What we do
The time of study is an turbulent period of life with numerous changes and challenges. Some of the typical concerns we handle include:
- an inability to study or work, procrastination
- managing stress and burnout
- test anxiety
- doubts about study project
- questions regarding identity and orientation
- relationship, partner, and family problems
- loneliness and isolation
- depression and anxiety
- therapist search
See our German-language handout for a brief overview of our services.
In this presentation, we introduce the services offered by the Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling (ZSPB). To play it, press the presentation button.
We offer both groups and one-on-one sessions to support you in overcoming these challenges.
Our groups are usually aimed at a specific target group (e.g. students with mental health issues, students who procrastinate, etc.). Besides the fact that participants are students at the university, they share a particular challenge or problem. In our groups it is important to us that participants get in touch with each other, share their experiences and benefit from others’ - according to the motto: You are not alone with this problem! The group leaders accompany and moderate the sessions. They contribute psychological knowledge and strategies on the respective topics. In between the group sessions, you have the opportunity to try out what you have learned.
Our groups usually comprise six to eight appointments and last between 90 and 120 minutes. The groups are closed, i.e. participants register before the first session and the group composition remains constant during the course. This facilitates an open and trustful exchange in the group. You can only participate in a group after prior registration at the Psychological Counseling Center and a short conversation to clarify preconditions and expectations.
Counseling is available for all difficulties regarding your studies and personal situations that affect your studies. Counseling can be carried out in German, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
One counseling session lasts 50 minutes. We determine the number of sessions based on the needs of the person seeking counseling. We can help to resolve certain issues in a single session; others might require 3 or 4 sessions. We can offer a maximum of 6 counseling sessions. Where necessary, we can provide other forms of support—such as our workshops—and help you to find other services within or outside the University. We do not offer long-term psychotherapy; however, we are happy to help you find a therapist.
Information on how to register for the groups and individual counseling can be found here.