The Briarwood Clinic

3645 North Briarwood Lane Suite A      Muncie, Indiana 47304      Ph (765) 289-5520 Fax (765) 289-5840

Our Therapists


Stefania Aegisdottir, Ph.D., HSPP


Dr. Stef received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. She is a professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology at Ball State University. With over 25 years experience, she enjoys working with patients of all ages, including couples and families. Specialties include depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, anger management, and career decisions, including Fitness for Employment evaluations.

Sharon Bowman, Ph.D., HSPP, LMHC


Dr. Bowman is currently professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling at Ball State University. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is board certified as a counseling psychologist. With over 35 years’ experience, she enjoys working with adults and couples. Specialties include areas of diversity (race and ethnicity, women’s issues, LGB issues), disaster and trauma, Post-Partum Depression, relationship difficulties, and emotional abuse.

Linda Geidel, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor

Linda Geidel received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. With over 25 years’ experience, she has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings including residential, independent living, inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. She enjoys working with all ages including couples, families and groups. Specialties include eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, relational issues, and “phase of life” concerns, as well as, bipolar and schizophrenic disorders.

Catherine "Christie" Ballard, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor

Christi Ballard received her graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. With 25 years of experience, Christi tends to be eclectic in her approach, using whatever strategies, interventions, or concepts that will move people towards their goals and emotional health. These include, but are not limited to DBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, CBT, and the use of Metaphors and Stories in therapy.  Christi is open to working with ages 12 and up. Specialties include Borderline Personality Disorder, Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD in adults, Schizophrenia, Substance Use Disorders, phase of life issues, grief, adjustments to change, managing chronic mental illness, trauma, and relationship issues.

Our Therapists


Genevieve (McBride) Villas, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor

Genevieve Villas received her Nursing Degree in 1979, and her master’s degree in counseling psychology in 2001 from Ball State University. She has worked as a Mental Health Counselor in both inpatient and outpatient settings for nearly 20 years. Genevieve specializes in gender dysphoria and transition, LGBTQ issues, sexual abuse survivors, borderline personality disorders, bipolar and panic. Her knowledge and experience as an RN lend to an additional specialty in counseling patients with chronic pain and physical illnesses.

Timothy McCarty, LMHC, LCAC

Mental Health Counselor, Clinical Addictions Counselor

Tim McCarty is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Addiction Studies from Ball State University. With over 40 years experience, Tim works with adults, couples, and families . Specialties include CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), addictions/substance abuse with a focus on relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, PTSD, anger and depression.

Barbara McConnell, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Barbara McConnell received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University. Barb is certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is an approved consultant in the instruction of EMDR to mental health professionals. With over 40 years’ experience, she enjoys working with adults and teens with a focus on PTSD in abuse victims, depression and Bipolar disorder. 

Sharon McNeany, Ph.D., HSPP


Dr. McNeany received two Master of Science degrees in Curriculum Instruction and School Counseling and a doctorate degree in counseling psychology from Purdue University and completed additional coursework in school psychology at Ball State University. She is also a licensed school psychologist in Indiana and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. With nearly 25 years’ experience, Dr. McNeany specializes in family conflict resolution, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and educational concerns.

Our Therapists


Patricia Savage, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker
Our beloved, Pat, passed away on 
March 11, 2022. She had been a part of the Briarwood family for nearly 20 years. 

Pat was not only an amazing therapist who helped countless individuals, couples and families, but she was a caring and devoted friend. 
We will miss her always... 
until we meet again...

Willard "Bill" Frederick, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Bill received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. With over 40 years experience, Bill practices Solution Focused Therapy in which he utilizes client feedback.

Bill works with individuals, couples, and families to help them learn to use their strengths. He works with parents to help them discover and use positive, constructive methods of dealing with adolescent behavioral and emotional issues.

Areas of specialization include depression, anxiety, anger management, trauma, chronic pain, relationships, and parenting.

