Psychological Counselling

Students who experience personal or study related problems should not feel alone! Many students experience difficulties during their studies. Professional advice can help solve these problems. A short conversation can often help clarify a student’s path.

Psychotherapeutic counselling offered by Student Services is the right place to turn for such advice, which is given through one-on-one appointments. Students must make an appointment for one-on-one counselling or turn up during open office hours once a week.

Counselling sessions are also available in English, French, Chinese and Slovenian. All sessions remain confidential.

Sometimes students may feel that a fellow student is experiencing difficulties. It is important to look for certain signs.

It is not uncommon to run into problems during university. The feelings of fear and uncertainty or stagnation are not rare. The therapist at the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Office can help to clarify issues, aspirations, feelings and doubts by enhancing student’s understanding of themselves and providing them with ways to find their own solutions.
There is very little waiting time and sessions last for forty-five minutes.   

How long the counselling lasts is different from case to case. Where some issues can be resolved in one or two sessions others require more. The student and counsellor decide on the duration of counselling together. The same concerns (or different) can be discussed again after the sessions. However, the appropriate amount of time should be given to see improvements.

The first four sessions are free of charge! Additional appointments require a contribution of eight Euros. Continuous counselling over an extended period of time is not available. If continuous counselling is needed our therapists help student find additional external therapists.
Counselling services are available in English, French, Chinese an Slovenian.
For appointments outside of office hours, please call.

Students who need to speak to a counsellor but do not have an appointment can do so during open office hours every Wednesday from 13.00 - 14.00.

The Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre offers an extensive seminar programme. Topics include "test anxiety", "rhetoric", "stress management", "writer's block" or "time management".

For the seminar programme, please click here

In acute crises and outside our working hours you will find help at the following positions:

Outpatient Clinic of the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Hauptstr. 5, Freiburg
Phone: 0761/270-6 55 00 or 0761/270-6 50 10 or 0761/270-650 20

Emergency practice of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Baden-Württemberg
at Medical University Hospital

Ground floor, Hugstetter Str. 55, Freiburg
Phone: 116 117Mon/Tue/Thu 20.00 - 6.00 o'clock;
Wed + Fri 16.00 - 6.00 o'clock;
Sat/Sun/Holiday 0.00 - 24.00 h 


The therapeutic team consists of 11 doctors and qualified psychologists with profound psychotherapeutic training:

Jürgen Griesser, a specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy, is director of the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre.
Psychologist Almuth Wöhrle, deputy director of the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre.
Psychologist Sebastian Maier
Psychologist Margarete Dietl
Psychologist Lorena Krippeit
Psychologist Mutram Peters
Psychologist Lena Preusche
Psychologist Vivien Völklin
Psychologist Matic Rozman
Psychologist Christina Unmüßig
Psychologist M.Sc. Marina Schmölz
Rosa Meyer, Secretary and Registration
Mrs. Dr. Ying Zhang provides counselling in chinese language

For those who are interested in the Theme of „successful studying“, we have a collection of texts and a book lists on this theme. With these sources, one can find tips for self-confidence in test taking, giving presentations, working independently, and finding better ways to relax.

One can access these texts through the link on the right side of the page. We offer these texts with the approval from the Studierendenwerks of Karlsruhe, Heidelberg and Ulm.


At first you need to make an appointment for an initial talk by phoning the secretary of the psychotherapy counselling or by coming in person. The subsequent appointments can be made directly with the therapist.

No – you can talk to a therapist about any problems or questions of a personal nature.

Anything that concerns being away from home for the first time and getting used to adapting a new environment or problems relating to completing your studies; anxiety; depression, suicidal thoughts; problems studying and concentrating; problems facing exams; speaking in front of an audience; problems communicating with others; conflicts in personal relationships, problems with your partner, sexual difficulties, parental problems, psychosomatic symptoms.

You have the possibility to make an appointment for a one-on-one talk  where you can discuss your personal situation. The first four talks are free of charge. One talk lasts 45 minutes, normaly we schedule one talk per week. Of course you can choose to come to only one talk if you would like.  At the end of every meeting we will have the possibility to decide if we should meet agein. Satrting with the fifth meetinga charge of 8 € per talk will be demanded. As we can only offer a limeted  amount of talks with each student, should there be a need for a longer psychotherapy we will recommend you a resident psychotherapist. Depending on type of health insurance you have the appointment with the resident psychotherapist  may or may not be covered. You can use our counceling service during the full length of your studies. The meetings can be spaced out over longer periods of time (month or even years).

