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Katie Reese (she/her) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the Director of Counseling and Support Groups at the Magic City Wellness Center (MCWC) and Birmingham AIDS Outreach (BAO). An avid reader and writer, she earned a bachelor's degree in English at UAB. After working in communications/marketing positions at the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency, the Birmingham Zoo, and Red Mountain Theatre Company, Katie decided to pursue a master's degree in Counseling (Couples and Family Therapy) at the University of Montevallo, where she served as the Publisher of the Chi Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. After completing graduate internships with the University of Montevallo's Counseling Services and MCWC and earning her master's degree in May 2016, Katie was thrilled to officially join the MCWC team as the Director of Counseling and Support Groups. Katie is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).
Katie provides individual, couples, and family counseling and facilitates support groups at MCWC and BAO. Her goal is to provide a safe, affirming environment in which individuals have the freedom to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences as they work to become their healthiest and most authentic selves. Katie works within an eclectic, humanistic, solution-focused, family systems framework to effectively meet the individual needs of her clients.
Dyllon Johnson (he/him) is an Associate Licensed Counselor (ALC) at the Magic City Wellness Center (MCWC). Inspired by the needs of his community, he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Montevallo. While working in the Brookwood Baptist Health system’s psychiatric department, Dyllon saw firsthand the necessity of counseling for all populations. While pursuing his master’s degree at the University of Montevallo in clinical mental health counseling, Dyllon completed both his graduate practicum and internship at MCWC and became a full-time member of the team upon his graduation in December 2019. He is currently practicing under the supervision of Judith Harrington Ph.D, LPC, LMFT, NCC. Dyllon is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association (ALMHCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL).
Kasey Coleman (she/her) is an Associated Licensed Counselor (ALC) at the Magic City Wellness Center (MCWC). Being interested in the human psyche and social justice, she earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Social Work at UAB. After completing her undergraduate studies, Kasey decided to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at UAB, where she became a member of the Zeta Chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society. Following the completion her graduate internship at the UAB Community Counseling Clinic and earning her master’s degree in December 2019, Kasey was elated to join the MCWC team. She is currently practicing under the supervision of Kezziah McDaniel, Ed.D, LPC-S. Kasey is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Alabama Counseling Association (ALCA), and the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama (ALGBTICAL) as well as a National Certified Counselor.
Kasey’s professional passions include working with LGBTQ+ individuals, LGBTQ+ people of color, those within the kink/BDSM community, all while providing a safe, affirming, and non-judgmental environment for her clients. Kasey is also passionate about advocating for more mental health awareness and the de-stigmatization of mental illness within POC communities. Kasey primarily works within a CBT framework, but also utilizes a humanistic and holistic approaches, as well as family systems, to effectively meet the individual needs of her clients. In her leisure time, Kasey can be found traveling with her partner, enjoying Korean cuisines, or working on creative projects.
*This project was supported by Subgrant #18-VA-VS-017 awarded by the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division of ADECA and the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice or grant-making component.
Katie Reese, M.Ed., LPC, NCC
Director of Counseling & Support Groups
Dyllon Johnson, M. Ed., ALC, NCC
Kasey Coleman, M. A., ALC, NCC