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.  

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


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


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 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

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.

Other Hospitals, Clinics, and Outpatient Services

Resources for Pregnancy, Birth and Infancy

Health Insurance 


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 

Supporting Your Peers

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.