There will be no Let's Talk starting the week of May 2, 2022. It will resume in August for Fall 2022 semester. Check back for days/times/locations.
Talking can help.
Whether it is stress, sadness, relationship problems, or academic trials, sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive difference. Now, just imagine that the person you are talking to has experience in dealing with your issue and may know some solutions. Then talking may really help! And that’s what Let’s Talk is all about.
- What is Let’s Talk?
- When and Where is Let’s Talk?
- How is Let’s Talk different from counseling?
- What happens in a Let’s Talk session?
- Who should visit Let’s Talk?
- Meet the Let’s Talk Consultants
What is Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is designed to serve the needs of students through a brief consultation. Ideally these consultations will last approximately 15-20 minutes and are open to all current students at Notre Dame. Let's Talk is a free and confidential program and there are no appointments scheduled. The role of the Let's Talk consultant is to offer support, solutions, and resources for the student and presenting issues, such as:
- Difficulty adjusting to school
- Academic concerns
- Family problems
- Financial struggles
- Relationship concerns
Mondays at 1 pm - 2 pm Fitzpatrick Hall - Room 181
Wednesdays at 3 pm – 4 pm Hesburgh Library - Room B001D
Thursdays at 11 am – 12 pm LaFortune Student Center - Room 215 *Let's Talk on 3/3/22 is cancelled
Fridays at 11 am - 12 pm Duncan Student Center - Room 208
- It is a brief consultation (approximately 15 minutes)
- There is no paperwork to complete
- It takes place outside of the University Counseling Center
- No appointment is necessary
- It is free.
What happens in a Let’s Talk session?
The Let’s Talk consultant will carefully listen to your concern, will most likely ask you some brief questions, and will work to understand your goal for coming to Let’s Talk. Once your problem and goal are clear, depending upon your needs, the consultant will offer you suggestions for addressing the concern. You are welcome to return to Let’s Talk at another time, but this decision is up to you.
- Students who are not sure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it is like to talk with a counselor
- Students who are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
- Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom they could talk;
- Students who have a concern about a friend and would like some perspective on what to do.
Limits to 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 abused. We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk consultant.
Although Let’s Talk Consultants are also mental health professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk is for consultation about a specific problem. Most students come to Let’s Talk only once or twice. It is also a place where students are able to have questions answered about formal counseling. Your Let’s Talk consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you.
If you have any questions about Let’s Talk, please contact the UCC at 574-631-7336.
Caprice Mottley MSW, LSW (Indiana), LLMSW (Michigan)
Ricardo Cornejo, M.S.
Doctoral Psychology Intern
The University Counseling Center at Notre Dame is deeply indebted to the counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University who pioneered and modeled Let’s Talk and made it such 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.