disorders across the lifespan, having received numerous awards throughout her career.

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Important News and Announcements

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our patients in the United States. Our offices will be closed 11/25-11/29. In addition to offering treatment to 12 US states & various countries, we now offer services in Spanish and have lower cost options! Interested in a 15 minute consultation? Please email hello@beyondborderscbt.com or fill out a contact request! contact us.

Treatments That Work

Welcome! If you or your child are struggling with OCD, Anxiety, Tourette , or Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors, change is possible.

Beyond Borders CBT is dedicated to the evidence based treatment of these disorders and we look forward to providing you with compassionate care. We offer individual, group, and couples therapy.

We have clinicians permanently licensed in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Jersey, & Tennessee and see patients in various countries around the world. For those who do not speak English, we will gladly coordinate care with a professional confidential interpreter.

Why Choose a Specialist?

Similar to specialities in medicine, such as dermatology & cardiology, mental health has specialities as well.

Unlike general therapy, sometimes referred to as "talk therapy", the treatment methods we offer require specific training and expertise. It can be difficult to find a therapist that matches your treatment needs and is a good fit for you as an individual. We welcome the opportunity to connect and explore if we are a good fit. For a 15 minute no-cost consultation, please fill out the contact form, call, or email us.

Areas of Specialization

Anxiety & Related Disorders

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. Anxiety, in and of itself, is not a problem. Yes, you read that correctly. Anxiety is not the problem, but it's our relationship with this emotion, and the thoughts and behaviors around it. If you experience Anxiety, Panic, or Specific Phobias, you can learn to navigate your anxiety like never before. It's time to take back your life.

Learn how to make peace with your anxiety.

OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is not a funny way to describe your friend who loves to clean or a disorder all about hand washing. For many, it is a debilitating issue that is often misunderstood, leaving the sufferer feeling alone. While I cannot promise you a cure, I can offer you hope and a better way of living through evidence-based treatments such as Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Tell me more about OCD treatment!

Tics & Tourettes

Sniff, blink, head jerk, humming. These are just a few of many different motor and vocal tics. Have you heard of CBIT (Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics)? CBIT is an evidence-based treatment for tics and Tourette Syndrome and considered a front-line treatment. There are less than 300 CBIT clinicians worldwide and we are lucky to have 3 of them.

Learn how you can significantly reduce your tics through CBIT.

Trich & Skin Picking

Body focused repetitive behaviors (BFRBs), including hair pulling and skin picking are more common than you might imagine. ComB, Comprehensive Model for Behavioral Treatment, can help you or your child implement cognitive, behavioral, or environmental changes to increase awareness, reduce the behavior, and create healthier patterns.

Take the first step toward reducing your picking and pulling.

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.

— Paul

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