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The study psychologists offer guidance and counselling to bachelor’s and master’s degree students regarding issues such as academic skills, motivation, time management, well-being and thesis writing.


  • You can make an appointment for individual counselling again from 8.1.2020.
  • At the moment we only have Finnish speaking small groups.

When to consult a study psychologist?

The study psychologists help University of Helsinki bachelor’s and master’s degree students with study-related problems. The service is currently not available to postgraduate students. If your answer to any of the questions below is “yes”, you can schedule an appointment for individual or small group counselling with a study psychologist. Before contacting a study psychologist, please read the Support for studies -materials prepared by the study psychologists.

  • Are your study skills inadequate?
  • Do you have problems with time management?
  • Do you suffer from a lack of motivation?
  • Are you stressed and close to exhaustion?
  • Is anxiety affecting your studies?
  • Is nothing ever enough? 
  • Are you unsure about resuming your studies after a break?
  • Do you have a learning disability?
  • Are you struggling with your master’s or bachelor’s thesis?
  • Are you being discriminated against or bullied?

Small group counselling with a study psychologist

In small group counselling, you find out that you are not alone in having study-related problems. In addition to receiving counselling from the study psychologist, you benefit from the peer support provided by other students. Small groups start throughout the academic term. Each group includes 3 to 10 students, has a specific starting point and is intended to cover specific themes. The content is, however, structured according to the needs and wishes of the participants. The groups meet on a weekly basis, approximately five times. Small group counselling with a study psychologist is confidential. Participating in small group counselling does not prevent you from using individual counselling services later. To receive more information on groups that are about to start, click "here to sign up" -link below.

Get unstuck with writing

Suffering from writer’s block? Hoping for new perspectives on the process? This group is intended for students who are – or should be – in the process of writing a thesis but find academic writing challenging.

Restoring your study vim and vigour

This small group is intended for bachelor’s and master’s degree students struggling with slow or delayed academic progress and/or students who intend to resume their studies after, for example, sick leave. Students who earned fewer than 25 credits in the previous academic year are eligible for the group.

Click here to sign up for small group counselling. 

Individual counselling with a study psychologist

Instructions for booking an appointment

  1. Click here to sign up for individual counselling. Log in using your University username and password. See these instructions for a translation of the information that is required to make an appointment.
  2. Please follow the appointment calendar regularly if you don't find any available time immediately. New appointment times will be added weekly, primarily on Mondays. If someone cancels their appointment time, it will always be re-opened in the calendar.
  3. After booking an appointment you will get a text message. If you don’t get a text message please contact the Study Psychologist that you were trying to make an appointment with. You can find the contact information for the Study Psychologists here.

Information about individual appointments

Individual counselling with a study psychologist is intended to make your studies more meaningful, and to enhance academic progress and your self-awareness. During counselling, the study psychologist and student discuss the student’s activities, thoughts, experiences and feelings. During and between appointments, a student can experiment with new methods and practise his or her skills. Counselling with a study psychologist is confidential. Study psychologists are bound by professional secrecy requirements and may not disclose information about students to external parties.

Individual counselling is available at different campuses, and students may request an appointment at the campus of their choice. Study psychologist services are available in Swedish at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Swedish School of Social Science).

Every student is allocated a quota of five appointments with a study psychologist. The number of appointments is always agreed on together with the student. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please do it as early as possible, via text message, so another student may get that session instead. You may also cancel the first session through an e-mail link that you will receive if you've provided your e-mail address while making the appointment, up to two days before the session. Cancelled appointments can be rescheduled later, but if you miss an appointment you have not cancelled, it counts towards your quota. The duration of a counselling session is 45–60 minutes.

Please note that there is a limited number of available appointments to the study psychologists.

Reception facilities and study psychologists


Kruununhaka: Siltavuorenpenger 3 A, 3. floor, rooms 318 and 343 (entrance from light blue color Athena building main entrance) (map)
Snellmaninkatu 12 (room 331)

Kumpula: Exactum, room D128 (map)

Viikki: Infokeskus Korona, Viikinkaari, room437

Meilahti: Haartmaninkatu 3, room B111 



Fanny Hedenborg (Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy & Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hanken School of Economics)

Seppo Hiltunen (study leave 1.1.-30.6.2020)

Emilia Karjalainen (Faculty of Science)

Jasmin Kurkaa-Kivelä (Faculty of Science)

Susanne Tiihonen (Swedish speaking students from all faculties, Faculty of Educational Sciences & Faculty of Law, University of the Arts Helsinki)

Anu Lehtinen (Faculty of Science, special arrangements)

Johanna Mikkonen (Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Social Sciences & Faculty of Theology, special arrangements)

Kari Peltola (Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Social Sciences)

Outi Rämö (University of the Arts Helsinki)

Tiina Tuominen (Faculty of Medicine)

Frequently asked questions

What types of issues can I contact a study psychologist about? What happens at an appointment with a study psychologist? Find answers to frequently asked questions here.

Data protection

The Study Psychologist services follow secure data protection principles. More detailed information about how your personal data is processed can be found here. (Unfortunately this description is only available in Finnish at the moment. It will be made available in English as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Study Psychologists!)