Karen PainterCAPS Care Manager
Karen is a lifelong resident of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. She holds an M.A. and an Ed.S degree from James Madison University since 2001. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Auricular Acupuncture Specialist. As the CAPS Care Manager and community inpatient liaison, she provides 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. Karen brings 15+ years of clinical experience, including working with dually diagnosed populations in inpatient and outpatient community mental health settings, private practice, providing clinical supervision, and creating peer recovery/alumni supports. Her compassion has played out in her work with clients and families planting seeds of collaboration, hope and recovery. Her areas of clinical interest/specialties include: mind-body issues, identity development, family dynamics, codependency and addiction, mood disorders, working with transgender/genderfluid individuals, veterans, life transitions, crisis intervention, trauma and abuse.