Let's Talk

letstalkimage.jpgWelcome to "Let's Talk", a program that provides Wayne State University student's with the opportunity to seek free, confidential, drop-in consultations with a professional counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services. Although there is no set time for consultations, they typically take 15 to 20 minutes.

Let's Talk is NOT traditional counseling and offers student's the opportunity to receive information:

  • Solutions
  • Resources
  • Immediate problem-solving
  • Support

Reasons you may use Let's Talk:

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

To meet with a Let's Talk Counselor, all you need to do is drop in.

  •  Law School, Interview Room B, Wednesdays, 4:00pm - 5:00pm 
  • Eugene Applebaum/School of Pharmacy, Room 1600 OSA, Thursdays, 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • College of Nursing, Room 10.5, Wednesdays, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Student Veterans Office, Student Center Building, 6th floor, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • JIGSAW OfficeStudent Center Building, Room 361, Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Additional Questions? Call 313-577-3398 to speak with Aleksandra Stoklosa, Ph.D., L.L.P.

The "Let's Talk" 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 on campus at the Law School.

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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 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 1-800-241-4949.

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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 secretary 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 secretary 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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