"Finding the OCD & Anxiety Center, and, specifically Dr. Ashley Butterfield changed the trajectory of my life. Before I started treatment, I was terrified, exhausted, and so convinced I was an awful person. Going undiagnosed until my mid 20s, I suffered, and believed there was no escape. It was not easy for me to talk about my intrusive thoughts at first, but Dr. Ashley went at my pace while also keeping me on track to achieve my goals for managing OCD. The tools Dr. Ashley taught me have proven to be invaluable, I reference my notes from my appointments frequently. I really can't recommend this Center and Dr. Ashley enough. Thank you so much for your life changing work!"
Dr. Ashley has made a significant impact on my life during my college years! She has shown me that things can be a lot more overwhelming in our heads, especially the anticipation leading up to something, rather than the actual outcome of an event. She has taught me that it's possible to be successful without completely burning yourself out. Dr. Ashley walked me through exposures that I now a appreciate and utilize every single day. She has taught me I'm capable of a lot more than I tend to believe in myself. With managing my anxiety & not letting it take over my confidence, I will be able to get through any barrier in my life. She is kind and compassionate, and I wish I could refer every individual to her!
Thanks to Colleen, she has helped my brother make his OCD more manageable. Colleen has always been so receptive and understanding to my family, also tough when she needed to be.
Sister of adult male with OCD
Stacy Gronek has helped me tremendously. I sought help from so many therapists; it was like a revolving door. It was frustrating. However, Stacy relentlessly challenges me and has equipped me with a response technique or defense system for when I have episodes. That's the difference.
Adult male with OCD
Thank you for all the help that your program has provided for me. I can now say from first-hand experience that it has been the most helpful and beneficial part of my life. When I first started seeing Dr. Zayed, I was depressed, overwhelmed and scared about what my future looked like as a mother, wife, daughter and sister. In just under 3 months, with her help, I can now say that I’m back to my happy, positive, loud, lively self again! I can say with certainty that exposure therapy DOES work! I’m living breathing proof of it! I really am back to myself – however, a self that is less anxious and MORE carefree and happy than before.
Adult female with postpartum OCD
Although being skeptical about the idea of therapy, I was surprised and grateful at the way my therapist got to know me as a person. He adopted ideas that fit the kind of person I am and my lifestyle. I didn't feel that there were any generic answers or ideas ever given. I'm thankful for the encouragement given to help me realize that I can handle anything life throws at me.
Before treatment, my OCD kept me in a very dark place. My life was held captive by anxiety and fear, and each day I watched as my world became smaller and smaller. I had no idea if or when things would get better for me, but then I met Dr. Zayed. With her support, knowledge, and care I have been able to reclaim my life from the monster that is OCD. I won't lie, treatment isn't easy, but it is absolutely worth it. Each time I fell down, Dr. Zayed helped me get back up and reminded me that recovery is a marathon and not a race. I didn't believe her at first when she told me that I would get better, but she was right. People can and do get better, and that is because of professionals like Dr. Zayed. I am forever grateful for all that she has done for me and have complete trust in her and her team. I cannot thank her enough.
Dina is exceptionally good at her profession. Her ability to connect with my teenage son is amazing. She sees situations clearly, synthesizes the facts, sees patterns of behavior, names them, is able to gently have tough conversations and suggest ways to help. She gained his trust with her honesty and compassion as well as her ability to kindly hold him accountable. There is no doubt she is positively impacting anybody who seeks her help.
Mom of teenage boy
Dr. Zayed has been absolutely wonderful in helping our daughter (and me too!). She did a phenomenal job relating to our daughter’s fears and concerns, meeting her where she was at, and pushing her just enough with positive encouragement to face her fears. She helped her overcome some very stubborn anxiety patterns that we couldn’t eliminate prior to coming to the center. The doctor was patient, helpful, and always put forth extra effort day or night to help our daughter achieve her goals in the most conducive way possible. My daughter’s confidence grew, and she has great tools to use in the future.
A grateful mother
The level of care, compassion, and professionalism from my provider was of the highest degree. I can't say enough about how truly helpful and understanding my therapist was. He is articulate, knowledgeable and considerate. My experience with my therapist was a rewarding one that I will never forget.
Words cannot express how thankful we truly are for all Dr. Zayed did to help our son. We had a great summer with very little anxiety, and so far, our son is doing well both academically and socially! We will forever be grateful to Dr. Zayed for helping him through a difficult time in his life. She gave him a chance to enjoy life the way an 11-year-old should.
A Grateful mother
You truly worked wonders. I guess what I am trying to say is THANK YOU! Your work has changed our lives for the better forever. I recommend you to anyone I can and will not hesitate to call for help with any future challenges.
Father of a 10-year-old boy
The OCD & Anxiety Center doctors are experts in OCD and anxiety therapies. The caring, committed and talented doctors use cutting edge techniques to treat their patients. My daughter received excellent exposure therapy for her OCD and the results were amazing! Dr. Zayed and Dr. Butterfield were the navigators of her journey as they guided and directed her path to wellness. Because we had a limited amount of time, due to the fact she was only home from college for several months, both doctors worked with her intensely to design a therapy program that truly met her needs. As a mom who was very worried about her daughter at the beginning of therapy- we both left with a renewed sense of hope and a "she can do this" attitude. We owe the Center and these doctors a huge debt of gratitude- THANK YOU!
