We mainly use evidence-based methods and techniques, such as cognitive behavioural therapy. If you need help because of problems that are hindering your studies, there are various ways in which we can help.
Because many students face the same kind of problems, we offer specialised training courses and workshops throughout the academic year. In most cases, a training course or workshop will be best suited to deal with your problems and you will benefit most from it. A group setting helps you deal with your issues in a structured way, in a safe atmosphere and under the supervision of a student psychologist. Your weekly sessions will give you more insight into the issues affecting you. You are given tools to deal with problems and you practise intensively with them in the group. Mutual recognition and support is a major advantage of working in a group.
When you have found a group that best suits your needs, make your choice in the 'Student psychologists’ training or workshop’ application form. After you register for a group, workshop or training course, we will let you know within two weeks whether there is a place available and we will send you information. There are intake interviews for some groups or training courses.
If, after reading through the information about the groups, training courses or workshops, you are not sure whether one of the groups may be suitable for you, please choose 'An individual appointment with a student psychologist' on the application form, and we will look into the matter with you. We will let you know if we think one of the groups seems most appropriate. In some cases, a group will not be suitable and we can offer you a number of individual consultations.
We will contact you if that is the case. At the moment, this will take around two weeks. The waiting time for an appointment is three to four weeks.
During the first consultation, an assessment is made of the nature, seriousness and background of your problems and of the most suitable type of support. This can be a number of individual consultations with one of our psychologists, or participation in one of our groups, workshops or training courses.
It may also be the case that we cannot provide the support you need, but that you need more intensive guidance. In consultation with you, we can then refer you further and/or help you in a referral process.
After you have registered for a group, workshop or training, there is sometimes an intake interview first; in other groups you can participate directly, provided there available spots.
After you have registered for an individual appointment, we may think that a training is more suited because it will offer the best and most effective treatment of your complaints. We will contact you via email with our advice.
If this is not the case, you will be invited for an appointment. During the first interview, an assessment is made of the nature, seriousness and background of the problems you experience and the type of support that best suits them. This can be a number of individual sessions (maximum of 4) with one of our psychologists, or in some cases participation in one of our groups, workshops or training courses for students or PhD students.
Sometimes we cannot provide you with the guidance you need. We can then help you with a referral, perhaps to the GGZ (Mental Health Organization). If this is the case you always need an official referral from your doctor. Only then will the assistance be reimbursed by your health insurance policy, apart from your deductible.
Everything that is discussed is strictly confidential, unless you indicate in writing that information may be shared with a specific person or body.*
All meetings are also strictly confidential. In the case of a referral (to Arkin, another mental health institution or an independent care provider), information will only be exchanged if you give your written permission.
* This code can be broken if there is a well-founded suspicion that you are going to hurt yourself or someone else.
The groups, workshops and training courses and the discussions with student psychologists are free of charge. If a student psychologist refers you to a second-line institution or an independent care provider, the costs will be reimbursed by any health insurance company (your ‘own risk’ excess may apply).
Sometimes you are referred to the Dutch Association of Mental Health and Addiction Care (GGZ), e.g. Arkin. In that case, you will need an official referral from your family doctor. Only then will the support be reimbursed by your health insurance (your ‘own risk’ excess may apply).
Please note: if you need immediate help or in case of a crisis, contact your general practitioner or UvA Student Doctors: +31 (0)20 525 2878.