Our Range of Counselling Services
- Difficulties relating to your studies (fear of speaking or of exams, procrastination, writing blocks, concentration problems, self-organisation)
- Social and relationship difficulties (social isolation, problems with friends and flatmates, being single, etc.)
- Current crisis situations (illness or loss of a significant person, thoughts of suicide, conflicts with your partner, dealing with separation)
- Difficult family circumstances (conflicts with your parents, your parents separating)
- Difficult financial situations (financial hardship, combining work and studies)
- Psychological stress (depressive moods, anxiety, addiction, etc.)
The Team is There for You
The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service offers One-on-one appointments, Groups for students and Pregnancy conflict counselling in compliance with § 219.
We can help with problems related to your studies and with your personal conflicts. We are, of course, legally required to maintain confidentiality.
The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service at studierendenWERK BERLIN also offers various individual counselling services for students. These services include psychotherapeutic support during examination, short-term therapy and crisis intervention.
After you have arranged an appointment, the first session will take place within a few weeks.
During this first session, you will talk about your concerns and current difficulties. These can be study-related, or be rooted in entirely different problems that together may be negatively affecting you. The psychotherapy counsellor will discuss with you what further kind of help might be available. This could be, further individual meetings, or participation in a group. Sometimes, short-term crisis intervention in the form of just a few sessions provides sufficient support.
We also advise you about outpatient psychotherapy, should this be necessary, as well as informing you about suitable kinds of therapy.
The session usually lasts 45 - 50 minutes. The number of counselling sessions will be agreed with your counsellor during the first few meetings.
Early consultation can prevent bigger problems arising later, thus avoiding the need for more complex treatment at a later date.
It is a sign of strength and independence to ask for the support you need to create wellbeing and to succeed in your ambitions.
The counselling session is free of charge and is, of course, subject to confidentiality.
Due to restricted capacity, our English language counselling might entail a wait.
The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service at studierendenWERK BERLIN also offers various group counselling services, available only in German.
Participation in any of these groups is only possible after prior consultation.
Group offers of the current semester are listed here.
Specially trained female colleagues perform comprehensive counseling on questions about pregnancy. When booking an appointment, please indicate that you wish to come to a pregnancy counselling session and whether you need to have an English speaking counsellor.
You have an unplanned pregnancy and don’t know what to do next? You had different plans and are wondering whether or not you would be able to raise a child in your current life situation? There are many things to consider: your studies, your relationship and family situation, your health, your financial situation, etc. In this difficult time, you can get some orientation and help making a clear decision by attending a counselling session.
If you are considering an abortion, there is a requirement to attend a recognised counselling centre. The Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Counselling Service Centre at studierendenWERK BERLIN has just such a service. It is legally recognised and has two specially trained counsellors. Even though the law intends that during counselling, you should be encouraged to continue with your pregnancy, you should have no fear that you will have to justify yourself, or that you will be pressured to change a decision you have already made. If you wish, you will receive the appropriate counselling certificate at the end of the interview and you will not have to look for any further counselling services.
The close partnership between the Social Counselling Centre, the studierendenWERK BERLIN and others provides further counselling on the support options open to you, should you decide to continue with your pregnancy.
The decision whether to terminate or to continue with your pregnancy belongs to you and you alone. Only you can make this decision.
Our counselling services are free and confidential. You don’t need to have confirmation of your pregnancy from a doctor to get an appointment for counselling.
If you wish, you can bring your partner or another person with you to the counselling session. It is possible to come to several sessions if you wish.