Health, Wellness and Safety

Health, Wellness and Safety

Mental Health Resources

Dr. Kate Gibson, a psychologist with UVA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), is located at the School of Law and focuses exclusively on the mental health needs of law students. Her office in SL135C is accessible through the waiting room at SL135D. Dr. Gibson has been at CAPS for nine years and is a licensed psychologist. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a licensed attorney who practiced for eight years at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale) before becoming a psychologist. More Information About Services and Hours

UVA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

The University’s primary student counseling clinic. CAPS also runs Student HealthQuest, a self-help program focused on maintaining physical and psychological health.

Dave Nee Foundation: LawLifeLine

Anonymous, confidential online resource for law students that provides general information regarding mental health issues as well as specific resources and services available to students in their communities.

Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center

The Women’s Center provides counseling to students and other men and women in the Charlottesville community, as well as a range of other community and leadership development services. Counselors work with a range of issues and the Women’s Center has a particular focus on issues of interpersonal violence. In addition to counselors, the Women’s Center has two confidential advocates with whom students can consult about on issues related to incidents of sexual or gender-based violence while leaving the choice on reporting to the University to the individual.

Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services at the Curry School of Education

The Sheila Johnson Center provides counseling for students and other women and men in the Charlottesville community as well as assessment services. Counseling is provided by supervised clinical and school psychology doctoral graduate students in the Curry School. The Sheila Johnson Center is a smaller center; the number of therapy clients is limited by the availability of graduate student therapists.

Mary D. Ainsworth Clinic at the UVA Department of Psychology

The Ainsworth Clinic provides brief and long-term therapy for University students, as well as adults and children from the Charlottesville community. Therapy is provided by clinical faculty members and supervised graduate student therapists. The Ainsworth Clinic is a smaller center; the number of therapy clients is limited by the availability of faculty and graduate student therapists.

UVA Helpline

(434) 295-TALK (8255)

Helpline is a student-run and student-operated anonymous, confidential telephone service serving the students of the University of Virginia. The helpline is staffed by UVA student volunteers and operates 24/7 during term time until finals. Volunteers are available to discuss any issues the caller may be dealing with and to provide referrals to other resources as appropriate.

Physical Health and Medical Resources

UVA Student Health

The Elson Student Health Center is a fully accredited health care facility that provides students with high-quality, confidential health care. There are five departments in Student Health: General Medicine, Gynecology, CAPS, Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) and Health Promotion.

Health Insurance

Other Hospitals, Clinics and Outpatient Services

Resources for Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy


Living in Charlottesville

Athletic/Recreational Facility Schedule

LGBTQ Student Services

Office of African-American Affairs

Free UVA Arts Tickets

All full-time enrolled, degree-seeking UVA students can reserve one complimentary ticket for every performance of each eligible event. This includes undergraduate students in any school and graduate students in any school, including Medical, Law and Darden students; and all students enrolled in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Student tickets are not transferable, and can only be used by UVA students.

UVA Athletics Tickets

UVA Student Life Site 

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Gordie Center for Substance Abuse Prevention

The Gordie Center at Student Health focuses on working to decrease the negative consequences of illegal and hazardous drinking and drug use among college students and providing support for UVA students in recovery from substance abuse. The Gordie Center provides conferences, training courses, workshops and consultation to create healthier campus communities.

BASICS Program

The BASICS program utilizes a harm-reduction approach and is designed to assess personal risk, identify potential changes that could work for each student, and help reduce risk for developing future problems. The program consists of an online survey and a meeting with a BASIC-trained facilitator. The online survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes and the meeting 60 minutes.

Hoos in Recovery

Group for recovering students, faculty and alumni that meets weekly. Website also has links to other recovery and support resources.

Lawyers Helping Lawyers

Confidential assistance to Virginia’s legal professionals and students and their families.


Law School's Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness Resources

UVA Title IX Resources

Report a Bias Incident

Report Hazing

Report an Incident of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

Not On Our Grounds: A University of Virginia Initiative to End Sexual Violence

UVA Police Department

Officer Ben Rexrode of the UVA Police Department can provide assistance in creating personal safety plans for survivors of violence or stalking. He can be contacted at