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The Unit provides students with free and confidential individual and group counselling sessions for challenges ranging from a variety of mental health issues like depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse, home or university trauma and loss, tension, to low self-esteem and identity issues, etc. Other services include assisting with the Work Study Programme and food assistance for those in need. 
Dedicated professional staff are available to help you at the Stellenbosch and Tygerberg campuses. Contact us for an appointment by sending an e-mail to supportus@sun.ac.za or phoning 021 808 4994 (Stellenbosch Campus) or 021 927 7020 (Tygerberg Campus).

Invitation: Online Psychological Skills Training Group

Students are invited to join the online Psychological Skills Training Group facilitated by our professional and trained practicians. 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 you can be directed to the correct form of therapy or group intervention, a thorough screening interview needs to be conducted to conclude what challenges you are experiencing and how you can best be helped. These short interviews take place online and is also an opportunity for you to voice any questions you might have about therapy/counselling and our services.

Individual counselling sessions

Short-term individual counselling or therapy is offered to registered 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 counsellor 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 2023 programme are now open. Download and submit your completed​ application form and attach your CV before or on Friday, 18 November 2022 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. The Social Workers do a holistic assessment, when a student requests assistance in this regard. If you would like to access food assistance, e-mail supportus@sun.ac.za, or phone 021 808 4994 (Stellenbosch Campus) or 021 927 7020 (Tygerberg Campus).​