Dr. Brian R. Monsma
Brian R. Monsma, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with a health service provider designation in Kentucky.
Dr. Monsma completed his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Monsma joined the Gertrude Levin Pain Clinic, a comprehensive interdisciplinary pain treatment center affiliated with the Detroit Medical Center and Wayne State University. Dr. Monsma then moved to Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he focused on chronic pain rehabilitation and the neuropsychological evaluation and rehabilitation of individuals with complex post-concussion syndromes. Dr. Monsma moved to Louisville in 1993 as Director of Pain Management at Frazier Rehabilitation Institute/Jewish Hospital, where he developed an interdisciplinary pain clinic and a comprehensive pain rehabilitation program. In 1997, Dr. Monsma founded Health Psychology Associates, an independent health psychology private practice focused on helping patients manage the impact of injury, illness, stress, and trauma in their lives. In 2012, Dr. Monsma joined the Frazier NeuroRehab Program, an interdisciplinary intensive outpatient program to help patients in their recovery from a wide variety of acquired brain injuries. Dr. Monsma is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association. He also supervises doctoral graduate students at the University of Louisville Anesthesiology Pain Clinic.
Dr. Monsma takes an integrated, patient-centered, solution-focused, and practical approach to psychotherapy. He utilizes mindfulness-oriented techniques, motivational interviewing, and relaxation training among other interventions to help build social connections and regulate emotion. This approach to treatment helps patients re-develop resiliency, learn to compassionately care for themselves, and maximize their personal, family, social, and professional functioning. Dr. Monsma provides professional care and treatment for emerging adults, adults, and late adults. He treats depression, anxiety, trauma and PTSD, relationship and marital issues, adjustment reactions, grief and loss, and the personal impact of illnesses and injuries. He has a particular interest in helping individuals with acquired brain injuries and those struggling with chronic pain, including headaches.
Dr. Monsma and his wife love spending time with their six combined children and two grandchildren. He also enjoys exercise, reading, vegan cooking, travel, meditation, singing in a semi-professional regional choir, and peacefully cutting the grass.