The University of Auckland Clinics

Our services

We offer our clients only safe, proven and effective therapies.

All our supervising clinical psychologists are registered with the NZ Psychologist Board. Currently, we can see only a small number of clients each semester.

Clients come to us once a week for 12 weeks during university semesters.

Our clients and student clinicians always begin their work together by negotiating some realistic specific goals, which can be achieved during their time working together at the clinic.

Who do we help?

We help people with life issues such as:

  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety problems, including phobias
  • Post-natal depression
  • Recovery from trauma
  • Unresolved grief
  • Coping with health issues.

What happens at the clinic?

We know that coming to therapy – especially for the first time – can feel daunting, but we provide a friendly, warm environment.

Before coming to the clinic, you will have a conversation over the phone with the Clinic Director to ascertain whether we can help you. When you first arrive, the Clinic Director will meet with you. You will then be introduced to the student clinical psychologist assigned to work with you. The student will be in the second year of a doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. That means he or she is typically a little over one year away from becoming a registered clinical psychologist.

Client confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. All clients’ records (written and recorded) are stored in line with best practice guidlines.

Your therapy sessions will take place in one of our consulting rooms. Throughout the session, a highly experienced, registered clinical psychologist will observe from an adjoining “viewing room” via a one-way mirror. You are welcome to look around the “viewing room” and discuss how our supervision system works.

We record therapy sessions on DVDs so that the clinical supervisors and the student can review the session afterwards. These DVDs are treated with the same confidentiality as clients’ written records. They are always kept secure. Only our clinic’s team ever sees them.

Reviewing a recorded therapy session doesn’t only enhance the student clinical psychologist’s learning. It also ensures our clients get the best type of therapy to meet their individual needs.

After every therapy session we will ask for your feedback, so we can find out how you feel about the session and your progress.

How long do sessions take?

Clients come to us once a week for an hour-long therapy session for 12 weeks during university semesters, in March, April, May, July, August, September and October. We can sometimes arrange appointments outside our normal working hours.

If you need urgent assistance outside these times, contact your GP or local mental health agency.

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How much does it cost?

We negotiate fees with our clients. Our fees are reasonable and less than people would pay to see a private practising clinical psychologist.