The Student Counselling and Development (SCD) office aims to equip students with the necessary skills, knowledge, and tools to effectively overcome their personal and academic challenges and to become well-rounded, optimally developed students and members of society. We achieve this via a variety of initiatives and services, including:

Individual and confidential counselling for:

Depression and stress-related difficulties

Anger and emotional management

Anxiety (excessive worry), trauma, panic attacks

Study skills

Relationship difficulties (e.g. romantic, friendships, family)

Low self-esteem

Difficulty with adjustment and grief

Other psychological/emotional challenges

Weekly group/developmental workshops

Self-esteem building

Stress management and coping skills


Communication skills

Emotional and social intelligence

Creating healthy and managing difficult relationships, etc.

Psychometric and academic support

Career counselling

Career planning

Learning support through life and academic skills workshops

Psychological assessments for selection courses, admissions testing, and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)


Mental Health programmes and projects

We use scientifically-supported programmes and projects designed to improve students’ overall well-being, career prospects, academic performance, and life satisfaction. Our most significant projects include the Kindness Project (a compassion-based intervention), the Career Development Project, The Power Club (dealing with trauma and building resiliency project), and the Super Study Skills project (enhancing academic performance), to name but a few.

Research and Community Projects

We do research on relevant higher-educational and community-related phenomena, present at various conferences, and is actively involved in community projects on the Qwaqwa Campus and within the broader Phuthaditjhaba community.

For more information, bookings, and appointments or to sign up for our workshops, projects or programmes, visit us at the Intsika Building, office numbers 0032, 0033, and 0041 or email us at and our friendly staff will assist you.


Tobias J van den Bergh
Counselling Psychologist

T: +27 51 401 2880

Nonhlanhla Moleleki
Registered Counsellor

T: +27 58 718 5032


Qwaqwa Campus
Private Bag X13
+27 58 718 5000

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