The Psychology Clinic

Psychology Clinic

The Psychology Clinic provides both a service to the community and a training facility for the postgraduate students within the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle. The clinic offers assessments and a range of programs using specific psychological interventions targeted at particular client groups. The programs are carried out by staff and postgraduate students who are closely supervised. Students are training for their Master of Clinical Psychology degree or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) degree. All students hold either provisional registration or full registration as psychologists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. All students are closely supervised by experienced Clinical Psychologists.

The Psychology Clinic is a service for adults, families, children and adolescents. Individual and group programs are offered generally for a one-hour session per week, in comfortable surroundings away from the main teaching areas where privacy can be assured.

We welcome a wide range of clients and strive to provide high-quality, evidence-based interventions. However, as this is a training facility we are unable to manage clients likely to need more intensive support. Exclusions include any clients where there is significant risk of harm to self or others, or clients presenting with symptoms of active psychosis. We are also unable to see clients who are currently engaged in legal proceedings. In cases where the Clinic is unable to accept a referral, we will endeavour to identify appropriate services that might be able to meet these needs.

Cognitive and Diagnostic Assessments

The clinic accepts referrals for cognitive and diagnostic assessments for adults and children.

These assessments may be for:

  • Assessment and diagnosis of learning disorders
  • Intelligence testing for admission into enrichment programs and / or identification of support needs
  • Assessing cognitive change after brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or stroke)
  • Assessment and diagnosis of dementia

Individual and Family Interventions

Individual and family interventions at the clinic are designed to help people with:

  • Improving family relationships
  • Parenting
  • Managing challenging life events
  • Motivation to make positive change
  • Anger management
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Specific Phobias
  • Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Social Phobia
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Group Interventions

Cool Kids

The clinic runs a 10 session group-based CBT program called "Cool Kids" for primary school aged children with anxiety. We also run a 12 session version of "Cool Kids" specifically modified to suit those children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who also suffer significant symptoms of anxiety. These programs run each school term.

Emotionally Attuned Parenting

This group program is for parents of preschool and early primary school aged children. The aim of this program is to make use of emotional attunement strategies to help parents respond effectively to children who are significantly anxious and / or "acting out".

Making Menopause Manageable

This structured 10 session group CBT program aims to help women manage distressing menopausal symptoms (eg hot flushes, insomnia, memory problems, concentration problems, anxiety, depression).

Referrals are accepted from health care and educational professionals, as well as self-referrals from the clients themselves. The clinic has a policy of working collaboratively with health care professionals who refer clients for therapy.

To make a referral, please call the Clinic directly on +61 2 4921 5075.

Service

Fee

Low Income Fee*

Individual therapy session

$25

$15

Cool Kids

  

     Workbook

$30

$30

     Fee per session

$10

$10

Emotionally Attuned Parenting

  

     Fee per session

$10

$10

Making Menopause Manageable

  

     Fee per session

$10

$10

Cognitive / Diagnostic Assessment (includes Report)

  

     Child

$150

$100

     Adult

$200

$150

*Low income fee reduction is available for clients who hold a current health care card.

As the clinic is a training and research facility as well as a community resource, services at the Clinic cannot be claimed through Medicare or private health funds.

Opening Hours

The Clinic is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Clinic is open throughout the year, apart from a two-week closure during Christmas and New Year period.