Strategies to minimize harm and maximize self-care.
Andrea Lawson, LCSW
Co-Director of Mental Health Services
Lawson joined UHS in 2014 and was appointed interim co-director of Mental Health Services in 2016. She approaches her work from a strengths-based, feminist perspective and seeks to honor the ways in which multiple social identities have formed and shaped students’ experiences of the world as well as the UW-Madison campus.
“I enjoy partnering with students to take steps toward living more fully into their potential and their true selves.”
Lawson understands that the developmental stage of college students often includes questioning, challenging, and becoming. “Holding space with students to explore areas of tension or struggle, work through unhelpful beliefs, and discover insights to function more effectively energizes me.”
Her professional interests include eating disorders, group therapy, identity development, spirituality and meaning-making, multicultural issues, depression, anxiety and stress management, interpersonal relationships, family of origin concerns, and grief and loss.