Integrated services for a diverse community
Hours of Operation:
Wednesdays FREDwell Lounge with Ivory Brooks LMFT- Williams Center S212 12:00pm-3:00pm (while classes are in session); virtual consultations 3:00-4:30pm on a secure Zoom platform (Instructions below).
Speak with a licensed Counselor about concerns, get help problem-solving, and learn more about counseling services at the Fredonia Counseling Center and other resources available to you at Fredonia.
Let's Talk consultations are:
FREE for Fredonia student
Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)
Informal (not intended to be a substitute for traditional counseling) - your Let's Talk counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment
Please note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. The Let’s Talk consultant can listen to specific problems, help explore solutions, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff. Other options for care include individual counseling, group counseling, workshops, and 24/7 phone consultation. In a crisis, please call University Police (716-673-3333), 911 or one of these recommended hotlines:
- Chautauqua County Crisis Hotline 1-800-724-0461
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988
- Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support in the US https://www.crisistextline.org/
- Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault (1-800-252-8748)
- Non-Crisis Peer Support daily 5pm-11pm Warm Line Call: 1-877-426-4373 Text: 716-392-0252
Let's Talk drop-in consultations by Zoom Wednesdays from 3-4:30pm while classes are in session.
How it works:
Students will be seen individually on a first-come, first-served basis. There may be a wait in the virtual waiting room if the counselor is seeing another student.
Please wait and we will be with you as soon as we can.
If interested, Click on the image to be connected through Zoom.
Let's Talk Events
The Let’s Talk program at Fredonia is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Gannett’s Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material on this website has been adapted from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website.
Let's Talk FAQ
Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with a counselor from the Fredonia Counseling Center. A counselor holds walk-in hours and there is no appointment or fee necessary.
Appointments are first-come, first served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
Counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center provide a higher level of individualized care and treatment goals are set. Let’s Talk is not formal counseling – it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.
This service is open to all Fredonia students. 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 a 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
Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it’s sometimes possible to meet with them at the Fredonia Counseling Center in an ongoing way.
Yes. The counselor will help you with your immediate concerns and provide suggestions on how to help the student of concern. You may also consider contacting Interim Vice President of Student Affairs Tracy L. Stenger, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC as she heads the Students of Concern (SOC) team– 716-673-3271.
If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were give, it is best to call the Fredonia Counseling Center directly (or stop by the office in LoGrasso) and explain your situation.
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Often, an open conversation with your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counselor directly or tell the front desk personnel, either in person or by phone.
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 counselors 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 can help you determine whether formal counseling at the Fredonia Counseling Center would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.