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.
Shayla joined the Counseling Services staff in January 2019. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor with a designation for supervision (LPCC-S) 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. In the recent past, she was a volunteer Hospital Advocate through Sexual Assault Response Network of Central OHIO (SARNCO). She has a large amount of experience working with survivors of trauma. She is trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and in training for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) which are evidenced based therapies focused on healing trauma. She aims to creates a welcome non-judgmental space where individuals can heal at their own pace. She focuses on each student'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. She is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) and teaches yoga for mental health. In her free time, she enjoys 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.
Abby, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Ohio State University in 2011. Starting at OWU in August 2020, she brings with her a variety of work experiences in clinical counseling, education, and business settings. Most of her generalist, clinical work has focused on anxiety, depression, perfectionism, relationships, trauma, identity, family of origin concerns, grief and loss, life transitions, support for individuals with differing abilities, managing stress, and general wellness goals. Abby strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive space where people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings about personal concerns. Abby’s approach to therapy is person-centered, a non-authoritative orientation that allows the client to take more of a lead in directing the therapeutic process and encourages self-discovery. She also draws from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal process, and strengths-based theoretical orientations. Reading good books, spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and watching a binge-worthy tv show are her favorite ways to spend time after work.
Alice is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) and holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the City College of New York. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of the Cumberlands. She is trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS). Alice beliefs that most of our struggles can stem from our relationships, such as relationships with others, societal systems, and ourselves; thus, Alice’s work is deeply rooted in creating nurturing relationships. Alice approaches counseling as a practice of love, curiosity, exploration, co-creation, nurturing, and reparation. Before joining OWU, she worked in various settings centered on counselor supervision, QTBIPOC, grassroots organizing, individual/community oppression, trauma, domestic violence, and incarceration. Alice finds joy in trying out African recipes, solo dance parties, and connecting with loved ones.
Angel is in the process of completing her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capital University. She has experience working in elementary, high school, and college/university settings. In these settings, Angel has had the opportunity to work with students of various ages, backgrounds, and concerns and has found that she is passionate about the college population and the unique experiences students face. Her clinical and professional interests include body image concerns, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues. Although Angel mainly works from a Cognitive-Behavioral orientation, she also incorporates interpersonal and mindfulness theory into her work with students. She believes in a holistic, collaborative approach to wellness and aims to create a safe and confidential space for students to share and work toward their individual goals. In her free time, Angel likes to take walks in nature, spend time on or near water, play with her two dogs, and spend time with her family.
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.