Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is a free and confidential program designed to serve the needs of students through brief consultations that occur outside the UCC in easily accessible locations on campus.

WHAT

Let’s Talk is a free and confidential program designed to serve the needs of students through brief, 15 to 20-minute consultations that occur outside the University Counseling Center (UCC) in easily accessible locations on campus. There are no forms to complete, no appointment to schedule, and you don’t even need to provide your name.  

WHO

The Let's Talk consultant is available to offer support, solutions, and resources for any student with concerns related to stress, sadness, anxiety, difficulty adjusting to college life, academic concerns, family problems, and relationship concerns.

Let’s Talk is best suited for students who are:

  • Unsure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it is like to talk with a counselor
  • Not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor on a specific issue
  • Interested in talking to someone about a specific problem
  • Concerned about a friend and would like a counselor’s perspective on what to do

WHERE 

Let’s Talk is held as follows throughout the academic year except during University breaks and holidays: 

  • Wednesdays: 3 – 4 p.m.; Hesburgh Library, Room 123

HOW

The Let’s Talk consultant will carefully listen to your concern, ask you some brief questions, and work to understand your goal for coming to Let’s Talk. Once your problem and goal are clear, depending on your needs, the consultant will offer you suggestions for addressing the concern. You are welcome to return to Let’s Talk as needed.  

Although Let’s Talk consultants are also mental health professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for ongoing counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk is for brief consultation about a specific problem. It is also a place where students are able to have questions answered about counseling services offered at the UCC. Your Let’s Talk consultant can help you determine whether counseling or other UCC services would be useful for you.

Confidentiality

Conversations with Let’s Talk consultants are confidential, with a few rare exceptions. Consultants may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or to others. Consultants are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being or has been abused. We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with the  Let’s Talk consultant.

The UCC thanks the counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University who developed and pioneered Let’s Talk and made it a successful service at Cornell. Sharon Meir, Psy.D. and Matt Boone, L.C.S.W. of CAPS were generous and inspirational in sharing the concept and name of Let’s Talk with the UCC. Their support and consultation on starting Let’s Talk at Notre Dame was invaluable.