Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Student Counseling Services (SCS) during the fall and spring semesters. Counselors hold walk-in hours at Student Counseling Services in the lower level of Davis Hall throughout the week from 3:00pm-4:30pm.
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).
Let's Talk: Frequently Asked Questions
Let's Talk is held in the Student Counseling Services office (in the lower level of Davis Hall) Monday-Thursday from 3:00pm - 4:30pm.
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.
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.
No. Let's Talk is one-on-one informal counseling where you will sit with a clinician and talk about what is going on, as needed. This is first come, first served, so you may wait for another student to finish their consultation before being seen -- but you will be alone with the counselor.
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.
Other things to know about Let's Talk
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 is NOT for students who are in crisis (thoughts of hurting themselves, others, or experiencing hallucinations of any type). If this sounds like what you are going through, we highly reccomend that you stop by our office Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. so we can best help you. Outside of these hours, please visit our Emergency Contacts page for multiple resources to access.