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Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is an informal, drop-in consultation service that allows Trinity students to speak with a staff member of the Counseling Center at various places around campus with no appointment needed. Let’s Talk is free and confidential and although there is no set time-limit, meetings generally last 15-20 minutes.

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for therapy, but rather provides students the opportunity to problem-solve, gain insight into a dilemma, and learn about resources available to  them on campus. 

 
 
 

Reasons students may utilize Let’s Talk include, but are not limited to:
Academic concerns
Relationship/family concerns
Anxiety and stress
To learn more about the counseling center
Concerns about a friend
Problem-solving
Culture shock

Please feel free to contact Kelly Copeland, Psy.D.  at the counseling center with any questions (860-297-2419; Kelly.copeland@trincoll.edu)

Fall 2017 Schedule
                         
Tuesdays: 12:15pm – 1:15pm - Mather Hall – Bishop’s Lounge   
Wednesdays: 11:00am – 12:00pm - Vernon Social Conference Room
Fridays: 11:00am – 12:00pm - Vernon Social Conference Room

Special International Student Let's Talk Session: Tuesday, November 7,  12-1:30 pm - Library Rooms 311 and 313

*Let’s Talk will not be available: November 22nd - 24th & December 18th - January 8th 
*On 11/15, 11/17, 12/6, and 12/8, Let’s Talk will be held in a different location (TBD)

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Let’s Talk different from therapy?
Although Let’s Talk entails meeting with a staff member from the Trinity Counseling Center, it is not a substitute for therapy. Let’s Talk allows students to meet informally with a counselor about a specific concern or to get a sense of what it is like to talk to a counselor. Let’s Talk visits are brief and are not on-going. Therapy, on the other hand, often entails on-going meetings with a therapist to work toward mutually agreed upon goals. Your Let’s Talk counselor can help you to determine whether it might be helpful to schedule a therapy appointment. 

I currently have an appointment scheduled at the counseling center but would like to talk with someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk can be utilized by students who have not yet met with a therapist at the counseling center, but do have a future appointment scheduled. Let’s Talk can be a great resource for students to get questions answered they might have about counseling before having their first appointment at the counseling center.
If you feel like you need to be seen sooner at the counseling center, you can call and request that your appointment be moved to a sooner date. The counseling center staff will do their best to accommodate such requests.

I am currently seeing a therapist at the counseling center, but do not feel like things are going well with my therapist. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?
If you are unhappy with the way things are going with your current therapist, we recommend that you talk to your therapist about your concerns directly. It is not uncommon to feel this way and students often find it beneficial to discuss this with their therapist. If you do not wish to talk with your therapist about these concerns, you can speak with the office manager, Kristina Cavalieri, and request to set up an appointment with a different therapist. 

Let’s Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
What is disclosed during a Let’s Talk visit cannot be disclosed to a third party unless the student provides written permission; however, there are a few, rare exceptions to confidentiality. Counselors may need to share information if there is a report that an individual is in imminent danger of harming him/herself or others. Additionally, Let’s Talk counselors are required to report instances of child and elder abuse. If you have further questions about confidentiality, please ask your Let’s Talk counselor!

Can I use Let’s Talk if I am dealing with an urgent or crisis situation?
If a student is experiencing a crisis situation, we recommend that the student contact or walk to the counseling center. Staff members at the counseling center will make themselves available to meet with any student who needs to be seen quickly. If a student is experiencing an emergency, we recommend that the student call 911 or Campus Safety (860-297-2222) to receive immediate assistance.

Can I utilize Let’s Talk more than one time?
Yes, there is no limit to how many times a student can utilize Let’s Talk. 

This program was adapted from the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University. We would like to acknowledge and thank our colleagues at Cornell for their knowledge and support.

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