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Peer Counseling Service (Soziale Ansprechpersonen = "SozAP")

Peer Counseling Service


A peer counseling service (SozAP) is available for any member of staff seeking advice on problems and conflict situations. The counselors at SozAP are volunteers who work independently of other services and departments in the university. Any information passed to them in the course of the counseling sessions is treated confidentially.

The peer counseling sessions offer a safe space where you can discuss possible solutions tailored to your specific situation.

The SozAP counselors are trained in communication and conflict resolution strategies and in recognizing common mental health issues and psychological disorders.

Their training covers a wide range of topics including problems that can arise at the workplace such as bullying, burn-out, or sexual harassment; family problems; depression; psychological problems, such as eating disorders, anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders; addiction; suicide; death and bereavement.

Please note: Although they are trained in counseling, the SozAP counselors are not psychotherapists and do not offer therapy. Their role is that of active listeners. If, in their view, the person seeking help requires more expert support (e.g., referral to medical experts or psychiatric help), their role is also to assist in accessing this support.


Viola Auermann
+49 (0)30 838 54808

Gisela Rossa-Dubray
+49 (0)30 838 53351

 You can find further information here.