PhD students A PhD is a challenging process. It can be highly meaningful, but often also strains one’s resources. The HSG Counselling Service will support you throughout your PhD journey. Typical questions concern self-organisation, how best to structure the work process and dealing with challenging situations. For detailed information about the PhD process and “Best practices” at the HSG, please see our brochure “The PhD journey". Typical PhD-related issues: Clarifying expectations with PhD supervisors How do I discuss my expectations with my supervisor? How can I establish a good working relationship with my superiors, maintain personal boundaries and request support? How can I make my working day more satisfying? How can I clarify my different roles? We offer experienced support in helping you make clear agreements with your supervisor and in clarifying your expectations about the PhD process. Counselling in case of conflict Your supervisor and you have different roles. These may lead to tensions and conflicts. In case of conflict, we can help you prepare for meetings with your PhD supervisor (or other important stakeholders) that you consider difficult. Managing the writing process Putting yourself under too much pressure to achieve perfection often causes writer’s block. This pressure may also result from unrealistic or inadequate planning. During a PhD, good self-management and time management are essential. We will support you in answering the following questions How can I divide the writing process into manageable and hence more effective steps? How can I improve my relationship with the writing process and my writing practices? How can I overcome writer’s block? Personal issues Doing a PhD is often a dynamic phase of life, in which critical professional and personal paths open up and demand attention. We offer a sheltered space in which you can consider personal issues, also far beyond your doctorate: How can I concentrate on my work, despite stressful personal issues? How do I gain adequate distance from work and recharge my batteries? How do I reconcile my PhD process with my partner or family?