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 McBride 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
Patricia Savage received her master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana/Purdue University. Patricia has been providing counseling services for over 25 years. She works with adults and teens, including couples and families in the areas of relational issues, grief counseling, Bipolar disorder, work related anxiety, and depression. She is also trained and experienced in critical incident stress debriefing.

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.

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, LMHCA, CRC

Mental Health Counselor Associate, 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. 

Malyssa May, LMHC

Mental Health Counselor
Malyssa May received her master’s degree in Counseling from Lincoln University and is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) Malyssa has over 25 years’ experience working with children, teens, and adults in the areas of physical or sexual abuse, neglect, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, OCD, and family conflict. Specialties include EMDR, play therapy, sand tray, and art therapy.

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 all ages, including couples and families. She specializes in treating teens experiencing adjustment or peer difficulties, sexual abuse survivors, as well as, sex offenders. Additionally, Wendy works with individuals dealing with depression, grief, bipolar disorder and self-harm.