rick rossi

Pastoral Counseling at Boston College

Pastoral counseling is a valuable way for students to access counseling services with respect to BC’s Jesuit, Catholic mission as well as their own unique spirituality or faith tradition. Recipients benefit from a clinical and spiritual perspective on life's struggles. 

Rick Rossi is a licensed clinical social worker and campus minister offering confidential, clinical support to any student in need.

What is Pastoral Counseling?

Pastoral counseling is a form of therapy that identifies an intimate link between spiritual and emotional well-being in a person’s life.

How do I start?

Contact Rick by email, phone, or in-person to set-up an appointment or to refer someone:

(617) 552-6592
McElroy 227

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.


Rick joined Campus Ministry at BC in 2002. Over the years, he has worked with many Campus Ministry programs including Kairos, 4Boston, the Ignatian Society, and the Manresa Retreat. Rick is a trained spiritual director and has also been a BC SANet Advocate since 2005. He completed his degree and licensure for clinical social work in 2015, and coordinates BC’s grief support, including HOPE meetings. More information can be found in the Support Groups section.

Adjustment Issues
Academic Stress/Questions
Life Transitions
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
Stress Management
Family issues

Get support. Find HOPE.

HOPE is an opportunity for BC students to talk with other students who have experienced loss in their lives. The death of a friend or family member can be difficult, and HOPE reminds us that we don’t have to go through loss alone.


Grieving the loss of someone can be confusing and isolating, especially in college. Hearing from and sharing with peers is an important part of coping, healing, and growing.


Bring a friend, roommate, or show up on your own. You can attend only once, or as many times as you would like.


Groups form several times each semester based on people's schedules. If you're interested, contact Rick Rossi to get connected.