Let's Talk with Paul Eastman, Ed.S.
-CAPS Let’s Talk Program-
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, CAPS will provide virtual Let’s Talk on a limited
basis. Students can schedule a brief consultation with a counselor to be conducted by
phone or by Zoom video.
Paul's Zoom link: https://berkeley-hipaa.zoom.us/j/7305737436
-What is Let’s Talk-
The CAPS Let's Talk program provides easy access to informal, brief,
consultation sessions with mental health professionals from UC Berkeley's Counseling
and Psychological Services (CAPS). It is free and there is no paperwork to complete.
Speaking with a therapist during Let’s Talk can help you access support, gain
perspective, explore resources and options, and discuss how therapy might be helpful.
Let’s Talk sessions could be used to:
● learn more about mental health resources and virtual therapy services,
● talk about stress and anxiety related to academics and/or relationship concerns,
● talk about challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic
● learn about healthy ways to cope with stress and other concerns
● get emotional support and identify ways to increase social connection during
● create a menu of therapy options to consider, or identify a future plan of action
Although Let’s Talk consultations are with mental health professionals, they are
not therapy sessions and do not constitute mental health treatment. Let’s Talk meetings
are not part of the student’s mental health records. Let’s Talk is not for urgent concerns. If you are in crisis or need immediate support, please call CAPS at 510-642-9494. If CAPS is closed, please call the CAPS after hours support line at 855-817-5667.
-Limits to Confidentiality-
When there is an immediate threat of harm to you or others, Let’s Talk
counselors are required by law to report this. When a minor, elderly person or someone
otherwise incapacitated is being abused, Let’s Talk consultants are also required by
law to report this.
If your Let’s Talk consultant assesses that you could benefit from a higher level
of care, they will provide you with resources at the University and surrounding
community. CAPS staff will also do their best to help those living outside of Berkeley or
the state identify options for treatment.
-How to Schedule a Virtual Let’s Talk Visit-
Please sign-up for a 20-minute time-slot by giving your name and e-mail. If you
prefer not to leave your full name please feel free to leave initials, first name only
or a pseudonym
In the comment section:
● Provide the phone number at which you can be reached
● Designate whether you prefer a phone call or a Zoom video visit
● Once you complete the above steps, you are scheduled for a Virtual Let’s Talk
Visit, and you can expect the following:
● Your Let’s Talk consultant will contact you at the designated time
● You can expect a phone call if you requested to be contacted by
phone (the call will be from a blocked number)
● If you requested Zoom video, please use the following link and wait for your Let’s Talk consultant to start the meeting: https://berkeley-hipaa.zoom.us/j/7305737436
Please be Advised:
● If you do not state a preference for Zoom video, the Let’s Talk consultant will call
you at the number provided.
● If all slots are full or if available slots do not work with your schedule, please call
CAPS at (510) 642-9494 and ask for a phone consultation with Paul or with another CAPS therapist.
● CAPS hours are currently 10am-4pm, Monday - Friday.
● For urgent concerns, please call (510) 642-9494 and inform the CAPS front desk
that you have an urgent concern and would like a same-day phone consultation with a therapist.
● For after-hours support, please call the 24/7 support line at (855) 817-5667.
Other Emergency Resources:
● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7): 800-273-8255.
● Alta Bates Emergency Room: 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704; (510) 204-4444
● The Trevor Project (link is external) (for LGBTQ+ Youth, 24/7): (866) 488-7386.
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