It is estimated that only one in four South Africans suffering from a mental illness or disorder will receive some form of care. This means that the majority of people who require access to mental health care services will not get the help they need. In South Africa, some of the barriers that make it difficult for people to access mental health services include the stigma associated with asking for help, long waiting times at local clinics and the high cost of private support. As a low-cost service, the Counselling Hub positions itself as an affordable choice for individuals and families looking to access basic mental health care services.

Our Goals

Provide Increased Local Access​

We are centrally located in Woodstock and service the nearby areas of Zonnebloem, Salt River and Observatory. We also encourage and welcome organisations to refer their clients to the Counselling Hub, which is a multi-faith centre for learning that aims to create a space in which individuals and families can access basic mental health services.

Increased Capacity​

The Counselling Hub also aims to bring the skills of volunteers, students in training and professionals to the centre in order to provide quality counselling, supervision and mental health resources. The Counselling Hub will also be conducting research with the goal of delivering evidence-based interventions and to examine how awareness of community-level mental health programmes can be increased.

Affordability & Accessibility

Provide affordable and accessible mental health services.

Community Level Service

Advocate for community-level mental health services.

Create Awareness

Create awareness about mental health through psycho-social programmes and initiatives.

Our Partners

The Counselling Hub, Woodstock is a project of the SACAP Foundation in partnership with the Kaplan Kushlik Educational Trust. Both the SACAP Foundation and the Kaplan Kushlik Trust share the vision to deliver accessible and affordable mental health services resulting in the creation of functional and capable individuals who can contribute positively to their families and communities. The Counselling Hub aims to address issues of access and affordability, which it will do through the delivery of low-cost basic mental health services in a community setting. By focusing on accessibility and affordability, the Counselling Hub hopes to directly address the social determinants of mental health that are shaped by socio-economic factors. The SACAP Foundation: is a non-profit entity that aims to enhance and enable improved mental health services in South Africa. The foundation strives to be a positive force for change that is orientated towards social justice and addressing the wide gap that exists between mental health service needs and available quality provision in disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

Our Team

Kentse Radebe

SACAP Foundation Executive Director
Kentse Radebe is the Executive Director of the SACAP Foundation and a member of the Steering Committee. She is a Sociologist with a background in Organisational Psychology and is a Tekano Health Equity Atlantic Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow. Kentse primarily focusses on conceptualising and managing programmes and initiatives that focus on reducing the current mental health treatment gap in South Africa and creating awareness about the mental health care in South Africa. Radebe manages the programmes and initiatives that fall under the SACAP Foundation.

Romi Kaplan

Kaplan Kushlik Educational Trust Representative
Romi Kaplan specialises in psychosocial wellbeing and is a member of the Steering Committee. She holds an MSt in Forced Migration from Oxford University and trained in mental health trauma at Tel Aviv University and at Global Mental Health at Harvard University. Kaplan currently gives workshops on Self Care and Vicarious Trauma for NGO workers and acts as a lay counsellor. In addition to her volunteer counselling work at the Counselling Hub in Woodstock, she is also a board member of the South African Jewish Museum, the Mensch Social Change Network and the Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Cape Town where she initiated the Jewish Digital Archive Project.

Shifra Jacobson

Counselling Hub Co-ordinator
Shifra Jacobson is a popular adult educator, trainer, lecturer and facilitator. She has over 35 years’ experience, working with diverse communities in Southern Africa, other parts of the continent, the United Kingdom, Israel and Germany. Jacobson holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Women and Gender Studies, an Advanced Diploma in Adult Education and a Diploma in Movement Therapy in Special Education. Jacobson has devoted her working life to the pursuit of social equality and civic responsibility. She has brought her experience in this area to developing concepts and practices of transformation and social change, to organisations such as RAPCAN, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Holocaust Centre and the Department of Social and Health Development.