Let's Talk

Let’s Talk

Announcement:  
Let's Talk will begin Monday, September 26

Take advantage of these free and confidential consultations.

Speaking with a “Let’s Talk” counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources. No appointments are necessary. Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait.

Fall Quarter 2016 Hours (TBA)

Time Location Counselor

Thursdays
3-4:30pm

 

Mondays
1:15-2:45pm

Center for Identity & Inclusion
5710 S. Woodlawn, Amandla Lounge
3rd Floor
 

Harris School of Public Policy
1155 E. 60th, Room 130J
 

Michelle Emerick, PsyD
 

 


Nick Calingaert, PsyD

Friday
3-4:30pm

Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC)
924 E. 57th Street, Room 202
 

Cat Goyeneche, PsyD

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is “Let’s Talk?”
Q. What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk?”
Q. How is “Let’s Talk” different from psychotherapy at the SCS?
Q. Who should visit “Let’s Talk?”
Q. I think I have a problem that would benefit from therapy, but I don’t know anything about it. Would going to “Let’s Talk” help me figure out what to do?
Q. I am a non-student spouse of a University of Chicago student, and I am covered by the student life fee. Can I come to “Let’s Talk?”
Q. I’m currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to “Let’s Talk?”
Q. I’m currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I’m not happy with how things are going. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?

Q. What is “Let’s Talk?”

A. “Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal and confidential consultations with counselors from the Student Counseling Service. There are three “Let’s Talk” sites (see above). There is no appointment or fee necessary. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name.


Q. What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk?”

A. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.


Q. How is “Let’s Talk” different from psychotherapy at the Student Counseling Service (SCS)?

A. Therapists at SCS provide short-term therapy, which usually consists of weekly 45-50 minute appointments. “Let’s Talk” is not formal therapy: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.


Q. Who should visit “Let’s Talk?”

A. This service is open to all University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate students. “Let’s Talk” is the best fit for the following people:

  • students who are not sure about therapy and wonder what it’s like to talk with a therapist;
  • students who are not interested in therapy 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.

Q. I think I have a problem that would benefit from therapy, but I don’t know anything about it. Would going to “Let’s Talk” help me figure out what to do?

A. Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. The “Let’s Talk” counselor can help you set up an intake appointment at SCS if you decide that you would like to pursue on-going help.


Q. I am a non-student spouse of a University of Chicago student, and I am covered by the student life fee. Can I come to “Let’s Talk?”

A. Yes. The counselor will help you with your immediate concerns and assist you with referrals should you need ongoing support.


A. This is NOT a replacement for your therapy. If your next appointment is not soon enough, it’s best to contact your therapist.


Q. I’m currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I’m not happy with how things are going. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?

A. No. The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your therapist. Therapists are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Oftentimes an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your therapist, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your therapist directly.

Let’s Talk Staff Bios

Michelle Emerick, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who works at the Student Counseling Service.  She completed her doctoral internship at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  She then worked for over 10 years at Howard Brown Health Center, which is the Midwest’s largest health center for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming community.  While there, she served as a staff psychologist and the Director of Clinical Training supporting graduate students learning to become clinical social workers and psychologists.  Some of her professional interests include relationship enhancement, positive communication, LGBTQI issues, identity development, adjustment to new environments, treatment of anxiety and depression, trauma recovery and resiliency, and supporting international students.

Nick Calingaert, PsyD recently obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University.  He is one of two Clinical Psychology Trainees (Postdoctoral) at the Student Counseling Service.  Nick completed his doctoral internship at University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center and has worked in a number of university counseling centers and community mental health settings.  Some of his professional interests include working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, the effects of trauma, family of origin issues, and concerns related to identity.

Cat Goyeneche, Psy.D.  obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and is a Staff Psychologist at the Student Counseling Service.  Cat completed her doctoral internship at Duke University in NC and has also worked in a number of other settings including college counseling centers, residential treatment, and outpatient clinics.  Some of her professional interests include identity development, adjustment to university, critical mixed race studies, treatment of anxiety and depression, trauma recovery and resiliency, eating disorders, and international study.

The Let’s Talk program at the University of Chicago is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been duplicated from the Cornell University Let’s Talk Website. We would personally like to thank Matt Boone, LCSW and Sharon Mier, PsyD for their help in the development of our program.