Let’s Talk

Talking can help.
Whether it’s stress, sadness, relationship or academic problems, sharing your concerns with another person can make a positive difference. “Let’s Talk” is a program that provides brief, informal consultations for UWM students with counselors from University Counseling Services (UCS).

Let’s Talk remains “informal” in that it is not therapy, does not require setting up additional services, and there is no need to fill out any “doctor’s office” paperwork prior to the consultation. Consultations remain confidential and are limited to about 20 minutes in length. The counselor’s role will remain to listen to your concerns and provide support and recommendations for resources and next steps, if needed. No topic is off limits. Common concerns include stress, worry, academic concerns, sadness, relationships, family problems and adjustment to COVID-19 changes.

Due to campus wide changes connected to COVID-19, all consultations are virtually facilitated utilizing Microsoft Teams or phone. To schedule a virtual Let’s Talk consultation please contact UCS at (414) 229-4133.

These consultations are offered free of charge for UWM Students. Take advantage of them!

 

FAQs

Counselors at Norris provide ongoing therapy which usually consists of regularly scheduled 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 consultant to deal with a specific concern and to introduce them to what it is like to speak with a counselor. Your “Let’s Talk” counselor consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling at Norris would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

Let’s Talk is open to all UWM undergraduate and graduate 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 the 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 ideas about what to do.

Although Let’s Talk consultants are professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants 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 consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful to you and, if appropriate, assist you in getting connected to appropriate services.

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselor consultants are confidential. However, one exception is that counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern.

The Let’s Talk consultants may take brief written notes of their contacts with students in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to Norris. In these situations, other Norris counseling staff may see these notes. Anonymous information is also collected about attendance so that we can keep track of the students we are serving.

Let’s Talk visits are never reported 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 consultant.

Contact Dr. JoAnne Graham at joanneg@uwm.edu, or Jason Katte at katte@uwm.edu.

The Let’s Talk Program at UWM is based upon the Let’s Talk Program developed at Cornell University. With permission, material for this website has been adapted or reproduced from the Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Let’s Talk websites. We would like to thank Wai-Kwong Wong at Cornell and Amanda Ngola at UW-Madison for their consultation and willingness to share resources, which helped us to initiate this program on our campus.