Let's Talk FAQ

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, private consultations with an expert listener 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 consultant 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 an expert listener 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 consultant.
  • 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 consultant.
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.

Who shouldn't visit Let's Talk?

  • Students with an urgent concern.
  • Students who already know they want regular counseling.
  • Students who don't want to wait for their next appointment at the counseling center (these students should contact the counseling center instead to request an earlier appointment).
  • Students seeking specialized services, such as psychiatry.

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

What else do I need to know?

Although Let's Talk consultants are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling or psychotherapy and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk consultants 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 consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling at the counseling center might ultimately be helpful and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.