Counselling services


Who are we?
We are a student counselling service, offering predominantly short-term counselling and psychotherapy, with the aim of ensuring that whatever personal, emotional or psychological problems you experience, the impact of these on your academic studies are kept to a minimum and your capacity for achievement is optimised. Please note that we experience high demand for the service, particularly from April until after the June examination and again from September / October until after the end of year examination. During these times, students trying to access psychotherapy from Student Wellness Services, may need to be placed on a waiting list. Should you have access to medical aid and/ or financial resources, we would like to encourage you to access psychotherapy from a private practitioner. Please find below an example of a website that could aid you in accessing a therapist directory: Therapist Directory Alternatively, you may contact Ntombizodwa Mzongwana at reception to request a list of referral sources.

Telephone: 021 650 1017

Problems that we can assist with
Some of the problems for which the Counselling service can provide assistance with include:

  • adjusting to UCT
  • homesickness
  • loneliness
  • cultural transition
  • social skills
  • self-esteem issues
  • confidence building
  • individuation from parents
  • stress and anxiety
  • depression and suicidal feelings
  • loss and bereavement
  • trauma and crisis intervention
  • rape and sexual assault
  • HIV/AIDS counselling
  • sexual identity issues
  • addictions
  • academic problems including motivation and concentration
  • relationship issues
  • family problems
  • any other personal, emotional, social or psychological problem

How are problems dealt with?
The Counselling service offers mostly individual psychotherapy, but a psychologist may recommend that a student attends group therapy which is an opportunity to work on problems in a confidential environment with peers. Furthermore, the psychologist may recommend that the student attends a skills-based group, which takes the form of developing of relevant life skills in a group setting. Referral of students to an appropriate agency can also be provided.