Let's Talk

Let’s Talk gives students the opportunity to talk one-on-one with a counselor and seek professional advice without having to sign up for counseling.

Let’s Talk meetings are…

  • Free for currently enrolled GVSU students
  • Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)
  • Available both virtually and in-person
  • Typically, about 20-25 minutes in length
  • Not a substitute for formal counseling
  • Not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies. If you are in crisis, please refer to our emergency services

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak with a member of our staff. Please refer to our FAQs below for more details.

Let’s Talk is the best fit for students who

  • Aren’t sure about counseling or wondering what it’s like to talk to a counselor
  • Aren’t interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  • Would like to talk through a specific problem with someone
  • May not need formal counseling, but could benefit from one-on-one professional support

Please note that we have both general Let’s Talk times open to everyone and some times tailored for specific groups. The counselors have expertise and competency in working with underrepresented students on campus. All counselors work with students who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, and stress.

Let's Talk FAQs

Let’s Talk offers students free, easy access to talk individually with professional counselors from the University Counseling Center. No appointment is necessary, though students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Let’s Talk visits are typically 20-25 minutes and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait time if the counselor is seeing another student. During your meeting, the counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, problem solving, and suggestions for resources.

Counselors provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of bi-monthly 45-50 minute appointments. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service where students can meet with a counselor for about 20-25 minutes and get the help they are seeking in just one or two visits.

Absolutely. The Let’s Talk counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help.

Let's Talk time is open to all GVSU students, while Let's Talk: Black Mental Health is intended for Black and African-American students to have the opportunity to talk with a Black counselor.

Because regular counseling visits are not available at Let’s Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, the University Counseling Center cannot always provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact the UCC directly (616-331-3266) to see if they can see you sooner.

No. Let’s Talk is not a crisis service and should not be utilized as one. In the event you or a friend is in immediate crisis or danger, please contact GVPD at (616) 331-3255 or got to your local emergency room. The Ottawa County 24-hour Helpline is 1-866-512-4357 and the Kent County 24-hour Access Line is (616) 336-3909.

The best thing to do in this situation is to express your concerns directly to your counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Often times an open conversation about your concerns can resolve any issues.

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 meet briefly with students to help them with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. Your Let’s Talk counselor consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful to you and, if appropriate, connect you with the UCC.

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are private and confidential, with a few exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency, such as when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or others. Counselors are also required by law to report when a minor or vulnerable adults is being abuse. 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. Remember that Let’s Talk is not to be substituted for psychotherapy or crisis counseling. Let’s Talk visits are conversations and no record of your visit will be documented in any university or health record except in these rare emergency situations.

Information may be collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of the students we serve and those we need to continue serving.


Let’s Talk, open to all students

Let's Talk

Date

Time

Location

Virtual

September 6

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

September 20

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

October 4

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

November 1

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

November 15

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

November 29

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

December 13

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

Maha Baalbaki

Tuesdays, with Maha Baalbaki


Let's Talk: Black Mental Health, intended for Black and African American students

let's talk black mental health

Date

Time

Location

 

August 29

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

September 12

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

September 26

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

October 10

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

November 7

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

November 21

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

December 5

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Kirkhof 1140

Join Virtually

Chris Pierrant

Mondays, with Chris Pierrant


This Let’s Talk program is modeled by the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been duplicated from Cornell University. We would like to thank Cornell University CAPS for sharing their idea and helping us launch this Let's Talk on our campus.



Page last modified October 13, 2022