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Are you curious about counseling and if it’s the right next step for you? Maybe you are concerned about someone else? Do you just want an additional perspective about something you’ve been thinking about?

Stop by “Let’s Talk” for convenient access to CAPS providers. There is no fee for UNL students.

PLEASE NOTE: “Let’s Talk” is a brief, informal consultation and is not appropriate for addressing crisis situations. If you are in immediate crisis or experiencing significant distress during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.), please contact CAPS at (402) 472-7450 and ask to schedule a Crisis Care Appointment. If it is after business hours, please call (402) 472-7450 and Press 4 to speak to the on-call counselor. Always remember that if you are in imminent danger to yourself or others, please call 911.

What is Let’s Talk?

“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to brief, informal, and confidential consultations with professional mental health providers from CAPS. “Let’s Talk” provides a place to talk about concerns informally. You’ll have the opportunity for someone listen to you, offer support, or you might prefer to get expert suggestions about solutions and resources that may include brief therapy at CAPS.

What happens during a “Let’s Talk” consultation?

Once you arrive in person or while scheduling your virtual appointment online, you will read and review a consent form for your consultation. The provider will then listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for additional resources that may help you address your concerns.

How is “Let’s Talk” different from an initial evaluation or counseling?

Providers at CAPS provide a range of services that can be helpful to students. An initial evaluation is a formal appointment that helps match the student’s needs with a clinical service, such as individual or group therapy. Counseling or therapy is a formal appointment that lasts between 45-50 minutes where students usually attend more regularly. “Let’s Talk” is not a traditional evaluation/assessment or formal counseling or therapy, but rather an informal consultation to address concerns you may have in the moment. These consultations are brief and focused, typically lasting no more than 20 or 30 minutes.

“Let’s Talk” may be beneficial to:

  1. Students who are more interested in the perspective of a CAPS provider than in seeking counseling or therapy.
  2. Students who are not sure about formal counseling or therapy and wonder if it might help.
  3. Students who have a specific personal problem and would like to briefly discuss the issue.
  4. Students who have a concern about a friend and want some guidance around what to do.

Is “Let’s Talk” confidential?

Yes! Consultations with a CAPS provider are considered confidential. However, Nebraska law establishes that in order to protect the individual and/or public, certain disclosures may apply. View the Confidentiality Overview. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them before or during your consultation.

When and where does "Let's Talk" occur?

CAPS offers "Let's Talk" in two different formats:

  • Virtual Sessions via Zoom

    “Let’s Talk” is available virtually through our secure Zoom platform. Students can schedule a virtual “Let’s Talk” consultation appointment online up to 2 days in advance, but the scheduling platform is only available during CAPS operating hours. Once logged into the portal, select “ONLINE SCHEDULING-LET’S TALK VIRTUAL CONSULTATION” to view and schedule an available appointment. Students will be required to read and electronically sign a Virtual Consent Form before being able to schedule a consultation appointment.

    The CAPS consultant will send the Zoom meeting link by email on the day of the appointment, so it’s important to check your official university email account frequently. Please call CAPS if you’re unable to find the email or if you need to cancel/reschedule your consultation. Because the consultant may be finishing another consultation before your scheduled time, you may need to wait in the Zoom “waiting room” for a moment.

    “Let’s Talk” Virtual appointment hours and availability are subject to change, particularly when classes are not in session and during the summer. To see the most up to date appointment availability, click the online scheduling portal below. Once inside, click ONLINE SCHEDULING-LET’S TALK VIRTUAL CONSULTATION at the bottom of the page.

    Schedule a Virtual Let's Talk Consultation

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  • In-person Sessions

    A “Let’s Talk” consultant is available in person on a first-come, first-served basis so no appointment is necessary, and the wait is minimal. Once you arrive, you will read and sign a Consent Form for your consultation.

    “Let’s Talk” drop-in hours and availability are subject to change, particularly when classes are not in session and during the summer. View the event calendar below to see upcoming sessions.