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Informal, Friendly and Confidential Consultation

What is Let's Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program for all Northwestern Students that offers drop-in consultations (in-person and virtual) with a CAPS staff member. The consultation meetings are informal, friendly, and confidential.

Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and doesn't constitute mental health treatment, but the Let’s Talk consultants will listen to your specific concerns, offer support, resources, and introduce you to what it’s like to speak to a member of our staff.

Let’s Talk is available throughout the academic year (not including summer and university holidays).

What to Expect at Let’s Talk

If you have more questions about Let’s Talk, visit our FAQ here. You can also contact Nick Jenkins, the Associate Director for Community-Based Intervention, if you have further questions.


The Let's Talk Program at Northwestern University is based on the Let's Talk Program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from Cornell University. We would like to thank Matt Boone, LCSW, for his assistance in helping us launch this program on our campus. This successful model has paved the way for us and many others

Let's Talk campus hours
Evanston Campus Chicago Campus

Let’s Talk is currently not offered on the Evanston Campus for Spring 2024. Please check back here in the future for more information regarding Let's Talk Offerings.

If you have any questions, please call the CAPS front desk at 847-491-2151 for assistance.

If you’re interested in starting therapy at CAPS, please check out how to access our services hereplease schedule an initial assessment here or drop in during our Same Day Access hours.

Fridays from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  *1st and 3rd Friday of the month – dates listed below

  • Location: McGaw Pavilion, Room 2-319, 240 E. Huron St.
  • Led by Rachael Collins, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist and CAPS Liaison to Feinberg School of Medicine

This hour is open to all Northwestern Graduate/Professional Students on the Chicago campus.

Dr. Collins will hold the Friday Let’s Talk hour on the following dates: January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, March 15, April 5, May 3, May 17