Let's Talk — Program
Our “Let’s Talk” service provides easy access to informal confidential consultations with a counselor who knows students, and understands the unique pressures that students face when traveling, studying or interning abroad.
Students often face different kinds of challenges abroad, including mental health ones. When facing these situations we want to provide the greatest support possible. Working through challenges is part of life, but when students are abroad, they may be far from their support networks back home.
Let’s Talk is a way for students to easily access someone who can listen and guide them through challenges and get back to enjoying life and thriving abroad.
This service is for any participant on a CIS Abroad program who feels like they’d like an informal conversation with a counselor. This includes:
- A student feeling the impact of culture shock
- A student having trouble adjusting to life abroad
- A student not making friends easily, or struggling with a roommate.
- A student just wanting a nonjudgmental listener because they don’t quite feel right.
- A student who is not sure what counseling is about but wants to try it.
- A student is concerned about a fellow participant and would like some thoughts from a professional.
Evgenia is a certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, located in Athens, Greece, where she holds counseling sessions with children and adults in her private office. She is trained in cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic-psychodynamic models of therapy. She has a deep understanding for mental health difficulties relating to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, PTSD and neurodevelopmental disorders, offering her professional advice to people in need. Evgenia has also served as CIS Abroad’s Site Director for Athens, Greece managing all issues pertaining to study abroad programs in her region. She therefore knows firsthand all the challenges that adjusting to and living in a foreign country can pose to study abroad students and can help them have a smoother experience.
To explore a new country, I choose to walk rather than take transportation even for longer distances. It helps you better feel the vibration and get into the pace of local life. Makes you hungrier for local dishes, too!
Students book a time that works for them directly on our counselor’s calendar. They are given a video meeting link that they will click on during the scheduled session. The session will last approximately 30 minutes. It is that simple.
Let’s Talk is an innovative service pioneered by Cornell University to help to meet the needs of students by providing flexible, easy-to-access, mental health support. Since the establishment of Cornell’s Let’s Talk program a decade ago, more than 225 US universities have started their own Let’s Talk programs. More about Cornell’s Let’s Talk can be found here.