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The Unit provides students with free and confidential individual and group counselling sessions for challenges ranging from anxiety, tension, home or university trauma and loss, low self-esteem to alcohol and substance abuse. Dedicated professional staff are available to help you at the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. Contact us for an appointment on 021 808 4994 (Stellenbosch Campus) or 021 938 9590 (Tygerberg Campus), or e-mail supportus@sun.ac.za. Other services include assisting with the Work Study Programme and food assistance for those in need. ​​

Invitation: Online Psychological Skills Training Group

Students are invited to join the online​ Psychological Skills Training Group facilitated by our professional and trained psychologists. The skills you will learn is grounded in ​cognitive behavioural therapy and will assist you in dealing with depression and anxiety. Click here to find out how you can be part of the training group sessions. ​


Before our registered counsellors can direct you to the correct form of therapy or group intervention, they need to conduct a thorough screening to conclude what challenges you are experiencing and how they can best help. To make an appointment, phone 021 808 4994 (Stellenbosch Campus) or 021 938 9590 (Tygerberg Campus) or e-mail supportus@sun.ac.za. Screenings take place from Monday to Friday from 11:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 15:30 on the Stellenbosch Campus. For Tygerberg Campus screening times, please contact us directly.

Individual counselling sessions

Short-term individual counselling or therapy is offered to SU students only. Once you have been screened and depending on the nature of your challenge, the counsellor or psychologist will work with you to find the best possible solution.

Group counselling sessions

Certain challenges are better managed in a group setting, where you can find support from peers who are experiencing similar problems or challenges. The Unit hosts several therapeutic and support group sessions, each with a very specific focus. During screening the counse​llor will advise you on the group process and make the necessary referral.

Work Study Programme

The Work Study Programme allows students to gain work experience while studying. These students earn a minimal income per month to assist with their financial need. The aim of this programme is to aid students who find themselves under financial strain regarding basic essential needs such as food, books, and as well other necessities.​ Applications for the 2021 programme are now open. Download and submit your completed application form and attach your CV before or on Thursday, 26 November 2020 to Lizzie Witbooi at lgwitbooi@sun.ac.za

Due to limited funding, we can only accommodate a limited number of students. The successful applicants will sign an 8-month working agreement and will be required to work a maximum of 20 hours per month​.

Food assistance

We realise many students face challenges around access to food. The Unit has food assistance programmes in place to assist you if you need support. If you would like to access food assistance, apply at the Unit or e-mail supportus@sun.ac.za, or phone 021 808 4994 (Stellenbosch Campus) or 021 938 9590 (Tygerberg Campus).