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Mental Health Counseling

Mental Health Counseling (also called Personal Counseling) in a community college setting places emphasis on psycho-educational and developmental issues.  Typically, the focus is on managing temporary problems of daily living, rather than treating psychological disorders.  A counselor can help students think about events in a more rational way, so that they can gain perspective, make good choices, and experience less stress.  And, of course, a counselor can help students with academic issues, such as test anxiety.  A community college counselor can also screen students for depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders and, if necessary, refer them to community resources that provide therapy.

Counseling Services offers a friendly, supportive environment where free, confidential services are provided for students.  The following Mental Health services are provided by Counseling Services:

  • Short-term Therapy
  • Assessment
  • Substance Use (Alcohol and other drug) Screening
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Appropriate Referrals for Treatment
  • Free, Anonymous, and Confidential Online Assessments:

Scheduling Appointments

To make an appointment in Fall River or New Bedford, or to speak with someone to learn more about Counseling, please call 508.678.2811, ext. 2234/2227 or stop by G211 on the Fall River campus.  For appointments at the Attleboro Campus, please contact the Enrollment Center at 508.678.2811, ext. 3527.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Counseling and Health Services offers free and confidential support and education to BCC students. We aim to aid students in understanding and addressing the harmful effects of excessive alcohol and other substance use.  Below, you will find a summary of our services. For more information, please call us at 508.678.2811, ext. 2234. 

Your academic success is important to us, and we look forward to providing the support and guidance you need to succeed!

We offer the following services:

  • Screening and brief interventions - After filling out a short survey -- in person or online -- relating to your alcohol and/or drug use, we can offer immediate feedback on how you can potentially avoid future alcohol- and drug-related problems. All information is kept strictly confidential.
  • Substance abuse counseling - For students who wish to address alcohol and/or other substance use concerns, we offer a five-session series where you can meet individually with a clinician to talk about your personal goals and develop a plan to address them.  As with all of our services, these sessions are free and completely confidential. 
  • Professional Referrals - Through Project ASSIST, we collaborate closely with Stanley Street Treatment and Resources (SSTAR), a large, non-profit multi-service agency that offers mental health and substance abuse treatment services and other local agencies. As such, we have the capacity to locate the services you need.

How do I know if I, my friends or other students have a problem?

Ask yourself some questions: How do I know if I may have a problem?

How can I refer someone?

If you think that you, or someone you know, need help, please contact the Counseling Center or Health Services at ext. 2234.

Resources and Links

Phone Extensions for Campus Resources

Counseling Center ext. 2234
Health Services ext. 2232
Campus Police (emergencies) ext. 3911
Campus Police (office) ext. 2218

Phone Number of Community Resources

SSTAR 800.937.3610
Corrigan Mental Health Center 508.235.7200
Alcohol Hotline 800.ALCOHOL (252.6465)
Narcotics Anonymous 866.624.3578

Tools and Screenings


More Information

Substance Use Counseling
Student Resources
Suicide Prevention
Confidentiality & Professional Ethics

Contact Details

Mental Health Counseling
Fall River & New Bedford Campuses
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 2234
Location: G211

Attleboro Campus
Attleboro Campus
Phone: 508.678.2811, ext. 3527

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