Meet the SCU Staff

Permanent Staff  and Consultants


Dr Hanlé Kirkcaldy: Head SCU

Hatfield Campus

Clinical Psychologist


Hanlé Kirkcaldy has been a clinical psychologist since 1991 and has been in the Student Support environment since 2004 – first at Stellenbosch University and later at UP. She holds a PhD from North-West University, an MA in Clinical Psychology and an MPhil in Applied Ethics, both from Stellenbosch University. Her fields of interest include the psychological treatment of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and emotional regulation. She follows and outcomes based approach in therapy. She is further interested in ethics as it applies to psychology, professional development and mental health and the training of professionals in the mental health sciences. Hanlé has been Head of SCU since July 2021. 

Dr Zuleikha Ahmed: Hatfield Campus

Counselling Psychologist








Zuleikha Ahmed holds a D Litt et Phil in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg. She is the Counselling Psychologist at Student Support with a passion for working with and empowering students. Her areas of interest include study skills, time management, stress management, depression, self-esteem development and trauma counselling.  She is further interested in the application of alternative therapies in the field of psychology. Zuleikha manages the HPCSA accredited internship traiing  programme at SCU.

Ms Ethel Mothlamme: Hatfield Campus

Senior Administrative Assistant


Ms Mothlamme is the administrative assistant and receptionist at the Hatfield Campus. She is available from 07:30 to 15:30 to answer all queries from students, staff and parents regarding our services. Ms Mothlamme assists in the making of appointments and booking of students on courses and workshops. She is a good source of information and is  available to direct students to other service providers on campus,  if necessary. 

Dr Liana Kruger: Hatfield Campus

Educational Psychologist








Liana Kruger is an Educational Psychologist with a PhD degree obtained at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in career guidance, learning difficulties and LGBTQ Family studies. Dr Kruger has been employed in the division of student support for the past 16 years where she focuses mainly on students’ issues relating to learning and academic development. She manages the Cognitive Training Programme at the SCU and is involved in concession assessments together with the Disability Unit. 

Ms Ruqayya Seedat: Hatfield Campus

Counselling Psychologist








Ruqayya Seedat holds an MA (Counselling Psychology) degree obtained at the University of Pretoria. She is currently completing a Masters in Positive Psychology at the North West University and is registered with the HPCSA as a Counselling Psychologist.  Her broad areas of interest are in the field of psychosocial well-being enhancement and optimal functioning development.  She is passionate about supporting and empowering students with adjusting well to university as well as with other life changes, stress management, resilience building, career counselling, psychological capital enhancement, counselling regarding depression, anxiety, trauma, bereavement as well as wellness counselling/training. Ms Seedat has been working in the higher education counselling context for the past 9 years. She is trained in Systemic, Narrative, Solution Focussed, Client-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural and Interactional (IPA) Therapeutic Modalities. She manages the Mental Health Awareness acttivites and campaigns at SCU.

Mrs Alexandra Holt: Groenkloof Campus

Counselling Psychologist







Alex Holt holds an MA (Counselling Psychology) degree obtained at the University of Pretoria. She has been working in the Student Support environment since 2007 and has a passion for assisting students reach their goals and perform to the best of their ability. 

Mrs Ronél du Toit: Groenkloof Campus

Counselling Psychologist








Ronél du Toit holds a BA in Nursing and MA in Counselling Psychology. Ms du Toit has been working in the higher education counselling context for the past 10 years. She has a special interest in Interpersonal Communication, especially where people become entrapped in destructive interactive patterns of behavior and suffer the psychological consequences of that. 

Mr Sikander Kalla: Prinshof Campus

Clinical Psychologist


Dr Malebo Mashaba: Onderstepoort Campus

Clinical Psychologist 


Ms Nthabiseng Ramothwala: Mamelodi Campus

Counselling Psychologist

Nthabiseng Ramothwala holds an MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Pretoria. Besides working at the Student Counselling Unit, she is in private practice in Pretoria.  She is registered with the professional body, Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).  She studied her undergraduate and honours degrees at the University of the Western Cape and Medunsa respectively.

She has worked for the past 21 years in administration, planning and implementation of assessments, management of wellness programs, organizational development interventions, team wellness, workshop development and facilitation. She enjoys therapy and counselling work, whether individually or in a group setting, and runs monthly seminars on various psychological topics as well as appearing as a quest on radio and television shows.

She enjoys coaching and teaching people better and alternative ways of living their lives in the best way possible. She sees counselling and therapy as a tool to empower people, educate them and help them to be the best versions of themselves while dealing with challenges they face daily.


Ms Mapula Adams

Ms Raquael Ferreira

Mr Christopher Kane 

Ms Thobeka Manyike

Ms Shannon Pretorius

Mr Siko Moyo


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