Betsy Van Dyke, Psy.D.

Child & Adolescent Specialist

Betsy Van Dyke, Psy.D. is a licensed psychological associate, working under the direct supervision of Dr. Monnica Williams at the Louisville OCD Clinic located in Louisville, Kentucky. 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. Through this training she received 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 obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), OCD spectrum conditions (trichotillomania, tic disorders, skin picking), anxiety disorders, as well as body image and eating disturbances. In her clinical work she utilizes evidence based treatment modalities including Exposure and Ritual/Response Prevention (ERP), Prolonged Exposure Therapy, habit reversal, play therapy, and expressive techniques.

Dr. Van Dyke at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference

Providing a safe place for people with stigmatizing OCD-related distress

Sexual and violent obsessions in OCD are common but frequently unrecognized or misunderstood. Over 25% of treatment-seeking patients with OCD have unwanted sexual and violent obsessions. Research shows that people with sexual and violent obsessions in OCD may experience greater distress than those with other forms of OCD, have more difficulty locating effective treatment, and require more time in treatment to obtain effective results. People with sexual obsessions are more likely to be misdiagnosed by mental health care professionals, resulting in distress and treatment delays. This support group, offered by Pittsburgh OCD expert and clinical supervisor Dr. Nick Flower and Louisville OCD Clinic's own Dr. Betsy Van Dyke, is focused on helping people with sexual and violent obsessions understand their symptoms, distinguish between obsessions and mental compulsions, and identify effective exposures to combat symptoms. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss their experiences of stigma, shame, and rejection surrounding their symptoms in a supportive environment. This group will provide a safe venue for support among people with these obsessions.