Let's Talk

Have problems and need solutions?  Need to talk? Come chat with us at Let's Talk!

Let's Talk is a free and confidential service available to BGSU students. Students can meet for a brief, informal, 15 minute consultation with BGSU Counseling Center staff that do not take the place of therapy. Let's Talk consultations are not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies. During this consultation, BGSU clinicians will listen to your concerns, offer support, information and resources. 

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions and introduce you to what it’s like to speak with a member of our staff. Please refer to our FAQs below for more details.

All students participating in Let's Talk will need to review the informed consent.  To review the informed consent click here.

Let's Talk is open to current BGSU students.  For information on dates, times, and locations please visit the Events Calendar at the bottom of our homepage.

Let's Talk Frequently Asked Questions

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from the BGSU Counseling Center. Counselors hold consultation hours at multiple sites around campus, Monday through Friday. There is no appointment or fee necessary.  

Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources.

Counselors at the BGSU Counseling Center provide a variety of services including brief individual therapy, process groups, drop-in groups, specialized groups, case management, alcohol and other drug services, peer amabassador services, consultation and outreach. Let's Talk is not formal counseling -- it is a drop in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time. 

This service is open to all BGSU undergraduate, graduate and professional studentsLet's Talk is the best fit for the following people:

  1. Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a counselor;
  2. Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  3. Students 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.

Absolutely! The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help and help you get connected with that resource.

Yes, unless you are in high distress or experiencing a mental health emergency then please contact the Counseling Center.  You can meet with us at a Let's Talk sooner for an informal chat. 

Since regular counseling visits are not available at Let's Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, the BGSU Counseling Center cannot always provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it. Our goal is to help get students connected to the best resources to meet their mental health needs.

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact your counselor directly to see if they can see you sooner.

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.

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 services at the BGSU Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.

Conversations with Let's Talk counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, animal or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. Let's Talk counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to the BGSU Counseling Center, other Counseling Center staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order. Let's Talk visits are never noted on a student's official university record.

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 counselor.

If you have any more questions, please contact Phil Hughes (Assistant Director of Outreach) at 419-372-2081.

Come back soon for Let's Talk times and sites for Fall 2024!

Let's Talk will occur each day of the week during the spring semester.  To see the specific dates and times for the locations below, visit the Events Calendar at the bottom of our homepage.

Updated: 04/26/2024 09:08AM