Student Affairs: Student Wellness Service
Who are we?
We are a student counselling service, offering predominantly short-term counselling, with the aim of ensuring that whatever personal, emotional or psychological problems you experience, the impact of it on your academic studies are kept to a minimum and your capacity for achievement is optimised.
Problems that we can assist with
Some of the problems for which the Counselling service can provide assistance with include:
- adjusting to UCT
- 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
- 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. Referal of students to an appropriate agency can also be provided.