Let's Talk

A counselor and patient talk at therapy

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?

A “Let’s Talk” provider is available as a consultant on a first-come, first-served basis so no appointment is necessary; usually, there is not much of a wait since the consultations are meant to be brief. Once you arrive, you will read and complete a consent form for your consultation. The provider will 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 appointment. It is a “drop-in” service where you will receive an informal consultation to address concerns you may have in the moment. These consultations are brief and focused, typically lasting no more than 20 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?

"Let's Talk"will be available virtually via a secure Zoom platform. A CAPS provider will see students on a first-come, first-served basis. You may need to wait in the Zoom “waiting room” until the CAPS provider is finished with another consultation. If you click the link and receive a notification, “Meeting has been locked by host,” this means that all spots are filled for the day. Be sure to read and review the virtual consent form and guidelines.

“Let’s Talk” drop-in hours are subject to change, particularly when classes are not in session and during the summer.