Psychological Counseling – Confidential, Autonomous, Free of Charge


Further Offerings


The Student Advice Centre offer RWTH Aachen students psychological counseling in times of crisis, when encountering personal problems, and for all questions and problems that can compromise one's studies:

  • Disruptions to working or learning ability
  • Motivation problems
  • Exam and assessment anxiety
  • Other anxieties
  • Mood swings
  • Orientation or decision difficulties
  • Contact problems
  • Crises and conflict situations

You can send an email or call us for an appointment. If you have a specific request regarding the session such as gender of the advisor, counseling in a foreign language (English, Dutch, Polish, or Vietnamese), or otherwise, please let us know:

Appointments arranged via email (all advisors)
Dipl.-Psych. Kerstin Platt Phone: +49 241 80 99424
Office Hours: Monday to Friday
Dipl.-Psych. Van Tien Tran

Phone: +49 241 80 99411
Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Katharina Willius, M.Sc. Phone: +49 241 80 94049
Office Hours: Tuesday to Thursday
Lea Kühn von Burgsdorff, M.Sc.- Psych.

Phone: +49 241 80 92721
Office Hours: Monday to Friday

Dipl.-Psych. Inga Refghi-Brandis Phone: +49 241 80 99191
If you cannot reach us: Please take note of the emergency plan!


What We Are Often Asked

What can I do in case of emergency?

If you or another person acutely need help, and you cannot reach anyone else, please contact the institutions in our emergency plan.

Can third parties find out that I have been to psychological counseling?

No. Advising and conversation content remains strictly confidential. This means, that without your clear agreement, no one finds out about your visit from us.

Does counseling cost anything?

No. Our advising is free of charge.

How long do I have to wait for an appointment?

You typically have to wait three to four weeks – depending on the number of requests.

At what times do the individual counseling sessions take place?

Individual counseling sessions can be scheduled between 8:30am and 4pm.

Can I also seek counseling if I am worried about fellow students?

Yes, if you believe that another person needs help or you, yourself are suffering because of mental problems of a fellow student, please contact us.

What can I do if I am worried about a friend and the situation is urgent?

If you are worried about a friend and the situtation is urgent, please take advantage of our psychological (telephone-) advising service. This will allow us to quickly get an idea about the specific situation and discuss any steps that might have to be taken. We will also inform other support agencies as needed.

Outside of business hours and in emergencies or urgent cases of crisis, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the Aachen region psychiatric counseling services - the "Sozialpsychiatrischer Dienst."

Sozialpsychiatrischer Dienst
Trierer Straße 1
52078 Aachen
Telephone: +49 241 5198 5566

Which (topic-specific) self-help options are available for students in the Aachen region?

In addition to the self-help groups organized by VORSCHUB at RWTH, listed on our Studientrainings pages, there is also the Junge Selbsthilfe Aachen. Please visit their website to find out more information.