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

For appointments with the Counselling team please use the online booking system.


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.