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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Psychological Counselling

The Psychological Counselling Service (Psychologische Beratung) is part of the Referat Allgemeine Studienberatung (General Counselling Services) of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

Office hours

The Service is available at the following address:

  • Campus Mitte: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Main building, Unter den Linden 6, Room 1043 (ground floor)
  • Campus Adlershof: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Walther-Nernst-Haus, Newtonstraße 14, 3. Etage, Room 3.02
  • Phone: +49 30 2093 70272.

For arranging appointments and making enquiries: Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 12 and Wednesday between 1 to 3 p.m.

Enquiries or requests for appointments can be made outside office hours by e-mail to: psychologische-beratung@hu-berlin.de

Personal consultations take place in the main building outside the above office hours between Tuesday and Friday for the Campus Mitte and on Tuesday and Friday on Adlershof Campus. All personal consultations require a prior appointment.

Psychological counselling at university – why?

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. 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 therapeutic 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 therapy
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.

Who does the counselling?

Psychologist Holger Walther holds the personal consultations. He is an experienced psychotherapist and has been working for Humboldt-Universität since 1993. He is also in charge of most of the therapeutic groups and a number of relevant lectures and events except those held by external specialists.

How to arrange an appointment

How to arrange an appointment for a personal consultation
You want a personal consultation During office hours you can arrange an appointment for a personal consultation. The consultation itself will be held outside these hours, and you should take sufficient time for it. If it turns out that even more time is needed, a further appointment can be arranged. The times at which consultations can be held at Campus Mitte and at the Adlershof Campus are given above.

You want to join a therapeutic group?
If you have decided to join a therapeutic group, you need to register during office hours and find out if there are free places. The Service will send a registration form to your address, and on return of the form you will be registered for the particular group, which means you got one of the places for which there is usually a great demand. But since there is that great demand, it is very important for you to let us know immediately if you cannot, for any reason, take the place we offer you. We could then give it to somebody else on the waiting list. Please, note that you are expected to attend regularly. It is absolutely no use joining the group later or skipping one or two sessions.

Other Counselling Services
Psychological Advice is also offered by two other Counselling Services: the Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Counselling of the Studentenwerk Berlin or the University Outpatient Department of Psychotherapy and Psychodiagnosis at the Institute for Psychology. In case of need, psycho-therapeutic treatment is available there. Help is also offered in finding psycho-therapists or other counselling personnel, therapeutic institutions and self-help groups.

The History of Psychological Counselling at Humboldt-Universität

On 1 March 1994 Humboldt-Universität started the Psychological Counselling Service, which was designed to enable students to have a place to go to whenever psychic problems become a strain on their studies. Since it was started, more than 6,000 personal consultations have been held on learning difficulties, problems of orientation, exam nerves, psychotherapeutic, motivational and partnership problems. About 8,000 participants in more than 300 therapeutic groups have been given effective help with their problems. More detailed information can be obtained from the Service’s Report (Jahresbericht; only available in German), giving a survey of its work from 1994 to 2004.


The Compass Hotline
International Call +49 30 2093 70333

Mail: compass@hu-berlin.de

Monday to Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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