Craig Burns

Message from Craig D. Burns, Ph.D., Director of Counseling Services

Welcome to University Counseling Services at Boston College. We strive to assist students in identifying, understanding, and resolving problems in their lives while providing a safe, inclusive, and affirming care setting for all. Consistent with the University’s mission of educating the whole person, our focus is on removing barriers to learning by enhancing the mental health capacity of our community.

Each year, more than 1,800 students consult with Counseling Services for a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, response to traumatic events, eating disorders, family issues, and adjustment difficulties. Most students are seen for short-term therapy by the clinicians on our staff, and in some cases may also be assisted with referrals for more intensive therapy when appropriate. 

While our primary service is one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy with students, we are also intensively involved in consultation and other activities designed to strengthen Boston College as an institution dedicated to learning and to personal and community development. 

We are also committed to assisting those who are concerned about others. We frequently meet with students, faculty, and others who are worried about students, friends, roommates, or family. We aim to help them understand what the problems might be and how they can intervene most effectively. These and all of our services are completely confidential and voluntary. 

I hope you will review our web pages and reach out to us with any questions. Whatever challenges you may be facing, we are here to help you navigate them.