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 school students. Her office is SL 135c and is accessed through the waiting room at SL 135d. Dr. Gibson has been at CAPS for 9 years and is a licensed psychologist. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a licensed attorney who practiced for 8 years at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now Wilmer Hale) before becoming a psychologist.
Among the services, Dr. Gibson provides are:
- Consultation for students and faculty and staff (for concerns about students)
- Brief individual therapy
- Outreach activities such as presentations, guest talks in class, or meeting with your organization
Hours: 8-5 M-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 with 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 walking in to the main office. The main office is located at 400 Brandon Avenue (corner of Brandon Ave and Jefferson Park Avenue (JPA)).
Open Office Hour: Dr. Gibson has an open office hour Mon-Fri from 2-3 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 (M-Fri 8-4).
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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 with the number of therapy clients limited to the availability of graduate student therapists.
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 with the number of therapy clients limited to the availability of faculty and graduate student therapists.
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
The Elson Student Health Center is a fully accredited health care facility that provides students with high quality, confidential health care. There are 5 departments in Student Health: General Medicine, Gynecology, CAPS, Student Disability Access Center (SDAC) and Health Promotion.
All full-time enrolled, degree-seeking U.Va. 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 U.Va. students.
Supporting Your Peers
Alcohol and Other Drugs
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.
The Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (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 30 minutes.
Group for recovering students, faculty, and alumni that meets weekly. Website also has links to other recovery and support resources.
Confidential assistance to Virginia’s legal professionals and students and their families.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.