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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Psychological Counselling

Learning is an extremely vulnerable process. Personal problems may have negative effects on motivation, concentration and performance. They can be linked directly to the academic work, e.g. fear of speaking in public when a presentation has to be made, or exam nerves. But they may as well be much more general and even more fundamental, relating to everyday difficulties and problems, e.g. with the partner or parents and, as a result, the successful completion of studies can be in danger. Psychological counselling addresses these problems appropriately, thus enabling the student to continue studies successfully.

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has been in restricted operation since June 8, 2020. The Covid-19-related restrictions have been partially adapted to the new situation. You can reach us by telephone and e-mail, and you can also use our online consultation hours. Further information on restricted operation can be found on the Corona website.

Current information

Our Services

Arrange a personal consultation

Short inquiries

Group Training


Options beyond

Enquiries or requests for appointments

Humboldt University students (except those who study medicine) can schedule appointments online.

Medical students should contact the MediCoach, phone (030) 450 529 189 or e-mail: medicoach@charite.de, Dieter-Scheffner-Fachzentrum, Virchowweg 23.

Staff members of HU can contact our inhouse doctors at the medical center.

Office hours

Personal consultations take place outside our office hours between Tuesday, Thursday  and Friday at the Campus Nord and on Tuesday and Friday at Campus Adlershof. All personal consultations require a prior appointment found with our digital system "Doctena". You also can arrange an appointment personally during our office hours:

  • Campus Nord: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Invalidenstr. 110, Room 326, phone: +49 30 2093 70272. For arranging appointments and making enquiries: Wednesday between 1 to 2 p.m.
  • Campus Adlershof: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Emil Fischer-house, Brook-Taylor-Str. 2, entrance C, first floor, Room 1'302, phone: +49 30 2093 5585. For arranging appointments and making enquiries: Tuesday between 11 a.m. to twelve noon.

Psychological counselling at university – why?

In previous years students approached the Psychological Counselling Service particularly with the following enquiries and the problems:

• What can I do against exam nerves?
• I’m not sure if I’m on the right course.
• Is psychotherapy suitable for me, and how can I find a place?
• I cannot concentrate; again and again I’m distracted from work.
• Which learning and working techniques do you recommend?
   I don’t think I can cope with the piles of work.
• I have eating problems (e.g. anorexia). Can you help?
• I’m often sick, and I think it’s psychosomatic.
• My parents have high expectations of me. How can I cope?

In what way can psychological counselling help?

Our Service offers two options: a personal consultation, or participation in one of the groups. Both services are free of charge.

The personal consultation
In a personal consultation your current situation can be talked about freely in strict confidence. Together we can analyse the situation and try to find ideas that might finally lead to a solution of your problems. They could be first steps on the way to change, or to making a decision. We may give you a recommendation for other advisory services, or for self-help groups, or refer you to a psychotherapist.

Group training
There is a multitude of groups on study-related problems where participants learn how to cope with learning difficulties and how to change their attitude, for example, to examinations. A limited number of participants guarantees a fairly intimate environment and enables individuals to analyse and discuss their problems on a personal level. All groups are held in German.

Who does the counselling?

Two Psychologists are holding the personal consultations. Both are experienced psychotherapists and have been working for Humboldt-University for many years. They are also in charge of all of the group trainings and a number of relevant lectures and events.