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Let's Talk Program


Let's Talk is a drop-in service that offers FREE, informal, confidential consultation with a UCAPS counselor. Counselors hold walk-in hours at various on-campus locations Monday through Friday during the academic year.

There are Let's Talk hours every weekday at both the Lincoln Park campus and Loop campus. There is no need to make an appointments, meetings are first-come, first-served. 

Stop by to speak with a counselor about concerns, get help problem-solving, and learn more about counseling services through UCAPS and other resources available to you at DePaul. 

Check the campus listings below for the locations and times of this quarter's Let's Talk program.​​

LOCATION: Richardson Library, Room 205

DAY/TIME: Tuesdays from 1 pm to 4pm

STARTS: April 30, 2024

LOCATION: DePaul Center, Room 9300 (ISSS Office)

DAY/TIME: Thursdays from 2 pm to 4pm

STARTS: May 2, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Let’s Talk?

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal consultations with counselors from DePaul University Counseling and Psychological Services (UCAPS). It is not necessary to schedule an appointment, and there is no fee.

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

This service is open to all DePaul University undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Let's Talk is the best fit for the following people:

• Students who have never been in counseling before, are not sure if it’s right for them 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 to talk it through with someone

• Students who are interested in learning more about what campus resources are available to them and how to access them

Who shouldn't visit Let’s Talk?

• Students with an immediate or urgent concern

• Students who already know they want regular counseling

• Students who don’t want to wait for their next appointment at UCAPS (these students should contact UCAPS instead to seek an earlier time)

• Students seeking specialized services, such as psychiatry

What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?

Let's Talk visits are typically 20-25 minutes, and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Sometimes there is a wait, and occasionally when it’s very busy, the counselor might not have enough time to see everyone. However, there are Let’s Talk hours every day, Monday through Friday, during the semester, so you can try again the next day. During your session, the counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

How is Let’s Talk different from counseling at UCAPS?

Students who access counseling through UCAPS schedule appointments to meet with a counselor, and sometimes participate in ongoing counseling through scheduled weekly or bi-weekly appointments.

In contrast, Let's Talk is not formal counseling and is not intended to be a substitute for mental health treatment. Rather, it is a convenient drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor.

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don't know anything about counseling. Would going to Let’s Talk help me figure out what to do?

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

I scheduled a UCAPS appointment for a week from now. Can I stop by Let’s Talk in the meantime?

If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it's best to call UCAPS directly (773-325-2273) and explain your situation.

I called UCAPS and spoke with a counselor. They recommended a referral to a therapist off campus. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?

Since regular counseling visits are not available at Let's Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, UCAPS cannot always provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

I'm currently seeing a counselor at UCAPS, and I would like to talk with someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact UCAPS (773-325-2273) to see if they can see you sooner.

I'm currently seeing a counselor at UCAPS, 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. Oftentimes 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 ask your counselor directly, either in person or by email.

What else do I need to know?

Although Let's Talk counselors are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk counselors 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 counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at UCAPS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment



If you have questions, please contact Nancy Easton, PsyD​, Assistant Director for Community Based Services, at 773-325-2273 or neaston1@depaul.edu​.​