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Drop-In Counseling/Let’s Talk

What is/Isn't Let's Talk?

  • It is easy access to informal, confidential or even anonymous consultations with HCC counselors at different places on campus.
  • It can help provide direction toward solutions and resources to help navigate difficult situations that can pop up.
  • It is free and staffed weekly at specific sites on campus, with regular walk-in hours
  • It is NOT a substitute for counseling, but counselors can help you get connected with appropriate resources to help

When and where is Let's Talk?

Alex McDermott, PsyD Learning Effectiveness Program Office Tuesday 12PM-1PM
Clare Jinzhao Zhao, MA International House Wednesday 11AM-12PM
Anand Desai, PsyD Driscoll North (Next to Pioneer ID Office Thursday 10AM-11AM

Who should visit Let's Talk?

No one will be turned away from Let's Talk but it is best utilized by:

  1. those who are not sure about formal counseling and wonder what it might be like to talk with a counselor
  2. those who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  3. those who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through
  4. students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.


If I go to Let's Talk, won't everyone find out?

  • No. Let's Talk meetings are confidential.
  • Let's Talk meeting can even be anonymous.
  • If safety is an issue (yours or someone else's), there may be a need to inform other professionals.

What if someone feels suicidal or wants to hurt him/herself? Should he or she go to Let's Talk?

  • If you are feeling unsafe, find a good friend or a family member you trust.
  • Call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 and ask to speak to the counselor on call.
  • Call 911.
  • Go directly to the Health and Counseling Center (3rd Floor North Ritchie Center) during our normal hours, where you can get immediate help.
  • Go to a Let's Talk location, and the counselor can help you decide what will be best for you.

What if someone expresses a desire to hurt other individuals? Is Let's Talk appropriate for them?

  • Call Campus Safety at 303-871-3000.
  • Call 911 in the case of imminent danger.
  • A Let's Talk counselor can help you assess these situations.
  • The Health and Counseling Center can also be used as a resource in these instances.

What is the time limit on Let's Talk meetings?

The length of the meeting is determined by a couple of things:

  • If anyone else is waiting
  • The amount of time you need

If you need a lot of time or have many things to talk about, it may be helpful for you to consider scheduling a meeting with a counselor at the Health and Counseling Center.

Can faculty and staff or parents of DU students utilize Let's Talk services?

  • Let's Talk services are primarily for University students
  • We will not turn anyone away from a Let's Talk meeting.
  • If a faculty or staff member or a parent had concerns about a student, Let's Talk would be a great starting place to find some help and resources.

What if appointments at HCC are booked for weeks out? Can I use Let's Talk instead?

  • Let's Talk is not meant to take the place of counseling.
  • If you need immediate assistance with a problem or feel you are in crisis, you can always call the Health and Counseling Center at 303-871-2205.

I am concerned about my friend. Can I bring my friend to Let's Talk?

  • A Let's Talk counselor will be able to talk to you with your friend, or talk to your friend alone.

For questions, please contact the Health & Counseling Center at 303-871-2205..