Maria Willey, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist
Maria Willey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her master’s degree in Social Psychology in Brazil. She has been licensed and practicing in the United States since 2004. Maria enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Specialties include relationship problems, cultural adjustment, mood disorders, spirituality, grief, and behavior issues. Maria speaks fluently in both English and Portuguese.

Christine Wyman, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor
Christine Wyman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with a master’s degree in Counseling from Valparaiso University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She enjoys working with children and adults with a specialty in trauma including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, generational and complex trauma, adolescent sexual offenders, survivors of sexual abuse and their families.
*** Teletherapy only***

Hannah Lopez, LSW

Licensed Social Worker, (LCSW Intern)

Hannah Lopez received her Masters degree in Social Work from IUPUI. While Hannah has most experience in working with adults, she also has interest in working with teenagers. Hannah specializes in populations working through sexual dysfunctions, emotional dysregulations, sexual trauma, relapse prevention, and relationship problems. Hannah uses a cognitive behavioral approach to therapy. Hannah possesses a warm, open, and empathetic style that allows clients to fully be themselves in sessions.

Our Therapists


Gisselle McKell-Jeffers, Ph.D., HSPP


Dr. G received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Howard University. She has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and families in school, community-based, hospital, and residential treatment settings. Dr. G thoroughly enjoys working with youth and their families. She specializes in anxiety, depression, and adjustment issues, as well as individuals who have experienced trauma. Additionally, she is a Credentialed Sexually Abusive Youth Clinician (CSAYC) qualified to work with adolescents who engage in sexually harmful behaviors. Dr. G is passionate about engaging with families and addressing family system issues and disruptive patterns that impact adolescents and their families. Therapy approaches include CBT, TF-CBT, DBT and behavior therapy and humanistic approaches.

Ericka Kelley, CRC

Mental Health Counselor Intern, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Ericka received a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University and is currently working towards full licensure as a mental health counselor. She enjoys working with people of various ages, from teens to adults. Ericka specializes in trauma of all types but also treats people with  depression, anxiety, personality disorders, grief, eating disorders, and LGBTQ issues. She operates from a trauma informed and interpersonal approach while also combining DBT, mindfulness, art therapy and music therapy techniques. Ericka also holds a Certification in Rehabilitation Counseling (CRC), specializing in persons with disabilities. 

Heather Stevenson, MSW,

Clinical Social Worker, 
Clinical Addictions Counselor

Heather is licensed as a clinical social worker and clinical addiction counselor and received her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University. She has earned certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional through the International Association of Trauma Professionals and is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained therapist. Heather has more than 10 years’ experience helping others achieve the life they desire. In addition to private practice, she has worked in community mental health, residential care, and home-based therapy settings.
She works with older adolescents and adults and specializes in adjustment issues, addictions, trauma, codependency, narcissistic abuse, and family of origin issues. Heather strives to empower her clients by utilizing a variety of approaches. She promotes self-discovery, which includes not only exploring problematic patterns, but also identifying strengths and evidence of resiliency.

Wendy Rees, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor
Wendy Rees received her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. Wendy has been providing counseling services for over 25 years. She works with teens and adults including couples. She specializes in treating teens experiencing adjustment or peer difficulties, life transitions, as well as, college student adjustments. Additionally, Wendy works with individuals dealing with (non-intensive) addictions, depression, grief, bipolar disorder, PTSD, chronic health issues, self-harm, and family and marital conflict. 

Bethany Henderson, M.A.

Mental Health Counselor Intern (awaiting licensure)

Bethany Henderson received a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University and is awaiting for her exam date to receive licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. While Bethany enjoys working with adults, she also frequently works with children (ages 5+) and adolescents with emotional and behavioral needs, often associated with a history of trauma. Bethany tends to bring a quirky, warm and creative approach to make therapy an engaging and welcoming space. She is passionate about working with people who have experienced trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, anger, behavioral difficulties and LGBTQ+ issues. Bethany is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).