Conversations with Let's Talk counselors are confidential, with very rare exceptions. Clinicians may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Clinicians 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. Let's Talk clinicians keep brief written notes of their contacts with students and, in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to CAMHS, other CAMHS staff may see these notes. Let's Talk visits are never noted... Read more about Let's Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
Although Let's Talk clinicians are professionals, Let's Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk clinicians provide informal consultations to help students with specific problems and to introduce them to what it's like to speak with a clinician. Your Let's Talk clinician can help you determine whether formal counseling at CAMHS would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your clinician. Clinicians 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 clinician, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your clinician directly, either in person or by e-mail.
If your next appointment is not soon enough, it's best to contact your clinician directly to see if he or she can see you sooner. If they cannot see you sooner, you can utilize CAMHS Urgent Care Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.
Let’s Talk services are intended to be used by current Harvard students. However, if you come to a Let’s Talk location on your own, the clinician will work to assist you with referrals should you need ongoing support.
Absolutely. The clinician will talk you through your issue and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the clinician, it may be possible to meet with him or her at CAMHS more regularly.