The Psychology Centre

The Psychology Centre

Clinical Psychology Training and Research Centre
Reception, Geography Building, Level 1
University of Canterbury
Arts Road Entrance
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Phone: 03 369 3777
Fax: 03 364 2410

"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 the Clinical Psychology Programme at the UC.

We offer students an opportunity to participate in a wide range of psychological assessments and treatments as part of their practicum course, working alongside our senior clinical psychologists.

The clinic waitlist for ALL Assessments and Therapy appointments is now CLOSED for 2023. Please continue to monitor this page for further updates as to when we will reopen.

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.


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.


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 ten individual sessions initially. We then review progress and offer further therapy if required. We may also refer onto other specialist mental health services or community support services.

Pause Breathe Smile - Mindfulness-based group for Children

  • 8-week course held at UC for children aged 8-11 who struggle with stress and anxiety.
  • Parent and child will learn key mindfulness practices, including mindful breathing, mindful eating, mindful movements, and 'Pause Breathe Smile'.
  • Exploring how we can enhance happiness; looking at the world with curiosity; learning about our emotions and the brain; and growing kindness, compassion and connection.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction courses

  • 8-week evening course held at UC.
  • Offers people the skills and support to cultivate greater awareness of the present, through the development of mindfulness practices.
  • Effective for managing stress and anxiety, regulating moods, managing pain and illness, enhancing wellbeing, and training attentional abilities.
  • Previous attendees report that they are better able to look after themselves, are less prone to "sweat the small stuff" and are more able to enjoy life.

Self-Compassion Course

  • 8-week group course held at UC.
  • The course offers people the skills and support to build self-compassion and self-esteem, in doing so, reducing self-criticism.
  • Self-compassion involves being aware of and bringing kindness to our experiences of pain and suffering.
  • Research has found that Self-Compassion focused therapy is effective in managing stress and anxiety, regulating moods and improving overall mental well-being.
  • Register here from the 18th January 2021- spaces are limited!
  • The course will be run by two Clinical Psychology Trainees with the support and supervision of a Senior Clinical Psychologist.

How to contact us

To make an appointment or for further information about our services, please phone main office on +64 3 369 3777 or email us at

Who we are

Neil Thompson

Clinic Director
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 94291

Caitlin Aberhart

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 91735

Ann Huggett

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 94289

Nadine Pow

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 91485

Carolin Ritter

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre

Kathryn Taylor

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 91521

Rikki Thompson

Clinical Educator
The Psychology Centre
Internal Phone: 92754

Nicky Dunlop

Clinic Administrator
Level 1, Geography Building
Internal Phone: 91409

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

Some needs are better dealt with elsewhere, so you will be asked some brief questions on the telephone when you call. If your problem is not suitable for our Centre we will try to direct you to other services that may be able to help.

Unfortunately, we are currently closed to new referrals for our Adult Therapy and Assessment waitlists, and our Child and Adolescent Therapy and Assessment waitlists. We will continue to provide updates to this webpage on the status of our waitlists.

The Psychology Centre

Fees for 2022

Therapy Initial Assessment
(90 minute appointments)
Continuing Therapy 
(60 minute appointments) 
Standard Hourly Fee (with student involvement)  $172.50 $115.00 
Discounted fee for tertiary students (with student involvement) $105.00 $70.00 
Standard hourly fee (without student involvement) $225.00 $150.00 


Assessments Basic 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
$750.00 Up to $1200*
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)
$750.00 Up to $1200* 
* 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.  

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 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.
  • The course will start on the 15th March 2023 and run on Wednesdays 12:30-2pm for 8 weeks and be held at the University of Canterbury. Cost is $250 for the course and materials.
  • If you would like to know more about the course see here: Self-Compassion Course
  • For more information or to register from the 18th January 2023 (spaces are limited) please email

Our location

Access is from Clyde Road. Turn into Arts Road (look for a university sign) and drive on Arts Road until you turn left into the Psychology staff carpark.

As you drive into the carpark on your left are 3 carparks allocated to the Psychology Centre for clients' use. Clinic Reception is immediately behind you through the entrance.

We will send you a map to bring with you when you make an appointment.