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If you are an undergraduate woman at the University of Virginia, we hope you will join us at any or all of these special talks for our Spring Speaker Series for Women. The Study Center is partnering with a local Christian counseling group, New City Counseling, to host these talks followed by discussion. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lane Cowin, Director of Undergraduate Ministries for Women.

To learn more about professional counseling offered at the Study Center or New City Counseling, please follow the links!

Women & Sexuality  |  January 24 at 1 pm  | with Lynn Winn

It is a common assumption that sexual experience is supposed to connect us, emotionally and physically. Why then is our experience so often one of disconnection? Therapist Lynn Winn will address God's design for sex and Evil's distortion of it, and what it means to recover and live in a redeemed sexuality.

Lynn WinnLynn Winn has been a licensed professional counselor for 20 years. She began her private practice in Colorado with a focus on struggling marriages, addictions and sexual abuse. She has been privileged over the span of those 20 years to assist Dr. Dan Allender with Recovery Weeks for women who have been sexually abused. She was also part of the Ransomed Heart women's ministry team, speaking at Captivating Retreats from 2001 through January of 2005. More about Lynn.

Women & Body Image  |  March 21 at 1 pm  | with Katherine Edwards & Ellen Foster

We all have a body. And women in particular live in a culture that bombards us with messages about that body. We're told what it should look like, what it should not look like, how to take care of it, and how we should use it. Often we have conflicting emotions about our own bodies. We love them, we hate them, we want to show them off, and we want to hide them. Are women doomed to body confusion? In their talk on body and body image, Katherine and Ellen will address why we should talk about our bodies at all, and how there is hope for women to enjoy a Christ-driven view of their bodies. Watch the video from this talk.


Katherine-EdwardsKatherine Edwards moved to Charlottesville in 2004 to attend the University of Virginia. She completed her master's in Mental Health Counseling in 2006, with an internship at the UVA Women's Center. Katherine worked with Family Preservation Services until 2008, providing counseling to families in the community. Since then, she has worked at Trinity Church, meeting with women of all ages and stages of life. Katherine particularly enjoys working with young adult women and with college students. Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders. More about Katherine.
20130929 3483Ellen Foster first moved to Charlottesville in 2005 as part of the Trinity Fellows Program. She received her Bachelors of Social Work at James Madison University in 2003. Ellen recently received her Master's of Arts in Counseling at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Ellen particularly enjoys working with clients facing such issues as anxiety/depression, body image, life transitions, trauma, and sexuality. More about Ellen.

Women & Power  |  April 11 at 1 pm  |  with Susan Cunningham and Tim Jones

Whether we are aware of it or not, as human beings, each of us possess power. Power can be used for both good and evil and most of us have experienced both in our relationships. We have the opportunity to distinguish between the love of power and the power of love. Susan and Tim will discuss how we can learn how our family of origin, our gender, and our story impacts our use of power. Ultimately, we can embrace the gospel that frees us to use our power for good.

Listen to the audio from this talk.


Susan-CunninghamSusan Cunningham is licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Susan holds certification as a National Certified Counselor and membership in the American Association of Christian Counselors. Susan's training includes a broad background in education, theology and counseling, as well as extensive supervised counseling focusing on individual, marital and group therapy. In private practice for over 20 years, Susan specializes in counseling women and couples facing relational struggles, issues of past abuse, anxiety, grief, depression and spiritual concerns. She also teaches on a variety of topics. More about Susan.
20130929 3494Tim Jones serves as the Director of New City Counseling, and has seven years of clinical experience. He is licensed in the state of Missouri and provisionally licensed in Virginia. He enjoys working with clients struggling with issues related to identity, sexuality, marriage and other relationships, and abuse. More about Tim.