Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is a free and confidential drop-in service that provides access to informal consultations with counselors from Counseling Services.  It is not necessary to schedule an appointment.

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Let's Talk Schedule

Day

Time

Counselor

Webex link

Monday

11:30am-12:00pm

Michelle Lawler

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/lawlerm1

 

1:00-1:30pm

Sarah Keiser

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/keisers3

Tuesday

11:00am-11:30am

Eileen Bonyai

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/bonyaie1

 

1:00-1:30pm

Randolph Brooks

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/brooksr9

Wednesday

1:00-1:30pm

Chrissy Fuchs

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/fuchsc2

Thursday

1:00-1:30pm

Matt Ouimet

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/ouimetm1

Friday

11:30am-12:00pm

Nick Pinkerton

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/pinkertonn1

 

1:00-1:30pm

Elaine Allen

https://southernct.webex.com/meet/allene4

If you experience any difficulties connecting, please contact Counseling Services (203-392-5475) for assistance.

 

What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk counselors can listen, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff.  Let’s Talk is similar to office hours that professors hold.  Other students may be part of the session. 

How do I register?

No registration needed.  Just follow the WebEx link to join during the time Let’s Talk is offered.

How is Let’s Talk different from counseling?

Students who access counseling through Counseling Services schedule appointments to meet with a counselor, and sometimes participate in ongoing counseling through scheduled weekly or bi-weekly appointments.

In contrast, Let's Talk is not formal counseling and is not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment; it is a convenient drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor.

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

This service is open to all enrolled SCSU students.

Let's Talk is the best fit for the following people

  • Students who have never been in counseling before, are not sure if it’s right for them and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor;
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  • Students who have a specific problem and would like to talk it through with someone;
  • Students who are interested in learning more about what campus resources are available to them and how to access them. 

Let's Talk is not a good fit for

  • Students experiencing current thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or someone else
  • Students with concerns for their safety
  • Students with an immediate or urgent concern;
  • Students who already know they want regular counseling;
  • Students who don’t want to wait for their next appointment at Counseling Services (these students should contact Counseling Services instead to seek an earlier time);
  • Students seeking specialized services, such as psychiatry.

Let’s Talk is not designed to be a crisis service. If you need to speak with someone more urgently, please contact Counseling Services at 203-392-5475 during our office hours 8:30am-4:30pm.  After hours, please contact University Police, 911, 211 or National Suicide Hotline at 800-273-8255.

Although Let's Talk counselors are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk counselors provide informal consultations to help students with specific 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 Counseling Services would be useful for you 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 required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on their own behalf is being abused.

While these visits are confidential, please keep in mind that they are open to anyone wanting to drop into the group.

Traditional clinical records are not kept for Let’s Talk consultations. In an optional post evaluation, students are asked to provide general demographic information and information about what brings them to Let’s Talk, which allows us to understand the student populations we are serving and improve our services further.

 

**Adapted from Cornell Health’s Let’s Talk model