The University of Newcastle, Australia

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.

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
  • 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".

Hard Target

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.

Callaghan Clinic

Please call the Clinic directly on (02) 4921 5075, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.

Ourimbah Clinic

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.

Services

Individual therapy session

Fee: $25

Low income fee: $15

Cool Kids

Workbook

Fee: $30

Low income fee: $30

Fee per session

Fee: $10

Low income fee: $10

Emotionally Attuned Parenting

Fee per session

Fee: $10

Low income fee: $10

Hard Target

Workbook

Fee: $30

Low income fee: $30

Cognitive / diagnostic assessment (includes report)

Child

Fee: $150

Low income fee: $100

Adult

Fee: $200

Low income fee: $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.

Hours and locations

Both clinics are open throughout the year, apart from a two-week closure during the Christmas and New Year period.

Callaghan Clinic

Psychology Clinic
Behavioural Sciences Building
University of Newcastle
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308

P: (02) 4921 5075
E: psychology-clinic@newcastle.edu.au

Open: 9am to 5pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Ourimbah Clinic

Psychology Clinic
Science Laboratories 1 Building
University of Newcastle
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah NSW 2258

P: (02) 4348 4700
E: psychology-clinic@newcastle.edu.au

Open: 9am to 5pm, Monday and Tuesday.

On Thursdays and Fridays, you can leave a message or make an enquiry about services offered at Ourimbah by contacting the Callaghan Clinic.