The Institute of Behavioral Sciences at the Semmelweis University is providing student counselling in English and German as well.
Coming to university can be a very exciting and rewarding time. It can also be a time of change and stress, especially when you left your home country and have to face a new culture, language and environment. There may be a whole range of difficulties and dilemmas affecting your life and studies.
Stress can be the result of either past or present experiences. The University Counselling Service is one of the services which are there to help. The counsellor is a trained person to talk about the issues that are important for you.
The University Counselling Service aims at helping to solve mainly for eg.
- anxieties about aspects of study including exams and presentations
- general stress and anxiety
- relationship difficulties
- eating problems
- bereavements and parental separations
- loneliness and homesickness
- lack of self-confidence or low self esteem
- making difficult decisions
- difficulties with alcohol or drugs
- issues around sex, sexual orientation and sexuality
- anger management.
It cannot be considered as a psychotherapy and it isn’t a “hot-line service”. A lot of students would like to apply for regular appointments so usually there is a waiting list.
If you feel you have serious problems like suicidal thoughts, depression self-injury etc. please contact the service provided by the Department of Psychiatry (Budapest, Balassa J. u. 6., 1083).
Counselling is an active process that is designed to give you the time, space and encouragement to explore and understand the issues you bring. The counsellor will be able to help you think about your problems from a different perspective. The aim is increasing your awareness of yourself, your situation, and the choices that are open to you. Coming for counselling can take courage as it involves facing yourself and asking someone else for help.
Counselling provides a safe place, separate from your daily life, where you can explore issues or feelings which are causing you difficulty. The counsellor will aim to relate to you in a supportive and purposeful manner and assist you in the task of finding your own way forward. Your use of counselling remains confidential to the service within the limits agreed with your counsellor.
If you have any question, need to talk to someone on the phone in advance, or want to book an appointment to see a counsellor, just send us an email and we will get back to you within 48h:
Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Nagyvárad tér 4, 19th floor, 1089 Budapest
Appointments are available between Monday and Friday (16-20 o’clock) upon common agreement (via mail).