Counseling Services

Let's Talk

Let’s Talk is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with MSMC clinical counselors in Aquinas 163 and Hudson Hall conference room from 4 to 5 pm on select dates. “Let’s Talk” can be utilized for brief helpful consultations, or as a gateway to more in depth services. The program was developed at Cornell University and is nationally recognized for its success in increasing student access to mental health care.

Informed Consent

Let's Talk aims to provide students with easy access to informal and confidential consultations with counselors from Mount Saint Mary College Counseling Services. Although Let's Talk counselors are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk counselors are able to answer your questions about psychotherapy. They can also schedule an intake appointment for you, which would include a more thorough assessment to determine what specific services can best help you.

While Let’s Talk is not considered a clinical service, counselors are bound by the limits of confidentiality of state law. If an issue of suicide or harm to others were to arise, counselors may need to break confidentiality. Counselors are also mandated reporters of child abuse. This includes domestic violence occurring in the presence of a child.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is a drop-in program that provides students with a brief, confidential conversation with a counselor to receive support, consultation, advice, and referrals. It is offered by counselors from MSMC Counseling Services at two sites on campus. There is no appointment or fee required.

What happens at Let’s Talk?
Student consultations are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The counselor will attend to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and make suggestions for resources.

How do I make an appointment for Let’s Talk? When is this service offered?
Let's Talk will be offered on select dates, which you can find on the MSMC Portal. On dates when the service is offered, just stop by between 4-5 pm. Consultations do not require an appointment.

How is Let’s Talk different from individual counseling?
Individual counseling through Counseling Services is more formal, and usually consists of several weekly or bi-weekly 50-minute sessions that are scheduled ahead of time. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling. It is a drop-in service where students receive a brief, informal consultation. They can attend once or just a few times.

Who should visit Let’s Talk?
Let’s Talk is open to all MSMC students. It is the best fit for: students who have a question or issue that would benefit from a brief consultation, students who are curious about counseling and want to learn more about it, students who are concerned about a friend and are seeking information or advice, and students who would like a counselor’s perspective.

I think I have a problem that might benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about it. Would attending Let’s Talk help me figure out what to do?
Yes. The counselor will discuss your concern with you and help you to determine the best course of action. If you decide to try formal counseling, the Let’s Talk counselor can assist you in making an appointment at Counseling Services. Sometimes it is possible to meet with the same counselor you spoke with.

I’m currently in crisis and need to talk with someone immediately. Should I go to the next available Let’s Talk?
No, Let’s Talk is not set up for helping students in crisis. The Let’s Talk counselor will not have all the necessary resources available for managing a crisis. If you are in crisis you should call Counseling Services directly, Monday-Friday, 9-5 pm at 845-569-3115 or call Campus Security (845-569-3200) to be connected to the on-call counselor after hours. Click here for a list of additional resources.

What else should I know?
Although Let’s Talk is provided by professional counselors, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselors are here to provide informal consultations to assist students with specific problems and familiarize them with talking to a counselor. Let’s Talk counselors can help you to determine if formal counseling would be appropriate.