Behavioral Wellness Clinic (BWC) clinicians are independent psychotherapists and mental health professionals practicing at a shared professional facility in Louisville, Kentucky or other locations. Each clinicians specializes in several different areas of counseling and mental health care, maintaining the highest professional standards. Therapists are university faculty, licensed professionals, interns, or doctoral students.
BWCC therapists have a cognitive-behavioral orientation, which means they tend take an active approach to treatment. Therapists use proven techniques to facilite progress and help clients meet individual goals. It is important to us that clients understand how therapy will help them and what to expect.
Anyone struggling with anxiety, phobia, traumatic memories, OCD, or related conditions can benefit from the services of BWC therapists. Additionally, couples seeking relationship counseling may experience positive changes in their intimacy, communication, and other obstacles that may interfere with their marital life.
Dr. Monnica T. Williams is the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, KY and in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Dr. Williams is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Williams is licensed as a psychologist in two states and is credentialed in Kentucky as a Health Service Provider. She has expertise in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), hoarding, and anxiety disorders using empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. She also helps people who want to improve their relationships, who are experiencing life stress, or who are struggling with stress due to discrimination.
Prior to her move to Louisville, Dr. Williams was an Assistant Professor at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she trained under, Dr. Edna Foa for four years. She also was the first tenured minority female in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where she served as the Director of the Center for Mental Health Disparities. Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate studies at MIT and UCLA. She received her Master's and Doctoral Degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia, where she conducted research in the areas of major mental illness, tests and measurement, and ethnic differences. She completed her clinical internship at McGill University Health Centre, Montreal General Hospital Site.
Dr. Williams has published over 70 scientific articles and chapters. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International OCD Foundation, the board of Louisville National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has also served on the board of directors for the Delaware Valley Association of Black Psychologists, and the NAMI Philadelphia Main Line chapter.
Dr. Williams provides training and supervision for therapists in the assessment and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder, and cultural competence. She uses cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT), including prolonged exposure (PE), exposure and ritual/response prevention (Ex/RP), and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). She also provides therapy for other medical and mental health professionals.
Read some featured articles from Dr. Williams' blog on Psychology Today Culturally Speaking:
Dr. Street Russell is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Assistant Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. He works with children, families, and adults with OCD. He completed his Ph.D. while attending Spalding University in 2015 and completed an internship in Topeka, Kansas where he conducted psychological and neuropsychological assessments. He has also had experience in providing therapeutic services that treated individuals with cancers of the head and neck.
His most recent work includes training at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center. During his training he worked extensively with veterans in treating PTSD; this included neuropsychological assessments, psychological assessments, and outpatient behavioral health. He developed skills using an acceptance-based approach to treatment for individuals and groups with various mental health disorders. Dr. Russell had also worked to co-facilitate a support group for transgender veterans who were at various stages of their respective transitions. During his experience he had been supervised by clinicians who had uniquely accented his prior work. Dr. Russell had previously lived in Brazil and is fluent in Portugese.
Dr. Barry Rebeck, psychiatrist, is originally from upstate New York, where he graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Chemistry and Laboratory Sciences. He obtained his medical degree at Ross Medical College. After medical school he completed his adult psychiatry residency at the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute/ University of Illinois Program. in Chicago and went on to complete a geropsychiatry fellowship at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center/ Rush Medical College in Chicago.
He has worked in a variety of psychiatric settings, including private practice and academic centers, working for the Illinois Department of Mental Health as a Medical Director, and employed by various not for profit organizations.
He has extensive experience working with a wide variety of individuals having multiple psychiatric conditions. His treatment philosophy is based upon the premise that each individual requires an individualized form of treatment. He strives to help empower his clients as a means to utilize their strengths in order to achieve their own definition of recovery. He offers various treatment modalities such as psychopharmacology (medication), promotes psychotherapy of various forms, and believes foremost in working collaboratively with his clients and others that the client identifies as important to facilitate in their recovery process.
Dr. Rebeck has lived in Louisville since 2003.
Dr. Cheri Levinson is a licensed psychologist and clinical supervisor at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville and Director of the Eating Anxiety and Treatment (EAT) laboratory.
Dr. Levinson treats adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and comorbid disorders (specifically anxiety disorders and OCD) using empirically supported cognitive-behavioral techniques. Before moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson trained at the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED). While at CEED, she trained in cognitive behavioral therapies, dialectical behavior therapy, family based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness therapies for eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has also conducted clinical trials on the effectiveness of using exposure therapy and perfectionism treatment for eating disorders.
Prior to moving to Louisville, Dr. Levinson was a post-doctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. She completed her clinical internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in the psychology department at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and history at the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Levinson's research focuses on (a) understanding the high levels of comorbidity between eating and anxiety disorders and (b) applying empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders, specifically exposure therapy, to the eating disorders. Dr. Levinson has published more than 35 peer-reviewed manuscripts and chapters and has been the primary investigator on several national grants and awards. Dr. Levinson provides training, supervision, and consultation for therapists in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders. She lives in Louisville, KY with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Betsy Van Dyke is a licensed psychological associate working under the supervision of Dr. Monnica Williams at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. Dr. Van Dyke completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at Lake Superior State University located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She received her Master's and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology located in Schaumburg, Illinois. She received specialized training and clinical experience in empirically supported treatments for children, adolescents, and their families, sex offender treatment, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as serious mental illness.
