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 walk-in hours at two 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

2018-2019 Let’s Talk schedule

The last day for Let’s Talk for autumn quarter will be December 5th. Let’s Talk will begin again for winter quarter on January 8th.

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

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

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

kate fredenberg croppedKate Fredenberg

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

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.


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