What We Do

Let's Talk

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What is it?

Let's Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with University of South Florida Counseling Center counselor, Dr. Hege Riise. Let's Talk is held every Tuesday at 11am until 12pm for the Fall 2021 semester, beginning on September 7, 2021. You will not need to pre-register for Let's Talk, but you will be required to use your USF email account to join the MS Teams meeting. Students are encouraged to drop in to speak with a counselor about concerns, get help problem-solving and learn more about counseling services and other resources available to them at USF.

Let's Talk is available on the Tampa campus.  For information on services provided on other campuses, contact the St. Petersburg Wellness Center or the Sarasota-Manatee Counseling and Wellness Center.

How is Let's Talk different from counseling?

  • It is a brief consultation (approximately 15 minutes).
  • There is no paperwork to complete.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • It is free.

What happens in a Let's Talk session?
The Let's Talk consultant will carefully listen to your concern, will mostly likely ask you some brief questions, and will work to understand your goal for coming to Let's Talk. Once your problem and goal are clear, depending upon your needs, the consultant will offer you suggestions for addressing the concern. You are welcome to return to Let's Talk at another time, but this decision is up to you.

Who should visit Let's Talk?
Let's Talk is open to all current USF students; however, Let's Talk is best suited for the following people:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it is like to talk with a counselor

  • Students who are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor

  • Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom they could talk

  • Students who have a concern about a friend and would like some perspective on what to do

Limits to Confidentiality
Conversations with Let's Talk Consultants are confidential, with a few rare exceptions. Consultants may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or to others. Consultants are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. We don't want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let's Talk consultant.

If you would like to speak with a counselor, call us (813) 974-2831. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact 9-1-1, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8225, or an emergency mental health service in your local community.