Approach Our central task is the psychological counselling of students in crisis situations Our counselling services are based on systemic approaches to counselling in general, and towards solution focused approaches in particular. These approaches stress the need to highlight resources and are built on the assumption that clients already own the knowledge and possibilities to handle their problems. Thus the counsellor is in the role of an expert for the change process as such, yet not for the content. Such an approach seems highly appropriate for the context of the HSG and its students.The effectiveness of solution-focused practices has been positively evaluated within international outcome studies. The counselling sessions are free of charge. A session usually takes about 50 minutes. In case of a crisis the counselling team aims to give prompt appointments on short notice. In all other cases counselling sessions take place within two weeks of the initial inquiry.