Have a specific problem and would like to talk it through with someone? Wonder what it is like to talk with a counselor? Concerned about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do?
Let’s Talk is an outreach program that provides easy access to free, casual conversations with counselors from Elon Counseling Services as a drop-in resource — there is no appointment necessary!
- Alumni Field House (1st floor), Wednesdays/11:30 am-12:30 pm with Dr. Mark Eades.
- Moseley Center (1st floor, by the fireplace), Wednesdays/4:30-5:30 pm with Jeremy Bryant.
- Center for Access & Success (Mooney 302), Fridays/12:30-1:30 pm &
- Elon Law School (2nd floor, Cemala Commons),Thursdays/10:30-11:30 am with Anita Hodnett.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can participate in Let’s Talk?
All currently enrolled Elon students are welcome to use this program. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?
You can talk about whatever is important to you. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns to facilitate problem solving and provide support, perspective, guidance, and suggestions for referral resources.
Who should visit Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is a good fit for students who:
– are not sure about counseling and wonder what it is like to talk with a counselor
– want to talk through a specific problem with someone
– have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do
– are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
Let’s Talk is NOT a good fit for students:
– experiencing current thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or someone else
– with concerns for their safety
– seeking therapy
Is Let’s Talk different from clinical counseling provided by Counseling Services?
Although Let’s Talk counselors are licensed mental health professionals, Let’s Talk is not formal counseling and is not a substitute for mental health treatment — it is a brief, drop-in conversation with a counselor (typically less than 15 minutes).
“Can I visit Let’s Talk if I am having a crisis?”
No, Let’s Talk is not a clinical service. For students needing urgent crisis support (e.g., thoughts of harming self or others), a Counselor-on-Call is available by calling Campus Safety & Police at (336) 278-5555.
Are Let’s Talk visits confidential?
Conversations with “Let’s Talk” counselors are private but not considered confidential. “Let’s Talk” visits are never noted on a student’s official university record nor as a part of Counseling Services clinical records.
“I am currently seeing a counselor in Counseling Services and would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?”
Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling. If you would like to meet with your Counseling Services counselor sooner than your next appointment, it is best to contact your counselor directly or call the Counseling Services main office at (336) 278-7280.
“I am currently seeing a counselor at Counseling Services, 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, just contact Counseling Services to schedule with another counselor.