In order to empower students to navigate their way toward greater autonomy and effectiveness, we provide emotional support, the development and enhancement of life skills, and encourage self-reflection. In our role as consultants to the greater campus community, we work with students and colleagues to promote an informed, prepared, and safe community.
Counseling Services provides brief assessments, short-term counseling, psycho-educational groups and workshops, crisis intervention, case management, mediation, outreach, advocacy, psychiatric medication evaluation and management, and referral services for BMC students.
Monday - Friday 10am-12pm and 2-4pm. During these hours, students may be seen without an appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. Students experiencing emergencies will be seen within the day, even if it is outside of these hours. Please come in during triage hours if you are looking to establish care with Counseling Services for the first time this year. A counselor will meet with you briefly to assess your needs and work on a plan with you.
Making an Appointment
To make an appointment please call the Health and Wellness Center at 610-526-7360 or come in during business hours. Our receptionist will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible. Counselors are assigned according to availability. Students may request a particular counselor, but our ability to accommodate these requests will depend on scheduling.
If you need immediate support and would like to speak to an on-call counselor, please call 610-526-7778.
All currently enrolled BMC undergraduate, graduate, and post-bac students interested in counseling services are asked to meet with a counselor for a 30-minute brief assessment. During this meeting, the student and counselor will discuss the student's needs and identify a range of options best suited to meet the stated needs. Options may include continuing services in the counseling center, getting referrals for off-campus providers, or connecting to other on-campus resources. All brief assessments are conducted during triage hours.
Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication
If a student believes they might benefit from an evaluation by a psychiatrist, they are encouraged to discuss this with their counselor, who may refer them to one of our psychiatrists or an off-campus provider depending on the needs of the student. If you are not currently seeing one of our counselors, please come in for a brief assessment. Students must be engaged in therapy to be considered for psychiatric services.
Our psychiatrists, in the process of getting to know you, will discuss the appropriateness of medications. Sometimes, students for whom psychiatric consultation is appropriate may have to be referred to an off-campus provider if the psychiatrists’ limited availability does not allow the student a timely consultation, or if the student’s needs exceed the Counseling Service’s resources.
BMC Psychiatrists will consider prescribing stimulant medication in cases where the student can provide documentation from a recent neuropsychological evaluation confirming diagnosis and is currently stable and working with a therapist either at the Counseling Center or off-campus. Our psychiatrists only prescribe stimulant medications when these criteria have been met. In addition, those criteria are necessary, but not always sufficient and are left to the clinical judgment of the prescriber. If you are already receiving stimulant medications, we encourage you to try to continue to work with your current provider.
On-campus and Off-campus Referrals
- Individual Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Specialized services
Dorm Leadership Team (DLT) Consults
Student leaders may request to schedule a confidential student consult with a staff counselor for support handling any situations related to their DLT role.
TELUS Health Student Support
TELUS Health Student Support Services is free to all currently enrolled students. Explore below for more information about Student Support through TELUS
If you have not opted out of the BMC insurance (UnitedHealthcare) you can login to the UHCSR portal (firststudent.com) to access free online counseling services through Healthiest You. Note: When you sign up for Healthiest You, make sure you choose to sign up using your insurance UnitedHealthcare ID # so that your sessions are 100% covered! Even if you do not have the school insurance, telehealth services are available for a fee — go to firststudent.com or download this flyer for more information.
Why See a Counselor?
Counseling isn't only for mental health conditions. Common concerns of students who visit the Health and Wellness Center for counseling include:
- Body image
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Intimate relationships, including abuse
- Trouble with interpersonal relationships or roommate issues
- Family issues
- Eating concerns
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Cultural or ethnic concerns
- Substance use concerns