Let's Talk

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential conversations with clinicians from CAMHS. Clinicians hold walk-in hours at designated sites around campus. There is no appointment necessary and no fee for the service.  

* Let's Talk locations are closed for winter recess. Please check back in early 2019 for new dates, times and locations. 

More about Let's Talk

How is Let's Talk different from CAMHS?

Clinicians at CAMHS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 45-50 minute appointments. Let's Talk is not formal counseling - it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal conversation with a clinician from time to time.

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.

What happens during a visit to Let's Talk?

Appointments are first-come, first-serve. Students are encouraged to talk about whatever is important to them. The clinician will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources. 

What is Let's Talk?

Let's Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential conversations with clinicians from CAMHS. Clinicians hold walk-in hours at designated sites around campus. There is no appointment necessary and no fee for the service.  

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.