Dana Lawson, M.A., M.Ed
Professional Counselor Associate
Supervised by: Tara Sanderson, PsyD, MBA
I want you to walk away from our time together feeling seen and heard, and with solutions and strategies to help you move toward the life you want.
A little about me.
I believe that we all have a unique story and way in which we understand the world around us. These stories are strongly influenced by social and family systems and individual identities and cultures. As a therapist, I am curious about your story – your past, present, and how you want to write the rest of your story. I believe counseling is most effective when it is collaborative. You are the author of your story, and as a therapist, I can walk alongside you to challenge and support as you navigate difficulties, process experiences, make change and find healing and hope.
I want you to walk away from our time together feeling seen and heard, and with solutions and strategies to help you move toward the life you want. I deeply value the power of human connection in the counseling process. I value respect, vulnerability, equity and inclusion, and social justice.
My personal style is relational and authentic, and I enjoy bringing creativity and a bit of humor to the counseling space. I enjoy working with clients experiencing big life transitions: going off to college, adjusting to life in a new city or country, starting a new job, preparing to become a parent or adjusting to parenthood.
I am passionate about working with the perinatal population. I have completed training on Perinatal Mood Disorders through Postpartum Support International and am working toward a certification in Perinatal Mental Health.
Some other areas I work with often include: career exploration, cultural adjustment, college students, perfectionism and shame. I spent 12 years working in higher education before transitioning to a career in counseling. In addition to a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I also hold a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History.
In my free time you can find me hanging out with my husband, two daughters, our dog and friends and extended family. You can often find me listening to a podcast, binge watching a TV series, exploring our city’s great eats and beautiful outdoors, or daydreaming about my next adventure abroad.