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Counseling Services

Counseling Services at The Boston Conservatory

At the Counseling and Wellness Center, counseling services are available to help students achieve a greater sense of wellness through individual counseling, education and connection with community resources. The counseling staff is here to support students as they define goals, develop strategies for change, realize a greater understanding of self and others, and expand personal potential. Counselors are also available to assist students who may be experiencing distress and seek to receive support and treatment. Any concern a student has is regarded as important and treated with respect.

Counseling services are sensitive to issues of ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, physical capacities, and learning differences.

All Counseling Services are included in the comprehensive fee that full-time students pay.


A counseling relationship requires an atmosphere of trust and confidence between student and counselor. All counseling sessions will be kept confidential and no information will be revealed to anyone without written consent by the student who is receiving services.

If a student is judged to be a danger to self and/or others, or if minors, elderly, or persons with disabilities are being abused or neglected, legal and ethical standards will require the counseling staff to break confidentiality as to protect for the people involved.

A detailed notice of privacy practices and other limits to confidentiality is available upon request and is reviewed as part of every initial counseling appointment.

Counseling Services

  • Counseling Drop In Hours
  • Assessment and Referral
  • Individual Counseling
  • Mental Health Screenings
  • Education Materials
  • Interactive Programming
  • Workshops 

Counseling Drop In Hours

Drop In Hours provide students an opportunity to have a brief unscheduled appointment with a counselor to discuss a problem or concern, ask a question, find referral resources, or schedule an appointment.  

  • Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm

Assessment and Referral

If a student has been experiencing emotional distress, he or she can meet with a counselor for an assessment of his or her needs and determination of possible recommendations including individual and group psychotherapy, outpatient or inpatient treatment, or psychopharmacological treatment. 

If a student has a history of psychotherapy or treatment and is new to the Boston area, the counseling staff will work to find an appropriate provider if need.

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is an opportunity for students to meet one-on-one with a counselor to discuss any personal concerns. Students work with the counselor to determine the appropriate course of treatment. Each student is eligible to receive twelve counseling sessions on campus per academic year. In certain cases a referral will be made to an off-campus counselor.

Mental Health Screenings

Mental Health Screenings are available to students throughout the year. Students may be screened for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, or alcohol abuse. Following your screening, you will be given recommendations for follow-up and information on where to seek further diagnostic evaluation or treatment, if necessary. Students interested in arranging a mental health screening should do one of the following:

  • Schedule an individual consultation with a counselor.
  • Visit our mental health screening website to take free confidential screenings on a variety of topics.

Education Materials

Education materials on a wide variety of mental health and personal growth topics are available to students free of charge. Books, pamphlets and self-help tools are often used by students to get more information about an issue troubling them or someone else in their life.

Interactive Programming

Counseling programs occur on campus throughout the year, and provide a focus on stress management, mental health awareness, substance use resources, art therapy, and other areas of interest.  Programs are open to all students, and are a great way to learn more about counseling on campus.


The Counseling and Wellness staff is available to present or organize workshops on a variety of health topics. Please contact us if you would like to schedule a workshop for your residence hall, classroom, or event.

Counseling and Wellness Workshops:

  • Alcohol and Other Drug Education
  • Alcohol and Your Body
  • Art Therapy
  • Creating Balance
  • CPR Certification
  • Environmental Health
  • Fitness
    • Exercise 101
    • Residence Hall/Apartment Workouts
    • Advanced Strength Training
    • Improving Your Cardiovascular Strength
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Injury Prevention
  • Mental and Emotional Health topics
  • Nutrition
    • Nutrition 101
    • Eating for Performance
    • Healthy Eating
    • Mindful Eating
    • Why “Diets” Don’t Work
    • Eating for Healthy Weight Loss
    • Vegetarian Eating
  • Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Self-Defense and Sexual Assault Prevention
  • Sexual Health and STI Prevention
  • Sleep Workshops
  • Understanding Healthcare and Health Insurance
  • Winter Wellness
    • Sunlamp therapy

The Counseling and Wellness Center staff can also work with you to create new topics and workshops that are of interest to you.

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