Let’s Talk

Let’s Talk

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.

Winter Quarter 2015 Hours

Time Location Counselor



5710 S. Woodlawn, Room 301

Harris School of Public Policy
1155 E. 60th, Room 153C

Emily Carter, PsyD

Abby Brown, M.A.


Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC)
924 E. 57th Street, Room 313

Cristina Antonucci, Psy.D.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is “Let’s Talk?”

A. “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 (see above). There is no appointment or fee necessary. If you prefer, you do not have to give your name.

Q. What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk?”

A. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Q. How is “Let’s Talk” different from psychotherapy at the Student Counseling Service (SCS)?

A. Therapists at SCS provide short-term therapy, which usually consists of weekly 45-50 minute appointments. “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.

Q. Who should visit “Let’s Talk?”

A. This service 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.

Q. I think I have a problem that would benefit from therapy, but I don’t know anything about it. Would going to “Let’s Talk” help me figure out what to do?

A. Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. The “Let’s Talk” counselor can help you set up an intake appointment at SCS if you decide that you would like to pursue on-going help.

Q. I am a non-student spouse of a University of Chicago student, and I am covered by the student life fee. Can I come to “Let’s Talk?”

A. Yes. The counselor will help you with your immediate concerns and assist you with referrals should you need ongoing support.

Q. I’m currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to “Let’s Talk?”

A. This is NOT a replacement for your therapy. If your next appointment is not soon enough, it’s best to contact your therapist.

Q. I’m currently seeing a therapist at SCS, and I’m not happy with how things are going. Can I go to “Let’s Talk” instead?

A. No. The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your therapist. Therapists are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Oftentimes an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your therapist, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your therapist directly.

Let’s Talk Staff Bios

Emily Carter, PsyD is a full time staff clinician at the Student Counseling Services. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. In addition to her university counseling experience in Chicago and Denver, Colorado, Dr. Carter has worked in community mental health and VA hospital settings.

Abby Brown, is a PhD candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University. This is her 2nd year training as an advanced extern at the Student Counseling Service where she provides individual therapy, group therapy and academic skills support to undergraduate and graduate students. Abby also has experience in community mental health.

Cristina Antonucci, Psy.D recently obtained her doctorate from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is one of two postdoctoral fellows at Student Counseling Services. Dr. Antonucci enjoys facilitating individual and group psychotherapy. Her professional interests include multiculturalism and social justice, identity development, gender and sexuality, mindfulness and trauma.

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.