Spring Term Updates
In response to Governor Kate Brown's March 23 Executive Order ("Stay Home, Save Lives"), the University Counseling Center is adapting some of our services to adhere to physical distancing recommendations. We will be updating our website regularly with new information on changes to our operations so check back often, or call our office at 541-346-3227.
What is Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is a free and confidential service where UO students can stop by for support from a mental health professional in locations across campus. Let’s Talk counselors can provide help with problem-solving, as well as provide support, insight, and information about additional resources.
Please note: This service is not a substitute for more intensive individual or group counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment.
Let’s Talk Schedule
|Monday||Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE)||Oregon Hall 131||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Jingqing Liu, Ph.D.
International Student Specialist
|Tuesday||EMU Alsea||EMU 112||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Eric Garcia, Ph.D.
Latinx/Undocumented Student Specialist
|Wednesday||Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE)||Oregon Hall 131||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Michael Carrizales, Psy.D.
Latinx/Undocumented and Jewish Student Specialist
|Wednesday||Black Cultural Center||BCC||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Nikki Chery, Ph.D.
Black and African-American Student Specialist
|Thursday||EMU Alsea||EMU 112||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Dana Santiago (even weeks) & Alejandro Cervantes (odd weeks)
|Friday||Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE)||Oregon Hall 131||2:00–4:00 p.m.||Chris Smith, Psy.D.
Director of Behavioral Health Services for Student Athletes
Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who:
- Have a specific concern and would like someone with whom to talk it out
- Would like on-the-spot support rather than ongoing counseling
- Are not interested in ongoing counseling, but would like the perspective of a mental health professional
- Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a therapist
- Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like some ideas about what to do
How does Let’s Talk work?
Let’s Talk offers brief informal support on a drop-in basis, so there is no scheduled appointment necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis at the Let’s Talk locations across campus. Let’s Talk is different than ongoing counseling, which typically consists of weekly or bi-weekly appointments. Instead, Let’s Talk appointments are brief (usually between 15-45 minutes) and is meant to be used as an as-needed basis.
Note: If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide and/or harming others, you can call the UCC at 541-346-3227. After-hours phone support is available when the UCC is closed by calling the same phone number. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Let’s Talk different from counseling at the UCC?
Let’s Talk is not formal counseling, it is a drop-in service where students can have informal consultation with a therapist from time to time as needed.
- Let’s Talk is a brief consultation.
- Traditional clinical records are not kept for Let’s Talk consultations. In an optional post evaluation, students are asked to provide general demographic information and information about what brings them to Let’s Talk, which allows us to understand the student populations we are serving and improve our services further.
- Let’s Talk takes place outside of the UCC.
Would going to Let’s Talk help me figure out what to do about an issue I have?
- Yes. The Let’s Talk counselor will talk though your concern with you and help you determine the best way to move forward. Students often utilize Let’s Talk as a space to get perspective on a particular issue and for help with problem-solving.
What do people usually bring up in Let’s Talk?
- Students come in with a variety of concerns and none are off limits. The most common include stress, worry, relationship concerns, academic performance, and help with decision-making.
I am currently seeing a therapist at the UCC and I would like to come in sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?
- Let’s Talk is not meant for students who would like to be seen sooner than their next appointment at the UCC. If you’d like to meet with your therapist sooner than your next appointment, it’s best to contact your therapist directly or call the UCC main phone number at 541-346-3227.