With a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pretoria, an honours from Wits and a master’s from Nelson Mandela University, Sikander Kalla had already crossed the country before starting his mental wellness business, Cohesive Collaboration.
Qualifying as a clinical psychologist is a rigorous process. “Individuals often have to apply more than once. Each university receives hundreds of master’s degree applications but only takes about eight candidates,” Kalla says.
“Cohesive Collaboration strengthens the values of rehabilitative redress and optimised development by promoting mental health awareness, as well as offering consulting services and wellness programmes to corporate partners,” he explains.
His journey with Cohesive Collaboration has had several highlights, especially sponsoring Miss South Africa 2021, the fruit of almost a decade of labour. “A bittersweet highlight was when the business started prospering during the pandemic through our marketing of digital accessibility to mental health services.”
“A good support system goes a long way.”