Every Monday from 3-4:30 p.m. and every Thursday from 2:30-4:15 p.m., you will have the opportunity to join Kathleen von Kampen, Concordia's director of counseling services, for a free, confidential, brief consultation. No appointment is necessary! Simply click this link during the times listed above. Although there is no set time for consultations, they typically take 15-20 minutes.
Let’s Talk is NOT traditional counseling and instead offers a place where you can talk about immediate concerns and receive expert suggestions about solutions and resources, or simply meet someone who listens well and can offer support. No topic is off limits, but common concerns include:
- career questions
- academic concerns
- family problems
- financial struggles
- relationship concerns, and more
The Let’s Talk program is modeled in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University; some of the material on their website has been duplicated here with permission.
Let’s Talk is a program that provides informal, free, confidential consultations to all registered undergraduate Concordia Nebraska students. No appointment is necessary!
Appointments are first-come, first-served. There is usually not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective and suggestions for resources.
The Counseling Center provides counseling services, which usually consist of weekly 30-45 minutes appointments, which have to be made in advance. Let’s Talk is NOT counseling. It is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time, conveniently located outside of the counseling office.
Let’s Talk is open to all current undergraduate Concordia Nebraska students. However, Let’s Talk is best suited for the following people:
- Students who are not sure about counseling and are trying to figure out what it is like to talk with a counselor
- Students who are not interested in on-going counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
- Students who have a specific problem and would like someone with whom they could talk
- Students who have a concern about a friend and would like some perspective on what to do
Let’s Talk is not a crisis service and as such, should not be utilized as one. In the event you or a friend is in immediate crisis or danger, please contact Concordia's campus security at 402-643-3033, or go to your local emergency room. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting ‘Hello’ to 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline number at 1-800-273-8255.
Conversations with Let’s Talk consultants are confidential, with a few rare exceptions. Consultants may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to yourself or to others. Consultants are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. The intent is to avoid anything being a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk consultant. Remember that Let’s Talk is not to be substituted for psychotherapy or crisis counseling.
Although Let’s Talk counselors are professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk consultants provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and introduce them to what it is like to speak with a counselor. The Let’s Talk consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling at the Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.