Dear students, due to the overall situation caused by the coronavirus, in-person counseling at the Mental Health Counseling Service will from now on and until further notice take place via telephone (see tables for phone number) or via video call. You can also send us an e-mail to psychologische-beratunguuni-potsdampde.
In addition, you currently have to wait approx. 8 weeks for the next free consultation appointment. Please also use the Drop-in Office Hours.
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:
but also in case of difficulties and worries that have a more indirect effect on your performance and contentment in your studies, such as:
You can make appointments for counseling sessions via e-mail (psychologische-beratunguuni-potsdampde) or in person during the drop-in office hours.
You can find further helpful information as well as contact and advice offers in our Knowledge Base: Get Ready for Digital Studying.
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 50 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 might help you find a therapist or a suitable group to help you. 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.
Please note that during our usual drop-in office hours, we can only be reached via telephone and have to limit each individual session to a maximum of 20 minutes. Since we cannot put you on hold, please make sure to call several times if the line is busy.
10 - 12 AM
2 - 5 PM
As of May 10th, 2022, counseling from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. will be carried out by the awo lifebalance under the following telephone number (local calling rates and charges apply).
Please note that calls made from outside of Germany are billed at higher costs. You may ask to be called back if you make it known at the beginning of the call that you are not calling from a german number.
10 - 12 AM
If you feel uncomfortable after taking your first steps as a university student, if you feel overwhelmed by the online semester, if you feel homesick or if studying alone at home is a burden, we are always ready to listen.
|Monday||2 - 3 PM||Birgit Klöhn|
Phone: +49 331 977-1830
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-beratunguuni-potsdampde) 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.
PLEASE NOTE: No service on January 18 & on March 8, 2023!
|12 noon - 2 PM||Wega Herbstreit|
Phone: +49 331-977-1457
Who’s it for: You are an English speaking international student and find yourself in one or more of the following thoughts and feelings: “I feel overwhelmed, stressed, scared and/or lost”, “Who are these people around me and what do they want from me?”, “I wonder if there are others with feelings like mine…”
What to expect: An open, respectful and safe group environment with a maximum of 8 members that allows each one to explore ones inner and outer cognitions and feelings that concern being an international student at the UP with all that can bring (negative and positive).
Why would I want to join?: You will get the opportunity to meet other people with similar (or very different) experiences that are open to share their perceptions within a warm and safe surrounding. Meanwhile you can learn how to give and receive feedback on an emotional level, which is very rare in our always so functional and rational professional world.
You will be accompanied by the trained psychological counsellor Wega Herbstreit to allow a structured and yet open room for expression.
When: January 24; February 7; February 21, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the psychological counseling center at Neues Palais, Building 8 (room 0.83).
Please note the new day and time starting in March: March 15; March 29, 2023 (Wednesdays) | 09:30 - 11:30 a.m.
How to join: please contact Wega Herbstreit via E-Mail to schedule a short pre-appointment to check if this setting suits you or if you might need something else.
Universität Potsdam | Central Student Advisory Service | Mental Health Counseling
Campus | Am Neuen Palais
Am Neuen Palais 10
House 08, Rooms 0.82-0.84
The counseling takes place under the sole responsibility of the Workers Welfare Federal Association (AWO)!
Do you want to help a fellow student or roommate with consumption problems? Or do you need support yourself? Then come to our office hours!
(every last one of the month)
|9 - 12 AM||Room 0.83|
Tel.: +49 331-73040740