Monica Williams, PhD, is a psychologist on the University Health Center’s Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) team. As such, she asks a LOT of questions and gets to know a LOT of students! Here’s your chance to get to know her…

Monica (left) and her favorite cousin at a wedding.

What led you to become a therapist?

I enjoy helping people transform pain into empowerment. 

What keeps you motivated to continue your career?

Seeing clients improve and reach their goals.

Do you have a specialty or niche clientele?

I enjoy working with all students and issues, but I am most passionate about working with African-American Women on trauma and spirituality.

This field can be taxing on professionals. How do you preserve your own health and well-being?

I love hanging out with my family and watching Harry Potter! I also believe that travel, music, and friendship make life better.

Monica (left) at her favorite yoga studio, Sacred Chill West.

What are you happiest doing when you’re not working?


What do you like most about UGA and the surrounding community?

Athens has some amazing restaurants. I am a huge fan of The Last Resort and Home.made.

Flash back to when you were 10 years old. What do you want to be when you grow up?

A superstar, what else was there back then?

Finish the sentence: On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…

…walking around my neighborhood.

What would your personal motto be?

Opening one’s heart is the key to a life well lived.

The University Health Center’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services department is dedicated to student mental health and well-being at the University of Georgia. Visit CAPS online to find out more about accessing their services which include short-term individual, group, and couples’ counseling, psychiatric services, crisis intervention, and more.

Edited by: UHC Communications Team
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