Let's Talk will not be available on Thursday, November 23 at the Center of Identity + Inclusion and Friday, November 24 at the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC) due to the Thanksgiving holiday.
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.
Autumn Quarter 2017 Hours - Let's Talk will begin Monday, September 25th.
Center for Identity & Inclusion
The Law School
Michelle Emerick, PsyD
Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC)
Tabish Shamsi, PsyD
“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. No appointment necessary and no cost to you. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name.
The counselor will listen to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
Unlike services provided at SCS, “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.
Let's Talk 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.
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.
Yoko Mori, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. She works as a staff psychologist and a co-coordinator of Let’s Talk program. She received her degree in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University with focus on multicultural counseling as well as training/supervision. She completed her doctoral internship at University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center (UIC CC) and worked there as a clinical psychologist at UIC CC. At the UIC CC, Yoko also served as the assistant director for InTouch Crisis Hotline and assistant director for group therapy program. Some of her professional interests include concerns related to identities and various cultural influences in therapy and training, family of origin issues, relationship issues, trauma recovery and resiliency, group therapy, couples therapy, and international psychology.
Tabish Shamsi, Psy.D. obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. He is completing his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Student Counseling Service. Tabish completed his doctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame and has a strong passion for working with university students to address clinical issues that impact social and academic functioning. Tabish has worked in a variety of clinical settings and addressed behavioral health concerns faced by individuals, couples, and families across the life span. Some of his professional interests include mindfulness and meditation, stress management, treatment of anxiety, OCD, and depression, cultural identity development, and issues related to athletic performance for university students.
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.