Psychology Centre - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Welcome to the Psychology Centre

Who are we?

The Psychology Centre is part of the Clinical Psychology Training Programme at the University of Canterbury. The goals of the Centre 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

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.

What do we offer?


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 the University of Canterbury usually held twice a year May/June and October/November
  • Offers people the skills and support to cultivate greater awareness of the present, through rthe 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.

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

"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.