Our philosophy is to make our services available to as many students as possible. We therefore offer group and workshop based approaches as well as individual counselling sessions where indicated. Our serivces are free to registered students.
Groups are offered throughout the year. All the groups do not run simultaneously and students are encouraged to enquire when a group that they are interested in, will be offered. examples of group work include the following:
- Study skills
- Stress management and resiliency
- Exam preparation
- Support with trauma and loss
- Relationship development
- Support with parental divorce
- Empowering life skills workshops
- Support with depression and anxiety
- Adjustment to university
- Groups to postgraduate students
- Leadership development
- Groups offered to Junior Tukkie
On a personal and psychological level, we have found that students seek assistance for many different problems.
Our approach includes short term individual psychotherapy, whereafter students could be referred to a group for further assistance.
We have in the past assisted students with
- depression and mood disorders
- anxiety problems
- sexual or other trauma
- substance misuse or abuse
- bereavement and loss
- family problems
- relationship problems
- identity problems including sexual identity
- eating disorders
Please do not hesitate to present to our unit for a personal consultation.
We assist students in a wide variety of ways to maximize their academic success while studying at the University of Pretoria. On an academic level students request our assistance to enhance their
- reading skills
- study skills
- receive course and career related guidance and counselling
- career testing
- other psychometric assessments when indicated
We also assist the Disability Unit with assessments relating to reasonable concessions for students with a disability to ensure a fair and equal learning environment. These disabilities may include psycho-social, psychiatric or learning difficulties. Students will have to submit recent and relevant documentation, which may include specialist reports. All concession requirements have to be processed and registered at the Disability Unit before being referred to the Counselling Unit for assistance.
Emergency assistance during office hours 07:30-15:30
The Student Counselling Unit offers assistance in times of psychological distress.
This implies trauma such as rape, assault, muggings, domestic abuse and physical abuse. If you are experiencing an emergency of this nature, please alert the receptionist immediately and she will mobilize the relevant staff member to attend to you.
Protocols are in place to help you with the emotional consequences of such an event, but also with the medical and security issues that a trauma such as this implies. It is best that you come together with a trusted friend, family member, House or Faculty Committee member if possible.
This will help us to mobilize all the available resources on your behalf if you are unable to do so for yourself. In the case of physical trauma, you can also make your first port of call the Student Health Services (next to the Thuto Building) in order for you to be stabilized physically.
Emergency Assistance After Hours
If you are experiencing an emergency after hours, please contact
Both these organizations are geared towards managing an after hours emergency and will mobilize the relevant support agencies on your behalf.