Study psychologist and university chaplain

Uniarts Helsinki has a university chaplain and study psychologist, who provide discussion support, if desired. 

Study psychologist

The study psychologist supports the learning, studies and student wellbeing of degree and exchange students.  

The study psychologist is a licensed psychologist. At the university, the study psychologist works in the interface between study counselling and mental health work. The purpose of the work is to support and promote student learning, studies and wellbeing.  

The study psychologist works at both the individual and community level: For students, the study psychologist provides guidance for individuals and, if possible, for groups. The study psychologist supports staff guidance duties by providing training and consultation support. The study psychologist also works with the development of multidisciplinary student wellbeing in cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki staff and partners outside the university.  

The study psychologist services at Uniarts Helsinki do not apply to students in youth education whose corresponding support provider can be found in their main place of study, such as student welfare in general upper secondary schools. Other students with a separate right to study are also excluded from the scope of the service.  

Individual guidance for students

Common topics addressed at the study psychologist’s office include challenges related to the successful completion of studies, coping, tension, motivation, time management, accomplishment, learning difficulties, artistic identity, graduation and working life.  

Before contacting us, you can also familiarise yourself with the self-study materials “Supporting your studies and wellbeing” compiled by study psychologists. 

Visits to the study psychologist are confidential, voluntary and free of charge. The length of a session is 45-60 minutes. Students may have 1-5 sessions an academic year depending on the need.   

The study psychologist receives students on the Töölö campus at Nervanderinkatu 13, 5th floor (N-530).  

If necessary, the study psychologist will refer the student for other/further support.  

In urgent mental health matters that require treatment, please contact the Finnish Student Health Service (FSHS) (tel. + 358 (0)46 710 1073) or the health centre.  

Read more: Support and tips for mental health and mental health services

Remote guidance sessions

Remote guidance sessions are held using the Viivi application with an encrypted connection. When arriving for remote individual guidance, make sure that your browser updates are up to date. It is also important that you find a quiet place for your remote session. It should have sufficient sound insulation and be in a place where you can be alone. Using headphones improves sound quality. For more information, contact the study psychologist.  

How do I book an appointment with the study psychologist?

Sanna Vuorinen is the study psychologist at Uniarts Helsinki.  

Send an SMS: “Appointment + your first and last name” to +358 (0)50 477 8425.  

Study psychologist Sanna will call you as soon as a time for individual guidance becomes available (no later than two weeks after being contacted) and agree on a session.  

If you cannot make the session, please cancel or postpone your appointment well in advance so that it will be available to someone else who needs it. Appointments which have not been cancelled are counted as completed guidance sessions.  

The individual counselling of the study psychologist is on break from 21 December 2022 to 8 January 2023. The study psychologist will respond to requests for appointments again from 9 January 2023.
During the Christmas break, you will be served by the YTHS services and the municipal health centres. Their contact details can be found on the student health care page.

Church music degree students at Sibelius Academy in Kuopio

Katri Ruth is the study psychologist at the Kuopio campus.  

Send an SMS: “Appointment + your first and last name” to +358 (0)50 341 0656.  

Study psychologist Katri will call you within about a week and agree on a session time.  

Note! If you cannot make the session, please cancel or postpone your appointment well in advance so that it will be available to someone else who needs it. Appointments which have not been cancelled are counted as completed guidance sessions.  

Privacy measures

Secure privacy measures are taken in all study psychologist activities at Uniarts Helsinki. More detailed information can be found in the privacy statement.

Study psychologist services for staff

The study psychologist cooperates with Uniarts Helsinki staff in matters related to student learning, studies and wellbeing. The study psychologist offers training and consultation related to the above-mentioned topics and participates in multidisciplinary development work related to student wellbeing.  

Please contact us well in advance about organising various events. When contacting the study psychologist, including the information below will help them respond as quickly as possible and assess the opportunity for participation in the event:  

  • What/what kind of event is involved?  
  • What is the target group of the event?  
  • What is the purpose of the event?  
  • When will the event be held? (If the event will be held between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. it is more likely that we will be able to participate.)  
  • Where will the event be held?  
  • In what language will the event be held?  

Contact study psychologist Sanna Vuorinen in Helsinki; contact study psychologist Katri Ruth on the Kuopio campus.  

University chaplain for Helsinki campuses

The Uniarts Helsinki chaplain is available to everyone, both students and staff. In the chaplain’s office, you can discuss everything between heaven and earth. The most common topics of discussion are related to coping, life situation, interpersonal and relationship problems as well as different mental and spiritual issues.  

The university chaplain serves as a kind of companion when struggling with questions about life as well as a shoulder to lean on in the process of becoming an artist. If necessary, you can also discuss theological and philosophical topics as well as various matters related to making a living, community and multiculturalism with the university chaplain.  

You can contact the chaplain regardless of your beliefs, convictions or whether you are a member of the church or not. Conversations are confidential and take place with respect for your convictions, whatever they may be.  

How do I book an appointment with the university chaplain?

The priest works full-time on both campuses of the university. In-person meetings can be arranged either on the campuses or outside the university. Video conversations are also possible. It is a good idea to book a discussion appointment (45-60 min.) by email. You can also give the chaplain a call or just tug their sleeve.  

In Helsinki, Lisa Enckell serves as the chaplain for Uniarts Helsinki  
+358 (0)50 533 1562  
IG: UniArts_pappi_Lisa  

P.S. I am also available for christenings, funerals, weddings and consecrations of civil unions (including same-sex couples) as well as home blessings. I am the chaplain for both students and staff.  

University chaplain at the Kuopio campus

Raimo Hakkarainen, the university chaplain for the Kuopio campus of Sibelius Academy, is also available for discussions, either by phone or video call. You can book an appointment by email at  

The university chaplain also provides support to staff

The university chaplain supports staff with their guidance and teaching duties by providing training and consultation support in cooperation with other wellbeing actors. The university chaplain also works with the development of multidisciplinary student wellbeing in cooperation with Uniarts Helsinki staff and partners outside the university.