Let's Talk The Let's Talk program provides access to university counselors on a brief, drop-in basis.

Let's Talk is a free, confidential program available to students at various locations across campus. No appointment is necessary, and there is no paperwork to complete. Visits are first-come, first-served, and the wait time to see the Let's Talk counselor is usually very brief. All students are welcome to visit Let's Talk.

Speaking with a counselor in a confidential setting can help you access support, provide perspective, explore resources and options, and discuss how counseling might be helpful. Let's Talk is designed for students who want to talk to a counselor casually. It is not appropriate for students who need urgent help. If you are in crisis, please call the University Counseling Center at 540-458-8590.


Whether it is stress, relationship problems, sadness or academic trials, talking to someone who has experience in dealing with your issue and may know some solutions can make a positive difference. Learn more about our Let's Talk program by reviewing these frequently asked questions.

What is Let's Talk?

Let's Talk is a drop-in program that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with a counselor at various locations across campus. There is no appointment or fee necessary.

What happens at a visit to Let's Talk?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources.

How is Let's Talk different from counseling at the University Counseling Center?

Let's Talk is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service where students can have informal consultations with a counselor from time to time. In contrast, students seen in the counseling center typically meet for longer sessions, often on a recurring basis, and for more in-depth/complex issues.

Who should visit Let's Talk?

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor.
  • Students who are apprehensive about counseling and want to discuss how it might help them.
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor.
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don't know anything about counseling. Would going to Let's Talk help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it's sometimes possible to meet with him or her at the counseling center in an ongoing way.

I called the University Counseling Center and spoke with a counselor. They offered me an appointment several days from now. Can I stop by Let's Talk in the meantime?

If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it's best to call the counseling center directly and explain your situation. We have a daily hour set aside for these types of more urgent situations. Once again, please call first (540-458-8590).

I'm currently seeing a counselor at the University Counseling Center, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let's Talk?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.

What else do I need to know?

Although Let's Talk counselors are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling or psychotherapy and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk counselors provide these brief consultations to help students with very specific, often temporary, problems and to introduce them to what it's like to speak with a counselor. Your Let's Talk counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at the counseling center might ultimately be helpful and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

Let's Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

Conversations with Let's Talk counselors are confidential, with a few, very rare, exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are also required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or some other vulnerable person who is unable to act on his/her own behalf is reportedly being abused.