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Women's Center Counseling Team

September 28, 2018

reminder to breathe

Whenever sexual assault and related topics are receiving intensive coverage in the news, conversations at home, at work or school, and in the media are a strain on the many survivors of these forms of misconduct. It is important to take care of yourself at times like this. 

August 07, 2018

Most of us in the UVA and Charlottesville communities remember where we were or what we were doing during the events of August 11th and 12th in 2017. The horrifying events of that weekend had a significant impact on many, especially those directly affected by the violence and those dealing with current or past cultural and community trauma. 

July 20, 2018

Students participate in a yoga class as an act of self-care

Everyone struggles with stress and anxiety sometimes. We are biologically programmed to assess for threat related to safety, both in our physical environment and in our relationships.

In small doses, it is a good thing. If a car runs a red light just as we are about to cross the street, anxiety helps activate the muscles needed to jump out of the way. If our partner is sick, we will feel stressed and worried because we need stable, connected relationships to feel safe.   

September 18, 2017

tips for housing decisions

Having just arrived a mere month ago on Grounds, you start to hear it everywhere: "you need to start signing leases for the next year, or you will be left out." In the rush to find that perfect spot, or perhaps out of fear of being left without choices, many students –especially first and second years—sign leases with people they do not know well, for apartments that may not be nearly as great as they sounded when their friends first told them about them.

August 24, 2017

Any change in life can cause stress, even a positive change. Whether you’re coming to UVA for the first time or returning to Grounds for your second, third, or fourth year, change can be stressful. Relationships are new or different, and you may find yourself in the middle of unfamiliar experiences and living spaces, all of which contribute to the excitement and challenge of adjusting to a new year. But any change presents a good opportunity for growth.