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Virtual Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential consultations with therapists from UChicago Student Wellness. No appointment is necessary. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name.

Let's Talk is open to all University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate students and is a good fit for:

  • 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 would like to talk through a specific problem; or
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do. 

When: January 11-March 19, 2021

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Let’s Talk Therapist: John McPherrin, PsyD

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Let's Talk Therapist: A.J. Deloney, LCSW

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Let’s Talk Therapist: Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

How: Email knghiem@uchicago.edu to request the Zoom link and password for Let’s Talk. Sign in to Zoom at any time during the scheduled day and timeslot above. You will be placed in the virtual waiting room until a therapist is available to speak with you. 

Staff Bios

John McPherrin, PsyD

John McPherrin, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and lifelong Chicagoan, having completed his doctorate at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and his undergraduate degree at DePaul University. He has worked at the University of Chicago since 2002. His clinical and professional interests include recovering from childhood trauma, the development of sexual and gender identities, negotiating relationship conflict, and issues around race and injustice. Therapeutically, John is a big proponent of the power of empathy and providing a non-judgmental and transparent space for exploring issues.

AJ Deloney, LCSW

AJ Deloney, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, and a Clinical Case Manager at UChicago Student Wellness. AJ was raised on the south side of Chicago. He completed his Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree at The University of Iowa. He earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago. AJ’s professional interests include providing psychoeducation about mental health, and fighting cultural stigma and its impact on marginalized populations. AJ’s experiences include working with the severely mentally ill as well as military veterans suffering from trauma. AJ approaches his work with students from a BioPsychoSocial perspective, meeting the student where they are with challenges and concerns. As a Clinical Case Manager, AJ is responsible for assisting students in connecting with therapeutic services outside of campus and around the city. It’s AJ’s passion to help students overcome barriers to mental health treatment. 

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a Clinical Case Manager at UChicago Student Wellness. Jessica is a recent transplant to the Chicago area from California where she completed both her B.A. (in Psychology and History of Art) and MSW (Masters in Social Welfare) at the University of California, Berkeley. Jessica’s professional interests include wellness and recovery planning, psychoeducation aimed at reducing stigma and increasing awareness of mental health problems, and assisting students in understanding their experience in the context of broader systems. Jessica approaches her work with students from a stance of humility, curiosity and nonjudgmental acceptance, and makes continued strides to serve students in a multiculturally competent manner. As a Clinical Case Manager, Jessica is responsible for assisting students in linking with therapy services outside of campus. Jessica strives to educate students on various therapy modalities and assist them in finding solutions that fit their needs.

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