Let's Talk Program

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 at 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 ongoing face-to-face counseling 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. It also provides a great opportunity to get a feel for what counseling is like, which may sometimes lead students to pursue on-going services at CAPS.

 “Let's Talk” may be beneficial to:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling but would like the perspective from a consultation with a professional.
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling 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. If you desire more time with a clinician, you can walk-in to CAPS to be seen for on-going appointments.

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 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 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” 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.


2017-2018 Locations and Hours

Let’s Talk is only offered weekly during the fall and spring semesters. It is not available during semester breaks, holidays, or summer semester.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Let's Talk will resume on Tuesday, September, 5, 2017 at the following locations and times:

Monday
UH Athletics Academics Offices
(Rm. #2108-C)
12:30pm – 2:30pm
Tuesday
UH Department of Campus Recreation
(Wellness Classroom)
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday
UH Student Center South
(Museum District Room/Rm. 211, on the second floor near the Ballroom)
9:00am – 11:00am
Thursday
UH Health Center
(Behind Student Service Center 1)
10:00am – 12:00pm