Photo: Felix Noak / stW BERLIN
Students in workshop
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak / stW BERLIN
therapist with student
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak
Photo: Felix Noak / stW BERLIN
Consulation video chat

studierendenWERK counsels on financing studies, studying with children, provides counselling on academic writing, provides psychological counselling, is a contractual partner for the KfW student loan and supports studying with special needs.

We are here for you

Dear students,

Studying places many demands on all areas of daily life. Not everything always runs smoothly. Even if many challenges are mastered by the students themselves, there can still be disruptions that awaken the need for professional advice.

At the moment there are additional changes and burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic: online studies, limited earning opportunities, health-related fears and reduced contact and leisure activities.

We offer individual counselling and couples therapy. We also offer helpful workshops and groups, which you can find at the bottom of this page.

Please make an appointment for a confidential consultation.

We currently provide advice by phone, video and in person.

Noticed: Do not enter the counseling center with cold symptoms.


Our consulting services

We help to find solutions for study-specific topics, such as:

  • speech and examination anxieties
  • Procrastination / writer's block
  • Concentration disorders
  • Self-organisation

In the same way, we also provide support in personal conflict situations, such as:

  • self-esteem problems, anxiety states, depressive moods
  • contact and relationship difficulties (social isolation, problems with friends, roommates)
  • partnership conflicts, processing of separations, partnerlessness, sexual difficulties
  • current crisis situations (e.g. loss of a significant person, suicidal thoughts, experiences with sexual or violent assaults)
  • stressful family situation (e.g. illness and loss of one parent, separation of parents, problems with siblings, family constellations)
  • psychosomatic complaints, eating disorders
  • difficult social situation (compatibility of studies and job etc.)
  • specific problems of international students
  • addiction problems (media addiction, alcohol, drugs)
  • pregnancy conflict counselling


Confidential appointments can be made via our secretary's office Mon-Thu 9 am to 15 pm and Fri 9 am to 13 pm or via email.

Location Charlottenburg, Hardenbergstraße 35
+49 (0)30 93939 8401

Location Friedrichshain, Franz-Mehring-Platz 2-3
+49 (0)30 93939 8438

Or via email at:

If, due to high demand, it is no longer possible to offer timely appointments, we will assign new appointments weekly, starting on Mondays.


The Berliner Krisendienst is available at all times at +49(0)30 390 63 00.



Group offers

Group offers

The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counseling of the studierendenWERK BERLIN also offers group counseling. Click here for the current overview.
Click here for the current overview.

Helpful psychological information

Pregnancy conflict counselling

We offer appointments for pregnancy conflict counselling according to §219. The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counseling Center of studierenWERK BERLIN is a recognized office with several specially trained counselors.

The counselling interview is free of charge and confidential. A visit to the doctor to establish pregnancy is not a necessary condition for a counselling appointment. If you wish, you can bring your partner or other persons to the consultation. Several appointments are also possible.

When making an appointment, please point out that you would like a pregnancy conflict counselling.

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Who comes to us?

You are not sure whether you are in the right place with your problem? Here you can find examples of students, why they came to us and how the conversation helped them.


Frequently asked questions to the Psychological Counselling Centre

No – when you first call (or send an email), you will initially reach the administrative office, where you will speak with someone who can make an appointment for you to see a counsellor.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your first appointment.

You will usually receive a registration form then.

A counsellor will meet you in the waiting area.

This is the person who you will speak with about your concerns and the further course of action.

A counselling appointment usually lasts around 50 minutes. 

Please cancel at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment, or earlier if you can. If you do not let us know you cannot come, then we cannot make time available for other students. This increases waiting times for everyone.

The counselling is free of charge. PBS works on the solidarity principle and is financed by students' tuition fees.

All consultants have been trained in medically recognised psychotherapeutic treatment. Like doctors, they are bound by their professional code of conduct to maintain confidentiality. 

Maybe you are not sure whether your concern is "important enough" for counselling. Please feel free to contact us, because this is exactly what an initial counselling session can be about.

People often tend to "make things up" with themselves and to trivialise them. Counselling is particularly useful at the beginning to prevent an increase in symptoms (prevention is everything).

You can come to us with problems related to your studies and with personal conflict situations.

You can find examples here. 



Link leads to the event What happens when I tune in? on 09.02.
Photo: Thomas Clotz / 

What happens when I tune in?

Listen to yourself

Link leads to the event Recharge on18.02.
Photo: Felix Noak / stW BERLIN 


An empowerment group for international students

Counselling services at a glance

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