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Counseling Center

Let's Talk

WHEN: not offered this semester

WHERE: not offered this semester

WHO: Counselors from the Counseling and Personal Development Center

Introducing a brand new opportunity for students. Confidential consultation and support for students on a variety of issues.

Need help or advice? Drop by for an informal conversation with one of our staff members. Come chat about academics, anxiety, alcohol and other drugs, relationships, stress, family issues, and anything else.

No paperwork, no fees, no appointment necessary.

For more information, call (914) 773-3710

Let's Talk Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Let’s Talk?”
Let’s Talk is a drop-in program where students can stop by for a brief, confidential conversation with a counselor to receive consultation, support, referrals, and advice. Counselors from the Counseling Center 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.

How do I make an appointment for a Let’s Talk visit?
Just walk in! Let’s Talk consultations do not require an appointment; you can drop in during any scheduled Let’s Talk hours.

Where and when can I visit Let’s Talk?
Unfortunately due to lack of interest, we are not offereing Let's Talk this year.

How is Let’s Talk different from the Counseling Center's individual counseling?
Individual counseling through the Counseling Center is more formal counseling, which usually consists of a handful of weekly 45- to 50-minute appointments that are scheduled ahead of time. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling; it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with a counselor on a one-time basis or just a couple times.

Who should visit Let's Talk?
This service is open to all Pace University undergraduate and graduate students. Let’s Talk is the best fit for:

  • Students who have a question or concern that would benefit from a brief consultation
  • Students who are hesitant or curious about counseling and want to learn more about it
  • Students who are concerned about a friend and would like information or advice
  • Students who are not interested in therapy but would like to get a counselor’s perspective

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 concern with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you decide to try formal counseling, the Let’s Talk counselor can help you connect with a counselor at the Counseling Center who will best meet your needs. Sometimes it’s possible to be assigned to the Let’s Talk counselor for formal counseling at the Counseling Center if you prefer to meet with that particular counselor again.

I am a non-student spouse/partner of a Pace student. Can I come to Let’s Talk?
The Let’s Talk program is designed for Pace students only and is not available for non-student spouses/partners. However, you may receive couples counseling with your spouse/partner through the Counseling Center or get referrals for local resources for couples counseling through the Counseling Center.

I called the Counseling Center and spoke with a counselor. She offered me an appointment 10 business days from now. I can’t wait that long—can I go to Let’s Talk instead?
If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it’s best to call the Counseling Center directly and explain your situation. You are welcome to try Let’s Talk if you think a short consultation with a counselor could help, but remember that Let’s Talk is not set up to handle emergencies or to replace formal counseling.

I called the Counseling Center and spoke with a counselor. He recommended a referral to an off-campus counselor. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?
Since formal counseling visits are not available through Let’s Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, the Counseling Center cannot provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

I’m currently seeing a counselor at the Counseling Center, 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 at the Counseling Center directly to see if he or she can give you an earlier appointment, or contact the Counseling Center’s main office if you are having a mental health emergency and can’t reach your counselor soon enough.

I’m currently seeing a counselor at the 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 about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, you can ask your counselor directly.

I’m currently in crisis and need to talk with someone right away. Could I go to the next available Let’s Talk session?
No, Let’s Talk is not set up to help students in crisis—the Let’s Talk counselor will not have all the appropriate resources available for managing crises. You should call the Counseling Center for immediate support at (914) 773-3710 or dial 911 in an emergency. The Counseling Center has Walk In Clinic for emergencies that are held Monday through Friday from 1 to 2:30pm at the Counseling Center (Administration Building, 2nd Floor). You can also speak by phone with a live after-hours crisis counselor at night and on weekends and holidays by speaking to your Residential Life staff or calling Security at (914) 773-3400.

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 introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. Your Let’s Talk counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

Let’s Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with a few 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 mentally or physically dependent adult who is unable to act on his or her own behalf is being abused. Let’s Talk visits are not recorded on a student’s official record or within the Counseling Center. 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.

The only site available this year is in Alumni Hall but I am not a resident there. Can I go there?
Certainly. All sites are open to all students.

The above information is modified from material offered by Cornell University’s Gannett Health Services, whose counselors successfully pioneered one of the first Let’s Talk programs. We thank Cornell for providing this information.
Revised 10/11/17 MCruzTillery