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Let’s Talk

“Let’s Talk” is a drop-in service that offers informal, confidential consultation with a Student Counseling Services counselor.

Let’s Talk consultations are …

  • FREE for Liberty students
  • Offered first-come, first-served (no appointment necessary)
  • Typically about 20-25 minutes in length
  • Informal, and not a substitute for counseling
  • Not appropriate for urgent concerns or mental health emergencies


Let’s Talk consultations are available on the days and times listed below:

Day Time Location Counselor Population
Mondays 1:00pm – 2:00pm DeMoss Hall 3122A Andrew Ashcroft Open to all students
Thursdays 12:00pm – 1:00pm DeMoss Hall 3122A Louis Alvey Open to Veterans, Military, Dependents
Fridays 1:00pm – 2:00pm DeMoss Hall 3122A Andrew Ashcroft Open to all students

Meet the Counselors

Andrew Ashcroft, M.A.

As a counselor, my primary responsibility is to provide individual, couples and group counseling to students. I also serve as the liaison to the International Student Center to help international students and missionary kids develop a support network on campus. I work as the facilitator for the “Let’s Talk” campus program.  I am trained in grief counseling, trauma therapy, and the Prepare and Enrich pre-marital counseling model.

I enjoy making an interpersonal connection with students who are having difficulty adjusting to college.  As a former international student who grew up overseas as a missionary kid, I understand the complex challenges students face once they leave home and try to adjust to a new, unfamiliar culture.  I’ve found this to be true for new freshman who’ve left their hometown in another state to come to LU, newly engaged or married couples experiencing relational stress, and students arriving from another country.  I strive to provide a warm, welcoming environment. I invite students to explore their unique cultural history, share their cultural frustrations without judgment, and collaborate with them to identify ways of making a healthy social transition to campus life.

I like to spend time with my wife and family. I especially enjoy being involved with Lynchburg’s growing soccer community as a coach and player. I also enjoy riding my vintage Vespa around town on the weekends.  It brings me back to my childhood growing up in Rome, Italy. I am actively involved with my church and enjoy participating in a variety of ministries within the church body.


Louis Alvey, M.Ed., LPC, CSAC

Louis holds licenses in Virginia in Professional Counseling and Substance Abuse (LPC, CSAC). Louis has worked in the mental health field for 13 years, the majority of that time serving military service members, veterans, and their families.  He has worked in outpatient facilities in the areas of severe mental illness, substance abuse, school-based support for children as well as Mental Health crisis and emergency response.

Louis entered the counseling profession following deployments as an enlisted soldier and seeing a need for those in the military and veterans seeking help for mental health concerns related to their service.  He was awarded the NBCC Foundation’s Military Scholarship to promote increased access to counseling services for military service members and veterans and continues to work to that end.

Louis has been in the US Army for over 18 years, and continues to serve in the Virginia Army National Guard’s Medical Command.

Louis and his amazing wife, Amanda, have 9 children.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Let’s Talk

What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?

How is Let’s Talk different from Liberty’s Student Counseling Services (SCS)?

Who should visit Let’s Talk?

I think I have a problem that would benefit from counseling, but I don’t know anything about counseling. Would going to Let’s Talk help me figure out what to do?

I called Student Counseling Services (SCS) and spoke with a counselor. She offered me an appointment 10 business days from now. Can I stop by Let’s Talk in the meantime?

I called Student Counseling Services (SCS) and spoke with a counselor. He/she recommended a referral to a therapist in Lynchburg. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?

I’m currently seeing a counselor at Student Counseling Services (SCS), and I would like to talk to someone sooner than my next appointment. Can I go to Let’s Talk?

I’m currently seeing a counselor at Student Counseling Services (SCS), and I’m not happy with how things are going. Can I go to Let’s Talk instead?

What else do I need to know?

Let’s Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?

If you have any more questions, please contact Student Counseling Services at 434-582-2651 or studentcounselingservices@liberty.edu.