Let’s Talk Program: Free & Confidential Consultation and Support
When & Where:
- Mondays: Multi-Ethnic Resource Center from 9:20am-11:20am
- Tuesdays: Briggs Library Room 326 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
What's it about?
Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to 10-15 minute informal confidential consultations with counselors from the University of Minnesota, Morris Student Counseling.
Walk in appointments are first come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
How is Let’s Talk different from Student Counseling?
Student Counseling staff provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of 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 10 minute consultation with a counselor from time to time.
Who should visit Let's Talk?
This service is open to all UMM 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
Some reasons to stop by:
- academic problems
- adjustment to new culture
- family problems
- financial difficulties
- other concerns
Let’s Talk – Frequently Asked Questions
What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?
Appointments are first-come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
How is Let's Talk different from the Counseling Center?
Counselors at the Counseling Center provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of 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 with a counselor from time to time.
I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but 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 the Counseling Center in an ongoing way.
I called the Counseling Center and scheduled an appointment at the next available appointment that matched my class
schedule, which is a week 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 the Counseling Center directly and explain your situation.
A counselor at the Counseling Center recommended a referral to a therapist
in Morris. Can I go to Let's Talk instead?
Since regular counseling visits are not available at Let's Talk, following up with the referral is recommended.
I am currently seeing a counselor at UMM Student Counseling, and I would
like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to
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.
I'm currently seeing a counselor at UMM Student Counseling, and I'm not
happy with how things are going. Can I go to Let's Talk instead?
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. Often, 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 or contact the Student Counseling office to schedule with another counselor.
What else do I need to know?
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 formal counseling at UMM Student Counseling 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
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 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 UMM Student Counseling, other Student Counseling staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order.
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 or contact UMM Student Counseling.
Let’s Talk Counselor
- Senior Clinical Counselor
- MSW, University of Minnesota
- B.A., Concordia College
- Days in Office: Mondays and Wednesdays
Jeanne has been at UMM Student Counseling since 2014. Jeanne started working in the mental health field in 2006 and has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient, intensive outpatient and outpatient settings as a social worker, therapist and supervisor. Jeanne believes in meeting students where they are at and that developing a connection with individuals is the cornerstone to work in the mental health field. Jeanne uses an eclectic approach to therapy which includes cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy and mindfulness. Jeanne also has experience in teaching mind/body skills including mindfulness and meditation and is a registered yoga teacher. She specializes in group work and leads a Depression/Anxiety psychotherapy group at UMM each semester.