“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:
|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
Let’s Talk is a program that provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with counselors from Student Counseling Services. Counselors hold walk-in hours on campus during the week. There is no appointment or fee necessary.
What happens at a visit to Let’s Talk?
Appointments are first-come, first-served. Usually there is not much of a wait. The counselor will listen closely to your concerns and provide support, perspective, and suggestions for resources.
How is Let’s Talk different from Liberty’s Student Counseling Services (SCS)?
Counselors at SCS provide ongoing counseling, which usually consists of 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.
Who should visit Let’s Talk?
This service is open to all residential Liberty undergraduate, graduate and professional students, unless otherwise noted on specific dates and times. Let’s Talk is the best fit for the following people:
- 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 someone with whom to talk it through;
- students who have a concern about a friend and want some thoughts about what to do.
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?
Absolutely. The counselor will talk through your issue with you and help you determine the best way to get help. If you feel comfortable with the counselor, it’s sometimes possible to meet with him or her at Student Counseling Services in an ongoing way.
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?
If you believe you need to be seen sooner than the appointment you were given, it’s best to call SCS directly and explain your situation.
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?
Since regular counseling visits are not available at Let’s Talk, following up with the referral is a good idea. Unfortunately, SCS cannot always provide ongoing counseling to every student who requests it.
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?
If your next appointment is not soon enough, it’s best to contact your counselor directly to see if he or she can see you sooner.
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?
The best thing to do in this situation is to talk directly with your counselor. Counselors are eager to get your feedback, positive or negative. Oftentimes an open conversation about your concern helps smooth out any wrinkles. If, after talking with your counselor, you prefer to transfer to someone else, just ask your counselor directly, either in person or by e-mail.
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 counselor can help you determine whether formal counseling at Student Counseling Services would be useful for you and, if appropriate, assist you in scheduling an appointment.
Let’s Talk visits are confidential. Are there any limits to confidentiality?
Conversations with Let’s Talk counselors are confidential, with a few very rare exceptions. Counselors may need to share information in an emergency when there is an immediate threat of harm to self or others. Counselors are required by law to report when a minor, elderly person, or someone otherwise incapacitated and unable to act on his/her own behalf is being abused. Let’s Talk counselors keep brief written notes of their contacts with students, and in the event that there is an emergency or a student is referred to Student Counseling Services, other SCS staff may see these notes. Finally, these notes can be released in the unlikely event of a court order. Let’s Talk visits are never noted on a student’s official university record.
We don’t want anything to be a barrier to students accessing help. If you have further questions about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss them with a Let’s Talk counselor.
If you have any more questions, please contact Student Counseling Services at 434-582-2651 or email@example.com.