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August 10, 2017

This piece was written by Director of Counseling, Charlotte Chapman, including information from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky.
 
 
When a traumatic event occurs, people can have many different kinds of reactions. The reason for this is that trauma shatters many of the beliefs people need to hold onto in order to function. Humans need to believe that the world is safe, people are trustworthy and responsible, and that they have some sense of control.

July 07, 2017

At the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center, we stand with students, faculty and staff in expressing support to the LGBTQ+ members of UVA’s diverse community who are so essential to the vitality of our University. An environment that welcomes and supports people of different backgrounds, beliefs, ages, identities, ethnicities and worldviews best accomplishes the goals of a modern public institution of higher education.

June 15, 2017

Tips for Emerging Adulthood

Did you know there is a life stage called Emerging Adulthood? Well, as a UVA student or recent graduate, you’re right in the middle of it! It’s an exciting and uncertain time, full of opportunity and change. Read on for tips on how to enjoy and master this important phase of life.

The Five Defining Characteristics of Emerging Adulthood are:

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.

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