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Let’s Talk

What Is Let’s Talk?

During the fall and spring semesters, Let’s Talk is offered in person and virtually! Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential one-on-one consultations with CAPS counselors, both in person and via Zoom. Services are available five days a week (M-F) at nine different times during the semester.

Let’s Talk is only available at the times listed below. If the time you are interested in is in person, please go to the location designated. If the time is via Zoom, please use the link below at the time designated. Students will be seen, one-on-one, on a first-come first-serve basis. There may be a wait in the waiting room (in person or virtual on Zoom) if the counselor is seeing another student. Please wait and we’ll be with you as soon as we can!

For other CAPS services, call CAPS at 973-655-5211 during business hours and leave a message with your name and phone number. You will be called back during business hours to schedule an appointment via phone, video conference or in person. Messages will be checked regularly.

In case of emergency, please call University Police at 973-655-5222 to be connected to the CAPS on-call staff member.

In addition to Let’s Talk, please feel free to use the online resource TAO Connect.

Let’s Talk Schedule Resumes January 16, 2024

Day Time Location
Monday 1-2:30 p.m. Sprague Library, Room 202 (2nd Floor)
Monday 3-4:30 p.m. Center For Environmental And Life Sciences, Room 328 (3rd floor)
Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Zoom Link
Tuesday 3-4:30 p.m. Student Center, Room 104M (CSI Suite)
Wednesday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Student Center, Room 421 (4th floor)
Wednesday 3-4:30 p.m. Student Center, Room 113C (OSJD Suite)
Thursday 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Panzer Gym, Room 057 (use Panzer Pool entrance)
Thursday 3-4:30 p.m. Dickson Hall, Room 305
Friday 1-2:30 p.m. Freeman Hall, Room 148 (Across from Dining Hall)

*Let’s Talk will begin January 16, 2024. There will be no Let’s Talk on the days the University is closed or during Spring Break. The last Let’s Talk of the Spring semester will be held on May 7, 2024.

Learn More about Let’s Talk

Although Let’s Talk counselors are CAPS professionals, it 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. Let’s Talk counselors can help students determine whether formal counseling at CAPS would be useful and, if appropriate, assist the student in scheduling an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do students schedule appointments for Let’s Talk?

No. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait of 5-10 minutes if the counselor is currently meeting with a student, but every effort will be made to serve all students who wish to be seen that day.

How is Let’s Talk different than seeing a counselor at CAPS?

Let’s Talk is not formal counseling. It is a drop-in service at various sites on campus where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time. The counselor will talk through issues with students and help determine the best way to assist them. If a student feels comfortable with the counselor and would like to be seen on a regular basis, it may be possible to meet with him or her at CAPS. Learn More About Our Counseling Sessions.

Who might benefit from Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is often the best fit for those students who:

  • Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor.
  • Are not interested in on-going counseling but would like to get a counselor’s perspective.
  • Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through.
  • Have a concern about a friend and want some guidance on what to do.

If you have visited Let’s Talk, the CAPS staff hopes that your recent visit was a positive one. If there was something that could be improved, however, we really want to know that as well. Please complete a brief survey. It should take no more than 2 minutes. The survey is confidential and does not ask for information about the content of your visit, only your overall experience. You will not be asked to type in your name or student identification number. This information helps us better understand the needs and experience of the MSU community.

Please Complete the Confidential Survey

Thanks in advance and feel free to visit us at Let’s Talk again.

Let’s Talk was developed by Cornell University, Gannett Health Service