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A Letter From the Director

thomas p. mcguinness, ph.d

Photo of Dr. Thomas P. McGuinness

Welcome to the Website for University Counseling Services of Boston College.

University Counseling Services (UCS) is a department within the Division of Student Affairs. Our mission is to address the mental health needs of the Boston College community. While most of our work is one-to-one counseling and psychotherapy with students, we are also intensively involved in consultation and other activities to strengthen Boston College as an institution dedicated to learning and to personal and community development.

Consistent with the mission of the university, Counseling Services focuses on learning and the education of the whole person. Through counseling and other activities of the department, we strive to assist students in identifying, understanding and solving problems.

Each year more than 1800 students consult with Counseling Services for a wide variety of problems and concerns. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include depression, anxiety reactions, eating disorders, problems with friends and roommates, family issues and adjustment difficulties. Most students are seen for short term counseling by the psychologists on our staff.

In Counseling Services, we are committed to assisting those who are concerned about others. We frequently meet with students, faculty and others who are worried about students, friends, or roommates. We can help understand what the problems might be and how the concerned other can intervene. These and our other services are confidential and voluntary.

Please review the web pages for University Counseling Services and call us at 617-552-3310 if you have further questions.


Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D.