A guide for transgender and gender non-conforming students
Amy Margulies, MS, LPC, SAC
BA, Classics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
MA, Chinese, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Counseling, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Amy Margulies began her work at UHS in 2008 following a career as a Chinese language teacher. She was drawn to counseling when she noticed that mental health greatly contributed to the success of her students. “I care a lot about language learning, but I care even more about what’s going on in people’s lives,” says Margulies. This genuine empathy lead her to return to school and begin a career as a counselor.
Margulies holds a number of important roles at UHS. She specializes in supporting students facing substance abuse issues, but also serves as a general mental health counselor, helping students work through a range of challenges. Margulies emphasizes a collaborative counseling approach. “We try to figure out together what we want to change,” says Margulies.
Margulies enjoys working with the college population. “[College students] are in an environment where there is potential for things to go really well. To be in the mix of all that is really quite inspiring.” In addition, UHS’s increasing focus on social justice is meaningful to Margulies and the work she does at an individual level. “It is important to examine why what happens in society makes a difference.”
When she’s not seeing clients, Margulies enjoys listening to music, camping, and spending time with friends and family.