The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is excited to announce Catherine Erickson as our new full-time counselor! The position was made possible by additional funding from the University expressly for an additional Trauma Counselor at the Women’s Center. U.Va. President Teresa Sullivan made the announcement following the Rolling Stone media coverage of sexual assault on Grounds.

Cathy (second from the left, front row above) is working toward earning her hours to become a licensed professional counselor in Virginia. She was a graduate student Counseling Intern with the Women’s Center from 2012-2013 and then a post-graduate Resident in Counseling from 2013 to the present.

Cathy will continue with her current work by providing individual and group counseling to U.Va. students, staff and faculty. She works with clients with gender violence issues including sexual assault, domestic violence and other concerns. She also provides outreach and education to the U.Va. community on these topics.

In her time at the Women’s Center, Cathy has counseled a culturally diverse caseload of clients with a broad age range from adolescents to senior adults. She has experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, trauma/sexual assault, disordered eating, grief, relationship concerns (including couples), and phase of life problems. In addition, she has co-led a trauma support group and presented on trauma and survivor support to student and community groups. Her theoretical approach includes Motivational Interviewing, CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and Person Centered Therapy. She uses the Seeking Safety model with clients who have experienced gender violence.

Cathy earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and her B.A. in Speech Communications with a Specialization in Broadcasting at Pennsylvania State University. Cathy has a diverse set of work experiences with a prior career in communications and administration. This background has provided a foundation for her to develop strong interpersonal communication and engagement skills, sensitive and empathetic interviewing skills, as well as leadership, organizational and management skills. In her prior career, she was an administrator, producer, television host/interviewer, event planner and freelance writer.

In her spare time, Cathy has continued counseling through community service opportunities including leadership of women’s groups for more than 10 years, as well as facilitating and organizing small discussion groups and retreats targeted toward a variety of people from high school age to married couples.

Cathy moved to Charlottesville four years ago from New Hampshire, where she lived for about 24 years. She is enjoying the warmer temperatures of Virginia and the mountains here remind her of home.  She has a son who is married and lives in Georgia and a daughter who is graduating from college this year.


Please note: The Women’s Center is now seeking a full-time Counselor-Residency position.

This position will provide counseling services for students, staff, and faculty at U.Va. This position allows an individual who has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling to work under supervision to gain hours towards becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. To learn more about the qualifications for the position and to apply, please go to and search posting number 0616273 under the University Staff category.

For priority consideration, all materials must be received by May 29, 2015; however, the position will remain open until filled.