Director

Douglas Bennett, Ph.D.

Doug joined the Counseling Services staff in February 2014. He comes to Ohio Wesleyan with more than 12 years of counseling center experience at the University of Illinois and Purdue University. In his most recent role, Doug was the Assistant Director and Training Coordinator while at Purdue. Clinically, Doug identifies with therapeutic approaches that draw from an array of empirical and applied perspectives to assist students in maximizing mental health potential. Doug received his undergraduate and graduate education from The Ohio State University. In his free time, Doug enjoys running, reading, writing, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

Assistant Director

Julie Duhigg, Ph.D.

Julie joined Counseling Services in 2011. 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 and meditation as well as health and wellness. Julie also has a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling and majored in Cultural Anthropology as an undergraduate student. Prior to coming to 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.

Counselor

Lauren Wright, Ph.D.

Lauren joined the Counseling Services staff in August 2017. She has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University – Bloomington. She 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.

Counselor/Advocate

Mary F. DeCenzo, LISW-S, CTP-C

           Survivors of Crime Assistance Program (SOCAP)

Mary joined Counseling Services in April of 2017 to provide counseling, information and advocacy services to OWU students who have been affected by crime through our Survivors of Crime Assistance Program (SOCAP). She is licensed as an independent social worker with a supervisory designation through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the Ohio State University. While Mary has many years of experience as a skilled generalist (counseling young adults with matters of stress management, depression, anxiety, grief and more) she is also a certified trauma practitioner and assists our students in managing symptoms resulting from their experience with either recent or past crime victimization.   She is especially accomplished in understanding and treating the emotional effects of victims of sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, those who have witnessed domestic violence and those who have alcohol or drug addicted family members or loved ones.  Mary enjoys spending time with family, binge watching her favorite sitcoms, baking and bicycling.

Office Manager

Vicki S. Blommel

Vicki is the department Office Manager and has been with the Counseling Services for 15 years. 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.

Contact Info

Location

Counseling Services Center
Hamilton Williams Campus Center #324
Delaware, Ohio 43015
P 740-368-3145

HOURS OF OPERATION

M-F   8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.