Psychological Counselling Service

Short term counselling and support

May 2020 - psychological counselling for students at the Rhine-Waal-University starts again

The new term saw a few days already. In addition to the usual challenges of studying there are now even more challenges to overcome due to the current COVID-19-situation and its far-reaching restrictions. That requires new orientation, organisation, self-motivation and, over and over again, regulation of your own emotions.

Some of you might find it hard to cope with all of this. It´s therefore very important to communicate and stay in contact with your fellow students via phone- or video-calls or social media. Many of them surely face the same or similar challenges and emotional ups and downs you are experiencing these days and might give you good advice and active support.

Students who wish or need more specified, individual psychological counselling concerning their current emotional or social situation may contact Dipl.-Psych. Pia Weigelt-Lindemann via email to to schedule an appointment. Appointments will only be held via telephone until further notice. Please expect waiting times.

Please note: psychological counselling is no and does not replace psychotherapy!

(as of: 05.05.2020)


An acute psychological crisis, immediate assistance required

Outpatient therapy:

Outpatient therapy and treatment services

Psychosocial advising services:

Advising services offered by HSRW and off-campus support to help you manage the stresses of student life (Examples: psychosocial counseling, , addiction counselling, harrassment/bullying, social services of the Studierendenwerk, self-help groups, victim protection, women counselling services,  family services, among others.)





Studying at university is an exciting time filled with new experiences and challenges, some of which are more difficult than others: moving away from home to a new city or even country, adjusting to new surroundings and making new friends, adapting to a different education system and managing your growing independence and the pressures that come with it.

Mastering these challenges can be a fun, enriching experience, but it can also lead to stress and other difficulties that may seem impossible to overcome on your own.


Short term counselling and support

The Psychological Counselling Service of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences provides short term individual counselling and support to students with personal problems. Our job is to encourage your own self-help efforts, meaning we help you to better understand your problems and rediscover or build up your inner strength. In a next step, we can develop and implement manageable solutions to your problems.


Frequent topics in counselling sessions

For which problems can you consult the Psychological Counselling Service of the HSRW?

  • Stress management, feeling overworked
  • Social difficulties and suffering from loneliness
  • Depressed mood
  • Stress and anxiety before exams
  • General fears, anxiety and depression
  • Addiction and eating disorders
  • Difficult decisions and dilemmas
  • Relationship and family conflicts
  • Problems before, during or after a pregnancy
  • Dissatisfaction with the current life situation
  • Feeling generally unsatisfied or unhappy
  • Solutions and support in special circumstances or acute distress
  • ... simply wanting someone to talk to

Please note: Psychological Counselling is no psychotherapy! Psychotherapy pursues the goal of curing or alleviating mental health disorders. Thus psychotherapy is a medical science. However, Psychological Counseling can assist you getting an assessment if criteria of mental-health problems are appropriate to the person seeking advice and therapy would be advisable. In case of need, we will assist you in finding a suitable ambulant therapist or inpatient treatment centers.


The counselling offer …

  • is free of charge
  • is unbureaucratic, a short-term appointment is usually possible
  • is absolutely confidential and anonymous on request. The medical confidentiality is valid toward third parties and also applied to all employees of the HSRW.
  • takes the individual diversity of the origin, biography, personality and life style of the person seeking advice into consideration
  • is specialized in the special challenges of academic studies and student life


Contact us

Please contact us by email to arrange a counselling session or simply learn more about our services.

In your own interest: Unencrypted emails are no secure form of communication. We therefore ask you to ensure privacy, and use the specified contact options only for arranging appointments.  Please give details of your situation only in a personal conversation.

If you like, we make an appointment with you for a detailed introductory meeting (about 40 min.). An initial interview may help you to get an overview of your study and life situation, personal difficulties and your goals. Continuous meetings will be arranged according to your individual needs. If necessary we refer you to other forms of professional support. For organizational reasons, the counselling sessions usually take place by appointment but in acute emergencies we try to make a short-term appointment possible.

Please note that the Psychological Counselling is not staffed every day, so our reply may take a few days.



Diplom-Psychologin Pia Weigelt-Lindemann