Gwendolyn Williams Satchell, LCSW

Preferred Name: Gwen

Online Therapy

About Me

Gwendolyn Williams Satchell, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and CEO of The Essence Behavioral Health, LLC. My first and most fond memories of “social work” as a child were derived from my parents' experiences as schoolteachers in Hartford, CT and the budding of my Christian faith at Shiloh Baptist Church in Hartford. I quickly learned what it meant to be part of a marginalized community when my parents made the decision to move from Hartford to South Windsor, CT in 1968. I have a vision to serve black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and those who empathize with our cause. BIPOC communities are affected by the disparities in mental health treatment. These disparities are magnified by intergenerational stigmas which discourage seeking help outside of the family or the church. My mission is to empower those who are affected by the trauma of our past and by microaggressions present in our present society.

Education & Experience

I have a BA in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University and a MSW with a concentration in Administration from UCONN School of Social Work. I have also studied abroad at the University of West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. I have 30+ years of diverse experience as a Social Worker; working with children, individuals, families and elders. I became an LMSW in 2014 while working with children and adolescents, diem for Wheeler Clinic, emergency mobile crisis. In 2021 I became an LCSW and currently, specialize in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, (DBT).

Specialty Area

  • ADD/ADHD/Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Race, Culture, Ethnicity Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Management
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • Aetna
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • Medicaid
  • Sliding Scale
  • UnitedHealth