Who are we?
The Psychosocial Advising Centre (Psychosoziale Beratungsstelle or PBS) of Student Services (Studentenwerk) is open to all students and members of the University of Kassel. In advising sessions, those seeking advice can receive support in overcoming their psychological crises.
- Advising is free of charge
- Enquiries can be made by telephone
- Upon registering for advising, sessions are personally arranged
- For the open office/consultation hours (Monday and Thursday), no pre-arranged appointment is necessary
- The employees of the advising centre are bound to maintain confidentiality.
When is psychosocial advising helpful?
Insecurities, disorientation, and psychological problems are not unusual during one‚Äôs studies. Such problems arise in so-called threshold situations such as: begin of studies, changing of faculties, threat of dropping out of university, exam times, end of studies, and transition into workforce. These difficulties often manifest themselves in: problems with contact, learning difficulties, fear of exams, problems with partner, depressive moods, psychosomatic symptoms, problems with self esteem, fears, and also, from time to time, serious psychological crises. Studies can also interfere with already existing psychological problems.
Anyone who, during their studies, is having difficulties with:
- working and exam stress
- feelings of being overloaded and/or psychosomatic symptoms
- dissatisfaction with current life situation, upheaval in life plan¬ī, doubts about studying and life planning
- conflicts with the ability to make decisions
- insecurity in relationships
- Questions about the consumption of legal and illegal substances (also advice for relatives)
What do we offer?
When a student turns to the PBS for help, the first appointment is arranged as fast as possible. Each session usually lasts 50 minutes.
Sometimes, after only a few sessions, it is possible to see current problems more clearly and open up room for manoeuvres. During the sessions, it can also be revealed that longer therapeutic support is necessary. (e.g. in the case of difficulties with working or exam fears). In this case, the scope and goals of a longer therapy are planned and arranged together with the advisor. If an out-patient psychotherapy seems to more appropriate then we will support you in finding a suitable therapist.
Fast and well-directed support in acute crises not only serves as primary relief, but also prevents serious consequences from developing further and becoming chronic.
For further information see Immer ein offenes Ohr (PDF for download).
There is a wide range of self-help books on psychologically problems. In the following you will find a choice of books on common topics, which are helpful in our opinion. This list is to be considered for your guidance in the large amount of self-help literature. Currently this list contains only German-language books - we apologize and kindly ask for your understanding.
We can be reached at:
Office Christine Lengemann
Phone ++49 561 804-2800
New registrations Mon + Thu 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Tue + Wen 10 a.m. -15 p.m.
Open office hours Mon 1-2 p.m. and Thu 11-12 a.m. If you come to the open office hours please take a seat in room 3307, where we will pick you up. You don't need to take a ticket.
Open office hours for advice on questions about the consumption of legal and illegal substances (in cooperation with Drogenhilfe Nordhessen e.V.) every second and fourth tuesday of the month from half past 12 - half past 1 p.m.
Adress Campus Center, Moritzstr. 18, 34127 Kassel, Room 3307
In case you should be incapable to contact us directly, please send an e-mail to erstkontakt((at))studentenwerk.uni-kassel.de , describing your problem. You will receive a response within a week. All information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be disclosed to others.
Appointments made at: Phone ++49 561804-2800
Advising takes place in Kassel
If you should be in a critical situation off-time the working period of the psychosocial counseling center, please contact one of the Emergency Addresses.