Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk provides easy access to free, informal, and confidential consultations with therapists from the Student Counseling Service. 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.

Hours and Locations

Mondays
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Location: The Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Room 435
Let’s Talk Counselor: John McPherrin, PsyD

Thursdays
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Identity + Inclusion, 5710 Woodlawn Avenue, Amandla Lounge, 3rd Floor
Let’s Talk Counselor: Tabish Shamsi, PsyD

Fridays
Time: 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Biological Sciences Learning Center, 924 East 57th Street, Room 313
Let’s Talk Counselor: Tracie Pape, LCSW

Staff Bios

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 Student Counseling Service 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. 

Tabish Shamsi, PsyD is a staff psychologist at the Student Counseling Service and coordinates the Academic Skills Assessment Program (ASAP). He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Adler University and completed his clinical internship at the University of Notre Dame. Tabish is passionate about university mental health and works with a wide range of issues that impact social, emotional, and academic functioning. He 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 treatment of anxiety, OCD, depression; mindfulness and meditation; stress management; cultural identity development; working with international students; and performance enhancement for athletes.

Tracie Pape, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Student Counseling Service. She received her master's degree at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Tracie received her clinical training at The Center for Contextual Change, where she was trained as a trauma-informed therapist. She has worked with a variety of different populations and brings this experience to the college counseling setting. She has brought this strength-based approach to her work with college students to help them identify strengths, build coping skills, and create connections. She facilitates an Emotional Wisdom Group at the Student Counseling Center for college and graduate students to learn coping skills to manage stress and anxiety. Some of her personal interests include post-traumatic growth, using coping skills to improve connections and daily life, and destigmatization of mental health issues.

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