Shifra Jacobson

Counselling Hub Coordinator

Your mental health matters!

ABOUT Shifra

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.


  • Community Development

  • Family Support

  • Health

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, located in Woodstock, positions itself as an affordable choice for individuals and families looking to access basic mental health care services.

By focusing on accessibility and affordability, the NGO hopes to directly address the social determinants of mental health that are shaped by socio-economic factors.

Apart from providing affordable and accessible mental health services, the organisation advocates for community- level mental health services and creates awareness about mental health through psycho-social programmes and initiatives.
The Hub brings the skills of volunteers, students in training and professionals to the centre to increase the capacity of providing quality counselling, supervision and mental health resources

It is a project of the SACAP Foundation in partnership with the Kaplan Kushlik Educational Trust.