Let's Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultations with a CAPS counselor at various locations around campus.

Let’s Talk is informal and not intended to be a substitute for formal counseling and doesn’t constitute mental health treatment. However, counselors can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Speaking with a Let’s Talk counselor can help provide insight, support, and information about other resources. Let’s Talk at Ithaca College is based on the Let’s Talk Program at Cornell University.

  • No appointment is necessary, so you can drop in during the times identified in the schedule.
  • Offered first-come, first-served
  • FREE for ALL Ithaca College Students; Confidential
  • Minimal Paperwork

Let’s Talk is the best fit for the following people:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor.
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling 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 ideas about what to do.

No topic is off limits. Common concerns include:

  • stress
  • sadness
  • worry
  • relationships
  • academic performance
  • family problems
  • financial struggles

Still have questions? Please read our FAQ on Let's Talk by clicking the document below.

In addition, Let’s Talk is available to faculty and staff if the consultation is in regards to a student they are concerned about.

If you have any questions about Let’s Talk, please email Ron Dow (counselor at CAPS) at rdow@ithaca.edu

Current Sites, Days and Times:

Mondays, 10:15-11:45 AM Stephanie Nevels, LMSW & Jacob White, LCSW

  • James J Whalen Center for Music, Room 3329 in School of Music Office
  • Office of State Grants, Towers Concourse 110 (Check in with the administrative assistant and wait in office lounge)

Every Monday during the semester, for both sites, starting 1/27; with the exception of 3/9 (Spring Break)

Tuesdays, 1:15-2:45 PM Sasha Lerner, Ph.D. or Mike Pusateri, Psy.D.

  • Muller Chapel, Room 107 with Room 106 as a waiting area (Accessible room available on main level, please request from Main Office 203)
  • Fitness Center, Aerobics Room (Room 203, from the Fitness Center’s main entrance make a left, and head for the wooden double doors; waiting area outside of room)

Every Tuesday during the semester, for both sites, starting 1/28; with the exception of 3/10 (Spring Break)

Thursdays 12:15-1:45 PM Lis Tomlin, LMHC & Ron Dow, LCSW

  • Smiddy 431, Conference room/student lounge (waiting area outside of room)
  • Park 136, Makeup Room (waiting area outside of room)

Every Thursday during the semester, for both sites, starting 1/29; with the exception of 3/12 (Spring Break)

Please note: Consultants may not begin new conversations with students within the last 15 minutes of the shift.