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: March 29-June 14, 2021
Mondays (There will be no sessions on May 31 or June 7.)
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Let’s Talk Therapists: Ariel Ferguson, MA
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 Therapists: Jessica Bychawski, LCSW (all sessions); Jeong-Eun Suh, MA (April 30 and May 28 sessions); Alexandra Todorova, PhD (May 7 and May 21 sessions); and Megan Dunn, BA (May 14 and June 4 sessions)
How: Email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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.
Megan Dunn, BA
Megan Dunn, BA, (she/her/hers) is an advanced clinical extern at the University of Chicago Student Wellness for the 2020-2021 academic year. She is currently a doctoral student at Illinois Institute of Technology. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minors in Japanese and Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her clinical and research interests include family and social relationships, self-determination, motivation, and social justice within psychology. Her therapeutic style is integrative, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and relational therapies.
Ariel Ferguson, MA
Ariel Ferguson, MA (she, her, hers), is an advanced therapy extern at UChicago Student Wellness for the 2020-2021 academic year. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Roosevelt University. Ariel graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Human Relations minor, and a Leadership Studies certificate. Her clinical interests include multicultural and diversity issues, cultural identity development, adjustment concerns, relationship and family challenges, social justice advocacy, resilience, and self-empowerment. Ariel’s therapeutic approach is warm, supportive, and relational. Depending on the needs of each individual student, Ariel utilizes an integrative approach, emphasizing authenticity and curiosity through culturally sensitive, psychodynamic, and strengths-based frameworks.
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.
Jeong-Eun Suh, MA
Jeong-Eun Suh, MA, (she, her) is an advanced therapy extern at UChicago Student Wellness and a PhD candidate in Counseling Psychology at Loyola University Chicago. In the past, she worked in two other counseling centers at a state university in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area in the US and a national university in Korea for over five years. Her clinical and professional interests include acculturation/enculturation, identity development, and issues around social justice. She is passionate about working with diverse students including international students, non-traditional students, students who identify as AAPI, and/or LGBTQ+. She loves to empower students to pursue a meaningful life aligned with their deep-seated values, despite difficulties and barriers.
Alexandra Todorova , PhD
Alexandra Todorova, PhD, is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at UChicago Student Wellness for the 2020-2021 academic year. Alexandra recently moved to Chicago from the East Coast. Originally from Bulgaria, she completed a BA degree in Developmental Psychology at Sofia University, Bulgaria. After a few years working for an international NGO focused on rights for people with disabilities, she moved to the US to pursue a PhD degree in Clinical Psychology at the New School for Social Research, NYC. She did her Clinical Internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and subsequently completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton University Counseling and Psychological Services. Alexandra has experience helping students struggling with anxiety, low mood, problems in close relationships, identity, and various existential concerns. She has worked in urban settings in NYC and Philadelphia and enjoys working with clients from diverse backgrounds. Alexandra strives to provide a collaborative, compassionate, and empathic approach to treatment and tailors her work according to her client's concerns, needs and goals.