Help with study difficulties and personal crises
due to the current development of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting actions (i.e. need for physical distancing to help "flatten the curve"), we temporarily are not able to provide individual psychosocial counselling.
Additionally, the regular Open Counsultation Hours are cancelled until further notice.
Alternatively, Open Hours by telephone are available in which you can call and speak to a counsellor. You can also schedule a telephone appointment.
Please see the box on the right side for the consultation times and corresponding phone numbers.
In the event of an acute psychological crisis please contact the following institutions:
Psychiatrische Klinik, Von-Siebold-Straße 5, 37075 Göttingen, Tel. 0551/39 66610
Asklepios Fachklinikum, Rosdorfer Weg 70, 37081 Göttingen, Tel. 0551/402-0
Covid-19: On how to cope with contact restrictions/quarantine
The current exceptional circumstances due to the pandemic may be stressful for many people. In order to support yourself during this time you can mobilize your inner power with approved strategies. If you scroll down to the end in the following link, you will find a file with the English translation:
10 tips on how to cope with contact restrictions/quarantine
For general questions about protection against the virus and travel to the affected regions please see the following websites (in German):
Or in English:
Die Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung also offers a download of the most frequently asked questions about the novel coronovirus (in German):
The study does not only consist of success experiences. Test anxiety, inhibition in the seminar, problems in learning, loneliness, self-doubt, problems with being away from home, pressure to perform: the problems of students are as varied as the requirements that a university study demands from the students.
During the study period, institutional stress factors (e.g., performance requirements, anonymity, lack of guidance, tuition fees) are combined with the students' individual development tasks to be mastered. This can lead to difficulties that cause further problems. Often, personal problems lead to difficulties in studying, and conversely, problems in studies often lead to a personal crisis.
According to a study by the German Student Union, a quarter of all students experience serious psychological difficulties during their studies. These occur in students regardless of their intellectual and technical talent.
Crises cannot always be overcome quickly and on their own. So that the crisis is not an insurmountable problem, the counsellors of the Psychosocial Counselling Centre (Psychosoziale Beratung, PSB) will help you.
Our counselling services
Do not be afraid to seek professional help with personal and study-related problems. It is a sign of sovereignty to get the support you need.
We are happy to advise you when you experience
- Learning and work problems,
- Excessive performance demands on yourself,
- Examination and failure fears,
- Overwhelmed feelings,
- Difficulties in making decisions,
- Disorientation and fear of the future,
- Conflicts with parents or in a partnership,
- Contact difficulties, self-esteem problems or feelings of loneliness,
- Personal crises,
- Addiction problems,
- Psychosomatic problems,
- Workplace problems and
- Problems in dealing with students in difficult situations.
Of course, the employees of PSC are subject to secrecy. Information about yourself or the contents of the counselling will not be forwarded to third parties, unless you release us from confidentiality. On request, you can also get counselling anonymously.
Here we have compiled for you information material on various topics, which should serve you for the first orientation. If you want to know more, please contact us or use our course offer! Please note that this information material is only available in German.
- Fear – unnecessary burden or meaningful feeling?
- Black-Out – What to do?
- Guide to progressive muscle relaxation according to Jakobson
- Postponement – What you can do about it
- Tips against delaying tasks
- Dealing with students in difficult life phases
In addition, we have created a list of literature for self-help for you, which offers you in-depth literature.
There is a barrier-free access to the ground floor of the PSC via an elevator. However, this can only be operated from the inside for safety reasons. Please ring the secretariat if you would like to take the elevator or contact the secretariat in advance to make an appointment. Many Thanks!