Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service

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The situations we can help you with:

Any student who would like to talk to one of our experienced psychologists about their problems is very welcome to contact us. For instance, we can help you with:

  • problems related to your studies (e.g. work impairment, fear of examinations, fear of authority)
     
  • relationship problems, having difficulties finding a partner, dealing with having separated
     
  • isolation and contact anxiety (e.g. social anxiety)
     
  • problems detaching (e.g. becoming independent of your parents, new orientation)
     
  • depression, anxiety, self-injury, thoughts of suicide, psychosomatic problems, eating disorders, compulsive disorders etc.
     
  • suffering caused by sexual abuse, discrimination or violence
     
  • addiction (e.g. psychotropic substances, gambling, computer or internet addiction)
     
  • questions regarding identity development
     
  • ... or also if you are experiencing any other difficult situations in life or psychological strain you can contact us any time to get professional counselling and individual support!

How to contact us

You can contact us by phone to arrange an appointment for a psychological consultation. We exclusively work with fixed appointments.

Appointments can also be held on the phone or via video call. For personal counselling, please pay attention to our hygiene concept. Should Covid numbers increase, we will no longer be able to offer personal counselling again.

We urgently ask you to cancel appointments should you not be able to keep them so that we can hand them on to students seeking advice!

Changed opening hours:

From 13.09. to 03.10. you can make appointments from Monday to Thursday 9:am to 12:00 noon.

Here you can find the contact details of further counselling centres.

Contact details:

Munich Student Union
Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service

Alte Mensa, Helene-Mayer-Ring 9
80809 Munich
Advice Centre entrance h,
1st floor, room h6
U3 Olympiazentrum

Tel: +49 89 38196-1202 (Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon)

 

Munich Student Union - in Freising
Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service

Alte Akademie 1
85354 Freising

Tel: +49 89 38196-1202 (Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon)

 

Munich Student Union - in Rosenheim
Psychosocial Counselling Service

Tel: +49 8031 805-2554

FAQs Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service

Who works at the Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service?

The people working at our Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service are clinical psychologists who continued their education to become psychotherapists or who are about to take their final examinations as psychological psychotherapists.

How roughly does the counselling work?

To ensure that we have enough time and room for our students seeking advice, we exclusively work with fixed appointments. On average, we can offer three 50-minute consultations per case. Our counselling can also be carried out anonymously; we do not require a health insurance card. We always start off by listening to your problems and then try and sort the situation together. The next step is to look for possible solutions so that the people seeking advice once again experience themselves as capable of acting and are able to find new hope. An important part of our work is to offer our professional opinion whether the problem you are experiencing is pathological or not. In the case of a pathological disorder, we would offer some advice on how to receive further support as quickly as possible and which support services would be best suited. This could be, for instance, outpatient psychotherapy.

Apart from individual consultations, our advisory service includes couples and family consultations as well as talks and group offers.

Who will be aware of the fact that I used the counselling service?

Our psychological-psychotherapeutic counselling team is strictly bound to maintain confidentiality. Your health insurance, your university or other offices at the Student Union will definitely not learn about the fact that you used our counselling service. Only at your specific request, will data be passed on.

What waiting period should I be expecting?

You should be prepared to having to wait for three to four weeks for an initial consultation. Subsequent appointments can then be made at short notice. Contact details of other places to turn to can be found here.

Will there be any costs?

Our advisory service is, of course, free of charge for all students who have paid the Student Union fee.

I am an international student. Do you also offer other languages apart from German?

At the moment, we can offer our consultations in German, English and French.

Can I also use your counselling service if I am currently not at my place of study?

Generally, we are specialists for the services provided at your place of study. Should you, for instance, be spending the entire semester abroad, we cannot offer sufficient advice from a professional point of view. In this case, we urgently advise you to look for suitable places to turn to where you are staying at the minute. Talk to your doctor.

The “Telefonseelsorge” offers a list of international help lines: https://www.telefonseelsorge.de/international-helplines/

Can you help me to get an appointment for therapy?

