Compassion, Inclusivity, Clinical Excellence
Compassion, Inclusivity, Clinical Excellence
CVCCN Member

Karen Painter, LPC, ADS

Karen Painter, LPC, ADS

Karen Painter, LPC, ADS

UVA Counseling and Psychological Services at Student Health and Wellness Center
400 Brandon Avenue
Charlottesville, VA 22908
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(434) 243-5150



Social Media:
Instagram: uva_caps

Accepting New Clients: 
Limited capacity, please inquire

Hours of Operation:
8 am-4:30 pm
(Students can call after hours if in crisis or if in need to talk with someone)

Currently Offers:
Telehealth – Mental Health

Karen Painter is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, holding an M.A. and an Ed.S degree from James Madison University since 2001.

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and Auricular Acupuncture Specialist. As the CAPS clinical case manager and community inpatient liaison, I provide tools, support, awareness, and advocacy so that students (and families) can receive what they need in order to feel empowered and better navigate UVA on grounds and community mental health resources.

I bring 20+ years of clinical experience, including working with dually diagnosed populations in inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings, private practice, providing clinical supervision. My compassion has played out in my work with clients and diverse families planting seeds of collaboration, hope and recovery, and assistance to experience your authentic self.

My areas of clinical interest and specialties include: mind-body, culture and identity development, family dynamics, substance use concerns, mood disorders, transgender/non-binary affirming health access, life transitions, crisis intervention, trauma and abuse.

Karen’s areas of focus are:

  • Anxiety
  • Bi-Polar
  • Depression
  • Eating Concerns
  • Identity Development
  • LBGTQ+ Mental Health
  • Life Transitions
  • Substance Abuse
  • Trauma


Gender Identity:

East Asian

Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)

Client Focus:
Adolescents / Teenagers (14-17)
Young Adults (18-35 )
Middle Age Adults (36-55)

Payment Options:
Only able to provide free services for UVA enrolled students at this time

Favorite Quote/Mantra

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. ― Lao Tzu