What is “Let’s Talk”?
“Let's Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with therapists from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS therapists hold walk-in hours at various locations around campus during the week. There is no appointment or fee necessary.
What happens during a visit to “Let's Talk”? Where/when does it occur?
Therapists are available on a first-come, first-served basis; usually, there is not much of a wait. The therapist will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for additional resources that may help you address your concerns. Let’s Talk is open to students, staff, and faculty. Let’s Talk hours and locations.
How is “Let's Talk” different from counseling?
Therapists at CAPS provide a wide range of services that can be helpful to students. One service is short-term counseling that requires a commitment to meeting for a few face-to-face appointments that typically last between 45-50 minutes at the CAPS office. “Let's Talk” is not formal counseling. It is a drop-in service located at various sites across campus where you will receive an informal consultation to address concerns you may have in the moment.
“Let's Talk” may be beneficial to:
- Students who are not interested in short-term counseling but would like the perspective from a consultation with a professional.
- Students who have a specific problem and would like to briefly discuss the issue.
- Students who have a concern about a friend and want some guidance and support about how to address the issue.
- Faculty or staff who want to consult with a professional about an individual of concern.
Would going to “Let's Talk” help me figure out what to do about an issue of concern?
Absolutely. The therapist will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.
I called CAPS and spoke with a therapist. He recommended a referral to a therapist in Houston. Can I go to “Let's Talk” instead?
Since regular counseling visits are not available at “Let's Talk”, following up with the referral is a good idea.
I'm currently seeing a therapist at CAPS, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to “Let's Talk”?
It's best to first contact your therapist directly to see if he or she can see you sooner because it is important to remain consistent with the current treatment established between you and your therapist. However, here’s what to do if you are in crisis.
I'm currently seeing a therapist at CAPS, and I am 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 therapist. They are eager to receive your feedback and having a dialogue may allow the therapist an opportunity to address your concern. If you are uncomfortable talking to your therapist or have already discussed your concerns and still prefer to transfer, please contact us at 713.743.5454 for further assistance.
Is “Let's Talk” confidential?
“Let's Talk” meetings are informal confidential consultations. However, Texas law may require the therapist to disclose some or all of the information under certain limited circumstances. If you have concerns about disclosure, ask the CAPS therapist for a more complete explanation of disclosure requirements.
CAPS is pleased to announce that Let’s Talk will resume on August 19, 2019, and run through Finals week of fall and spring semester (except for the Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks). Our hours and locations are listed below:
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Athletics Alumni Building/Academic Center for Excellence, second floor, rm. #2106E
Directions: 3204 Cullen, Houston, 77004, Bldg #573 on Campus Map located just south of the baseball field (southwest corner of Cullen Blvd, and Elgin), across Cullen from the Moores School of Music.
Enter the main entrance and go up to the second floor. The Academic Center is at the top of the stairs to the right. Let's Talk is located in Rm. #2106E.
3 – 5 pm
Campus Recreation and Wellness Center/Wellness Classroom
9 – 11 am
Student Center/Museum District room #211
10 am – 12 pm
Student Health Center room #2108
11 am – 1 pm
MD Anderson Library/Brown Wing, second floor, room #264-D
Directions: located on the second floor in the Brown Wing, in the faculty study carrel suite. From the main entrance to the library, go to the second floor and continue to the Brown Wing. Turn right inside the Brown Wing and go to the back. The study carrel suite is just past the blue sign for the Lactation Room. Let's Talk is located in the second carrel on the left.