UVA Law Counseling Service

UVA Law Counseling Service

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.

Among the services Dr. Gibson provides are:

  • Consultation for students and faculty and staff (for concerns about students)
  • Assessment
  • Brief individual therapy 
  • Outreach activities such as presentations, guest talks in class or meeting with your organization
  • Referrals

Hours

8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri

Cost

In-person visits with Dr. Gibson (and other professionals of UVA Student Health) are funded through your student fees. There is no additional cost to meet with Dr. Gibson.

Title IX

Dr. Gibson is a Confidential Employee under UVA’s Title IX policy. This means students can individually consult with Dr. Gibson on issues related to incidents of gender or sexual-based violence while leaving the choice on reporting to the University to the individual.

How to Make an Appointment

Students who are interested in meeting with Dr. Gibson can make an initial appointment by calling the CAPS main number (434) 243-5150 and letting them know that you are a law student or by emailing Dr. Gibson directly at kg9n@virginia.edu. A first meeting will be in person and take approximately 30 minutes. During the meeting you will have the chance to review your concerns and plan appropriate next steps with her.

Law students may also choose to meet with a different CAPS therapist and can start this process by calling the CAPS main number, (434) 243-5150, or by walking into the main office. The main office is located at 400 Brandon Avenue (corner of Brandon Avenue and Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA)).

Open Office Hours

Dr. Gibson has an open office hour Mon-Fri from 2-3 p.m. for unscheduled meetings with students needing immediate attention or faculty and staff who wish to consult on concerning situations. If you come to this hour and the door is shut, please call the CAPS main number, (434) 243-5150, to check on her availability. If she is unavailable, please go to CAPS at Student Health for more urgent needs (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m.).

Community Connection and Outreach

Dr. Gibson enjoys meeting with student groups, faculty and staff. She is available for presentations or discussions on mental health issues. Dr. Gibson is interested in hearing about students’ experiences at the Law School and thoughts about improving mental health services and mental health programming. You can also contact her if you would like to arrange for mental health presentations or programming for your organization or class by emailing kg9n@virginia.edu