Psychological Services

Student services

Psychological Services

We understand that higher education students go through multiple life changes and challenges during their academic journey. They can be individual, academic, interpersonal, professional or related to your family, and sometimes lead to anxiety, depression, stress, concentration, motivation, or organisation and time management difficulties.

As a Politécnico de Leiria’s student, you can count on our Student Support Services (Portuguese acronym: SAPE) to help you with these issues and guide you throughout your studies.

SAPE offers free psychological services to all our students.

If you’re struggling with a mental health condition that affects your studies and need confidential support and advice, send us an email and choose whether you prefer to get these services in-person, via email or through Skype, MS Teams or any other online communication platform.

Are you finding it difficult to:

  • adapt to a new life change?
  • study?
  • manage your time?
  • deal with anxiety?
  • be away from your family?
  • make an important decision?
  • write a CV?
  • prepare for an interview?
  • keep up with your classes’ pace?

SAPE offers:

  • psychological services
  • career guidance
  • soft skills development workshops
  • face-to-face and online training
  • job searching techniques workshops
  • support for students with special educational needs
  • academic success advice

Psychological Services


Improve your academic career

Discover the platform SUnStAR  which allows you to decide when, what and at what pace you want to move forward in your academic career. 

what is sunstar

How to use it

This platform offers you:

  1.  An auto reflection tool that will allow you to reflect on your academic career;
  2. After filling out the auto reflection tool you will receive feedback as a traffic light report. This report will offer you more information about your personal academic situation, what are your difficult areas and areas in which you are not facing so many challenges;
  3. The traffic light report will also suggest the participation in specific online trainings available in the platform;
  4. In the end, you will also be referred to specific help and support resources available in the Polytechnic of Leiria.

Click the button below to access the SUnStAR plataform – Supporting Students at Risk of Dropping Out – and find the the Polytechnic of Leiria logo. Once you land on the page, na access code will be generated. You should register and save this code and use it whenever you want to access the platform.

Start your path now!

If you have any questions, we are here to help you. Please contact us at

Looking after your mental health during a pandemic

Mental Health is an integral part of human health: there is no health without mental health.

So that you can experience positive mental health activating strategies that allow you to deal with everyday challenges in different contexts, we share some tips that promote psychological and physical health.

Check out the tips we have for you.

Learn more about what you’re feeling

psychologists team

Contact us


Graça Seco

Luís Filipe 

Patrícia Pereira and Sandra Alves 

Other contacts

ESECS (Campus 1)

ESTG (Campus 2)

ESSLei (Campus 2)

ESAD.CR (Campus 3)

ESTM (Campus 4)


Psychological support is provided by a psychologist and aims to help a person deal with the causes of their problems and thus become more autonomous and able to overcome the difficulties by themself.

A psychological appointment takes place in a conversation style guided by a psychologist, in a calm environment and with absolute confidentiality.

No. Psychological appointments are for anyone who needs help dealing with mental health issues related to individual, interpersonal, academic or professional challenges and difficulties. Throughout life, each of us has ups and downs and may need specialised support.

Many of the factors that interfere with a person’s emotional stability, or with their ability to think and deal with problems, are not always easily overcome or confided to family or friends. At these times, support from a psychologist may be necessary to help deal with doubts and promote autonomous mental health.

Psychological support is useful in any mental health situation, but specifically the following: sadness, anxiety, problems dealing with a physical illness, family problems, academic difficulties, sexuality, self-esteem, eating disorders, addictions, delusions, aggressiveness, suicidal thoughts, and others.

By booking an appointment with us, we can also direct you to a more suitable service if appropriate.

To schedule a session please, answer the form in (choose English language).
As soon as possible you will receive an answer with a possible date for the session. Sessions can be provided online or face-to-face and they are free for any Polytechnic of Leiria’s student.
In  you can find some more information about the support provided by the Students Support Service (SAPE) of Polytechnic of Leiria.

SAPE services are free for students enrolled at Politécnico de Leiria.

No, we also provide psychological support services in English and Spanish.

  • National Health Service Line (SNS 24) – (+351) 808 24 24 24
  • 24h Psychological Services – National Health Service Line (SNS 24) – (+351) 808 24 24 24 – Press 4
  • SOS Student – (+351) 915 246 060 / (+351) 969 554 545 / (+351) 969 554 545 – 20h00 – 01h00
  • Migrant Support Line – (+351) 808 257 257 / (+351) 218 106 191
  • Victim Support Line (free) – (+351) 116006 – Monday to Friday: 09h00 – 21h00 / Saturday: 10h00 – 13h00
  • SOS Drugs Line – (+351) 1414 – Monday to Friday: 10h00 – 20h00
  • IncluIES (Project for inclusion of the Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education)