And you learn,
that you’re strong,
that you’re valuable,
and you start
to accept who you are.

Psychological Counselling Centre of the Student Administration OstNiedersachsen

A Place for Meeting
A Place for Trust
A Place for Discussion
A Place for Enlightenment

Who are we?

The Counselling Centre is part of the Student Council in Clausthal. It is devided into two areas: social and legal counselling (SSB) and counselling of acute psychological problems (PSB). Two permanent employees are assisted by international tutors. Please note: if you need counselling in another language than German, we offer one-to-one consultation in English, French, Chinese and Africaans.

Who can come to us?

Every student and member of the Technical University of Clausthal can seek counselling. The easiest way is to call or e-mail the Counselling Centre to make an appointment. After an initial consultation, we will decide together how the counselling should progress. The length and the intensity of the consultations depends on the needs of the individual client.

And why do we do this?

If you have problems during your studies, we feel it is important to provide free support and concrete assistance in a confidential and professional environment.

A new view

The road of life isn’t normally a wide, straight road, it is rather a curving path through a difficult terrain.

That’s why in daily life and during your studies, it’s easy to become disoriented, and you ask yourself questions like:
Where am I?
Am I doing what I want to do?
What will happen if I pursue this course?

Feeling like having problems that you can’t talk about to anybody, and the fear of appearing weak and helpless can lead to isolation, can strengthen the feelings of insecurity and doubt, and will have a negative effect on your studies.
If you feel like you may have such a crisis, our Counselling Centre can be contacted anytime for services. It’s important to us that we find an individual solution to your problem(s).

Areas of Expertise

Psychosocial Counselling:

  • Exam nerves
  • General problems during your studies
  • Relationship and break-up problems
  • Self confidence and anxiety about your future
  • Internet addiction
  • Help with decision-making

Social Counselling:

  • Questions about financial aid
  • Social benefits
  • Insurance questions
  • Aid for foreign students
  • Difficult living situations

Counselling:

  • Sessions for individuals or couples
  • Group sessions, for example self-awareness groups
  • Relaxation and exam nerve groups
  • Theme-based groups
  • Language courses (German)

Loans

The Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen administers a loan fund. From this fund are short and midterm loans given. The shorttem loan is used for bridging over acute financial problems. It is given once with 600 €. The back payment has to take place 2 months after the once payment.
The midterm loan is given as loans to the end of studies. The loan is payed in six equally high monthly rates à max. 500,00 €. A certification of the university has to be shown that the study ends in 6 months. The back payment has to follow 12 months after the last rate at the latest.
The shortterm loan is without interest; the midterm loan is in the payment period without interest. Afterwards brings the payment 2% interest.
Both loans have to be ensured by a valid certificate of bond. A certificate of enrolment, valid IDs have to be shown by the borrower and warrantor and also a salary statement (of the warrantor) of the last month has to be shown. An administration fee of 2% of the loan is charged.
More information can be received at the Social counselling centre or at the cash desk of the Studentenwerk.

Furthermore exists an aid fund of the Verfassten Studierendenschaft.

Office hours

PSB:
Monday – Thursday 9.00 – 12.00 am

SSB:
Tuesday – Thursday 9.00 – 12.00 h, and daily by appointment.

Address

Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen
PBS/SSB
Silberstr. 1
38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Contact Partner

Psych. Advisor

Heidi Hohmann
h.hohmann@stw-on.de
Phone: 05323/72-3925

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