Let's Talk

letstalkimage.jpgVirtual Let's Talk Is a program that provides Wayne State University students with the opportunity to seek free, private, virtual drop-in consultations using Zoom with a professional counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Although there is no set time for consultations, they typically take 15 to 20 minutes.

Let's Talk is NOT traditional counseling, instead students receive information on solutions, resources, immediate problem-solving, and support. To meet with a Let's Talk Counselor, just virtually drop into one of the scheduled Zoom below.

Reasons to use Let's Talk:

  • Stress
  • Academic concerns
  • Career questions
  • Peer pressure
  • Relational concerns
  • Anxiety

Click on one of the Zoom links to meet with a counselor. Students are seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student, we will be with you as soon as we can.  

Let's Talk meetings are NOT a clinical service. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, contact the WSU Police Department (313) 577-2222, 911, or your local hospital emergency room. 

If you have any questions about this program, please call CAPS at 313-577-3398.

 

Join a Let's Talk Meeting

Department/General Sites Day Time Zoom Links
Athletics and General Mondays 9 - 10 am Join Meeting

General

Mondays

3 - 4 pm

Join Meeting

Campus Health Center and General

(In-Person & Virtual)

Tuesdays

10 - 11 am

Join Meeting

OISS and General Wednesdays 11 am - 12 pm Join Meeting
College of Nursing and General Wednesdays 1 - 2 pm Join Meeting

Office of Multicultural Student Engagement/CLLAS/General

Wednesdays 1 - 2 pm Join Meeting
Law School and General Thursdays 12 - 1 pm Join Meeting
LGBTQ+ and General Thursdays 2 - 3 pm Join Meeting

 

Let's Talk frequently asked questions (FAQ)

This program is modeled in part on the "Let's Talk" program at Cornell University. We are indebted to our colleagues there for the name and idea; some of the material on their website has been duplicated here with permission. Special thanks to Matt Boone, LCSW, Cornell's "Let's Talk" Coordinator, for sharing his expertise and experience.
 

Let's Talk FAQ

What is "Let's Talk?"
What happens at a visit to "Let's Talk"?
How is "Let's Talk" different from meeting with counselors from CAPS?
Who should visit "Let's Talk"?
I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling. Would going to "Let's Talk" help?
I'm in an immediate crisis. Can I go to "Let's Talk"?
I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next CAPS appointment. Can I go to "Let's Talk"?
I'm not happy with my current CAPS counselor. Can I go to "Let's Talk" instead?
What else do I need to know?
How confidential are "Let's Talk" visits?
 

What is Let's Talk?

A: Let's Talk is a program that provides informal, free, confidential consultations to all registered WSU students. No appointment is necessary!

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What happens at a visit to Let's Talk?

A: 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.

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How is Let's Talk different from meeting with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)?

A: CAPS provides counseling services, which usually consists of weekly 45-60 minute appointments, which have to be made in advance. Let's Talk is NOT counseling. It is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time, conveniently located at various campus locations.

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Who should visit Let's Talk?

A: This service is open to all registered Wayne State University students. You may want to visit Let's Talk if:

  • You are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor
  • You are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • You have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do
  • You have a specific problem and would like to talk with someone who is objective

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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?

A: Absolutely. The counselor will listen and help you to determine if counseling is a more viable option. The counselor can provide or answer your questions regarding counseling and CAPS services. You and the counselor will collaborate on the best solution for you.

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I'm reading this right now and trying to figure out where to go to get help because I'm in an immediate crisis. Can I go to Let's Talk?

A: Let's Talk is not a crisis service and as such, should not be utilized as one. In the event you or a friend is in immediate crisis or danger, please contact WSU's Public Safety at (313) 577-2222, or go to your local emergency room. The Wayne County 24-hour Crisis Center number is (313) 224-7000 or (800) 241-4949.

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

A: No. It is best to contact your CAPS counselor or contact the CAPS front office at (313) 577-3398 to discuss your concerns and establish your next CAPS appointment.

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I'm currently working with a counselor at CAPS, and I'm not happy with how things are going. Can I go to Let's Talk instead?

A: The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Often times, an open conversation about your concerns helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counselor directly, either in person or by contacting the CAPS front office at (313) 577-3398.

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What else do I need to know?

A: 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. The Let's Talk counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at CAPS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

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

A: 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. Remember that Let's Talk is not to be substituted for psychotherapy or crisis counseling.

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