Individual counselling by study and career counselling psychologists
Contact us if you are feeling stuck with your studies or career prospects!
You can contact a study psychologist for example when you are looking for help with time management, you find yourself procrastinating, you are lacking motivation, you are looking for a study method that suits you, or you are experiencing study related stress, anxiety or burnout.
A career counselling psychologist specializes in career management issues and supports you in career and life planning, and transition to work. Career counselling supports you in self-knowledge, building a meaningful career, identifying opportunities, and making decisions.
Guidance without appointment at the Starting Point of Wellbeing, from 8.1.2024 onwards
You can drop in without an appointment for a 20 to 30-minute online or on-campus counselling session with one of us. In the counselling, we will visualise your situation, seek out suitable services for you, and make an appointment for study or career counselling with a psychologist if necessary.
The online service is open to Aalto bachelor’s and master’s degree students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 11.00 (from 9.1.24 onwards). The meetings begin in a chat (click the INFO CHAT -button in the lower right corner). There we will direct you to a video connection for our remote reception.
Our on-campus service is open on Mondays from 13.00 to 15.00 and on Wednesdays from 10.00 to 12.00, starting from 8.1.2024 in the SPW Room (Starting Point of Wellbeing room, Y199c, Otakaari 1). See the updated schedule on the SPW pages.
Booking individual appointments with study or career counselling psychologists
You can book a time for individual counselling according to the instructions below. Send an email from your Aalto email address. There are usually 1-3 meetings, more if necessary, and the duration of one meeting is approx. 45 min. We will tailor the meeting to your needs and situation. At the end of our first meeting, we can arrange further session(s).
The privacy notice below describes the way we process your responses, as well as any other personal other personal data arising from individual counselling.
Booking an appointment
The meeting is arranged on average within a few weeks (currently in 2-3 weeks) of your first contact-message.
Guidance without making an appointment is available via Starting Point of Wellbeing.
You can book an appointment by sending your answers to the following questions from your Aalto email to the encrypted e-mail address [email protected] . We recommend copying the following questions and pasting them into your email. The privacy notice summary below describes the way we process your responses, as well as any other personal information that is stored during the counselling process.
One of the psychologists will reply to your message via the encrypted email to confirm that your booking has been received. In the case you do not receive a reply within four business days, check your junk email folder first, and then contact us again.
School: ARTS BIZ CHEM ELEC ENG SCI
Degree you are pursuing: Bachelor Master Doctorate Exchange student
Year you started your current studies at Aalto:
Have you visited an Aalto psychologist before: No Yes
Preferred meeting language: Finnish English Swedish
Do you want to meet: A study psychologist A career counselling psychologist
Preferred service: Face-to-face Video Call Chat Telephone call
(For doctoral students: Are you: Employed by Aalto Employed by another employer Self-funded/Grant-funded Unemployed )
From the list below, choose all the items that describe why you are seeking counselling. (If you are a doctoral student, please consider all aspects of your work as a doctoral student, not only the studies required for the doctoral degree.)
I’m seeking counselling because:
- I’m nervous/anxious about study situations like exams, presentations or group works.
- Studying stresses me.
- Studying is exhausting me.
- I have no study motivation.
- I don’t know what I want to do after graduation.
- I don’t believe in my abilities as a student.
- I don’t recognise my competencies or strengths.
- My study methods are not suitable for university studies.
- I have trouble scheduling my studies.
- I seem to get nothing done in my studies.
- I’m not making progress on my thesis.
- Mental health issues are complicating my studies.
- My life situation is complicating my studies.
- I feel like an outsider at the university.
What would you like to discuss in the meeting?
Evaluate the current state of your study well-being: As a student / doctoral student I am feeling 1 Very bad - 2 Bad - 3 Reasonably good - 4 Good - 5 Excellent
Privacy and confidentiality
Summary of the privacy notice for students: The personal counselling clients of the psychologists of Aalto University’s Learning Services
The study and career psychologists of Aalto University’s Learning Services provide personal counselling to Aalto University’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree students, supporting their well-being while studying and their employment. Students seeking the psychologists’ services are expected to provide their name and some background information for counselling purposes. The study and career psychologists provide counselling and stay in touch with students through several channels while maintaining both confidentiality and information security: face-to-face, by sending encrypted email, through the Ninchat remote communication service and on the phone. During counselling appointments, the psychologists take brief notes. All personal data collected during the counselling process will be stored for four (4) years in a confidential and information-secure manner. The information of an individual student can only be accessed by the psychologists whose client the student is. Student data and information are never disclosed to third parties without the student’s permission.
Students have the right to request access to their personal data from the study and career psychologists. To request access to your data, send an encrypted email to the psychologists’ address: [email protected]
More detailed information is available in the attached privacy notice.
We are sometimes asked by students for a certificate of visit, a recommendation or a statement written by an Aalto study and career counselling psychologist. Students may need these for KELA (Social Insurance Institution of Finland), HOAS (student housing foundation), MIGRI (Finnish Immigration Service) or a university, who use them for determining the student’s study progress or as grounds for extending their residence permit or right to study. As a rule, however, Aalto’s study and career counselling psychologists do not write out these kinds of documents for students who have used the counselling services.
The institution or organisation requesting the document usually wants it to be written by a healthcare authority like a physician or some other official source. It is also important for students to give their own comprehensive account of the situation to the requesting party.
The Starting Point of Wellbeing offers students easy access to counselling and advice on matters of well-being and study ability. The services available to you include drop-in (no reservation) advising/counselling sessions, peer support groups, and online materials. You can also make an appointment to receive individual counselling.