3/18/2023- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) will be open from 12pm to 3pm today for drop-in sessions. Please bring your student ID to swipe into the building.
If you'd like help navigating these resources or if you'd like talk with someone regarding an eating or exercise concern that you or someone you know may have, please contact us.
Care and Resources at UVA
Eating Disorders Consultation and Treatment Team
- Counseling and Psychological Services: Provides crisis management, consultation, and psychoeducational outreach services to the UVA community.
- Ainsworth Clinic: Provides confidential psychological services.
- Women's Center: Provides personal and career counseling for individuals, support groups and traveling workshops.
- Nutrition Services: Provides nutrition counseling and information to UVA students on numerous health topics.
- Dining Services: Provides nutrition consultations for students with dining services meal plans.
- Student Health and Wellness Medical Services: Provides primary medical care for acute and chronic conditions.
- LGBTQ Center: Provides information, referral, support, and programming to the University community.
- Faculty and Employee Assistance Program: Provides comprehensive, onsite Employee Assistance services to employees and their families.
- Additionally, therapists and other health care providers in private practice are available in the community. Although it is beyond the scope of our Coalition to endorse and maintain an up-to-date list of providers, we recommend the following tips for finding a provider who will be a good fit for your needs.
Online Assessments and Self-Help
- SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions. SilverCloud can help students develop skills for managing stress, anxiety, sleep, and depression. UVA students have access to SilverCloud free-of-charge (login using Netbadge.)
Check out additional online screening tools available to UVA students.
Take this self-assessment quiz to help identify problematic eating or exercise behavior:
Books on Disordered Eating
- Life Without ED by Jenni Schaefer
- Eating in the Light of the Moon by Anita A. Johnston, Ph.D.
- Goodbye Ed, Hello Me: Recover from Your Eating Disorder and Fall in Love with Life by Jenni Schaefer
- The Body Image Workbook by Thomas F. Cash
Tips for Finding a Provider
- Introduce yourself: share your first and last name and your phone number. If you are leaving a message, say your phone number twice on the message to be sure it can be heard clearly.
- Ask the provider if they are currently accepting new clients.
- Ask the provider about any parts of their identity that are important to you, such as the provider’s age, race/ethnicity, gender, religious background, etc.
- Ask the provider about their training or education if that is important to you.
- Ask the provider about any particular areas of expertise you are looking for, such as experience with clients with eating disorders, over- or under eating or exercise behaviors, and/or body image concerns.
- Ask the provider about fees and your options for payment, particularly if you are planning to use insurance or prefer a payment plan.
- If you do plan to use your insurance, ask providers what type of insurance they accept, whether they bill the insurance directly, and/or whether they are willing to provide you receipts so that you can submit them to insurance on your own.
- Ask the provider a bit about their overall approach in working with clients and/or what it might be like to work together.
- Ask about the length of the typical appointment and the hours typically available for meeting.
- Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness' Eating Disorder Support Groups:
- Friends and Family: Virtual Support for Loved Ones, Wednesday evenings at 7PM EST
- LGBTQ+ Pro-Recovery: Virtual Support for Adults 18+, Wednesday evenings at 7PM EST
- Pro-Recovery: Virtual Support for Adults 18+, Monday evenings at 7PM EST and Saturday mornings at 11AM EST
- NEDA 10 Steps for Positive Body Image
- NEDA Binge Eating Disorder
- 70 Resources to Support ED Recovery (info, finding treatment, online support, books, hotlines)
- Eating Disorders Resource Catalog