Additionally we also offer short courses (usually held on weekends) giving helpful advice to students who for example face problems handling exams, scheduling their work day, giving presentations and methods of relexation.

Psychotherapy counselling combines counselling with therapeutic aspects which, in part, originate from so-called “short-term therapy”.  The aim is to acquire, within a short and reasonable amount of time, an in-depth and enhanced understanding of yourself so that you may be able, in the future, to resolve your problems on your own and strengthen your personal potential for development.

All students who are currently registered at university are allowed to use our services.

The early years of adulthood are particularly subject to changes and developmental demands which can be accompanied by crisis-laden changes.  Periods of strong insecurity and stagnation are not uncommon at this time.  What is particularly important to do, when going through such a phase, is to seek help as soon as you realize that you are no longer able to manage things on your own, so as to avoid an entrenchment of the problem.  Crises or unresolved inner conflicts can be so all-consuming that they can strongly hinder your aptitude to concentrate and take in information, thereby compromising your ability to study. Even students who have previously been academically successful can be confronted with such problems.  The most often cited reasons why students come to our offices are the following: disruption at work, apprehension facing exams, depression, anxiety, doubts relating to self-esteem, difficulty communicating with others, conflicts in personal relationships. According to our latest census figures of German student unions, 14% of students indicated having used psychotherapy counselling because of mental health problems.

No problem is too minor or too insignificant to be discussed. Counselling can help you find your own solutions to your problems.

The first four talks are free of charge. Every additional appointment will cost you 8 Euros.

Waiting time is usually between one and two weeks. If you don’t have an appointment and you urgently need to speak to us, you have the possibility of dropping in on us on Wednesdays between 1 and 2 p.m. for a short 10-minute talk.

The therapeutic team is working according to both psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioural orientation.

Yes. We can consider together, what kind of therapy is best suited for you, we can give you general information about what kind of therapy is usually covered by health insurance and can help you find a psychotherapist.

When you have the feeling that one of your fellow students is going though a difficult crisis, behaves strangely or is withdrawn or even has suicidal thoughts, it can make you feel helpless, because you may not know, if and how you should speek to the person.

In some cases the person may even refuse help. In such cases you can also make an appointment with us and we can try to work out together what the best way of handling the situation is.

If the situation is urgent, please contact one of the following offices
- Rescue service/emergency doctor Telephone 112
- Outpatient Clinic of the University Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Hauptstraße 5, Freiburg, Phone 0761/270-6 55 00, -6 55 10 or -6 55 20
- Offenburg: MediClin Klinik an der Lindenhöhe, Offenburg Phone 0781/91920
- Emmendingen: Centre for Psychiatry, Neubronnstraße 25, Phone 07641/4610


Die Therapeutinnen und Therapeuten unterliegen der Schweigepflicht und haben Zeugnisverweigerungsrecht. Niemand außerhalb der PBS erfährt, ob oder weshalb Sie uns aufsuchen - auch nicht andere Abteilungen des Studierendenwerks oder die Hochschule.

In den verschiedenen Kursen werden in Gruppen (circa 6 bis 15 Teilnehmer) spezifische Techniken und Fähigkeiten vermittelt. Das Kursangebot variiert von Semester zu Semester, zum festen Kern gehören aber Kurse zu Prüfungsängsten, effektiven Lern- und Arbeitsmethoden, Präsentationstechniken und Entspannungsverfahren. Die Kurse gehen meist über 2 Tage, teilweise erstrecken sie sich auch über einen längeren Zeitraum (z.B. Yoga).

Im Internet und in Broschüren finden Sie Informationen zu den Kursen und Sie können auch im Sekretariat besprechen, welcher Kurs für Sie in Frage kommt. Bis zu 14 Tagen vor Kursbeginn können Sie sich telefonisch, per E-Mail oder persönlich im Sekretariat der PBS anmelden. Die Kursgebühr wird dann per Banküberweisung entrichtet.