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A Message from the Director

Craig D. Burns, Ph.D.

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

The mission of University Counseling Services (UCS) is to enhance the mental health capacity of Boston College students and the capacity of the community to foster emotionaly mature, responsible, and self-reliant students. Our primary service is one-on-one counseling and psychotherapy with students. In addition, 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 developement. 

Consistent with the mission of the University, Counseling Services focuses on learning and the education of the whole person. We strive to assist students in identifying, understanding, and resolving problems in their lives. Caring for the University community is our focus and specialty. We are committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and affirming care setting to members of the Boston College community. 

Each year more than 1800 students consult with Counseling Services for a wide variety of problems and concerns. Typical reasons for seeking counseling include anxiety, depression, relationship difficulities, 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. 

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

Please review our web pages and call us at 617-552-3310 if you have further questions.