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Let's Talk Consultations

Let's Talk

The University of Dayton Counseling Center offers Let's Talk, a service that offers brief and informal consultations with a mental health provider. Let's Talk sessions are conducted in person at specified locations. 

Let's Talk was developed by Cornell University as a method of increasing student access to mental health care. Our hope is UD students will utilize Let's Talk consultations to gain strategies to manage short term challenges, make a connection with the Counseling Center, and better understand what it is like to talk to a therapist.  

If you are interested in signing up for a session, please read the FAQs and click the sign-up at the end of this page. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal consultations with clinicians from the University of Dayton Counseling Center. Scheduling can be done online and there is no fee.

This service is open to all University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate students. Let's Talk is the best fit for the following people:
  • students who are not sure about therapy and wonder what it's like to talk with a clinician 
  • students who are not interested in ongoing therapy but would like the perspective of a clinician 
  • 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 ideas about how to handle the situation. 

When you meet with the clinician, they will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, problem solving and suggestions for resources.


Students who access therapy through UDCC begin with an intake meeting and are then recommended for a group and/or connected to a therapist. Therapy meetings generally occur once or twice a month,

In contrast, Let's Talk is not formal therapy and is not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment; it is a convenient consultation service where students can have a conversation with a clinician.   

Absolutely. The Let's Talk clinician will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the clinician, it is sometimes possible to meet with them at UDCC in an ongoing way.

Conversations with Let's Talk clinicians are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Clinicians may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Mental health professionals are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on their own behalf is being abused. Let's Talk clinicians keep brief written notes of their contacts with students. 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 call UDCC at 937-229-3141.

Since regular therapy visits are not available through Let's Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. 

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact the UDCC (1-937-229- 3141) to see if you can be seen sooner.

Sometimes a therapist is not a good fit. You can simply call 1-937-229-3141 and request to switch therapists.

Let’s Talk is meant to be a single session consultation and not ongoing therapy. However, students can schedule more than one appointment, if needed.

Although Let's Talk clinicians are mental health professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for formal therapy and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk clinicians provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it's like to speak with a therapist. Your Let's Talk clinician can help you determine whether therapy at UDCC would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in connecting with Drop-In Hours.

Let's Talk Sign Up

Let’s Talk is an informal consultation, not a therapy session. Sessions are generally 25 minutes.  Let's Talk is not for those in crisis. If you are in crisis, please call the UD Counseling Center at 937-229-3141 or after hours, call 911 or UD Public Safety at 937-229-2121. In addition, the 24 hour National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached by calling 988 and to access the National Crisis Textline you can text (HELLO or any 5 letters) to 741741. 

Note: the appointment scheduler below requires 2-factor authentication (2FA) and is only available Monday through Friday, 8am-4:30pm. New Let's Talk times are released every Monday morning. 

Request a Let's Talk appointment here.