Let’s Talk Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk provides an easy access to informal consultations at different locations around campus for undergraduate and graduate UPenn students. Any student can come in without an appointment during the times specified below. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling or psychiatric care and does not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors will listen closely to your concerns and provide insight, support, help you explore solutions and suggestions for resources. No topic is off-limits but common concerns might include:

  • Stress
  • Sadness
  • Difficulty adjusting to school
  • Academic concerns
  • Concentration and attention difficulty
  • Family & financial problems
  • Relationship concerns

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

Any student could benefit from the Let’s Talk consultation, but it’s best fit for students who:

● Are not sure about seeking counseling or wonder what’s like to talk to a counselor;

● Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through;

● Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like to have ideas about what to do; or

● Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like to have the perspective of a counselor.

How is Let’s Talk different from the services at CAPS?

Let’s Talk is an informal 15-20 minute drop-in service where students can have a brief informal consultation with a counselor from time to time. Counselors at CAPS provide an ongoing individual or group counseling, which is usually a weekly or bi-weekly, 45-50-minute appointment. Let’s Talk takes place outside of the University Counseling Center (CAPS) where it is accessible and convenient to students.

What happens in a Let’s Talk session?

The Let’s Talk counselor will carefully listen to your concerns and will most likely ask you some brief questions to understand your goal for coming to Let’s Talk. Once your problems and goals are clear, depending upon your needs, the counselor 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, no follow up appointment is necessary.

In addition, if your let’s talk counselor assesses that you could benefit from a higher level of care, the Let’s Talk counselor will put every effort to help you identify appropriate resources at the university or surrounding communities.

Let’s Talk visits are Confidential. Are there any limits to Confidentiality?

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with few exceptions:  (1) when there is an imminent threat of harm to you or others; (2) a current abuse of a minor, an elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated is being abused; (3) or mandated by the court or judge, Let’s Talk counselors are required  by law to report the information you shared.

I am currently seeing a therapist at CAPS, and I 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 they can see you sooner. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for traditional counseling or psychiatric care.

Questions about Let’s Talk?

Email: caps@pobox.upenn.edu or call 215-898-7021

Let’sTalkconsultations are:

      Freefor Penn students

      Confidential

      Noappointment necessary ‘” first-come, first-served basis.

      Nopaperwork to complete.

Frequently Asked Questions

Whatis “Let’s Talk”?

Let’s Talkprovides an easy access to informal drop-in consultations at differentlocations around campus for undergraduate and graduate UPenn students. Anystudent could drop-in without an appointment during the times specified below.Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling or psychiatric care anddoes not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors will listen closelyto your concerns and provide insight, support, help you explore solutions andsuggestions for resources. No topic is off-limits but common concerns mightinclude:

      Stress

      Sadness

      Difficulty adjusting toschool

      Academic concerns

      Concentration and attentiondifficulty

      Family & financialproblems

      Relationship concerns

Whoshould visit “Let’s Talk?”

Any student could benefit from the Let’s Talkconsultation, but it’s best fit for students who:

      Are not sure about seeking counseling orwonder what’s like to talk to a counselor;

      Have a specific problem and would likesomeone with whom to talk it through;

      Have a concern about a friend or familymember and would like to have ideas about what to do; or

      Are not interested in ongoing counsel
ingbut would like to have the perspective of a counselor.

Howis “Let’s Talk” different from the services at CAPS?

Let’s Talk is an informal 15-20 minutes drop-inservice where students could have a brief informal consultation with acounselor from time to time. Counselors at CAPS provide an ongoing individualor group counseling, which is usually a weekly or bi-weekly 45-50-minuteappointments. Let’s Talk takes place outside of the University CounselingCenter (CAPS) where it is accessible and convenient to students. 

Whathappens in a Let’s Talk session?

The Let’s Talk counselor will carefully listen to yourconcerns and will most likely ask you some brief questions to understand yourgoal for coming to Let’s Talk. Once your problems and goals are clear,depending upon your needs, the counselor will offer you suggestions foraddressing the concern. You are welcome to return to Let’s talk at anothertime, but this decision is up to you, no follow up appointment is necessary.

In addition, if your let’s talk counselor assessesthat you could benefit from a higher level of care, the Let’s Talk counselorwill put every effort to help you identify appropriate resources at theuniversity or surrounding communities.

Let’sTalkvisits are Confidential. Are there any limits to Confidentiality?

Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors areconfidential, with few exceptions:  (1)when there is an imminent threat of harm to you or others; (2) a current abuseof a minor, an elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated is beingabused; (3) or mandated by the court or judge, Let’s Talk counselors arerequired  by law to report theinformation you shared.

Iam currently seeing a therapist at CAPS, and I would like to talk to someonesooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?

If your next appointment is not soon enough, it’s bestto contact your counselor directly to see if they can see you sooner. Let’sTalk is not a substitute for traditional counseling or psychiatric care.

 

Meetthe Let’s Talk counselor

YacobTekie, Ph.D. (He/His/Him) is a staff psychologist atCAPS. He is originally from Eritrea, East Africa. His clinical and professionalinterest focus on trauma, anxiety and depression. He strongly believes andvalues the importance of resilience and self-efficacy. Yacob frequently usesdifferent mindfulness and acceptance based coping skills to help students dealwith daily stressors. He strongly believes in making a difference and has alongstanding commitment to social justice and advocacy related concerns. He isexperienced in supporting students with issues related to gender and sexuality,men’s concerns, discrimination, adjustment/transition issues, sexual assault,first-generation low-income students, as well as immigration and internationalstudents. He approaches Let’s Talk from a relational approach that allowseveryone to feel heard and understood. Yacob is excited to provideopportunities for students to meet with a mental health professional outside ofthe traditional counseling environment.

FallLocations & Hours

Monday 12:00pm -3:00pm

         Lesbian Gay BisexualTransgender (LGBT) Center, Suite XXX, 3907 Spruce St.,

Tuesdays – 2:00pm -5:00pm

         The Arts, Research andCulture House (ARCH) Centers, Suite 106 3601 Locust Walk,

Wednesdays – 3:00pm ‘” 6:00pm

         Van Pelt Library,Suite XXX, 3420 Walnut St.

Thursdays – 12:00pm-5:00pm

         GreenfieldIntercultural Center (GIC), suite XXXX, 3708 Chestnut St.,

 

Questionsabout Let’s Talk?

Email: caps@pobox.upenn.edu or Call 215-898-7021