Confidential • Consultation • Cost Free
Let's Talk provides easy access to informal confidential and anonymous consultations with counselors from the Student Health and Counseling Center. No appointment necessary.
Available Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Kremen Education Building, Room 334 and Industrial Technology, Room 242.
Let's Talk is NOT available over the summer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at a visit to "Let's Talk?"
Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The Licensed Mental Health Counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
How is "Let's Talk" different from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)?
Counselors at CAPS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments. "Let's Talk" is not formal counseling: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation from time to time.
Who should visit "Let's Talk?"
This service is open to all Fresno State undergraduate and graduate students. "Let's Talk" is the best fit for the following people:
- Students who are not sure about counseling 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 someone with whom to talk it through
- Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do
I don't know anything about counseling. Would going to "Let's Talk" help me figure out what to do?
Absolutely. The 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's sometimes possible to meet with him or her at CAPS in an ongoing way.
I was offered a counseling appointment a few days 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 CAPS directly and explain your situation.
I'm currently seeing a counselor at CAPS and would like to talk to 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 your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.
What else do I need to know?
Although "Let's Talk" counselors are professionally trained, "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 consultation 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 CAPS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.
"Let's Talk" visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
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, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. "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.