Julia Lash, PhD, HSPP

Julie Lash

Director
Counseling and Psychological Services, IUPUI
Walker Plaza, Suite 220
719 Indiana Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 274-2548
Fax: (317) 278-0948
jlash@iupui.edu

Degrees/Institutions:
PhD, Counseling Psychology, Indiana State University
MS, Counseling/Counselor Education, Indiana University (IUPUI)
PhD, Physiology, Indiana University
BA/BS, Physical Education/Math Education, Purdue University

Other Credentials (license, certifications):
Licensed Health Service Provider in Psychology

Theoretical Orientation:
In my work with clients, I draw from a wide variety of theoretical views, but first and foremost, from a person centered perspective. I believe it is essential for an individual to feel safe, respected, and valued in order for counseling to have an impact. This means I need to listen and consistently seek to understand the worldview and experiences of each person I work with in counseling. From this foundation, we can collaborate to identify desired changes and ways those changes can be realized.

In light of the above, I believe we begin to learn how to relate to others, ourselves, and the world from the moment of our birth. I rely on a combination of psychodynamic, cognitive, feminist, and developmental theories to help me understand the path of the individual client. I also incorporate the social, cultural, and personal values of the client into our work, so that any changes the individual chooses to make are consistent with their identity. I view counseling as a collaborative relationship that can empower individuals to cope with the stressors of life.

Professional Interests:
My counseling interests include working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-trauma symptoms. I particularly enjoy being at IUPUI due to the opportunity to work with such a diverse student population and engage cross-culturally. As a former Training Director, I continue to enjoy supervising counselors in training and giving back to the profession. More recently, I have become involved in working at the campus-wide level to help faculty, staff, and students to identify individuals in distress and provide appropriate intervention and referrals.