Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Conversation With "Let's Talk" Counselor, Bindu Seth Heck

1. Tell me a little about your professional background.

I am currently completing my second year of a part-time post-doctoral fellowship at the Student Counseling Service. I was awarded my doctoral degree from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and my dissertation focused on issues of belongingness and the lived experience of individuals within the Gender Queer and Transgender communities. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at SCS and have also completed training programs at Northwestern University, Northtown Rogers Park Mental Health Center, and Elgin Mental Health Center.

2. What is “Let’s Talk”? What happens at a visit to “Let’s Talk”?

“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal and confidential consultations with counselors from the Student Counseling Service. A student can simply walk-in during the designated time—there is no appointment or fee necessary. A student can remain anonymous if they would prefer not to give their name. During a visit, I typically ask if there is a particular issue or concern that is bringing a student to “Let’s Talk,” and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

3. Who should visit “Let’s Talk”?
This service is open to all University of Chicago undergraduate and graduate students. “Let’s Talk” is the best fit for the following people:students who are not sure about therapy and wonder what it’s like to talk with a therapist; students who are not interested in therapy 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 thoughts about what to do.

4. How is “Let’s Talk” different from psychotherapy at the Student Counseling Service (SCS)?

Therapists at SCS provide short-term therapy, which usually consists of weekly 45-50 minute appointments. “Let’s Talk” is not formal therapy: it is a drop-in service where students can have an informal consultation with a counselor from time to time.