Dr. Van Dyke treats children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting issues including PTSD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, phobias, and school refusal, as well as body image and eating disturbances. In her clinical work she utilizes evidence based treatment modalities including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, as well as play and expressive techniques for younger clients. She also conducts assessments of students of all ages for intellectual disabilities, gitftedness, and ADHD. Her permanent office is located in the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Chadds Ford, PA.
Sara W. Sutphin, MEd, LPP, is a licensed psychological practitioner and therapist. In 1994, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College located in Staunton, Virginia. She received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2006. Since that time she has worked as a clinician in sex offender treatment at the Kentucky State Reformatory in LaGrange, Kentucky. Most recently, she has worked with adults with traumatic brain injuries.
Sara specializes in treating adults of all ages with issues that include mood disorders, psychosis, anxiety, history of sexual or other trauma, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, anger management issues, relationship issues, bereavement, and self-sabotaging behaviors. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy. She also conducts assessments for college students, sex offenders, and individuals with traumantic brain injuries.
Sara lives in Louisville with her husband and two boys.
Broderick A. Sawyer, MS, originally from Connecticut, is a third year doctoral practicum student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Louisville. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Monnica Williams at the Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic in Louisville, KY.
Mr. Sawyer's research interests have largely focused on racism-related stress and trauma, and treatment utilization in racial/ethnic minority populations. Mr. Sawyer has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles surrounding differential symptom expression in post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. His clinical specialties include providing outpatient treatment for trauma and depression using CBT, mindfulness, and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). Mr. Sawyer has also provided clinical lectures for mental health professionals on racism-related stress and trauma, connecting with African American clients, assessing OCD in diverse populations, and culturally sensitive interventions when working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients.
Hall-Clark, B., Sawyer, B., Golik, A., & Asnaani, A. (2016). Racial/Ethnic Differences in symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Current Psychiatry Reviews. doi: 10.2174/1573400512666160505150257
Sawyer, B., DeLapp, R. C. T., & Williams, M. T. (2016). Community violence exposure, racial discrimination, and barriers to treatment: Implications for African American males in counseling. In W. Ross (Ed.), Counseling African American Males: Effective Therapeutic Interventions and Approaches. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Williams, M. T., Malcoun, E., Sawyer, B., Davis, D. M., Bahojb-Nouri, L. V., & Leavell Bruce, S. (2014). Cultural adaptations of prolonged exposure therapy for treatment and prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder in African Americans. Behavioral Sciences, 4(2), 102-124. doi: 10.3390/bs4020102
Jessica King, MA, is a therapist supervised by Carol Ann Isbell, LMFT, LCSW and Monnica Williams, Ph.D. She earned a B.A. in psychology from Whitworth University in 2012 and a graduate degree in couple and family therapy through University of Kentucky.
Her interest in families and trauma started during an undergraduate internship as a casework assistant at a shelter for immigrant women separating from abusive partners. The following year, she volunteered and received training in attachment theory at the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, providing temporary care for children whose families were experiencing homelessness, abuse and neglect, severe mental or physical illness, and poverty. At the University of Kentucky Family Center, she received training in theoretically-based family therapies, and empirically supported couples' therapies including Gottman Method Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples. She worked with clients experiencing interpersonal crises from sexual assault, family conflict, divorce / separation, and infidelity. She is a Certified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations.
At Behavioral Wellness Clinic, Jessica has received training in evidence-based therapies for Trauma & Stressor Disorders, including Prolonged Exposure, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. She receives supervision and education from Dr. Williams in cases related to race-based stress and trauma. She works with individuals, couples and families to promote healing and relief from traumatic experiences and difficulty in relationships. She is also a military wife, and provides low-cost therapy for veterans, active duty military members, and their families.
Sara Reed, MS, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (MFTA) working under the supervision of Laura Frey, Ph.D. and Monnica Williams, Ph.D. As a therapist who honors the complexity of clients' lived experiences, Sara combines interdisciplinary ideas and techniques to co-create desired change with clients. Sara earned her BA degree at the University of Louisville, where she majored in Philosophy with bioethics and pre-medicine concentrations. With a passion for client-centered care and expanding subjective worldviews, Sara continued her graduate studies in Marriage and Family Therapy at Valdosta State University (VSU) in Valdosta, GA.
During her time at VSU, Sara received departmental awards for her exemplary clinical ability and excellence in the Marriage and Family Therapy field. Sara was a primary research assistant for a multi-site study on Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy (SERT), where she explored relational processes and identified gendered emotional patterns in couple relationships. She also was a poster co-presenter at the 2016 American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) conference in Denver, CO. The poster, titled "Attuning to the Epistemic Complexity of Trans-Clients," offers critical clinical suggestions for therapists working with trans- or gender nonconforming clients. Sara's current research interests include race-based trauma and relational play.
