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Let's Talk

"Let's Talk" is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from CAPS. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus. 

Speaking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

Learn more about Let's Talk and the difference between "Let's Talk" and (traditional) counseling before coming to one of our campus locations by reviewing FAQ below.

These consultations are offered for you: take advantage of them!
Let's Talk consultations are:

  • free
  • confidential
  • no appointment necessary

Hours & Locations To be determined-spring 2018

Times and locations may occasionally change each semester. This page is the best place to find the most up-to-date information. Bookmark it!
TBD: SPRING 2018 semester hours.

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Please consider contacting us by phone (817-272-3671) for a consultation during business hours if you need to talk with someone when "Let's Talk" is not available.

If you are experiencing a crisis, you can also call MAVS Talk 24 Hour Crisis Line 817-272-TALK (8255) or UT Arlington Police: 817-272-3003. Emergency Procedures

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is "Let's Talk"?

"Let's Talk" is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours at sites around campus. There is no appointment or fee necessary.

What happens at a visit to "Let's Talk?"

Consultations 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. Services are for currently enrolled UTA students or staff/faculty concerned about a currently enrolled UTA student, and counselors will ask for valid UTA identification.

How is "Let's Talk" different from UTA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)?

Counselors at CAPS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments. "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.

Who should visit "Let's Talk?"

This service is open to all currently enrolled UTA undergraduate and graduate students. "Let's Talk" is the best fit for the following people:

  1. students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor
  2. students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  3. students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  4. 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 issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.

I am a staff/faculty member at UTA with a concern about a UTA student. Can I come to "Let's Talk"?

Yes. The counselor will help you with your immediate concerns and assist you with referrals should the issue need ongoing support.

The most convenient site for me to visit is Pickard Hall, but I'm not a nursing student. Can I go there?

Certainly. All sites are open to all students.

I called CAPS and spoke with a counselor. She offered me an appointment 10 business days from now. Can I stop by "Let's Talk" in the meantime?

If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it's best to call CAPS directly and explain your situation.

I called CAPS and spoke with a counselor. He recommended a referral to a therapist in the Arlington/DFW community. 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 counselor at CAPS, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to "Let's Talk"?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.

I'm currently seeing a counselor at CAPS, and I'm 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 counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Often, an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counselor directly.

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 CAPS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

I am needing documentation for a disability, testing, or diagnosis. Can I attend Let’s Talk for this documentation?

Let’s Talk is unable to provide any documentation for academic or mental health purposes. It is best that you contact CAPS directly for any documentation related to disability, testing, or diagnosis. This would also include documentation for academic concerns.

I need paperwork or attendance verification for school, conduct referral, or BIT referral. Can I get this from attending Let's Talk?

Let’s Talk is unable to provide any attendance documentation for academic purposes, conduct referrals, or BIT referrals. It is best that you contact CAPS directly for any documentation related to these requirements.

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 his/her 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 CAPS, other CAPS staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order. Let's Talk visits are never 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.

*adapted from Cornell Gannett Let's Talk