We all had that day when everything just falls apart, and it feels like everything goes against us. To bring my spirit back, I usually talk to a friend or a relative. But what if you are new to campus, and you don’t have anyone to talk to, what do you do then? Well, I have a solution for you – “Let’s Talk.”
But, what is “Let’s Talk”? It is a drop-in consultation program open to all Rowan students, faculty and staff. Today, Lindsay Mason, a licensed professional counselor, who is also one of the founders and therapists of “Let’s Talk” at Rowan University, will share with us 5 things you need to know about “Let’s Talk”:
- It’s not a therapy
“Unfortunately, there is a stigma with mental health,” explains Lindsay. “Sometimes people don’t feel comfortable coming into the counseling center. Some people just need that one-time check in, because not everyone wants an ongoing individual therapy. So the idea behind “Let’s Talk” is to meet the needs of those students, and those who may be on the waitlist at the counseling center, but still want to check in with someone once in awhile.”
The consultation session usually lasts about 15 to 20 mins. Students come in and talk about what’s on their mind, and if they like, counselors provide some suggestions or ideas of who they can connect to on campus.
- It’s different
“Let’s Talk” is usually best for those who wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor, who would like to get someone else’s perspective on their specific problem and would like to talk it through.
“Roommate issues are a great example of some of the things students come in to discuss,” mentions Lindsay. “We see it throughout the year, sometimes people are stressed about that and have difficulty, we’ll definitely provide some advice.”
- It’s unbiased
“‘Let’s Talk’ is another space that you could talk with somebody who is unbiased and provides a listening ear,” continues Lindsay. “If we think a student needs something more than just “Let’s Talk,” we’ll discuss different options, and if needed connect them with the counseling center.”
Most of the students counselors see find one session very helpful. “They might come in again in a couple of weeks, because we tell them use it as needed.”
- It’s convenient
The program began to function in Spring 2015, with only two days a week in the Student Center. By the following fall, enough number of people had used the service for “Let’s Talk” to expand to five locations, five days a week. (Check out current consultation hours here.)
“It’s convenient, because you can find a spot on a different part around campus that may be easier to reach depending on where your classes are. And all of the locations we are in, we are actually within an office in that building.”
Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment needed.
- It’s confidential
“Everything is anonymous, and in that way it’s confidential,” assures Lindsay. “Unless, if someone comes in and talks about a possibility of hurting themselves or others, or if someone reports a person under 18 has been abused, in that case we legally have to report those things. Those are the only kind of issues that would limit our confidentiality.”
“Sometimes students ask me, ‘If we are in Social Justice, Inclusion & Conflict Resolution office, are we out in the middle of the office space?’ No, everywhere we are, we are provided with a separate room, that has a door. We can close it if needed. Again, providing confidentiality and anonymity.”
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Story organized by:
Natalia Panfilova, senior public relations major