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: Yu-Yun Liu, PhD

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

Beginning Monday, February 4
Mondays

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

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. 

Yu-Yun Liu, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Student Counseling Service. Yu-Yun is originally from Taiwan where she completed her undergraduate degree at National Central University. She came to the U.S. in 2008 pursuing her master’s degree at Purdue University and doctoral degree at University of Louisville. Yu-Yun’s professional interests include disordered eating and body image, cultural adjustment of international students, intersecting identities of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation, and relationship issues. She aspires to advocate for and empower underrepresented populations within a safe therapeutic relationship.

Jessica Bychawski, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and a Clinical Case Manager at the Student Counseling Service. 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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