Let's Talk

W103B Thompson Hall | Wednesday 1-5pm & Thursday 8:30 am - Noon

The Let’s Talk program at Fredonia is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Garnett’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material on this website has been adapated from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website.

"Let's Talk" is a drop-in service that offers informal, no-commitment consultation with a Fredonia counselor.

 

You can stop by the Let’s Talk office (W103B) in the Intercultural Center (first floor – Thompson Hall) on Wednesdays 1-5 or Thursdays 8:30-12 to speak with a counselor about concerns, get help problem-solving, and learn more about counseling services at the Fredonia Counseling Center and other resources available to you at Fredonia.

 

Let's Talk consultations are:

  • FREE for Fredonia students
  • Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)
  • Confidential
  • Informal (not intended to be a substitute for traditional counseling) - your Let's Talk counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment

Let’s Talk: Frequent Asked Questions

 

What is Let’s Talk?

 

Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with a counselor from the Fredonia Counseling Center. A counselor holds walk-in hours and there is no appointment or fee necessary.

 

What happens at a Let’s Talk visit?

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.

How is Let’s Talk different from counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center?

Counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center provide a higher level of individualized care and treatment goals are set. 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 Fredonia 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 a 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 issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it’s sometimes possible to meet with them at the Fredonia Counseling Center in an ongoing way.

I am faculty/staff at Fredonia and have a concern about a Fredonia student. Can I come to Let’s Talk?

Yes. The counselor will help you with your immediate concerns and provide suggestions on how to help the student of concern. You may also consider contacting Associate VP for Enrollment and Student Services Monica White as she heads the Concern and Action for Students Team (CAST) – 716.673.3271.  You can also reach Monica by email at  monica.white@fredonia.edu or ESS@fredonia.edu.

Is Let’s Talk available to all students or just those associated with the Intercultural Center in Thompson Hall?

The site is open to all students. All students are welcome!

I met with a counselor at the Fredonia Counseling Center and then I was offered 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 give, it is best to call the Fredonia Counseling Center directly (or stop by the office in LoGrasso) and explain your situation.

I am currently seeing a counselor at the Fredonia Counseling Center, 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 with 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 or tell the front desk personnel, either in person or by phone.

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 the Fredonia Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.