Being in college can bring with it many struggles, both past and present, expected or unexpected, and addressing them in a spiritual context may be helpful. Pastoral Counseling embraces the Jesuit principle of cura personalis – care for the whole person – by integrating mental health counseling with one's spirituality or faith tradition.
Pastoral Counseling continues to be available to students during COVID-19, using phone or video meetings. In-person meetings may be possible in certain circumstances with appropriate physical distancing requirements. Campus Ministry is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all members of the BC community, fully recognizing and valuing all identities, beliefs, and experiences. Especially in the context of this unprecedented climate of ongoing uncertainty, shared social and racial trauma, and increased vigilance, we encourage students to seek support from our staff.
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About Pastoral Counseling
What is Pastoral Counseling?
Pastoral counseling is a form of therapy that gives special attention to the role that spirituality plays in a person’s mental health and overall well-being. Rick is happy to consult on any issues to find the best fit for addressing whatever might be necessary. Rick works with a social work graduate student who is also available to meet.
Contact Rick by email, phone, or in-person to set-up an appointment or to refer someone:
You may also find value in starting a conversation with one of our campus ministers, who can be a resource in discussing life’s joys, struggles, and big questions. Campus ministers can provide private spaces for these conversations and can be great starting points to work with you in figuring out where to go from here.
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity