Psychotherapeutic counselling

Our professional psychologists will help you if you feel weighed down by personal or interpersonal problems. In one or several talks, you can get suggestions for changes, on how to help yourself and information about therapy options or further addresses you can contact. The discussions are absolutely confidential: our psychologists are subject to secrecy. Moreover, the consultations are free of charge and you usually receive an appointment within a few weeks. Due to the high demand, there is currently a waiting period of about 8 weeks.

Psychotherapeutic counselling is there for you:

with personal difficulties, such as

  • anxieties
  • restlessness, exhaustion or sleep disorders
  •  feelings of being overworked, persistent stress
  • depressive moods
  • Physical / psychosomatic complaints
  • Lack of self-esteem
  • Social difficulties or contact problems
  • Relationship and partnership conflicts
  • Conflicts with parents / in the family; problems with detachment
  • Questions of identity and life design
  • Addictive behaviour
  • Strokes of fate and other challenging problems

with study-related problems, such as

  • pressure to perform, speech and exam anxiety
  • feelings of being overwhelmed, perfectionism and fear of failure
  • Difficulties with work and concentration
  • Procrastination
  • writer's block
  • Self-organisation
  • Time management problems
  • Motivation problems
  • Uncertainties about choosing / dropping out of a course of study

Please note that medical certificates are not issued at the Student Services Office. If necessary, please contact your family doctor or specialist.


Please first make an advising appointment by telephone through our Social Services Office.

  • You can reach die office from Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 12:00 by telephone at +49 711 4470-1260.
  • Our psychotherapeutic counselling is also available in English and online on request.
  • Important: Please fill in and send us the forms below as soon as you have made an appointment for counselling. This way, the psychologists can prepare themselves well for your counselling.
  • If you are unable to keep an appointment, please cancel it in advance. This way we can use the appointments for other students and shorten waiting times!

    Due to the high demand, there is currently a waiting period of about 8 weeks.

Important: Send in advance!

Please make sure that you send us the necessary forms in good time after you have made an appointment - i.e. the problem list as well as the handwritten signed registration form and, in the case of video counselling, additionally the signed declaration of consent from RED.

There are two ways to do this:

  • by post to Studierendenwerk Stuttgart, Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre, in person to Michelle Barcsay, Julia Haferkamp, Lara Hubenschmid, Marlene Ilg or Gabriele Valerius, Rosenbergstraße 18, 70174 Stuttgart
  • or online via upload function. Please send us only pdf files and name them in the format: Name_Date of today_Date of appointment_Time of appointment. To upload your files, click directly on the button below. Please note: Documents uploaded without an appointment cannot be considered.

Video consultation

The Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre also offers video counselling. Our psychologists use the data protection-compliant video tool from RED medical, which is also recommended by the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians.

You can find the technical requirements for the video tool as well as important information on data protection in the FAQ of the RED Medical video tool.

For a video counselling that complies with data protection regulations and is adapted to your needs, it is important that you send us the following documents before the appointment that you have made by phone. The forms for this can be found above.

  • the signed consent form
  • the registration form for students, university or MPI employees
  • the completed problem list



Once all forms have been filled out and signed, the video consultation can be carried out by our psychologists. On the day of your appointment at the latest, you will be sent the dial-in link via the RED Medical video tool. Open this link on the day of your appointment - preferably in Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Then enter your name for the video consultation. Your name is only visible to the person doing the consultation. The psychologist will start the online application at the agreed time so that the consultation can begin. 

If you have not received an email, check your spam folder first. If there is no e-mail in there either, the psychologist will call you at the agreed time and give you the access code. In this case, open the link to register with RED Medical and enter your name. After the access code has been entered, the video consultation can start.

Open telephone consultation hour

Our Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre offers weekly open consultation hour by telephone for urgent problems:

  • Every Monday from 1pm to 3pm you can always
  • you can always reach a psychologist directly,
  • without having to register in advance
  • under the telephone number: + 49 711 4470-2402.

Group courses and online events

We are continuing to expand our psychotherapeutic counselling and would like to offer you further services in addition to the individual appointments and open consultation hours - for example in the form of lectures and group courses:

  • the next dates will follow

    Registration via Mail. Please indicate your university when registering. You will receive a confirmation with an access link or a cancellation (if the group size has already been reached) by e-mail.

Frequently asked questions

Who can take advantage of the advice?

Students who are enrolled at one of the universities in Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, Esslingen, Göppingen and Horb, which we support, can take advantage of the psychotherapeutic counselling free of charge. 

How does the consultation proceed?

The consultation takes place in personal one-on-one meetings in a confidential environment. At the first meeting you will describe your concerns. In the further course of the consultation, the aim is to find the most suitable solution for you. This will show whether one meeting is sufficient or whether several meetings are needed. If your problem cannot be adequately treated during the consultation and therapy is required, we will discuss what options are available and, if necessary, name further points of contact. We cannot offer therapy within our framework.

Where does the consultation take place?

You can either get counselling on site in our psychotherapeutic counselling centre or via video consultation. Our counselling centre is located in Stuttgart-Mitte, on the ground floor of Rosenbergstraße 18. We conduct video consultations in accordance with data protection regulations using the consultation tool from RED medical. The application is browser-based and you do not need to install anything.




How can I make an appointment for counselling?

Please make an appointment by calling our Social Services Office. You can reach our office Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at +49 711 4470-1260.

Can I get advice over the phone?

You can get counselling by phone if you have already had a conversation with one of our psychologists - in the counselling centre, by video or during the telephone consultation.

How long does a consultation take?

This depends on the individual case. Consultations usually last between 45 and 50 minutes.

What happens with my data?

The discussions are strictly confidential – we are subject to the legal obligation of secrecy. Your data is safe with us and will not be passed on to the universities or other third parties.

I need help immediately - who can I turn to?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer acute crisis appointments at our counselling centre. However, every Monday from 1 pm to 3 pm we offer an open telephone consultation on: +49 711 4470-2402.

If you need someone to talk to right away, please contact the telephone counselling service at +49 800 1110111 and +49 800 1110222 (or chat via or directly contact the specialists in private practice (psychiatrists) for crisis intervention. You can find contact details under emergency addresses.

Can I do psychotherapy at the counselling centre?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer long-term therapy at our counselling centre. However, we can advise you on whether psychotherapy would be advisable, clarify concerns or open questions about the topic of therapy and provide information on how you can get a therapy place.

You can find initial information on this on the homepage of the Psychotherapists' Chamber:



Psychotherapeutic counselling

Rosenbergstraße 18, 70174 Stuttgart


+49 711 4470-1260

Telephone Appointment

  • Monday to Friday: 09:30 am to 12:00 pm

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Michelle Barcsay
Psychologist MSc
+49 711 4470-1061

Office address

Psychotherapeutic counselling
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Julia Elen Haferkamp
Certified Psychologist
+49 711 4470-1258

Office address

Psychotherapeutic counselling
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Lara Hubenschmid
Psychologist MSc
+49 711 4470-1254

Office address

Psychotherapeutic counselling
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Marlene Ilg
Psychologist MSc
+49 711 4470-1062

Office address

Psychotherapeutic counselling
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart
Dr. phil. Gabriele Valerius
Certified Psychologist
+49 711 4470-1219

Office address

Psychotherapeutic counselling
Rosenbergstraße 18
70174 Stuttgart


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Use our telephone consultation hours to make an appointment. You can reach the Social Services Office from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at +49 711 4470-1260.