At Student Counselling and Development professional services are rendered to students by professional members of staff qualified in psychology, counselling, social work and psychometry. Our aim is reflected in our motto: Optimising you!

Some of the services we offer may include (but are not limited to):

  • Psychological services, which include individual and group psychotherapy and counselling
  • Life and leadership skills and personal development
  • Social support services, including HIV/Aids and community-engagement programmes
  • Psychometric assessments for both prospective and current students
  • Career guidance and counselling
  • Enhancing the first-year experience (including adjustment to campus life, and general development for first-time entrants)
  • Support for students with disabilities
  • Concessions and extended writing time (Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle Campuses).


Please note that services rendered may vary depending on the specific NWU campus.

Who to call in a crisis

When in a crisis situation, it is important to ensure that you call the right crisis centre. The crisis numbers for each of the campuses are:

Crisis helplines

24-hour phone-in service for psychological crises:

Mafikeng Campus: 

  • The crisis-line number on Mafikeng Campus is only available Protection Services:
    •  018 389 2277
    • 018 389 2167

Potchefstroom Campus

  • InGryp 24-hour crisis-intervention service for acute emotional/psychological crises: +27 (0)18 299 1777 
  • InGryp walk-in service for psychological intervention

Vaal Triangle Campus

  • Thuso 24-hour crisis centre: +27 (0)82 815 9781
  • LifeLine: +27 (0)16 428 1640 / +27 (0)861 322 322