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Mental Health Counseling

When your studies become a burden – the Mental Health Counseling Service of the University of Potsdam can help you.

Students can sometimes lose their mental equilibrium, too: pressure in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs is increasing through frequent tests and exams, funding your studies independently can become more and more burdensome due to the limited time resources, and job prospects are often lacking.

That is why the Mental Health Counseling Service was created at the University of Potsdam. Here, you will find somebody to talk to about your concerns relating to your university studies, such as:

  • work- and learning difficulties,
  • motivation problems,
  • exam anxiety and fear of public speaking,
  • writer’s block,
  • or social anxiety

but also in case of difficulties and worries that have a more indirect effect on your performance and contentment in your studies, such as:

  • relationship problems,
  • conflicts in partnerships or with the family,
  • problems with your self-worth,
  • personal crises,
  • or various addiction problems (media, substances, gambling, etc.).

You can make appointments for counseling sessions via e-mail (psychologische-beratunguni-potsdamde) or telephone during the drop-in office hours.

Above all, the drop-in office hours are an opportunity to address your issues in a short conversation. After that, we can decide on the next steps to be taken together. As demand for counseling is often high, please allow for some waiting time in your schedule.

Individual counseling sessions (up to 45 minutes) will be arranged with you via e-mail or during the drop-in office hours and will be scheduled to take place outside drop-in office hours. In our initial first session, we will try to decide together how things will proceed. Further counseling appointments can follow or we can advise on the search for therapy spaces and assist you in finding a suitable support service. Counseling is confidential and free of charge.

For urgent crises and emergencies, we would like to point out the existing contacts for crisis management (e.g. Berliner Krisendienst), the respective social-psychiatric services or the emergency departments of the local psychiatric hospitals.

Drop-in Office Hours (no appointment necessary)

Monday

10 - 12 AMBirgit Klöhn
In-person consultation: Am Neuen Palais, Building 8, Room 0.82 (Campus Map)
E-Mail: birgit.kloehnuni-potsdamde
Tuesday2 - 4 PMBirgit Klöhn
Consultation over the phone: +49 331 977-1830
E-Mail: birgit.kloehnuni-potsdamde
Friday
Please note: No service on May 31, 2024!
10 - 12 AMBirgit Klöhn
Consultation over the phone: +49 331 977-1830
E-Mail: birgit.kloehnuni-potsdamde

Hotline for First-Semester Students

If you feel uncomfortable after taking your first steps as a university student, if you feel overwhelmed, if you feel homesick or if studying alone at home is a burden, we are always ready to listen.

Drop-in Office Hours (no appointment necessary)
Monday2 - 3 PMBirgit Klöhn
Consultation over the phone: +49 331 977-1830

Mental Health Counseling for International Students

Studying abroad can be both a rewarding experience and an enormous challenge. Dealing with a new culture and everyday life in Germany without the support of your social network at home can, in some cases, lead to adjustment difficulties. Psychological and physical symptoms are often the result. If you feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed or irritable, if you suffer from physical pain or insomnia our Mental Health Counseling Service might be able to help you.

You can make appointments via e-mail (psychologische-beratunguni-potsdamde) or in person during our drop-in office hours for international students. In one or more conversations, we will try to identify problems and find possible solutions. Counseling is confidential and free of charge and is available in German and English.

Drop-in Office Hours

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Consultation: tba (Campus Map)
E-Mail: sophia.simonisuni-potsdamde

Contact

Dipl.-Psych. Birgit Klöhn | M.Sc. Psych. Sophia Simonis

Universität Potsdam | Central Student Advisory Service | Mental Health Counseling

 

Campus Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 8, Rooms 0.82 - 0.84
14469 Potsdam


Addiction Counseling of “Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Potsdam e.V.” in Cooperation with the University of Potsdam

The addiction counseling offer is the sole responsibility of the Workers' Welfare Organization “Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Potsdam e.V.”!

Would you like to help a friend with addiction problems (including gambling and excessive media consumption) or do you need support for yourself? Then contact the AWO addiction counseling service in Potsdam!

Information on the counseling offer

Contact us

In person and on site during our opening hours (Mon 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tue 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Wed 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Thu 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.) or during our open consultation hours every Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 12 noon and every Wednesday from 12 noon – 1 p.m.:

Tuesday10 AM - 12 noon

Arbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Potsdam e.V.
Ambulante Beratungs-und Behandlungsstelle für Suchtkranke und Suchtgefährdete
Großbeerenstraße 187, 14482 Potsdam (bus and train station "Bahnhof Medienstadt")

Wednesday1 - 2 PMArbeiterwohlfahrt Bezirksverband Potsdam e.V.
Ambulante Beratungs-und Behandlungsstelle für Suchtkranke und Suchtgefährdete
Großbeerenstraße 187, 14482 Potsdam (bus and train station "Bahnhof Medienstadt")

Or via telephone, e-mail, or online counseling:
Phone: +49 331-73040740
E-Mail: suchtberatungsstelleawo-potsdamde
Online counseling
Website

Additional counseling and discussion offerings:

You can also find a very good overview of psychosocial emergency support services here:

In addition, there are the following contact points in Potsdam:

Here you can find the offerings of the "Feel Good Campus," the student health management of the University of Potsdam.