After two years of working with three other therapists who were seasoned with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), we finally saw a breakthrough with our 13-year son and his anxiety in working with Dina at The OCD & Anxiety Center. Dina not only has depth in CBT and other methods; she knows how to engage a 13-year old boy, who doesn't always respond to just talk therapy. Her engaging methods and clever ways to empower our son and train our family (especially me) how to support his empowerment and utilization of new anxiety management tools made a real impact. We are all happy to know we have an effective and trusted therapist we can come back to in the future if/when we face more rocky times.
Mom of 13-year-old boy
It has been a very long year and counting. My 20 year old son has Aspergers and was diagnosed with OCD in August of 2018. He has been a client of Stacy's since August 2019. Our journey has been difficult to say the least and like nothing our family has ever seen before. A big part of why we are finally headed in a positive direction is due to the therapy my son is receiving from Stacy Gronek, who is working harder for him than any other therapist we have seen thus far. To say she is invested and committed is an understatement. Because of my son's Aspergers, the exposure therapy has been extremely difficult for him to understand and believe in. As my son's therapeutic needs and symptoms shift, she shifts. Stacy has been creative in her exposure plans while also being patient yet professionally firm. She has been there for each and every challenge his Aspergers mind exhibits including meeting the additional challenges presented by his re-admittance to college this fall. We feel very blessed to have Stacy in his life and look forward to continuing to work with her! We believe our son is in very good hands.
A grateful mother
I wanted to share how amazingly grateful I am for everything Dr. Zayed did for my daughter. I have my daughter back. I never thought I would see the day. I feel like we owe her so much. I just want you to know what a difference she made in my daughter's life and mine. She is an amazing bridge for people in pain to move from surviving to thriving!
Mother of a young adult daughter
OCD had been controlling our 17-year-old daughter’s life for the last 18 months. She had been in therapy, but nothing was helping. My husband and I were feeling hopeless when we were referred to Dr. Maha Zayed. Within one week of starting therapy with Dr. Zayed and the entire OCD & Anxiety Center treatment team, my daughter had met her first goal. We were amazed! 6 weeks after starting her therapy, I am thrilled to report my daughter has met all of the goals we set for her and still continues to improve. Therapy gave her the skills she needed to be able to manage her OCD. She is much happier and has more self-confidence. We are forever grateful and cannot thank Dr. Zayed and the team enough for what they have done for our daughter and for our entire family.
Parents of a teenage daughter
We are the parents of a 20 yr old who struggles with OCD, anxiety, and body image disorders since the 6th grade with minimal effective treatment options in our area. We were very grateful for Stacy's expertise with her treatment plan specific to her OCD. She's made progress in areas I didn't think were possible. She's starting a job and taken a class which is huge steps for someone who won't normally want to leave the house. Again we appreciate the treatment plan specific to our daughter and the caring attitude. Thanks also for all the extra assistance with our insurance difficulty as well. This was a very good experience for us and our family when dealing with a difficult disorder that has been quite stressful. It's reassuring to know there is some actual real help.
After 10 years of therapists and psychiatrists who had NO CLUE how to help my son, I am forever grateful to have found Dr. Zayed. She lifted a heavy burden from my shoulders and enabled my son to participate in society again and feel good about himself. He has returned to work – it is a miracle! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thankful mother of an adult son
I thought our therapist did an excellent job in helping my daughter with her OCD. He developed a good rapport with her by showing interest in her as a person and being non-judgmental. She trusted him, and he wasn't pushy but kept her moving along in her progress. She liked going to him. He knew also when to suggest she needed more intensive therapy at Rogers Memorial. He was flexible in scheduling her sessions. He is a very dedicated and enthusiastic therapist.
Mom of an 18-year-old daughter
The growth my son has made this year is amazing! He just performed in his first musical last night at his school, where he had two speaking scenes with just he and the main character on stage. He loved every minute and we think he has caught the performing bug. He has also been playing baseball (trying out new positions, like pitching and catcher) and sang in the spring concert (which he has never been able to attend before due to his anxiety). He was even the narrator during a skit that was being performed. The list goes on. We just wanted to thank you for helping our son and for helping us. We could not have done it without you!
Mom of an 8-year-old boy with social anxiety
Our son's challenges with anxiety were beyond what we as parents could help "fix," so we sought professional advice. Our therapist was exceptional. He was able to quickly drill down on what the challenges were and put a plan in place for us to follow as a family. We found out that our family was a part of the challenge, but also the solution. In following our therapist’s counsel, our ten-year-old son became a new kid. We're so proud of what he achieved and how he faced his fears. It inspired everyone else in the family to address our fears as well. We can't thank him enough and couldn't have done it without him.
Mother of a 10-year-old male patient
Dr. Zayed is amazing! I knew when I met her that she was what we wore looking for! Our daughter, who struggled with selective mutism, is really doing fantastic. She is amazing me everyday! She put in so much effort and has many great ideas! I will continue to recommend her!