Counseling Center

Let’s Talk

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What is Let’s Talk?

Let’s Talk is a program that connects UW students with support from experienced counselors from the Counseling Center and Hall Health Center without an appointment. Counselors hold drop-in hours at various sites on campus. Let’s Talk offers informal consultation – it is not a substitute for regular therapy, counseling, or psychiatric care.

Talking with a counselor can help provide insight, solutions, and information about other resources.

Let’s Talk drop-in visits are:

  • Free
  • Confidential
  • No appointment necessary

Let’s Talk schedule

For Spring Quarter 2019, Let’s Talk runs from April 1st through June 14th.

Mondays, 2-4PM
Odegaard Library, Room 222
Fievel Finley, LICSW

Tuesdays, 2-4PM
Ethnic Cultural Center, Room 306
Iris Song, PsyD

Wednesdays, 2-4PM
Q Center, HUB 315
Kate Fredenberg, LICSW

Thursdays, 2-4PM
Mary Gates Hall, Room 134E
Charisse Williams, PhD

Let’s Talk is available during autumn, winter, and spring quarters, and does not run during finals or breaks.

How does Let’s Talk work?

Appointments are first-come, first-served. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

Let’s Talk is different from 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 consultation with a counselor from time to time.

Is Let’s Talk the right choice for me?

There is no wrong reason to seek counseling through Let’s Talk, the Counseling Center, or Hall Health Center. However, Let’s Talk is an especially good fit for students who:

  1. Are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with a counselor
  2. Are not interested in ongoing counseling but would like the perspective of a counselor
  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

Meet our counselors

ffFievel Finley (they/them, he/him)

Fievel enjoys working collaboratively with students across a wide range of goals and issues. Fievel is committed to working toward social justice, and they strive to provide culturally responsive and strengths-based therapy that takes into account our diverse identities and backgrounds. Fievel’s approach is integrative and collaborative, drawing on mindfulness practice, sensorimotor psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic principles. Fievel recognizes that our bodies are an important resource for our healing and wellness and often incorporates practices that integrate our mind and body experience.

kate fredenberg croppedKate Fredenberg (she/her)

Kate enjoys meeting with diverse students and working with a wide range of issues. Her approach to therapy is integrative, empathic, and insight oriented; she uses a strengths-based feminist framework, and is particularly passionate about serving the LGBTQ+ communities. Kate has a strong commitment to social justice, and to examining her own relationship to power and privilege. She has significant experience working with gender identity, sexuality, “coming out” and intersecting identities. Foundationally, Kate believes we all have inherent wisdom, and the capacity to heal; she empowers growth through the nurturance of self-acceptance and compassion.

Iris Song (she/her)

Iris is an English and Korean-speaking psychologist who works from a framework that emphasizes empowering the individual in their relationship with themselves and their environments through insight-oriented conversations in the therapy space. She is experienced in working with survivors of both complex and acute trauma (political persecution/conflict, sexual assault, abuse, grief, etc.). Iris is also experienced in supporting students with concerns of identity, adjustment/transition, relationships, and mood. She believes that individuals are able to live in freer and more empowered ways through authentic expression of themselves.

cwCharisse Williams (she/her)

Charisse Williams, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director, Training Director, and licensed psychologist at the University of Washington Counseling Center (located in 401 Schmitz Hall). Charisse has been at the Counseling Center for over 11 years and specializes in treating underserved, marginalized, and oppressed populations. Charisse utilizes culturally appropriate and sensitive interventions to assist students in overcoming normative stressors and problems like depression and anxiety. Charisse is also an advocate and activist, a native of Detroit, Michigan, and when she is not busy helping students, loves to spend time with friends and her puppy Bishop.

Note: We are indebted to Cornell University and its Let’s Talk program for much of the content above.