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For fall 2020, Let’s Talk will be going virtual!  Let’s Talk allows Ithaca College students to check in via telehealth for an informal and confidential consultation with a CAPS counselor. Counselors can listen to a specific problem, provide insight, support, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of the CAPS staff. The brief consultations do not require that you make an appointment and are available by phone or by Zoom. 

For fall 2020, Let’s Talk will be going virtual!  Let’s Talk allows Ithaca College students to check in via telehealth for an informal and confidential consultation with a CAPS counselor. Counselors can listen to a specific problem, provide insight, support, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of the CAPS staff. The brief consultations do not require that you make an appointment and are available by phone or by Zoom. 

*PLEASE NOTE*:

  • Although Let’s Talk consultations are with mental health professionals, this service is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Because it is not therapy, Let's Talk is available to all IC students regardless of where they are currently residing.  And Let’s Talk meetings are not part of a student’s mental health records. 
  • Let’s Talk is not for urgent concerns.  If you are in crisis or need immediate support, please call CAPS at (607) 274-3136 and ask about Same Day Crisis Services; After-hours On-Call Counselors available 5 PM to 8:30 AM, Monday through Friday, and 24/7 on weekends/holidays/whenever CAPS is closed, just call the CAPS phone number and follow the prompts.

Let’s Talk is especially helpful for students who...

  • Aren’t sure about counseling or wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor;
  • Aren’t interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor;
  • Have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through; or,
  • Have a concern about a friend or family member and would like ideas about what to do.

Let’s Talk sessions could be used to 

  • Learn more about mental health resources and virtual therapy services
  • Talk about stress and anxiety related to academics and/or relationship concerns,
  • Talk about challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic 
  • Learn about healthy ways to cope with stress and other concerns 
  • Get emotional support and identify ways to increase social connection during this challenging time.
  • Create a menu of therapy options to consider, or identify a future plan of action with CAPS

No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:

  • Stress, anxiety, worry
  • Sadness, Loneliness
  • Relationships
  • Academic performance
  • Family problems
  • Financial struggles

Fall 2020 Schedule:

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Time 12-2 PM 12-2 PM 12-2 PM 12-2 PM
Counselor Stephanie Nevels, LMSW Sasha Lerner, PhD Lis Tomlin, LMHC Ron Dow, LCSW
  • Let’s Talk will start the week of October 26th and will continue through Finals week.
  • Let’s Talk will be offered from 12-2 PM, Monday through Thursday. Other times available by request.  Please note: an alternate day or time might not be possible.
  • Let’s talk will remain primarily a same day “drop-in” service and not by appointmentAnd will be offered first-come, first-served. 
  • Consultants may not begin new conversations with students within the last 15 minutes of a shift.  
  • The demand for Let’s Talk might vary greatly from day to day and week to week.  So, it is possible that the Let’s Talk counselor may not be able to meet with everyone who requested a specific day. If this happens, the Let’s Talk counselor will email students who were not reached that day and offer other options (referral to another Let’s Talk day, other CAPS services, etc.).

Submitting the form below will send an email to the appropriate CAPS counselor. The counselor will then email you to set-up a time for a zoom meeting or a phone call.  The counselor will then send an email with a link to a zoom session (or make the phone call) at the agreed upon time.

  • You will sign-in with your Netpass.
  • You can submit the form up to 24 hours ahead of the time you want to meet. 
  • If you are not available for any of the above times, please note that on the form below and indicate your availability. Submit these requests anytime.

Still have questions? Please read our FAQ on Let's Talk at the bottom of this page.

For general Let’s Talk questions, please email Ron Dow (Let’s Talk coordinator) at rdow@ithaca.edu.

Let’s Talk at Ithaca College is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University.

Interested in a Let's Talk Session?

Sign up for a Let's Talk appointment!

Frequently Asked Questions

The counselor will send an email with a link to a Zoom session (or make the phone call) at the agreed upon time.  When you meet, the counselor consultant will listen closely to your concerns, possibly ask questions and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

If you submit the form during the Let’s Talk hours, the counselor consultant might already be meeting with someone.  In this case, just wait and they will email you as soon as they are free.  

CAPS provides ongoing counseling, which usually consists of attending sessions every 2-3 weeks. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling; it’s a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.

Let’s Talk is an informal drop-in service, to provide brief consultation and support.  An intake appointment is the first step toward linking students with counseling services. Part of an intake appointment is reviewing and signing formal paper work and assessing symptoms and distress levels.

Absolutely. The counselor consultant will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get support. If you feel comfortable with the counselor consultant, it is sometimes possible to meet with them at CAPS in an on-going way.

Let’s Talk is not for urgent concerns.  If you are in crisis or need immediate support, please call CAPS at (607) 274-3136 and ask about Same Day Crisis Services; After-hours On-Call Counselors available 5 PM to 8:30 AM, Monday through Friday, and 24/7 on weekends/holidays/whenever CAPS is closed, just call the CAPS phone number and follow the prompts.

It’s best to call CAPS directly if you believe you need to be seen sooner than your scheduled appointment.

Since regular counseling appointments are not available at Let’s Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, CAPS cannot provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.

Yes, however, if your next appointment is not soon enough, it is best to contact your counselor directly to see if they can see you sooner or if you should use emergency crisis hours at CAPS.

Express your concerns directly to your counselor. Counselors are eager to hear feedback—both positive and negative. Often, an open conversation about your concerns can resolve any issues.

Although Let’s Talk counselor consultants are professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselor consultants provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it’s like to speak with a counselor. Your Let’s Talk counselor consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful to you and, if appropriate, connect you with CAPS.

One exception is that counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern. Let’s Talk counselor consultants keep brief written notes of their contacts with student in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to CAPS. In these situations, other CAPS counseling staff may see these notes. Information is also collected about attendance, so that we can keep track of the students we serve and those we need to continue serving.

We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality or accessibility, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk counselor consultant, or call the CAPS front desk for further information.