Hamilton Williams Campus Center #324
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Julie joined Counseling Services in 2011 and prior to becoming Director she served as Assistant Director of Counseling Services. She is a licensed psychologist and has a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Her research and practice interests include gender, racial, and sexual identities, as well as mindfulness, meditation, and health and wellness. Julie also has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and majored in Cultural Anthropology as an undergraduate student. Before joining OWU, Julie worked for several years in private practice in Columbus. During her graduate work, she received college counseling training from the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, and had a yearlong pre-doctoral internship with the University of Akron. Julie emphasizes the inherent health and well-being of the clients she works with and utilizes a range of interventions to assist students with challenges that arise on their collegiate journey. Outside of work, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and relishes good food, music, and friends.
Lauren joined the Counseling Services staff in August 2017. She has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington. She is a licensed psychologist and completed her pre-doctoral internship at The Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service. During her doctoral program, she also received training at Indiana University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Lauren graduated with her B.S. in psychology from Davidson College, a small liberal arts college in North Carolina. Her research interests include program evaluation, sexual assault prevention, and substance use prevention. Her priority with her clients is to foster an open, trusting, and genuine relationship with her that facilitates their treatment. She integrates a variety of empirically supported techniques along with other theoretically-based techniques. She tailors her work to clients' needs, presenting concerns, and expressed interests. Underlying her work is an emphasis on how clients' individual and cultural identities may play a role in the treatment process. She enjoys working with clients with a variety of presenting concerns. These include but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, relational issues, coping with trauma, adjustment issues related to college, dealing with the negative effects of discrimination, and academic wellness/time management. She is also interested in working with transgender individuals. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga, cooking, and reading.
Shayla joined the Counseling Services staff in January 2019 as a Counselor/Advocate through the Survivors of Crime Assistance Program. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and holds a Master’s in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University. She completed an internship and fellowship year at Ohio State University’s Counseling and Consultation Service. In addition to this experience she has worked in private practice that focused on college students, school settings, and outpatient clinic focused on trauma sensitive care. She currently is a contingent Hospital Advocate through Sexual Assault Response Network of Central OHIO (SARNCO). She is trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy and is currently in training for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). As the SOCAP Counselor and Advocate, she creates a welcome non-judgmental space where individuals who have experienced trauma can heal at their own pace. She provides resources and education for students, including referrals when needed. All of the services provided are confidential and Shayla focuses on providing information so students can make their own informed decisions. Whether it be gaining information on legal resources or counseling for healing, she is there to support you. She focuses on each survivor’s unique needs and tools that will aid them in their healing process. In addition to trauma work, she has a passion for working with LGBTQ+ individuals, specifically individuals who identify as transgender. In her free time, she has a passion for yoga, riding her bicycle, going to art events, reading, and eating delicious food.
Simon is interested in helping his clients experience the present moment without judgment through body and emotion-focused awareness. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Addiction Studies from the University of Cincinnati in 2009 and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University in 2011. He completed an 18-month Gestalt theory and practice training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 2017. He is also trained in Prolonged Exposure Therapy, which is an evidence-based treatment for people struggling with symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Prior to joining Ohio Wesleyan University, Simon worked with a large and diverse population in both private practice and at a university counseling center. Simon continues to incorporate Gestalt, interpersonal process, client-centered, and motivational interviewing theories when working with his clients. He is an experienced generalist, with particular specializations/interest in alcohol and other drug use disorders/assessment, trauma, anxiety, depression, family of origin concerns, men’s issues, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Simon believes that each person’s unique experiences, cultures, and identities inform the therapeutic process. He strives to not make meaning for others and instead is interested in how his clients are experiencing their full range of emotions in the here and now.
Alice joined the Counseling Services part time in February 2019. She has worked in a private practice for several years in Ohio. She was licensed as a clinical psychologist after she completed a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Biola University/Rosemead School of Psychology. Before she obtained her doctoral degree, she had a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Vanguard University of Southern California. She received college counseling training at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and worked as a staff therapist at Biola Counseling Center before she moved to Ohio. She has experience in working with children, teenagers, college students, adults, couples, people with disability and geriatric population. She also has experience in working with a variety of psychiatric issues and with people from diverse backgrounds, such as gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual identity and international students. She is interested in individual identity development, holistic well-being and personal growth and utilizes clinical interventions to help clients with challenges, difficulties and concerns to bring change and growth in their life. After work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, and knitting.
Vicki is the department Office Manager and has been with the Counseling Services since 2001. She makes the office a friendly, welcoming experience, helps with scheduling, and is the general go-to person for students seeking services. Vicki has 25+ years of experience working in the field of mental health, seven of those years being with HelpLine, Delaware’s 24-hour crisis hotline. She is licensed as a Social Work Assistant by the State of Ohio. Vicki finds great satisfaction in her role of assisting Ohio Wesleyan students.