Schedule an appointment with Student Psychologist

  • Do you have a short question? Or do you have doubts whether an appointment with the student psychologists or a recommendation from your general practitioner is more fitting? Than please book an appointment for a short screening (‘Spreekuur’, 15 minutes, free of charge) with the student psychologists. (Please note: This appointment is not a replacement for a regular intake.)

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    In all cases, including urgent situations, you can contact your general practitioner or the general practice center (on evenings/weekends). Appointments with a general practitioner are often available on short notice.

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Our student counselling is mainly on location, but online guidance is also possible.

What do the student psychologists do?

Student psychologists offer short-term help and treatment for study-related or personal problems. We are available for students at Utrecht University and students at the University of Humanistic Studies. For international students, Utrecht University's student psychologists work closely with the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Read more information here and book an appointment.

Please note: international (non-Dutch speaking) students are involved in the intake (initial assessment) procedure. If you would rather not take part in this partnership-programme, but would prefer to visit a student psychologist directly, you can book an appointment here and choose for the option ‘Intake Science Park’ or ‘Intake online’.

Short screening online

Do you have a short question? Or do you have doubts whether an appointment with the student psychologists or a recommendation from your general practitioner is more fitting? Than please book an appointment for a short screening (‘Spreekuur’, 15 minutes, free of charge) with the student psychologists. (Pay attention: This appointment is not a replacement for a regular intake.)

Intake appointment

You can schedule an intake appointment in the calendar below.

During the introductory meeting, the Student Psychologist will investigate your problem. This will involve focusing on your personal background. Sometimes that initial meeting will be sufficient, sometimes more sessions will be required.

Continuation

Depending on what is discussed during the initial meeting, there are a few options:

  • The student psychologist may recommend a series of individual meetings, with the aim of further clarifying your problem and identifying the best approaches to address it. The student psychologists work according to a short-term support model. In general, a series will involve no more than five meetings. The meetings are strictly confidential and free of charge.
  • You may also be advised to go to another professional or appropriate institution - within or outside the university - for further assistance.

Referral

An external referral will be advised:

  • In case more specialized or long-term (more than 5 sessions) help is needed.
  • When your complaints are urgent or severe.
  • When there are multiple coexisting problems in different areas or when they have a longer history.

If the advice is to refer you to a professional or institution outside the university, your general practitioner (GP) will need to write you a formal referral. It is important that you are registered with a GP in the Netherlands. The student psychologists offer help in finding a suitable place for you to be referred to. Your GP can also advice you in this, as well as the district teams (‘buurtteam’ or ‘wijkteam’).

If you already estimate that more help is needed, you can of course go directly to your GP, without the student psychologist as an intermediate step.

What are the costs?

The cost of an intake appointment is 25 euros. After this initial appointment, any further appointments are free of charge. We accept payment through Ideal or creditcard. Please note: the fee is non-refundable, unless there is a valid reason for cancellation. If you do have to cancel your appointment, please contact us by email.  
At the moment we are transitioning onto a new payment system, which is causing the payment request to be delayed.

How to book an appointment?

You can schedule an intake appointment in the calendar below.

Sometimes there are no open slots for intake appointments. The student psychologists try to make new slots available every week, so make sure to check our website regularly. It is also possible to sign up for the waiting list by clicking the link underneath the calendar. You will be notified when a matching option is available, after which you can book this appointment.

In all cases you can contact your GP or the general practice center (on evenings/weekends). In case your problems are urgent or severe, we strongly advise you to do so. Appointments with a general practitioner are often available on short notice.

Cancelling an appointment?

Do you no longer need our help, e.g. because you are doing better or found help elsewhere? Please cancel your intake appointment by the link in the confirmation email you received. Then we can offer your spot to someone else.