Ghazel Tellawi, M.A.


Ghazel Tellawi, MA, is a therapist at the Louisville OCD Clinic and Behavioral Wellness Counseling Clinic. She is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville. Ghazel graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 2009 with a degree in psychology. She completed her Master's degree in clinical psychology at the University of Houston at Clear Lake in 2013. She has been trained in empirically-supported cognitive-behavioral techniques, including exposure and ritual prevention (Ex/RP), for the treatment of OCD and other anxiety-related disorders. Ghazel enjoys working with adults of varying ethnic backgrounds, and a wide range of issues including social anxiety, depression, and emotional connectedness.

Ghazel Tellawi is also a research assistant at the Center for Mental Health Disparities in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville, where her work is funded by a University Fellowship. Her research interests include sexual orientation obsessions in OCD and mental health issues in sexual minorities. Ghazel is a member of the International OCD Foundation, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Selected Presentations

Ghazel Tellawi presents at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, November 2014.

Ellsworth, M., Tellawi, G., Dowell, J., Salmon, P., & Williams, M. (2015, March). The Role of Self-Compassion in Mental Health Outcomes of Sexual Minorities. Kentucky Psychological Association, Midway College, Midway, KY.

Ellsworth, M., Tellawi, G., Slimowicz, J., & Williams, M. (2014, November). Shame, Religiosity, and Internalized Homophobia in Gay and Bisexual Men. Poster presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Tellawi, G., Sawyer, B. A., Davis, D. M, Bruce, S. L., Viscusi, J., Lewis, C., & Williams, M. (2014, July). Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Marital Satisfaction. Poster presented at the International OCD Foundation Annual Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Selected Publications

Wetterneck, C. T., Williams, M. T., Tellawi, G., & Bruce, S. (2015). Obsessions of Suicide in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Comorbid Major Depressive Disorder. In E. Storch & A. Lewin (eds.), Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders: A Case-Based Approach to Treating Pediatric and Adult Populations. Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-17138-8.

Williams, M.T., Wetterneck, C., Tellawi, G., & Duque, G. (2015). Domains of Distress Among People with Sexual Orientation Obsessions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 14(3), 783-789. doi: 10.1007/s10508-014-0421-0.

Williams, M. T., Davis, D. M., Tellawi, G., & Slimowicz, J. (2015). Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Orientation Obsessions in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Australian Clinical Psychologist, 1(1), 12-18.