Let's Talk

Let's Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

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?

What else do I need to know?

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.

Who should visit Let's Talk?

This service is open to all Harvard students. Let's Talk is the best fit for students who:

  1. are not sure about counseling and wonder what it's like to talk with a clinician;
  2. are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a clinician;
  3. have a specific problem and would like someone with whom to talk it through;
  4. have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.