The PCS offers students expert counselling in all personal conflict situations, e.g.:

  • difficulties at work
  • exam stress
  • decision problems
  • relationship problems
  • contact difficulties
  • self-esteem issues
  • fears and personal obstacles
  • depressive moods
  • stressful life events

Should in-depth therapy be required, the PCS contacts suitable therapists.

You can also use the anonymous online counselling service.

Both counselling sessions and online counselling are strictly confidential. No fees are charged.

Students from the following educational institutes have access to psychosocial counselling for students (PCS):

  • University of Heidelberg
  • University of Education
  • Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
  • Hochschule für Kirchenmusik Heidelberg
  • Technical Institute & Graduate Court Registrars' College Schwetzingen
  • Heilbronn University (incl. Künzelsau and Schwäbisch Hall campus)
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach (incl. Bad Mergentheim campus)
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Heilbronn

Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende in Heidelberg

How the PCS provides counselling

The 'integrative counselling concept' used by the PCS Heidelberg takes into account the following factors

  • Alliance: developing a supportive personal advisory relationship
  • Behaviour: changing how you deal with difficulties at work or exam stress
  • Cognitions: correcting dysfunctional judgements
  • Dynamics: thinking about unconscious conflicts
  • Existential: talking about existential problems

Anyone looking for counselling is talked through their problematic situations based on psychodynamic criteria and behaviour analysis. Now and again, clients are only looking for concrete information, e.g. if they are making a decision which requires no diagnosis. Crisis interventions and psychotherapeutic consultation follow expert diagnosis and orientational counselling.

The essentials of effective counselling are:

  • relieving emotions
  • encouraging a feeling of self-respect and self-efficacy
  • gaining an insight into how conflicts and crises arise
  • developing constructive ways of dealing with issues
  • using personal and social resources

Students who required extensive psychotherapeutic treatment can be referred to suitable, established psychotherapists.


Mental health of students in a globalized world: Prevalence of complaints and disorders, methods and effectivity of counseling, structure of mental health services for students

Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla, Asimina Koutsoukou-Argyraki


Psychological complaints of students: A comparison of field samples with clients of a counseling service at a typical German University

Volker Kreß, Michael Sperth, Frank-Hagen Hofmann, Rainer Matthias Holm-Hadulla



Heidelberg student union
Psychosocial counselling for students (PCS)
Gartenstraße 2
69115 Heidelberg
Email: pbs[at]stw.uni-heidelberg[dot]de
Tel.: 06221 54-3750
Fax: 06221 54-3760

Registration and appointments

Mo - Thu 8:30 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 15:00
Fr 8:30 - 12:30

Closed from 23.12.2019 until 06.01.2020.

Open office hours

Please sign up for the open office hours in our secretariat personally from Monday until Thrusday, between 10:30 and 11:00.
A consultation will take place subsequently.

Head of the PCS

Dr. phil. Frank-Hagen Hofmann

Qualified psychologist

The PCS team

Angela Eichhorn


Katrin Held

Qualified psychologist

Dr. phil. Michael Sperth

Qualified psychologist

Marie Faber

Qualified psychologist

Asimina Koutsoukou – Argyraki

Qualified psychologist

Sarah Groß

Qualified psychologist

Julia Aghotor

Qualified psychologist

Volker Kreß

Qualified psychologist

Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende am Campus Heilbronn-Sontheim und am Bildungscampus

Volker Kreß
Qualified psychologist

Campus Sontheim: Robert-Bosch-Straße 25, UG, 74081 Heilbronn

Bildungscampus: East, Building F, Room 2.14, 74076 Heilbronn


Tel.: 0173 5853171

Mon, Thu 9:30 – 16:30, Wed 11:00 – 13:00, Fri 8:00 – 11:30


Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende am Campus Bad Mergentheim

Jasmin Westphal
Qualified psychologist

Diabetes-Klinik, Raum 2, 97980 Bad Mergentheim


E-Mail: pbs.dhbw-badmergentheim[at]stw.uni-heidelberg[dot]de

Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende am Campus Künzelsau

Verena Sander
Qualified psychologist

Daimlerstraße 35, 74653 Künzelsau


Tel.: 07134 75-5421

Mon - Thu 9:00 - 12:00

E-Mail: v.sander[at]klinikum-weissenhof[dot]de

Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende am Campus Mosbach

Dr. Frank-Hagen Hofmann
Qualified psychologist
Psychological psychotherapist

Oberer Mühlenweg 2 - 6, 74821 Mosbach


Tel.: 0172 3919321

Mon 11:00 - 12:30, Wed 9:00 - 14:00, Fri 9:00 - 10:30

E-Mail: pbs.dhbw-mosbach[at]stw.uni-heidelberg[dot]de

Psychosoziale Beratung für Studierende am Campus Schwäbisch Hall

Verena Sander
Qualified psychologist

Daimlerstraße 35, 74653 Künzelsau


Tel.: 07134 75-5421

Mon - Thu 9:00 - 12:00

E-Mail: v.sander[at]klinikum-weissenhof[dot]de

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