The Psychology Centre

The Psychology Centre

Clinical Psychology Training and Research Centre
Geography building, Level 2
University of Canterbury
Arts Road Entrance
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140

Phone: 03 3693777
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 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
  • A high standard of teaching to the Clinical Psychology students who train within the Centre

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

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

Mindfulness-based stress reduction courses

  • 8-week evening course held at UC (usually held twice a year: May/June and October/November)
  • 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.

How to contact us

To make an appointment or for further information about our services, please phone main office on +64 3 3693777 or email us at

Who we are

Janet Cumberpatch

Clinic Administrator
Geography Staff Block 201
Internal Phone: 94292

Sarah Drummond

Clinical Educator
Psychology Centre Clinical Educator
Geography Staff Block 206B
Internal Phone: 94290

Ann Huggett

Clinical Educator
Psychology Centre Clinical Educator
Geography Staff Block 206A
Internal Phone: 94289

Neil Thompson

Clinic Director
Psychology Centre Clinical Educator
Geography Staff Block Rm 207A
Internal Phone: 94291

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.

The Centre can be contacted by phoning (03) 369 3777.

 The Centre charges fees, but these are much lower than other providers. Fees should be paid at the end of each session and can be paid by Eftpos or credit card (Visa or Mastercard only).

Type Amount
Standard hourly fee (with student involvement) $100
Discounted fee for full-time university students, primary and secondary school students or for clients with a community services card (with student involvement). Community Services card holders may be eligible for a WINZ-funded disability allowance which will cover most of this fee. $70
Hourly fee for any clients who do not wish to have a student involved $150
Intellectual/Learning assessment $600
Other specialised psychological assessments $600 to $1200

Mindfulness for Children

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

  • The Psychology Centre offers Pause Breathe Smile (PBS) a group for children (age 7-10 years) who struggle with stress and anxiety and their parents to develop skills of mindfulness.  PBS is an evidence-based program, developed by the Mental Health Foundation, found to improved focus and attention, enhance self-awareness and reduced stress.
  • The group runs at the Psychology Centre, University of Canterbury and requires both child and parent / caregiver to attend and learn together. The cost of the program is $120.

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. Leave your car and go back onto Arts Road and turn left to the Geography Building where we are on Level 2.

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