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Meet Our Counselors

2020-2021 Counseling team (left to right): Margaret Edwards, Program Director for Counseling and Wellness Services, Amelia Walton, Resident in Counseling, Poe, Therapy Dog / Good Boy, Cathy Erickson, Trauma Counselor, Uriel Santiago, Resident in Counseling, Janie Williams, Trauma Counselor, Aisha Saeed, Trauma Counselor & Body Positive Program Director, Latoria White, Resident in Counseling & Case Manager

 

October 2021 update:  We have filled all of the spaces for new clients in our counselors'  schedules for this semester.  

Counseling and Wellness the Women’s Center Way

For many clients, our unique approach, expertise, and accessibility make the Women’s Center an especially good fit. Our approach focuses on students’ ability to identify the issues they want to address in their own lives. Counselors then guide them in learning how to do that effectively. Our counselors are known for their extensive expertise supporting college students with concerns ranging from the stresses of young adulthood to traumatic events in their lives or within their families or communities.

Please visit the Getting Started page of this site or call our counseling team at (434) 982-2252 for more information about accessing our counseling and wellness services.

Our counseling team uses a secure online platform for sessions with clients when in-person sessions are not feasible due to public health concerns. 

In addition to working with their clients, our counselors share their expertise by presenting workshops and seasonal online tips. Learn more on our blog.

Who We Serve

We support the psychological health, well-being, and recovery from trauma and other concerns of University of Virginia students, as well as faculty and staff who face financial and/or other barriers to receiving care in the community. We welcome clients of all gender, racial, sexual, and other identities. Counseling is available either in-person or via secure telehealth platform. Clients must be 18 or older and physically located in Virginia to receive counseling from us. We will provide referrals to students, faculty or staff living outside of Virginia.

We provide confidential individual and group counseling free of charge. We usually have a wait list for new clients seeking individual counseling. We also provide referrals to therapists in the Charlottesville area, as well as guidance in how to seek a therapist near your location for those living outside this area. Learn more about ways to find a provider that meets your needs on our Other Therapy Options page.

Types of Services

Group Therapy: The Women’s Center offers support and therapy groups for survivors of sexual assault, as well as for other concerns. Visit our Find a Group page or call us at 434-982-2252 to learn more. 

Individual Therapy: We see UVA students for a variable length of time, depending on their needs and goals. We see University of Virginia staff and faculty for up to 12 sessions. Most clients are scheduled for one 50-minute session per week. 

Service Hours

Our care is provided Mondays-Fridays, 9 am - 5 pm. We are not crisis providers. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please contact one of the following:

UVA Students: 

CAPS Emergency and Crisis Services, 434-243-5150 (24/7, on-call clinician available) or walk-in during CAPS' business hours (Monday - Friday, 8am-5pm)

TimelyCare's 24/7 TalkNow service allows students to connect with a mental health professional any time of day, either by phone or video. Students can use TalkNow to discuss any concern, from conflicts with roommates to mental health crises. Staff are happy to assist 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Download the TimelyCare app to get started with the TalkNow service.

UVA Faculty and Staff: 

Faculty and Employee Assistance Program, 434-243-2643

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