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. There is a Psychology Clinic on the Callaghan Campus (W Building), as well as on the Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah (Science Labs 1 Building). The Psychology 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. 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.
Individual and Family Interventions
Individual and family interventions at the clinic are designed to help people with:
- Improving family relationships
- Managing challenging life events
- Motivation to make positive change
- Anger management
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Specific Phobias
- Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
- Social Phobia
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
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".
This group program is a 10 session CBT program for primary school aged children who have been bullied, and their parents.
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
- Testing for identification of support needs
- Assessing cognitive change after brain injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury or stroke)
- Assessment and diagnosis of dementia
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.
Please call the Clinic directly on (02) 4921 5075, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
Please call the Clinic directly on (02) 4348 4700, Monday or Tuesday.
You can also make a referral for the Ourimbah Clinic by contacting the Callaghan Clinic on (02) 4921 5075, Thursday or Friday.
Low Income Fee*
Individual therapy session
Fee per session
Emotionally Attuned Parenting
Fee per session
Cognitive / Diagnostic Assessment (includes Report)
*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.
The Callaghan 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.
The Ourimbah Clinic is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday and Tuesday. The Clinic is open throughout the year, apart from a two-week closure during Christmas and New Year period. On Thursdays and Fridays, you can leave a message or make an enquiry about services offered at Ourimbah by contacting the Callaghan Clinic.