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What is Let's Talk, SEMO?

Let's Talk, SEMO is a drop-in program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with a counselor from the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility (CBHA). Students are seen on a first come, first serve basis. No appointment is necessary and no fee is charged.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens at Let's Talk, SEMO?

When you come to a site please have a seat until the counselor comes to get you. Your wait should not be long. The counseling consultant will listen closely to your concerns, possibly ask questions, and provide support, perspective, suggestions for resources and appropriate referrals.

What are the common concerns that people bring up at Let's Talk, SEMO?

Students come with a variety of concerns; no topic is off limits. Common concerns include: stress, relationships, academic performance, financial struggles, sadness, worry, and family problems.

How is Let's Talk, SEMO different from counseling at the CBHA?

At the CBHA, counselors provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of weekly or bi-weekly 50-minute appointments. Let's Talk, SEMO is not formal counseling; it’s a drop-in-service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor consultant from time to time.

Who should visit Let's Talk, SEMO?

Let's Talk, SEMO is the best fit for the following people:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk to a counselor
  • Students who are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the 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 ideas about what to do

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling. Would going to Let's Talk, SEMO help me figure out what to do?

Absolutely. The counselor consultant will help you talk through your issues and help you determine the best way to get support.

I went to the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility and spoke with a counselor. They recommended a referral to a therapist in the community. Can I come to Let's Talk, SEMO instead?

Since regular counseling appointments are not available at Let's Talk, SEMO, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately the center cannot provide ongoing counseling to every student that requests it.

I am currently seeing a therapist at CBHA and would like to talk to someone sooner. Can I go to Let’s Talk?

If you are needing to see your counselor at the Center sooner please contact the office for an earlier appointment.

I see a counselor at CBHA now but I’m not happy with the way things are going. Can I go to Let's Talk, SEMO instead?

Express your concerns directly to your counselor. Counselors are eager to hear feedback—both positive and negative. Often, an open conversation about your concerns can resolve any issues.

What else do I need to know?

Although Let's Talk, SEMO counselor consultants are professionals, Let's Talk, SEMO is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let's Talk, SEMO counselor consultants 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, SEMO counselor consultant can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful to you and, if appropriate, connect you with CBHA.

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

One exception is that counselors may need to share information in a situation in which safety for yourself or others is a concern. Let's Talk, SEMO counselor consultants keep brief written notes of their contacts with students in the event that there is an emergency, or when a student is referred to the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility. In these situations, other CBHA counseling staff may see these brief notes. Information is also collected about attendance, demographic information, etc. in order to keep track of the number of students served. Let's Talk, SEMO visits and notes are never reported on a student’s official university record.

We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let's Talk, SEMO counselor consultant.

Contact

Phone: 573.986.6191
Fax: 573.986.6031
cbha@semo.edu
Crisp Hall 201-202

Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility
One University Plaza, MS 8220
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

After Hours Services

Call the University Police Department at 651-2911 for emergency situations after hours, on weekends, or during session breaks. The University Police Department will contact the University's Crisis Response Team.