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University Psychology Clinic

Do you ever... worry about life, work or relationships? find it difficult to cope? feel anxious or depressed? feel concerned about your child's behaviour, emotions or learning?

About us

The University Psychology Clinic (UPC) training clinic for provisionally registered psychologists currently completing their postgraduate training in psychological practice. We offer statewide services in person or via telehealth at our Southern (Sandy Bay) and Northern (Launceston) sites.

Members of the community can access individual and group-based therapy and cognitive/learning assessment services, provided by a provisionally registered psychologist who is under the supervision of highly experienced and Psychology Board of Australia approved psychology supervisors.

As the UPC is a statewide teaching clinic, all sessions are video recorded to allow comprehensive supervision and evidence-based psychological care for people attending the clinic.

How do people access the University Psychology Clinic?

People can self-refer for psychological therapy by completing the online referral form Self-Referral Form (If referring a child, please complete the form in the child’s name).

An online referral can also be made by a health or education professional involved in the person’s care Health or Educational Professional Referral Form(Referrers, please complete the form in the client’s name).

Clients can elect to attend the clinic at Sandy Bay or Launceston, depending on their preference.

For cognitive and learning assessments, the referral must be completed by a health or education professional involved in the person’s care. Health or Educational Professional Referral Form. (Referrers please complete the form in the client’s name). We are unable to accept self-referrals for cognitive or learning assessments.

The Clinic is unable to provide comprehensive diagnostic assessment reports for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). We are also unable to provide medicolegal or other related reports or assessments.

We are unable to provide psychology services to School of Psychological Sciences staff and students or their family members. This is to ensure compliance with Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics regarding multiple relationships, privacy and confidentiality.

Therapy

We provide evidence based psychological interventions for a range of psychological and health-related conditions across the life span such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Stress management
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger management
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Parenting strategies
  • Coping and adjustment to significant life events
  • Coping and adjustment when living with a persistent health condition
  • Grief and loss

Assessment

Cognitive and learning assessments for children and adults are provided at Clinic in the areas of

  • Intelligence and/or giftedness
  • Academic achievement
  • Specific learning difficulties

Please note: A referral from a health, workplace or educational professional is required for cognitive assessment.

The Clinic offers a range of Group Therapy programs such as the Cool Kids® Anxiety Program and Cool Little Kids® Anxiety Prevention Program. Please contact PSY.Clinic@utas.edu.au if you would like further information about our group programs.

The Clinic offers free psychological services to members of the community who have a concession/pension card or are currently enrolled in study at the University of Tasmania. Other fees vary based on the service provided. As of the 17th of April 2023, fees will be introduced to the clinic as per below.  Note existing clients will not be charged fees.

Please note, the Clinic is unable to accept cash payments. Payments via EFTPOS only.

Individual Therapy – Payable on day of appointment

  • First appointment (approximately 2 hours) - $40.00 (no GST) per session
  • Subsequent appointments (50-60 minutes) - $20.00 (no GST) per session

Group Therapy – Payable on day of appointment

  • Prices vary according to group program. Please contact the Clinic for further information.

Assessment Services – Payable prior to provision of completed assessment report

  • Cognitive assessment (assessment sessions, test administration and scoring, cognitive assessment report) - $400.00 plus gst
  • Learning assessment (assessment sessions, test administration and scoring, learning assessment report) - $400.00 plus gst
  • Giftedness assessment (assessment sessions, test administration and scoring, giftedness assessment report) - $400.00 plus gst

The clinic is staffed by provisionally registered psychologists who attend on a 6-month rotational basis. Fully registered and Psychology Board of Australia approved psychologists provide supervision to the provisional psychologist to assist them manage their case load.

Clinic Director

  • Dr Leesa Van Niekerk, Clinical Psychologist oversees the operations of University Psychology Clinic at Sandy Bay and Launceston.

Your personal information is collected by and on behalf of the University of Tasmania for the purpose of research and teaching at the University Psychology Clinic. Failure to provide the requested information may result in the clinic not being able to assist you with services. Your personal information will only be used or disclosed for the primary purpose for which it is collected and will only be accessible by the persons authorised to access that information within the University.

All personal and health information will be managed in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Act 2004, and the University of Tasmania's Personal Information Privacy Policy.

For more information on how your information is being used or stored by the UPC, or to access your information, please contact the University on +61 3 6226 2805.

Clinical research is conducted at the clinic by postgraduate clinical psychology students. A person’s deidentified information will only ever be used for research purposes with their prior consent.

Address

University Psychology Clinic Sandy Bay (#38 on this map, accessible from French Street)

University of Tasmania

Level 3, Old Commerce Building, French Street

Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005

Tel: +61 3 6226 2805

Fax: +61 3 6226 7249

Email: PSY.Clinic@utas.edu.au


University Psychology Clinic Launceston

University of Tasmania

Level 2, Building L, Newnham Drive

Newnham, Tasmania 7248

Tel: +61 3 6226 2805

Fax: +61 3 6226 7249

Email: PSY.Clinic@utas.edu.au


Mailing Address

University of Tasmania

University Psychology Clinic

Private Bag 19

Hobart Tasmania 7001