Let's Talk: Drop-in Counseling
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Counselors will be available for brief, informal, free and confidential, drop-in consultations at the following location and times (Sept - May). Please visit our calendar of events for current meeting location and time.
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“Let’s Talk”: Frequently asked questions
Q: What is “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from UMD Health Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at a site on campus on scheduled days. There is no appointment or fee necessary.
Q: What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk”?
Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive at the site, look to see if the office door is open. If it is, please come on in. If the door is closed, please wait until the counselor is done with that consultation and the door is open again. The wait is usually not long. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources to assist you.
Q: How is “Let’s Talk” different from a counseling session at UMD Health Services”
Counselors at UMD Health Services provide ongoing counseling, which usually consist of weekly or bi-weekly 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
Q: What are common concerns that people bring up at “Let’s Talk”?
Students come in with a variety of concerns; no topic is off limits. Common concerns include; stress, relationships, academic performance, financial struggles, sadness, worry and family problems.
Q: Who should visit “Let’s Talk”?
“Let’s Talk” is open to all UMD 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 would be 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 concern about a friend and want some ideas about what to do.
Q: I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about it. Would going to “Let’s Talk” help me figure out what to do?
Absolutely. The counselor will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it is sometimes possible to meet with him/her at UMD Health Services for ongoing sessions.
Q: I was offered an appointment at UMD Health Services a week from now. Can I stop by “Let’s Talk” in the meantime?
If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it is best to call UMD Health Services directly and explain your situation.
Q: I went to UMD Health Services and spoke with a counselor who recommended a referral to someone in the community. Can I come to “Let’s Talk” instead?
Since regular counseling appointments are not available at “Let’s Talk”, following up with the referral is a good idea. Referrals are given when a specific need is identified, keeping in mind the best resource to address that need.
Q: I am currently seeing a therapist at UMD Health Services and would like to talk with someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?
If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your counselor directly to see if he/she can see you sooner.
Q: I am currently seeing a counselor at UMD Health Services and I’m not happy with the way things are going. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?
The best thing to do in your situation is to talk directly with your counselor or call the receptionist to request a different counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback; positive or negative. Often, an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles and helps get things back on track.
Q: 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 doesn’t constitute mental health treatment. “Let’s Talk” consultants 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 consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling at UMD Health Services would be useful to you and if appropriate assist you in getting connected to schedule an appointment.
Q: “Let’s Talk” visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
Conversations with “Let’s Talk” counselors are confidential with a few rare exceptions. Counselors my need to share information in an emergency if there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor/vulnerable adult is being abused or neglected.
“Let’s Talk” counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students only in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to UMD Health Services for counseling. In these situations, other Health Services counselors may see the notes. Information is also collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of student we are serving and those we need to continue serving.
“Let’s Talk” visits are never reported on a student 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 your “Let’s Talk” counselor.