What is Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is a free and informal drop-in consultation service that was originally created by Cornell University’s Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Let’s Talk will now be offered via MS Teams, allowing currently enrolled USF students to speak with a consultant about specific questions or concerns.
How Does Let’s Talk Differ From Individual Counseling?
In an individual counseling session, students are scheduled with a therapist and meet for weekly or bi-weekly appointments to address stated concerns. Although Let’s Talk consultants are mental health providers, Let’s Talk is NOT counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Meetings with consultants are on a drop-in, first-come first-served basis.
How Long is a Let’s Talk consultation?
Consultations are brief, about 10-20 minutes.
What is the process for meeting with a Let’s Talk consultant?
Let’s Talk is available via Teams Monday-Friday, 1PM-1:30 PM for Summer B (June 28-August 20). You will not need to pre-register for Let's Talk, but you will be required to use your USF email account to join the MS Teams meeting. If another student is already meeting with a consultant, you will remain in a virtual waiting room until the prior meeting ends.
Who Should Attend Let’s Talk?
- Students with specific questions or concerns.
- Students trying to decide whether or not to pursue formal counseling and would like more information about the process.
- Students who are not interested in formal counseling, but would like the perspective of a professional.
- Students seeking more information about campus resources.
Who Should NOT Use Let’s Talk?
- Students who are already receiving counseling services in the Wellness Center.
- Students who are looking for ongoing support.
- Students who have an immediate or urgent concern.
- Students who are seeking specialized services such as psychiatry.
- Students who are in imminent danger.
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or ending your life, please call 911, the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or our after hours crisis line (after 5PM and on weekends at (727) 873-4422). Walk-in appointments are also available at the Wellness Center during regular business hours 8:00 AM-5:00 PM, M-F.
If I have already been scheduled for a triage or counseling appointment, but would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment, can I meet with a Let’s Talk consultant?
If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact the Wellness Center at (727) 873-4422 to see if you can be seen sooner.
Limits to Confidentiality
Conversations with Let's Talk consultants are confidential with a few 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.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with a Wellness Center counselor, call us.