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Counseling

If you have experienced sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence, you can get confidential support from the counseling services listed here. They are also available to people who have witnessed sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence, as well as people seeking information on how to prevent them. The counselors are all sworn to professional secrecy and will not share any information with other parties without the explicit permission of the person seeking counseling. At certain service offices, you can seek advice or counseling anonymously.

If you are looking to be referred to specialized external service offices that are not listed on this website, please get in touch with the Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination and Violence. Among others, these may include service offices for queer people who have experienced discrimination and violence, for people who experienced sexualized violence in their childhood, for people in various critical situations, and also service offices counseling perpetrators.


University Offices

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Office of the Standing Working Group on Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination and Violence

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer step-by-step support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All who work or study at Freie Universität Berlin or who are guests

Languages?

German, English, Turkish

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Chief Gender Equality Officer of Freie Universität Berlin

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer step-by-step support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All women at Freie Universität Berlin and other individuals who have experienced discrimination due to their sexual identity

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Local Gender Equality Officers

What?

Confidential advice and counseling in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, and violence (including stalking), anonymous upon request. They also offer support when going through a grievance procedure

For whom?
All women in their respective departments, institutes, or units

Languages?

German and a mix of others depending on the department, institute, etc.

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Center for Academic Advising and Psychological Counseling

What?

Psychological counseling related to experiences with sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking)

For whom?

Members of Freie Universität Berlin, students and employees

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Social Counseling and Support

What?

Confidential preliminary consultation in cases of sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking). Help finding additional support or expert counseling if necessary

For whom?

All employees at Freie Universität Berlin who have experienced discrimination due to their sexual identity

Languages?

German, English, French, Spanish

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Office of Social Counseling and Support

What?

Psychological and social counseling, step-by-step support, referrals to other support or counseling services

For whom?

All Freie Universität Berlin employees

Languages?

German, English, Croatian

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Staff Council: Dahlem

What?

Help with finding services and support

For whom?

All employees of Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Staff Council of Student Employees

What?

Help with finding services and support

For whom?

All student employees of Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential

Youth and Apprentices Representatives

What?

Counseling related to experiences with sexualized harassment, discrimination, or violence (including stalking)

For whom?

All young people and apprentices at Freie Universität Berlin

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Women’s Counseling at AStA (General Students’ Committee)

What?

Support with problems and questions concerning sexism, discrimination on campus, sexualized violence, family violence, stalking, multiple discrimination, and finding therapy. Help in cases of heterosexist incidents, assault and/or sexualized assaults or violence; help with finding legal, social, or psychological support

For whom?

Students and employees who do not identify as cis-men

Languages?

German, English, Spanish, and others upon request

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Queer-feminist Peer Support at AStA (General Students’ Committee)

What?

Support and counseling on topics like coming out, transitioning, finding a therapist, lawyer, or doctor

For whom?

Students and employees who do not identify as cis-men

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

Counseling for Gay, Bisexual, and Trans* People at the Gay Students Department (Schwulenreferat)

What?

Help and support against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia at Freie Universität Berlin

For whom?

Gay, bisexual, and trans* people

Languages?

German, English

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request


Representative Body for Disabled Employees

What?

Help in finding suitable counseling and support offices

For whom?

All Freie Universität Berlin employees

Languages?

German

Confidentiality?

Confidential, anonymous upon request

University Walk-in Clinic of Freie Universität Berlin – Trauma Consultations for Adolescents and Young Adults

What?

Outpatient psychotherapy for young people who are under sustained stress due to traumatic experiences (for example, sexualized assault); focus on behavioral therapy; initial consultation to clarify needs and get general advice; consultations adhere to the professional code of psychological psychotherapists and children and youth psychotherapists

For whom?

Young people 14 years and older who are under sustained stress due to traumatic experiences

Languages?
German, English

Confidentiality?
Confidential