Karen Painter, LPC
Karen Headshot
Staff Psychotherapist at Darden and UVA Law
Counseling and Psychological Services


  • M.A., Ed.S from James Madison University

Licenses and Certifications 

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Adjustment Issues (Transition to College, Graduate School, Cultural Adjustment, etc.)
  • Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, etc.)
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Dual Diagnosis and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Family of Origin
  • First Generation College Students
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Grief and Loss
  • Identity Development (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Racial/Ethnic Identity, etc.)
  • Mind-Body Interventions (Biofeedback, Yoga, Somatic Therapies, etc.)
  • Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Issues
  • Neurodiversity and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Compassion
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Stress Management and Coping Skills
  • Substance Use and Addiction
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Training and Supervision

Theoretical Orientation 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotion-Focused
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Systems
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Person-Centered
  • Relational
  • Solution-Focused
  • Strengths-Based
  • Trauma Informed

Professional Activities, Awards, Memberships

  • UVA International Residence College fellow
  • Leonard Sandridge Outstanding Contribution Award 2018
  • National Assoc of Law Student Affairs Professionals member
  • American College Counseling Association member
  • American Counseling Association (ACA) member
  • Central Virginia Clinicians of Color Network member
  • EMDR International Association member
  • National Auricular Detoxification Association member

550 Brandon Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22908

(434) 243-5150