Lawrence Chatters PhD PLP LIMHP
Lawrence Chatters, PhD LIMHP PLP (he/him/his) is an independently licensed mental health practitioner and postdoctoral psychologist. Throughout his career, Lawrence has been heavily invested in promoting gender equity and addressing systemic racism in educational, mental health, and community settings. Lawrence earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln’s Counseling Psychology program. He was chosen as a recipient of the UNL Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LGBTQA Community. Lawrence has held a number of positions at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, including a predoctoral psychology internship at Counseling and Psychological Services, and his current full-time position as the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Lawrence is passionate about helping people achieve the goals and dreams they set for themselves. He has a keen sense of the ways that personal, cultural, and/or systemic factors can support or impede achievement and motivation. Lawrence has extensive experience working with high school and college students encountering difficulties with academic performance and success. As a former entrepreneur, Lawrence also enjoys working with business owners who are experiencing mental health challenges, relationship stress, and leadership difficulties.
Lawrence operates from a client-centered and strength-based approach in therapy, helping people understand themselves within their environments. He believes in the transformative power of relationships, and enjoys working with diverse individuals, families, and couples to develop a greater sense of belonging and connection to one another.
Lawrence values his identity as an African American man who is actively involved as a father to his daughters. He particularly enjoys working in therapy with other men who strive to be empowering, supportive, loving participants in the lives of their daughters. Lawrence is committed to maximizing the potential within emerging adults by strengthening the relationships and communities surrounding them. Lawrence’s dedication is evident through his varied roles as a parent, therapist, academic professional, and board member for several non-profit organizations.
Lawrence is charismatic and extroverted with a genuine interest in learning about other human beings. He quickly puts others at ease and makes them feel highly regarded. He also has a deeply reflective manner, and his insightfulness reflects the diversity of his expansive life experiences. (Did we mention that Lawrence comes from a military family, and also has worked internationally as a DJ?) One of our favorite qualities about Lawrence is the way that he establishes relationships in such a way that challenges are safe and powerful at the same time. This combination is particularly effective in helping people see through their established ways of thinking, opening themselves to new possibilities. Lawrence describes some of the new possibilities that can be outcomes of the therapeutic process:
The person-centered approach that I use to in my work posits that all human beings and organisms embody a motivation to progress toward maximizing their potential. This is considered to be the actualizing tendency, and what we work toward as an optimal therapeutic outcome. People become open and understanding of their experiences, live and cherish the here and now, trust and indulge in their pursuits, take inherent responsibility in their free will choices, and feel comfortable enough with themselves to meaningfully contribute to the actualization of others.
Insurance Companies Accepted as In-Network
- HealthyBlue of Nebraska
- Nebraska Medicaid
- Midland’s Choice
- Nebraska Total Care
- United Behavioral Health (UHC, UMR, Student Resources)
- Lawrence also offers out-of-network services and cash-paying arrangements for clients electing not to use their insurance.