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Student psychologists

Urgent situations

If you need urgent psychological help, contact your GP. Outside office hours, you can contact the ‘Out of hours doctor’s post’ in Leiden  or The Hague.

Support by phone and email

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, appointments with the student psychologists are conducted via video-chat, telephone call or email. In exeptional cases the student psychologist can decide to plan an appointment with you in one of the Student Centers (Plexus or Beehive), if he/she feels it is necessary to meet with you face to face. The psychologist will discuss with you how your appointments will take place (online/offline).

How can a student psychologist help?

If you are registered as a student of Leiden University, you can use the services of the student psychologists. The student psychologists can help with both study-related and personal problems. During your first consultation, you will together look into the best course of action for your situation. In some cases, that might be a workshop or training course in study skills or personal development. In other cases, the psychologist might offer you short-term individual guidance. The student psychologist will not make a diagnosis nor offer therapy for serious psychological or psychiatric problems. However he/she will explain how you can arrange a referral from your doctor for help of this nature.

Here you can make an appointment for your first consultation with a student psychologist. Important: make one appointment only! If you need subsequent appointments, the student psychologist will discuss this with you during your first consultation. 

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No appointments available?

The student psychologists have around 30 slots available each week. The appointment system only shows availability for the coming 3 weeks. If you dont see any availability, this means the student psychologists are fully booked. Try again later. New slots are added every day and sometimes students cancel their appointments.

Cancelling your appointment

Can't make it to your appointment? Please let us know right away by calling +31 (0)71-5278026. Your slot can then be booked by another student. 

Or ask your question by email

If you have a short question, you can mail it to the student psychologists. Note that this is not intended as an alternative for a personal consultation. If you want to discuss something in more depth, make an appointment.  

Self-help: workshops and courses

You can also follow a range of Leiden University workshops and courses that address study-related and personal problems. For example, you can learn to deal with procrastination or fear of failure, improve your speed-reading, and tackle thesis-writing difficulties.

e-POPcorner

Take a look on the e-POPcorner website. Here you can find online self-study courses on the following topics and more: 

  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Taking exams
  • Mind mapping

Free online self-help programmes

You can follow a range of online self-help programmes via the Caring Universities initiative, created by the universities of Leiden, Maastricht, Utrecht and the VU Amsterdam. All programmes are free of charge and you will receive guidance from an online coach. See the options available via Caring Universities.

Student Life Counsellors

LUC has two Student Life Counsellors. They are fully trained psychologists with years of experience. Due to COVID there are no walk-in hours and all appointments are online. All sessions with the SLC are by appointment only.  Depending on your problems and circumstances, solutions and support may be offered, in the form of: advice, referral to a workshop or training course and/or referral to individual sessions with the SLC or an external psychologist. For questions, or to make an appointment outside of the walk-in hours, please send an email to slc@luc.leidenuniv.nl.

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