“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with UCC counselors. Counselors hold drop-in hours at various sites across campus throughout the week. Speaking with a counselor at “Let’s Talk” can provide insight, solutions, and referrals to other campus resources. 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.
How is “Let’s Talk” different from the UCC?
Counselors at the UCC provide counseling, which usually consists of bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments. “Let’s Talk” is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.
Who should visit “Let’s Talk?”
This service is open to all Vanderbilt undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as postdocs. “Let’s Talk” is the best fit for the following people:
- Students who are not sure about counseling 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 someone with whom to talk it through.
- Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.
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?
Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it’s sometimes possible to meet with them at UCC in an ongoing way.
What else do I need to know?
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 the UCC 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 his/her own behalf is being abused. “Let’s Talk” counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to the UCC, other UCC staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order. “Let’s Talk” visits are never noted on a student’s official university record. 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” counselor.