Finding suitable therapy needs time and strength. Often, you will have to contact several psychotherapists and will have to wait a couple of weeks or even months for your first appointment. We will support you as best we can by explaining everything in detail, providing you with tips and handing on our knowledge about the services available in Munich and Upper Bavaria. We are also glad to pass on information about the various different psychotherapeutic treatment opportunities that exist and talk about which treatment could be well-suited for your needs. For instance, following therapies are accepted by public health insurance in Germany at the moment: Analytic psychotherapy, systemic therapy, psychotherapy founded on the principles of depth psychology and behavioural therapy. Organizing an appointment for therapy, however, is not part of our job.

Can I get psychotherapy at the Psychotherapeutic and Psychosocial Counselling Service?

Psychotherapy means treating psychological disorders that are of clinical significance. As part of the German health system, this treatment – depending on the type of therapy – is offered to an extent of 12 to 300 hours. Our Counselling Service is not intended to offer this type of treatment. We are very happy to support you with the first steps to finding a solution to your problem.

Where can I start looking in order to get an appointment for outpatient psychotherapy?

You could, for instance, start by finding out about the services offered by the “Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Bayerns” (KVB / association of statutory health insurance physicians in Bavaria): https://www.kvb.de/service/patienten/psychotherapeutische-versorgung/

Or use the online search screen of the KVB: https://dienste.kvb.de/arztsuche/app/einfacheSuche.htm

This type of service is naturally also offered by the other federal states’ associations of statutory health insurance physicians: https://www.kbv.de/html/arztsuche.php

Portals such as the platform www.therapie.de also offer the possibility of searching online.

Another possibility is contacting Munich institutes offering further education in the area of psychotherapy. These institutes offer psychotherapy with experienced psychologists at the end of their training to becoming psychotherapist. Institutes such as these would be – with no guarantee of completeness: Münchner Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Psychoanalyse e.V. - MAP, Akademie für Psychoanalyse und Psychotherapie München e.V., Krinius, Institut für Therapieforschung (IFT), Münchner Universitäres Institut für Psychologische Psychotherapieausbildung (MUNIP), Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Verhaltensmodifikation (AVM), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Verhaltenstherapie (DGVT), Ärztlich-Psychologischer Weiterbildungskreis für Psychotherapie und Psychoanalyse (ÄPK), Verein zur Förderung der klinischen Verhaltenstherapie (vfkv e.V.), …

I would like to get some counselling via email. Is that possible?

That is unfortunately not possible due to data protection regulations. We would advise you to always be very cautious when providing personal information in emails!

Who can I turn to if I am experiencing a crisis?

In the event of a crisis, please ring the “Psychiatrische Krisendienst” (psychiatric crisis service):

Tel: 0800 / 655 3000

https://www.krisendienste.bayern/

The “Telefonseelsorge” offers a list of international help lines: https://www.telefonseelsorge.de/international-helplines/

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

Currently, the waiting time for a first counselling session is about 2 - 3 weeks. Follow-up appointments can be arranged at short notice with the respective counsellor.

Events:

Announcement

Further information on the events will follow!

Mental illnesses and crises Part 1 - What do we mean by this?

Students often notice mental changes or crises in themselves or others, but are unable to classify them precisely. In our two-part lecture, we will give an overview of the most common mental illnesses and treatment options. The lecture should help you to better classify crises and symptoms in yourself or others and to turn to the right support network in Munich if necessary.

Expected date: 12.11.2021
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Mental Illness and Crises Part 2 - Treatment Options

Students often notice mental changes or crises in themselves or others, but are unable to classify them accurately. In our two-part lecture, we will give an overview of the most common mental illnesses and treatment options. The lecture should help you to better classify crises and symptoms in yourself or others and to turn to the right support network in Munich if necessary.

Expected date: 19.11.2021
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Exam anxiety - understanding the background, finding solutions

In this lecture you will receive information on possible causes and backgrounds of exam anxiety. Furthermore, coping approaches and suitable offers of help will be presented.

Expected date: 24.11.2021
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Please note that all lectures are exclusivley held in German!!