June 13, 2016
This weekend’s tragic attack on Pulse, an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, reminds us of how far-reaching the impact of violent events can be. News of violent events can have a significant impact on all of us whether or not a particular instance of violence has affected us directly. Understanding a bit about how we, as humans, process extremely troubling information can be helpful.
February 11, 2016
In collaboration with UVA Student Health CAPS and the Office of Health Promotion, the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center will be one of two sites for mental wellness screenings, as part of Mental Wellness Screening Day. Last year, the Women's Center counseling team saw a record number of students for screenings and are hopeful another successful turn out this year.
February 05, 2016
In college and in life we face stressful events each day, some small, some big. Did you know that the way you react to these events creates a “path” that your brain seeks and follows and strengthens with each experience? Imagine being a child walking to and from school through a field of wildflowers. Very quickly a path becomes established, as the tendency is to follow the cues that are familiar. Similarly, your brain creates pathways.
December 09, 2015
Perfect Illusions, an open-mic style event hosted by the UVA Coalition on Eating Disorders and Exercise Concerns, aims to break the silence surrounding body image and eating disorders. The students, counselors, medical and athletics professionals who make up the coalition provide this event each year to support students in recovery and to raise awareness of the prevalence of eating and exercise concerns on Grounds.
September 21, 2015
One of the main approaches being used by the counseling staff at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is Motivational Interviewing. This is a collaborative conversation style approach for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. This approach is strengths-based and is based on principles of partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation. There are three different ways that staff at the Women’s Center are involved with Motivational Interviewing: counseling, training and coaching members of the U.Va. community, and professional presentations.
August 31, 2015
We are so happy to introduce a new member of the Women's Center team, Latoria White!
Latoria White is joining us as Counselor in Residency. She will be providing counseling, outreach, and case management services to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
August 17, 2015
The art of coloring is no longer a fond memory from our childhood. Buy yourself a coloring book that interests you, grab a set of colored pencils, and go to town. Coloring isn't just for kids anymore. The art of coloring in the lines is an effective tool for relaxation. When you sit down and color, your focus lies only on that activity. This type of focus pushes the stress in your life aside when pencil (or crayon) hits paper. You tap into your creative side and activate your imagination through your color choices and even choice of coloring page.
May 01, 2015
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.
April 29, 2015
In the early 1990s, I moved to Charlottesville to obtain psychiatric and psychopharmacological treatment. I lived in Charlottesville from 1991-1997, and it was an extremely difficult and very sad time in my life. However, the helpful and friendly staff at the U.Va. Womens’ Center, now renamed Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, helped to make a sad and difficult time as bearable and productive as possible.
April 07, 2015
The University of Virginia’s ultra-secret Seven Society recently announced gifts totaling $115,554 to U.Va.’s Counseling and Psychological Services and the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center to “more broadly encourage the kind of action and attention necessary to realize the empathy and understanding that must lie at the heart of this place.” The gifts came after the society