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)

Located within the Department of Student Health, CAPS is the University’s primary student counseling clinic and provides group and brief individual therapy, psychiatric services, care management, and emergency and crisis services.  CAPS also hosts SilverCloud, a tailored online program that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to address anxiety and depression.

Trauma and Classroom Context

Things that evoke a traumatic event such as classroom material may also evoke other responses. Distressing memories or reactions may cause people to feel as if they are reliving the event or to become more concerned that the event might occur again.  Often feelings and physical reactions, sometimes strong ones, can occur.  Regardless of whether anyone witnessed violence personally or heard about it through media or other sources, it is possible to feel reactions if material evokes the trauma and this can occur regardless of how long ago the trauma occurred. This resource can provide you with more information about these reactions and suggestions for coping with them.

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 four units in Student Health: Medical Services, CAPS, Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) and Health Promotion.  The services at the Student Health Center are available to all registered students who have paid the comprehensive fee regardless of insurance coverage, and professional visits with a care provider have been pre-paid through the payment of this comprehensive fee.

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

UVA Athletics Tickets

UVA Student Life Site

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.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Wahoo Well

Wahoo Well consists of a confidential well-being survey and two confidential follow up one on one meetings. In your meeting you will be provided an opportunity to be heard, encouraged, and validated in a way that motivates you to accomplish personally meaningful goals. 

Hoos in Recovery (HiR)

HiR is a supportive, confidential community of UVA students, faculty, staff and alumni in recovery - or considering recovery - from alcohol or other drug use disorders. All ages, academic levels, walks of life, and pathways of recovery are welcomed and valued. The 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