Sara has experience in providing systemic-oriented therapy to individuals, and families, who present with a variety of psychological, emotional, and relational problems including depression, anxiety, trichotillomania (hair-pulling disorder), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and gender dysphoria. She has also worked with couples confronting issues of infidelity, domestic abuse, and other relationship challenges. As a socially minded individual, Sara continuously works to expand culturally sensitive practices within the mental health field.
Melissa M. Stewart, M.A., is a practicum student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Monnica Williams, Ph.D. She completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Buffalo with a major in psychology and minor in Spanish. Currently, Melissa is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate in her fifth year at Spalding University. Her previous experience includes administering psychological assessments to children/adolescents at a psychiatric residential facility and implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD at the University of Cincinnati's Health Stress Center. Melissa is completing her current practicum at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, where she conducts individual and group therapy for veterans with severe mental illness. She operates from a cognitive behavioral approach in her clinical practice.
Melissa lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and their two dogs, Louis and Willow.
Katerina Stratigis, MS, is a practicum student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Cheri Levinson, Ph.D. She graduated from The University of Scranton in 2014 with a B.S. while double majoring in psychology and philosophy. Katerina is currently in her third year of a clinical psychology doctoral program at Spalding University.
Katerina treats adults and adolescents with eating disorders and has experience working with an array of presenting problems such as, major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment problems, anger issues, and self harming behaviors. In her clinical work she utilizes empirically supported cognitive behavioral techniques and mindfulness. Katerina has published several peer reviewed articles pertaining to body esteem and graduate schools.
Erin Nghe, MSW, originally from Connecticut, graduated from Central Connecticut State University where she worked with grief and loss issues during her undergraduate program while volunteering with The Cove, a non-profit agency that provides grief support to children and families. In 2004 Erin made her trek to Atlanta, GA, where she worked in mental health and substance abuse, and completed her Master of Social Work degree, with a focus on children and families. Erin also continued her love for grief work by serving on the Board of Directors for Project Karma Inc., a non-profit that provides bereavement support services for adolescents, as well as gang violence prevention.
As a Pediatric Social Worker in the Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta after graduate school, she continued her work and clinical experience with grief, loss, mental health and trauma. Providing support for families and children during such vulnerable times was rewarding and her time at the hospital also helped cultivate her passion for specifically advocating for and working with immigrant and refugee populations. This passion led to Erin having two international living and working experiences in Dominican Republic and Peru, because she felt it was necessary to better serve her clients by gaining a deeper understanding of their culture and language. Though back home in the U.S. now, Erin currently serves as the consultant Director of Global Exchange Initiatives and Programs for a non-profit organization in northern Peru, which aims to improve the quality of life of women, children and families in rural areas through domestic violence prevention programming, food security initiatives and education.
Erin works as an online therapist under the supervision of Dr. Monnica Williams in the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Louisville, KY, where she focuses on her mental health interests including, OCD, culture & ethnicity in mental health, race based trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety. She serves Georgia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and international clients.
Jasmine Terwilliger, BA is the office manager for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She ensures that operations are running smoothly and oversees the work of the other office staff. This includes phone intakes, payment processing, and scheduling.
Jasmine graduated from the University of Louisville with top honors, majoring in Nutrition Science and minoring in Chemistry and Math. She plans on pursuing graduate studies in Nutrition and Culinary Arts. When not working or studying, she enjoys baking, singing, and spending time with her family.
Terwilliger, J. M., Bach, N., Bryan, C., & Williams, M. T. (2013). Multicultural versus Colorblind Ideology: Implications for Mental Health and Counseling. In Psychology of Counseling, A., Di Fabio, ed., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62618-410-7.
Davis, D., Steever, A., Terwilliger, J. M., & Williams, M. T. (2012). The Relationship between the Culture-Bound Syndrome Koro and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. In Psychology of Culture, G. R. Hayes & M. H. Bryant, eds., Nova Science Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1-62257-274-8.
Jessica Dowell, BA, is part of the administrative team for the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. She helps to maintain daily functioning at the clinic as well as scheduling. She is also a research assistant who has assisted in several research projects, including validation of measures studies. Jessica recently graduated from the University of Louisville, with a bachelors degree in Psychology and a bachelors degree in Political Science. She is pursuing graduate studies in Counseling Psychology at the University of Louisville.
Dowell, J., Tellawi, G., Ellsworth, M., Ching, T., Slimowicz, J., Davis, D., & Williams, M. (2016, October). Anxiety, self-compassion, identity, and social support in sexual minority individuals. Poster presented at the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, New York, NY.
Ellsworth, M., Tellawi, G., Dowell, J., Salmon, P., & Williams, M. (2015, March). The Role of Self-Compassion in Mental Health Outcomes of Sexual Minorities. Poster presented at Kentucky Psychological Association Spring Academic Conference, Midway College, Midway, KY.
Behavioral Wellness Clinic
912 Lily Creek Road
Louisville, KY 40243
Office: (502) 338-0608
OCD Clinic: (502) 403-7818
Fax: (502) 245-1888
Clinical Director: Monnica Williams, PhD
Office Manager: Jasmine Terwilliger
Business Manager: Matthew Jahn