Drop-in Consultations on Campus
“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with PCC counselors. Counselors hold walk-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.
Listed below are the hours for summer 2016:
May 19-August 18
Thursdays: Sarratt Center 208, 2:30-4:30pm, Teresa Prendes-Walls
“Let’s Talk” Frequently Asked Questions:
What is “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from PCC. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus Monday through Friday. There is no appointment or fee necessary.
What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk?”
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 PCC?
Counselors at PCC provide ongoing 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 and graduate students. “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 him or her at PCC in an ongoing way.
The most convenient site for me to visit is Commons, but I’m not a first year student. Can I go there?
Certainly. All sites are open to all students.
I’m currently seeing a counselor at the PCC, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to “Let’s Talk”?
If your next appointment is not soon enough, it’s best to contact your counselor directly.
I’m currently seeing a counselor at the PCC, and I’m not happy with how things are going. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?
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, an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counselor directly or speak to a member of the front desk staff.
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 PCC 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 PCC, other PCC 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.