Helping you deal with the challenges of university life.
If you ever feel lonely, depressed or stressed over a prolonged period of time, know that you are not alone. AAU offers help for issues like this, as well as relationship issues, procrastination, adjustment to college life, homesickness, and more.
Student quote from an article on the Guardian
“My depression and anxiety started some time before I came to university, but leaving home, being in an extremely taxing social environment and being under large academic pressure all took their toll on me.”
Psychological counseling is available for free to all AAU students, faculty, and staff throughout the year with the exception of August. It is provided in English by counselors Su Luo and Petra Narwa.
The counselor can help you:
- identify your strengths and weaknesses, learning style, values, and motivation,
- address concerns about your concentration, productivity, time management, and social interactions,
- provide support in planning your personal development,
- offer counseling for mental health concerns, such as transitional and adjustment issues, issues interfering with study/work or relationships, crisis management, stress, anxiety, depression or grief, at-risk behaviors with food, alcohol and/or other substances, sexual concerns, etc.
Full personal data protection and confidentiality are guaranteed. The counselor will not share any information about you with your parents, faculty, or deans without your consent.
To ensure all students have enough opportunity to get counseling, each student is entitled to book up to four sessions in total during the obligatory semester for free. Additional sessions can be booked only provided that the counselors have free space.
To arrange a session:
Please go to AAU Counseling Center and select your preferred counselor.
You may choose either counselor based on your personal/time preference. However, please note that you cannot visit both counselors at the same time. You can, nevertheless, switch counselors at any time if necessary. You only have to inform both of them about such a change.
In case you cannot attend the scheduled counseling session:
You must notify your counselor at least 24 hours in advance.
If you do not cancel it on time and miss your appointment, you won’t be able to reschedule your appointment for the following week. If you miss your appointment and do not cancel it on time a second time, you will not be able to use the counseling service for the rest of the semester.
If necessary, you can also contact our counselors by email at email@example.com.
Viktoriia is a psychotherapist and adjunct counselor specializing in the Gestalt approach, a holistic method that takes into account mind, body, and culture when addressing the needs of a patient. She holds a master`s degree in psychology and is a member of the European Association for Gestalt Therapy. Viktoriia’s services are complimentary and conducted online exclusively. She caters to Russian and Ukrainian speakers and has extensive experience working with teenagers and young adults.
Specifically, she can offer help in the following areas:
– various types of anxiety disorders
– self-doubt (one of the most common requests on this topic being “imposter syndrome”)
– emotional burnout
– conflict situations
– resourceless states
– choice of future profession
– difficulties in socialization and adaptation to new living conditions
– panic attacks
– various types of injuries
Viktoriia can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at +420 608 628 387.
Monday: 17:00 – 18:00
Wednesday: 10:00 – 11:00 and 17:00 – 18:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 12:00 and 12:00 – 13:00
Gene Lee is a mental health counselor who specializes in working with ex-pats in Prague. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Temple University, while working with traumatized children and assisted in research in the scope of Developmental Psychology. After that, she continued to pursue her master’s degree in Psychology at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP), where she was also a university counselor for a while. Since the completion of her master’s degree, she has been offering counseling/psychotherapy to private clients. Gene is originally from Malaysia. Other than English, she speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and Malay. Counseling provided by Gene is paid for by the client, not by AAU. Visit Gene’s website to read more about her services and rates.