Welcome to the Student Counselling Unit Website
What is Student Counselling?
The Student Counselling Unit is a professional psychological support service, with branches on all the campuses of the Univeristy of Pretoria. The univeristy puts a high priority on the mental health and wellness of our students and therefore provides the student population with access to a counselling unit.
What happens at Student Counselling?
Here students are offered academic, therapeutic and emotional support. We are a multi-disciplinary team consisting of counselling, educational and clinical psychologists. If you need any form of emotional, psychological or mental health support, Student Counselling is the correct unit to visit. We provide therapeutic services, psyho-education, counselling as well as assessments relating to career choice. We also assist the Disability Unit to assess students with special learning needs, who may qualify for a consession when writing examinations.
Why may I need psycho-social or mental health support?
At TUKS student counselling we know that the transition from school to university can be very demanding and may sometimes be overwhelming. We also realise that, even though it is said that these are the best years of your life, it can be difficult to cope with the academic workload, emotional changes and social demands. Sometimes physical or mental illness can take a toll on a student or family problems can impact your effectiveness at university. That is why our staff is motivated to assist students to realise their full potential and optimise their chances of success by addressing potential problems early and restoring excellent functioning.
Who delivers the service?
All our staff are registered at the Health Professions Council of South Africa and therefore adheres to high ethical standards and professional practice guidelines. The Student Counselling Unit is also an accredited training facility for Interns and Master’s students in Counselling Psychology programmes.
How much will it cost?
The psychological and therapeutic services rendered to registered students are free of charge.You will only be asked to provide your recent student card in order for us to register you as a service user at the Unit.
If you need medical care, we do have good working relationships with doctors and medical services on campus as well as in the immediate vicinity of the university. We may have to refer you medication or a physical evaluation to the campus doctor, your own general practitioner or even specialists, such as a physician, a psychiatrist or a neurologist. This will be discussed with you and will be at your own cost or on your medical aid. Alternatively, we can refer you to a public health facility.
Who will know that I am seeing a psychologist?
All our sessions are confidential and you are treated as an independant and outonomous major. In the event that you are referred by another doctor, feedback may be provided to that health care professional with your consent. Any reports or feedback given to the university or your parents / guardians, will have to be with your written consent. We would like students to have a confidential and private space to address their problems.