A study abroad program can lead to personal growth, independence, cultural learning, and memorable experiences. But it can also be a stressful and challenging time that involves adjusting to “culture shock” and new social situations. Here at the Student Counseling Services, we are available to help you with any personal distress or mental-wellness concerns. Our counselors are psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists specializing in work with students on campus. Services are available in both Hebrew and English. Other languages may be available upon request.
How We Help
We can help you in a number of ways. We take a wide range of approaches for a variety of problems you may be having:
- Strategies to improve study skills and decrease test anxiety
- Therapy for depression, anxiety, or other emotional and functional difficulties
- Long-term dynamic psychotherapy for mental health issues
- Short-term/cognitive behavioral therapy for a range of problems
Routine First Appointment
The first counseling appointment can be arranged through one of the madrichim (student life staff) or by emailing our resident psychologist, Ayala Barak-Haviv. You may also come in person to the Student Counseling Services. You will initially be seen by a counselor for screening and evaluation. Following this meeting, we’ll recommend suitable treatment for you.
A student in acute or immediate need can go to the Student Counseling Services without prior notice or an appointment. Students needing help after hours, including Fridays and Shabbat, should contact their madrich in the dormitories or dial one of the hotlines. Every student at Hebrew University is entitled to use these services.
The first assessment meeting is free of charge. A reasonable fee is charged for each additional session. Cost should not be a barrier for anyone.
Needless to say, all contact with the Student Counseling Services is absolutely confidential. All information, including your identity, is confidential and will not be given to any person or organization outside the Student Counseling Services without your consent.
Maiersdorf (Reznik) dorms, Building 10, 2nd floor, Mount Scopus Campus
Tel.: +972 2 588 2685, or (02) 588 1699
Fax: +972 2 581 7212
Hours of Operation
Student Counseling Services is open five days a week, Sunday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Therapy appointments are arranged individually and can take place at later hours.
ERAN is a 24-hour confidential hotline that offers emotional support to those who are lonely, depressed, or going through a personal crisis.
- Hebrew and Basic English: 1201 from any phone, 24 hours a day
- Russian: 1201, ext. 3 from any phone, 24 hours a day
- Arabic: 1201, ext. 2 from any phone, 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Rape Crisis Center Hotline
This 24-hour hotline is for victims of rape and sexual harassment.
Tel.: 1202 from any phone, or +972 2 625 5558