Being a student means you will have to learn to fly solo. Your teachers are no longer there to guide you, also not your parents and siblings. In the Student Counselling Service, the UFS provides a safety net to guide you to your full potential.

The vision of the unit is to promote, enable and optimise students’ self-direction.

The following services are provided to students:

  • Counselling (individual and confidential): depression and stress, anxiety disorders (fears), trauma, panic attacks, PTSD, etc., relationship problems, eating disorders, adjustment disorders and grief, anger management, low self-esteem, and other psychological/emotional problems.
  • Group/developmental workshops: self-esteem building, emotional intelligence, stress management, communication, relationships.
  • Psychometric and academic support: career assessment, career choice, career planning, career change, life skills and academic skills workshops to support learning.
  • Career development for the world of work. It offers employment preparation skills and training such as CV writing, job-hunting skills, interviewing skills.

In addition, the division also offers a graduate recruitment programme which exposes students to industries through company presentations and career fairs.

Contact details

Psychologist: Ms Helen Pienaar | T: +27 58 718 5029; Room 36, Administration Building
Psychometrist: Ms Boitumelo Tlhapane | T: +27 58 718 5032; Room 33, Administration Building
Career Development Officer: Mr Oleboheng Eister | T: +27 58 718 2853; Room 43, Administration Building



Qwaqwa Campus
Private Bag X13
+27 58 718 5000

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