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Lets Talk! Drop in Consultation

Let's Talk Consultations 

Let's Talk Consultations will return Fall Semester (2024) Check back for times and locations!


Consultations are:

  • Provided by the Counseling Center to App State students
  • Free and confidential
  • Offered on a first-come, first-served basis - no appointment needed
  • Brief and informal (not a clinical service and not a substitute for counseling or emergency services)


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lets Talk?
Lets Talk is a program that offers brief, informal, and confidential one-on-one consultations with Counseling Center staff. Lets Talk can help students address specific problems and familiarize them with the process of talking to a counselor.

Who should visit Lets Talk?
Students who are looking for support with a variety of topics such as:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Relationships with partners, friends, family, or roommates
  • Adjustment to college or culture shock
  • Sadness
  • Academic performance
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Concerns related to sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Deciding whether counseling may be a good fit

What happens at Lets Talk?
Lets Talk consultants can share helpful resources, offer their perspective on a students concerns, discuss coping skills, or offer problem-solving strategies. Additionally, consultants can help students determine whether formal counseling at the Counseling Center or elsewhere would be useful. Although Lets Talk consultants are mental health professionals, this service is not intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy or emergency services and does not constitute mental health treatment.

Is Lets Talk confidential?
Let's Talk is a confidential service, however we may need to share information in the event of:

  • Any immediate risk of you ending your life or seriously harming someone else's life
  • The abuse/neglect of minors, elders, or those who are dependent on someone's care
  • Court ordered requests for information

Who are the Lets Talk consultants?

Heidi Campbell


Heidi Campbell, M.A.

Assistant Director / Coordinator of Emergency Services and Contract Staff / Co-Coordinator of Mental Health Ambassadors
Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Bachelor of Arts | Princeton University
  • Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology | Appalachian State University
  • Internship | New River Behavioral Healthcare
  • Licensed Psychological Associate in North Carolina

Aaron Cain


Aaron Cain, M.A.

Doctoral Psychology Intern
Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Doctorate Program | Counseling Psychology | Radford University
  • Masters Program | Clinical Psychology | Sam Houston State University

Adriana Varela-St.Clair


Adriana Varela-St.Clair, M.A., LCMHCA, NCC

Staff Counselor
Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Master's Degree | Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Wake Forest University
  • Master's Internship | Counseling Services | University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in North Carolina
  • National Certified Counselor
  • Spoken Languages: English, Spanish, Italian

Cheyenne James


Cheyenne James, M.S., Ed.

Doctoral Psychology Intern
Pronouns: she, her, hers

  • Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology | Radford University
  • Masters Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling | Old Dominion University

Scott Dula

Tuesdays - (Hickory)

Scott A. Dula, LCSW

Referral Coordinator
Pronouns: he, him, his

  • Bachelor's Degree | Industrial/Organizational Psychology | Appalachian State University
  • Master's Degree | Social Work with a concentration in Individual/Family Counseling | Appalachian State University

If you have other questions not answered above please contact Adriana Varela-St. Clair.

The Counseling & Psychological Services Center at Appalachian State University is deeply indebted to the counselors at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Cornell University who pioneered and modeled "Let's Talk" and made it such a successful service at Cornell. Appalachian's Let's Talk program is based on Cornell's concept. With permission, some of the material from this website has been adapted or reproduced from the Let's Talk websites of Cornell University, Northwestern University, Southern Utah University, University of Minnesota, and the University of Notre Dame.