Chair of Department's Message

Welcome and thank you for visiting our department’s website. We offer several opportunities for students who are interested in pursuing graduate level training in Child Psychology, Addiction studies, Psychometrics, Marriage and Family Therapy. For the undergraduate level we offer general but very comprehensive Counseling Psychology course. The Counseling Psychology department consists of experienced faculty, who has worked directly and extensively in the field of Counseling. This helps us to anticipate and respond to the needs of students who are looking for a degree that will enable them to make a difference in their world. We therefore work to provide students with tools necessary to interpret psychological theory and research from a Christian perspective. We are also dedicated to fostering an environment in which students can gain an appreciation for helping in different contexts; such as community, online, workplace, hospital settings, schools, churches, Rehabilitation institutions and prisons. Whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student, our course offerings and programs will help develop and enhance your knowledge and skills. The programs are available in the three modes of learning; evening, open and distant learning and school based. Feel free to contact us through

Why Us

Location: Our department location in the CBD (central business district) Nairobi is within reach
Lecturers: The Lecturers are well qualified and practicing professionals which enhance hands on training
Facilities: ANU offers acclaimed facilities like matched student-computers ratio and library for research work. We have a modern therapy room in line with Counselling requirements standards in Kenya.
Practice V/S learning: The program is structured to provide a practical orientation aimed at producing professionals in the field of counselling psychology
Exemption status: Students joining our undergraduate program with a diploma in Counselling Psychology or equivalent unit courses are exempted the same to a maximum of 15 units.

Accreditations Networks and Affiliations of the school / department

i. All our program offers are approved and accredited by the commission for university education (CUE)
ii. We also work jointly with the Kenya Counselling and Psychological Association(KCPA) in student accreditation.
iii. We have working relations with the Kenya Universities and Psychologists and Counsellors Association (KUPCA)
iv. Others include: NACADA, SAPTA and Crossway Psychometric assessment centre.

Contact us

+254 722 266 354, +254 733 898 573

Jane W. Ngure

Egerton University (Ph.D candidate): Phd student in Counseling Psychology.

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PCAP): York St. John University UK.

Daystar University: Masters of Arts in Couseling Psychology.

Kenyatta University: Bachelor of Education Arts.


Publication- Mwangi. R, Ngure. P, Thiga.M. & Ngure. J. (2014) Factors Influencing the Utilization of Voluntary Counselling and Testing Services among University Students in Kenya. Global Journal of Health Science; Vol. 6, No. 4; 2014

James N. Mbugua
  • Ph.D Counselling Psychology (Candidate)
  • M.A Counselling Psychology (Daystar University)
  • Bachelor in Counselling Psychology (BPsych-Counselling: University of Nairobi)
  • Diploma in Theology (PUEA)
  • Diploma in Business Management (KIM)
  • Diploma in Business Adminstration (Kenya Polytechnic)
  • Ngure. J, Wokabi. B., Mbugua. J., Mwangi, S: Capacity building to respond to the pandemic of Gender Based violence among the pastoralist communities in Kenya. Case study of Turkana County, Kenya (2013) – (39th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society at Munyonyo in Kampala Uganda 3rd-7th June 2013)
  • Mbugua James N: The impact of religion on Christian Youth sexuality (UoN); (2006)
  • Mbugua James N: Perceptions and the practice of abstinence as influenced by Christianity among the unmarried youth, Daystar University MA thesis (2009)

Susan W. Gitau

PhD by Course Work – 2009- to date (Kenyatta University – Department of Psychology)

PhD by Thesis 2014- to date (Chuka University- Department of Education)

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – (Daystar University)

Bachelor of Arts (Commerce & Economics) – Upper Second Class Honours , (University of Nairobi)

Diploma in Counselling Psychology – Distinction ,(Kenya Institute of Professional Counselling –KIPC)

Certificate in Training of Trainers & Facilitators (TOT/TOF) – 2003 (KIPC)

Certificate in HIV Testing and Counselling – 2005 (NASCOP)

Areas of Teaching and Specializations

-Trauma Counseling
-Counseling Practicum
-Multicultural Counseling
-Professional Counseling Practice
-Child Therapy


Impact of Family Therapy in Trauma Healing : A Case Study of Street Rehabilitated Girls at Pendekezo Letu, Thika East Constituency , On Going Study at Kenyatta University

The Effectiveness of Virginia Satir’s HVPM in Trauma Intervention: A Randomised Controlled Trial of 2007/08 IIDPs in Kiambu County, On- going study at Chuka University

Thesis: Gitau, S (2006). Psychological Assessment of Stress among Mortuary Workers: A Case Study of Morgue Workers in Nairobi. Nairobi : Daystar University

Project: Gitau, S (2003). Low Self Esteem and Rising Drug Abuse among Youths. Nairobi: KIPC

Unpublished Intervention Study: Gitau et al; (2014) Workplace Counselling: Trauma Assessment among KDF Soldiers Returning from Somalia at 12 Engineers Battalion in Thika, Kiambu County
Published journal article in an international African Journal of Traumatic Stress Volume 1:2010 Human Validation Trauma Healing Model by Makerere University and PCAF (USA)

  • The Maiden Show - Real Factor!

    Real Factor Show,took off at Jernigan Chapel this week. Real Factor is a talk show that tackles relationship issues among the youth between the age of 18-25 years organised by the students of Counseling Psychology and is supported by the Counseling Department.

    The main objectives of this show is to enlighten the youth on self-awareness and self-actualization with the end goal of building or boosting the individual’s self-esteem.


    16th, November 2016, also marked the beginning of  an exciting journey for Afrinaz Communication Association who were shooting the the first ever pilot episode of the Real Factor Show themed ‘Ideal Relationships’. The topic facilitated the interaction of the live audience and the panelists of the day: Ms. Susan Kibe, Dr.Cindy North the university’s Chaplain and Mr.Mbugua, of the Counselling Psychology department.

    Some of the topics covered were; who is an ideal individual in both genders, the appropriate age to be involved in a relationship and the state of today’s relationships.

    Sammy Wamae and Leticia Shitagwa  a fourth year Mass Communication student and  fourth year Law Student respectively, played host to the vibrant show.

    Expect to catch this show once every trimester. Be on the lookout for the next episode

    “What begins here, transforms the world”