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. Sarah Schirmer is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, certified to treat individuals across the lifespan. She is licenced in Kentucky and Indianna. She completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Kentucky in 2015.
Dr. Schirmer began her career as a Professional Clinical Counselor working with children and families after completing a degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville in 2006. She has experience with the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, ADHD, OCD, PTSD, bipolar illness, schizophrenia and co-occurring substance use disorders. She lives in Louisville with her husband and son.
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 psychological associate working under the supervision of Dr. Monnica Williams at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic located in Chadds Ford, PA. 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 degree in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology located in Schaumburg, Illinois. Prior to joining the clinic, she gained substantial experience working with severe, complex, and diverse clients in a variety of contexts ranging from residential treatment facilities to inpatient forensic settings.
Dr. Van Dyke has received specialized training in Exposure and Ritual Prevention (EXRP), Prolonged Exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Functional Analytic Psychotherapy (FAP). Dr. Van Dyke treats children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of presenting issues. Her main specialties include the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety related disorders. She has gained extensive experience in treating a variety of OCD presentations that includes sexual, violent, contamination, and religion/scrupulosity subtypes. She is also adept in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depression, health anxiety, hoarding, trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, social anxiety, phobias, body dysmporphic disorder, as well as body image and eating disturbances. Her permanent office is located in the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Chadds Ford, PA, although she also sees clients online.
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.
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.
Heather Davis, MS, is a practicum student therapist at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, supervised by Cheri Levinson, Ph.D. She graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a B.S. in psychology. Heather is currently in her fifth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Kentucky.
Heather has experience treating adults and adolescents with eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and trauma. She has also facilitated several types of group therapies focused on cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills. Heather has published peer reviewed research articles about risk theory for eating disorders and related problems.
Davis, H. A., Riley, E. N., Smith, G. T., Milich, R. & Burris, J. (2017). Alcohol Use and Strenuous Physical Activity in College Students: A Longitudinal Test of Two Explanatory Models of Health Behavior. Journal of American College Health, 65(2), 112-121.
Davis, H. A., Ortiz, A. M. L., D’Agostino, A. R., & Smith, G. T. (2016). A Two-Stage Risk Model for Bulimic Behavior. In Nina Morton (Ed.), Eating Disorders: Prevalence, Risk Factors and Treatment Options. Nova.
Davis, H. A., Guller, L., & Smith, G. T. (2016). Developmental trajectories of compensatory exercise and fasting behavior across the middle school years. Appetite. DOI: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.08.098
Amanda Velez, MSSW, is a recent graduate from the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work, specializing in Couple and Family Therapy. As a CFT specialized graduate, Amanda has been trained to incorporate the influence of broader environmental systems within her individualize therapeutic practice. Within the specialized program, Amanda was trained in a variety of therapeutic models, with personal emphasis in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the STAIR (Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation) model for PTSD.
As a first year graduate student, Amanda practiced within a combined middle and high school, serving children and families experiencing behavioral challenges within the school environment, as well as with children experiencing grief and trauma in the wake of violent crime. As an advanced student, Amanda worked as an on-site therapist in a medical setting, specifically located within a neurology department and working with individuals who experienced Psychological Non-Epileptic Seizures as a result of trauma. Within this environment, Amanda worked almost exclusively with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; as a result, she has become dedicated to expanding her practical knowledge of empirically supported trauma-informed practices and serving populations who have experienced trauma.
Additionally, as a graduate student, Amanda worked as a volunteer research assistant for professors evaluating an intervention within a local program targeted toward pregnant and/or parenting mothers with substance use disorders; additionally, Amanda coauthored a literature review and evaluation of interventions directed toward criminal justice involved women and presented this research at the 2016 annual conference for the American Society of Criminology.
Jasmine Fairfax, 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.
Chandler Smith is one of the administrators at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. His responsibilities include making appointments with new and existing clients, as well as taking payments, sending reminders, and organization for the clinic. Chandler is also a previous employee of the University of Louisville’s Center for Mental Health Disparities where he was a Research Assistant and Office Administrator. Chandler has been working in the mental health field throughout college and has a dear appreciation for the field.
Chandler is a Junior at the University of Louisville. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with a Minor in Political Science. His goals among graduation are to pursue advanced education in Public Policy and work with non-profits and government officials to promote social justice issues and social inequality. In his free time, he loves to go out to eat, reading, and play piano.
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 Fairfax
Business Manager: Matthew Jahn