Guidance and Counselling Unit


The unit, under the Students’ Welfare Department, is set to assist the students, staff, parents and the community address personal or psychological challenges that may affect individuals while studying, working or serving Kyambogo University. The services are intended to facilitate students’ academic achievements by tapping their potential and curbing performance hindrances. Trained and experienced Counselling Psychologists offer free and confidential Guidance and Counselling services. The centre currently has three permanent staff members, three on contract and two on voluntary basis.  The unit also has a student on work scheme program. All counselors are professional and regulated by Uganda Counselling Association.


The Counselling and Guidance Unit is mandated to provide quality counselling and guidance services to the Kyambogo University students, staff, parents/guardians and the entire community.


To provide professional counselling and guidance services to students, staff and the community so as to achieve personal and educational goal

Core Values:

The core values of the Guidance and Counselling Unit include:

Confidentiality, respect and self-development Informed consent and Setting practical goals.


The unit provides services aimed at enhancing academic success and further educational goals for Kyambogo students. These include the following:

  • Individual Counselling
  • Group Counselling
  • Career Guidance and Counselling
  • Organizing outreaches to halls of residence and hostels
  • Mentoring work scheme students
  • Conducting Open Talks with Students and Staffs
  • Mentoring Counsellor Trainees
  • Organising peer counsellors trainings among students of KYU.
  •  Providing counselling support to staff and students in crisis.
  • Organising motivational demonstrations that are beneficial to counselling.
  • Establishing and maintaining a resource centre beneficial to counselling clientele at KYU.
  • Networking with other counselling agencies in professional development for the benefit of our clientele.
  • Attending to the Department of students’ Welfare assigned activities.


The Guidance and Counselling Unit is currently located at Uganda Block, Rooms 31, 33 to 36.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

These are processes that help individuals discover and develop their education, vocational and psychological potentialities. The processes help achieve optimal levels of personal happiness and social usefulness. During counselling, psychological principles enhance and promote growth of individuals, groups, families and community. Better functioning, problem solving, decision making and coping with situation are realised. Individuals’ cognitive, emotional, behavioral and interpersonal challenges are prevented and/or resolved.

  • Adjusting to university life and being away from home
  • Academic challenges e.g. concerns about retakes and change of programs
  • Concerns about relationships
  • Drug and other substance abuse issues
  • Sexual related concerns
  • Developmental crises
  • Work relations
  • Work/home related stress
  • Questions about your future
  • Wanting to improve your family relationships
  • Health issues
  • Dealing with addictions
  • Wanting to be more assertive or improve your self-confidence
  • Grieving over the death of someone close to you
  • Difficulty taking care of your normal ‘day to day’ life
  • Concerned about someone close to you
  • Recovering from unwanted sexual contact or violence
  • Carrying a secret that you’ve never told anyone, but wish you could, etc

N.B It is also okay if you don’t know exactly what you want to address, we can help you figure that out as well.

Guidance and Counseling services are so vital that they are required by people at all stages of life. Counselling chooses no one and does not choose problems to tackle. Many people can take up counselling, including students, staffs and families as they seek insight of given issues.

Counselling is confidential; clients’ information is kept with utmost confidentiality. Records are guarded jealously, not part of academic/ administrative records. There are, however, some limits to confidentiality. Counselors are required by law to release certain information in situations that involve harm to yourself or others, in instances of child or elder abuse, or as a result of a court order.

Counselling is offered from Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.

In case you need an appointment with a particular staff you are free to do so. Special attention may be accorded to special individuals (PWDs) and the sick. There is no charge for these services. All services are entirely free of charge.

Better decision making, Behavioral change, Growth and development, Effective functioning, Coping strategies enhanced, Building resilience, Effective communication etc.

Counselling Resources