What is Let's Talk?
Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Student Counseling Services (SCS). Counselors hold walk-in hours at 4 sites around campus Tuesday through Friday. There is no appointment or fee necessary. 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. Let's Talk is NOT for students who are in crisis (thoughts of hurting themselves, others, or experiencing hallucinations of any type).
Where can I find the Let's Talk counselors?
Counselors hold walk-in hours at multiple sites around campus throughout the week -
- Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC): Tuesdays 3-5 p.m. (in the Personal Trainer/Fitness area)
- Center for Diversity and Inclusion: Wednesdays 3-5 p.m. (Small rooms in the back)
- McConnell Library: Thursdays 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Bird Room)
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.
Who should visit Let's Talk?
This service is open to enrolled Radford University undergraduate and graduate and professional 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 concern(s) with you and help you determine the best way to get help.
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 SCS 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 their 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 Student Counseling Services, may see these notes. Let's Talk visits are not 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.