Let’s Talk takes counselors out of the Hamre Center and into the campus community with the goal of providing easier access for students who might not find their way to us. These are confidential, informal drop-in consultations with no appointment necessary. Just drop in during the scheduled times to sign up for a 15-minute time slot.

Wednesdays, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm CDT

Counselors: Dana Suttles and Don DeBoer will primarily staff Let’s Talk, with other counselors filling in occasionally.

Dana Suttles, MA, LICSW
Don DeBoer, PhD, LP

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1. Let’s Talk will be held in Campus Center Room 242. If you prefer to attend via zoom, please email that facilitators (above).
2. When you arrive, please knock on the door, so the counselor knows you are there. They may be meeting with another student, so may not answer right away. Please find a seat and they will be with you within 15 minutes.
3. Meetings with a counselor are generally 15 minutes, however they may be a few minutes longer or shorter, depending on the concern. Please be nearby so the counselor can find you when it’s your turn.

Let’s Talk is the best fit for:

  • Students who are not sure about counseling and wonder what it’s like to talk with 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 to talk it through with someone
  • Students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do

Let’s Talk is not a good fit for:

  • Students experiencing current thoughts of wanting to hurt themselves or someone else
  • Students with concerns for their safety

Note: Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors can listen to specific problems, provide support, and help explore solutions and give information about other resources.


What is “Let’s Talk”?

“Let’s Talk” is a program that provides easy access to informal, confidential consultations with counseling staff members from Macalester. Let’s Talk Counselors hold walk-in hours at scheduled times in Campus Center Room 242. You do not have to make appointments for your 15-minute time slot.

What can I talk about at “Let’s Talk”?

No topic is off limits. Some reasons to stop by:

  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Sadness
  • Relationships
  • Family problems
  • Academic performance
  • Financial struggles
  • Adjustment to college
  • Coping with social/political climate
  • Identity-based topics
  • Other concerns

What happens during a visit to “Let’s Talk”?

Let’s Talk appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. There will be a sign indicating whether or not the Let’s Talk counselor is currently meeting with a student. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.

How is “Let’s Talk” different from being seen at the Hamre Center for Health & Wellness?

“Let’s Talk” is not formal counseling: it is a, informal, drop-in service where students can have a consultation with a staff member from time to time. Services at the Hamre Center are formal medical services, where students will complete client paperwork, and attend a more formal assessment or appointment, either once or in an ongoing nature.

Who should visit “Let’s Talk?”

This service is open to all currently enrolled Macalester students. We recognize that for a variety of reasons some students may be hesitant about engaging in mental health services on campus. Let’s Talk is designed to reflect a broad range of counselors with a variety of professional and lived experiences who are able to provide support and resources. If you’re not sure if counseling is right for you, stopping Let’s Talk can help you figure out what’s right for you. 

I’m currently in crisis and need to talk to someone right away. Should I go to the next available Let’s Talk session?

No, Let’s Talk is not set up to help students in crisis. Instead, we recommend you attend the next drop-in appointment at the Hamre Center, call Press 2 (651-696-6275 x2) for immediate support any time of day, or dial 911 in an emergency. 

See mental health urgent and emergency care for more information about on campus resources.

What else do I need to know?

Although Let’s Talk counselors are professionals, Let’s Talk is not a substitute for psychotherapy or formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk counselors 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 counselors can help you determine whether formal counseling would be useful for you and, if appropriate, help direct you to resources.

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The Let‘s Talk program at Macalester is based in part on the Let’s Talk program at Cornell University. With permission, some of the material describing this program has been adapted from the Cornell University Let’s Talk website.

Let’s Talk is not designed to be a crisis service. If you need to speak with someone more urgently please utilize the campus and community mental health urgent and emergency care resources.