The Personal Development and Wellness Core Competences contribute to holistic student development, and in particular to the enhancement of student wellness and the development of desired graduate attributes, by offering psychosocial programmes and counselling/psychotherapeutic services.

In fulfilling our mission, we:

  • contribute to the psychosocial development of students;

  • complement, reinforce and support the values, mission and goals of NMMU and HEADS;

  • network, collaborate and foster interdependent relationships within and outside of SCCDC and NMMU;

  • base our work on theory, research and best practice.

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Sometimes one can resolve issues by speaking to your friends, family or faculty staff. However, there may be times when the issues require that you seek professional assistance.

As trained professionals we aim to support and guide students through this period. Our team of professionals are trained to provide brief counselling and psychotherapy to assist you to clarify your concerns, work toward the resolution of difficulties, and facilitate improved functioning within the areas of your life that you are concerned about. Our aim is to empower and equip students to deal with life challenges as well as have a greater awareness of the need to develop their psycho-social wellbeing.

Counselling and psychotherapy is provided in a confidential, professional, supportive and understanding manner and is offered to the NMMU student population free of charge and is available across all campuses.

Some of the services provided are:

  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Life coaching
  • Group therapy is provided on an ad-hoc basis
  • Trauma counselling
  • Wellness


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Well-being is viewed as appearing along a continuum, with the one extreme representing health or wellness, and the other disease. People anywhere on the continuum can be the target of intervention, and interventions can be directed towards gathering or enhancing salutogenic factors (having to do with the origins of health) rather than merely removing or minimising risk factors. The aim of wellness intervention therefore is to facilitate movement towards optimal well-being.


It is widely agreed upon that wellness has eight dimensions:

  • Physical Wellness: Good physical fitness and confidence in one’s personal ability to take care of health problems.
  • Emotional Wellness: the ability to understand your own feelings, accept your limitations, and achieve emotional stability.
  • Career Wellness: the ability to make a career choice based on knowing oneself – ones interests, abilities, personality and values.
  • Intellectual Wellness: A state in which your mind is engaged in the lively interaction in the world around you.
  • Spiritual Wellness: the sense that life is meaningful, that life has a purpose, and that some power brings all of humanity together; the ethics, values and morals that bring us together.
  • Environmental Wellness: the capability to live in a clean and safe environment that is not detrimental to one’s health.
  • Social Wellness: The ability to relate well to others both within and outside the family unit.
  • Financial Wellness: Living happily within ones means and having an awareness of where ones money goes.

Either of these dimensions frequently influences the other dimensions and the idea of wellness is to achieve balance in all or most of these dimensions. Achieving balance is an art that takes some time.

Beginning a wellness lifestyle is a good way to get started towards mastering this balance.


Contact information
Dr Hanna Van Lingen
Senior Student Counsellor
Tel: 27 41 504 2511

Dr Kameshnee Ramasamy
Senior Student Counsellor; Counselling & Psychotherapy Core Competence Co-ordinator
Tel: 27 41 504 2511