Student Services psychologist group

The Student Services psychologist group comprises Aalto’s study psychologists and the career counselling psychologist. The group’s aim is to promote the wellbeing of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in their studies and in their finding employment. Our main services include counselling for students (for individuals and groups), training, consultations, producing materials to enhance studying and promote wellbeing, and networked specialist services.

Aalto Student Services psychologist group (study and career counselling psychologists) promotes the wellbeing of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students in their academic studies and in their search for employment. For students, our most prominent service is individual counselling for studies and for career. Individual counselling is provided both by appointment and, at the Starting Point of Wellbeing, without appointment.

We also serve students directly through group counselling, lectures, workshops and producing material – such as online material and courses, videos and podcasts –  to help with studying, job hunting, and promoting study-wellbeing. Some of our lectures and workshops are integrated into degree programme teaching for credit. We also offer student support in crisis situations affecting the community, such as the death of a student.

Our work for study-wellbeing also involves serving as experts in university workgroups and educating and giving consultations to Aalto staff, for example, by participating in quality assurance and development work via our study-wellbeing surveys. We also maintain networks with wellbeing actors and service providers outside of the Aalto and in other Finnish higher education institutions. 

The work of the study and career counselling psychologists is a part of Aalto University’s overall study-wellbeing and guidance services. We supplement degree education, student advising and career services when special expertise for student support is needed. Much of our work revolves around the psychological obstacles to learning and finding career-path in a way supportive of wellbeing. The hindrances include emotional blocks, motivation issues, problems with self-leadership, and difficulty recognising one’s own strengths.

Healthcare practices such as diagnosing states of health and treating medical conditions is not included in the work of the study and career counselling psychologists. However, we understand how depression and ADHD, for example, can affect a student’s ability to study, and so we help students to cope with their studies and search for career-path at times when mental health issues and learning difficulties lower their ability. Aalto’s psychologists are certified by Valvira (Finland’s supervisory authority for health and welfare), and their work adheres to the professional ethical principles of the Finnish Psychological Association.

All together, we deliver psychological expertise to Aalto in order that an ever increasing number of students and doctoral thesis researchers may enjoy well-being - while learning and completing their studies in a way that is meaningful to them.

Individual counselling by study and career counselling psychologists

Aalto’s study and career counselling psychologists offer online and on-campus individual counselling to Aalto students. You can drop in at the Starting Point of Wellbeing for individual counselling without an appointment.

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Groups, workshops and online materials for supporting wellbeing and study ability

This page has groups, workshops and online (MyCourses) material organised by Aalto in the area of well-being. The groups and workshops are conducted in Finnish or English.

Starting Point of Wellbeing

Starting Point of Wellbeing

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.

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The AllWell? questionnaire on study wellbeing and development of teaching at Aalto University

The annually conducted AllWell? questionnaire gives us research-based data for planning pedagogical development. A summary of AllWell? results are distributed to Aalto programme directors and school management.

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Where to get guidance and support?

Guidance and support for study planning, study wellbeing, and career reflections for Aalto students.

This service is provided by:

Learning Services

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