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The Psychology Centre

30 October 2023

"He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata". What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.

 

The Psychology Centre is the clinical psychology training and research centre for UC's Clinical Psychology Programme. We offer students an opportunity to participate in a wide range of psychological assessments and treatments as part of their practicum course, working alongside senior clinical psychologists. Check out our Psychology Centre services.

 

CLOSED - REFERRALS FOR THERAPY

OPEN - SELF-COMPASSION COURSE

ASSESSMENTS – referrals open Monday 1st April 2024. Please note that we will NOT accespt referrals prior to the listed date.

All referrals received will be triaged to see if suitable for our student clinics.

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Special hours

Our Goals 

The Psychology Centre is part of the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at UC. The Centre's goals are:

  • To provide a high quality psychological service to our clients
  • To provide a high standard of teaching to the Clinical Psychology students who train within the Centre
  • To be fully committed to bicultural practice and offer Te Ao Māori models of health

 

Meeting the needs of students and clients

As a training centre we strive to involve Clinical Psychology students in assessment and treatment in ways that meet the needs of both the student and client. Before working in the Centre students have already completed four years of University study in Psychology and are in the process of completing three years of advanced training in Clinical Psychology. The students are closely supervised in their training by experienced Clinical Psychologists.

The Centre has some capacity to provide a service to clients who do not wish to have a student involved.

 

Our commitment

We want to provide our clients with a high level of service, so if you see us we will work hard to:

  • Work with you to understand your difficulties in a respectful manner
  • Provide honest feedback and advice
  • Respect your privacy according to our ethical and legal obligations
  • Practice in an ethical fashion according to the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights Regulations, and the Code of Ethics for Psychologists Working in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Assessment

We offer a range of cognitive assessments including:

  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Possible early onset dementia
  • Adult ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

At the end of an assessment you will receive a comprehensive report.

 

Therapy

We offer cognitive behaviour therapy for a range of difficulties including:

  • Depression
  • Stress management
  • Adjustment to work and life changes
  • Relationship problems
  • Anxiety management
  • Relationship and communication problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Anger management
  • Sexual difficulties

We offer individual sessions initially. Following a review of progress we may also refer onto other specialist mental health services or community support services.

 

Self-Compassion Course

Spaces are limited

  • The Psychology Centre is offering an 8-week group course starting 13th March 2024. 
  • Aimed at teaching skills and offering support to build self-compassion and self-esteem, in doing so, reducing self-criticism.
  • Research has found that Self-Compassion focused therapy is effective in managing stress and anxiety, regulating moods and improving overall mental well-being.
  • This course is also a research project looking at the effects of self-compassion on wellbeing. Participation in this research is voluntary. 
  • This research project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Canterbury Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC 2023/128).
  • The course will be held on Wednesdays 12:30-2pm for 8 weeks at the University of Canterbury. Cost is $250 for the course and materials.
  • For more information please email us

We consider self-referrals and referrals from professionals such as General Practitioners.

Please download this form and return to us at: psychclinic@canterbury.ac.nz. All referrals received will be triaged to see if suitable for our student clinics.

Does your child struggle with anxiety or stress? Would you like to support them to learn skills to enhance their wellbeing?

  • The Psychology Centre is offering an 8-week group course starting 13th March 2024 aimed at teaching skills and offering support to build self-compassion and self-esteem, in doing so, reducing self-criticism.
  • Research has found that Self-Compassion focused therapy is effective in managing stress and anxiety, regulating moods and improving overall mental well-being.
  • This course is also a research project looking at the effects of self-compassion on wellbeing. Participation in this research is voluntary.
  • This research project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Canterbury Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC 2023/128).
  • The course will be held on Wednesdays 12:30-2pm for 8 weeks at the University of Canterbury, dates to be confirmed. Cost is $250 for the course and materials.
  • For more information please see here or email us

Fees for 2024

TherapyInitial assessment
(90 minute appointments)
Continuing therapy 
(60 minute appointments)
Standard Hourly Fee (with student involvement) $185.00$125.00
Discounted fee for tertiary students (with student involvement)$115.00$75.00
AssessmentsBasic assessment Extended assessment 
ADHD Assessment to include:
  • Assessment Interviews
  • Interview with Significant Others (for example whanau, parent, partner, workplace)
    Completion of Questionnaires
  • Completion of Comprehensive Written Report
  • Feedback Session

$850.00

($425 to be paid

on first visit)

Up to $1400*
Intellectual/Learning Assessment to include:
  • Initial Interview (up to 2 hours)
  • Cognitive Testing and Other Psychometric Assessment
    (Up to 4 hours)
  • Completion of Comprehensive Written Report
  • Feedback Session (up to 2 hours)

$850.00

($425 to be paid

on first visit)

Up to $1400*

* On occasion additional neurological testing can be required to clarify the diagnosis, beyond the basic assessment. In such cases additional costs will be incurred, however this will be no more than $1200.

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