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Mental Health Services


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

Day Location Room Time Counselor
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)
Doctoral Intern
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
Intercollegiate Athletics

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 Counseling Services at 541-346-3227. After-hours phone support is available when Counseling Services 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.

Let's (Tele)Talk Disclosure Statement

Please review this information before your Let’s (Tele)Talk meeting.

Let’s (Tele)Talk is an informal consultation service, but is not psychotherapy or mental health treatment. Let’s (Tele)Talk does not collect or maintain formal clinical documentation. Let’s (Tele)Talk collects limited demographic information from meetings with students. This is for the purpose of tracking our delivery of service.

Information shared with University Counseling Services staff is considered confidential, consistent with the parameters of state and federal laws as UO employees. If we believe you are a danger to yourself or others, we may not keep this conversation confidential. Other situations where we may share information with others include, child or elderly abuse, and legal requests for information. Please let us know if you have questions about confidentiality. You can also review information about confidentiality here. We’re here to help!


Frequently Asked Questions

How is Let’s Talk different from therapy at Counseling Services?

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 University Health Services building.

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 Counseling Services 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 Counseling Services. 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 Counseling Services main phone number at 541-346-3227.