- Life-threatening situations: Call 112
- Suicidal thoughts:
- from a Dutch phone: call 113
- from a non-Dutch phone: call your country's hotline
- or chat online via 113.nl (click on ‘Chatten’) or your country's online chat service
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.
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. If you require specialised or long-term help, please contact your GP to arrange a referral.
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.
No appointments available?
The appointment system only shows availability for the coming 3 weeks. The student psychologists have around 30 slots available each week. These include online and face-to-face (in The Hague/Leiden) appointments. Please look closely in the calendar under all three appointment types, to see whether any time slots are available. If none of the dates are clickable, this means we are currently fully booked. We advise you to try again later. New slots are added every day and sometimes students cancel their appointments.
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We would like to know how often this happens. Please let us know via this form and help us to improve our services.
Does the appointment system not load or you can’t click to the next month? Open the appointment system in a new window.
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.
You can indicate if you would prefer to have a remote appointment (via MS teams, email or telephone) or an in-person appointment in The Hague or Leiden. Always do the corona check before coming to the university.
Ask your question by email
Do you have a short question that isn’t in the FAQ? Send it to the student psychologists by email. 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.
- Change your mind (RET)
- Relax with mindfulness
- Fear of failure
- Grief and recovery
- Study support group
- Thesis support group
- You're not alone
Other student well-being resources
In addition to the student psychologists and the workshops mentioned above, Leiden University also offers a range of other resources that can help you to improve your well-being. On the Student well-being website you can find information, organisations and initiatives that can be of help, both in terms of your studies and your personal development.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.