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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) is a training clinic for provisionally registered psychologists who have completed four years of undergraduate study and are undertaking their postgraduate training in clinical psychology. Members of the community are invited to access our high-quality therapy services, with masters or PhD students who are under the supervision of highly experienced clinical supervisors.

The UPC has provided specialist general and clinical psychology services to the community for over 30 years. Provisionally registered psychologists provide assessment and evidence-based therapy for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, under supervision. This is a teaching clinic with all sessions video recorded for review with supervisors to ensure the best possible services for clients attending the Clinic. All sessions are under strict confidentiality and are private and secure.

At the Clinic, our aim is to help people manage emotional difficulties using evidence-based intervention. This includes assistance for all general mental health issues, including:

  • depression
  • anxiety issues including worry, panic, or fears and phobias
  • managing stress
  • strategies for parenting or child behaviour issues
  • loneliness & isolation
  • coping with stressful life events
  • other issues or concerns.

Members of the community can self-refer for therapy by contacting the Clinic on 6226 2805 or psy.clinic@utas.edu.au, or a referral can be made by a health or education professional if desired; referral forms are available here.

Please note we remain closed for cognitive assessment referrals until further notice.

CURRENT UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA STAFF & PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to provide psychology services to current University of Tasmania staff (including casual staff) and their family members, or to psychology students and their family members, to ensure compliance with Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics regarding multiple relationships, privacy and confidentiality.

The UPC is a training clinic and therefore does not provide services for individuals requiring immediate support or crisis intervention. If you require immediate assistance, please contact one of the following services:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Emergency Services: 000

Covid-19 Support

New telehealth services available to support you during COVID-19!

The University Psychology Clinic is now accepting child and adult therapy referrals for telehealth therapy services. You can self-refer by simply calling the Clinic or be referred by your GP or health professional.

We are living in very difficult and uncertain times. It’s completely understandable if you or someone you know are experiencing difficult feelings and struggling with your mental health.

You don’t need to go to a GP to access this clinic, and you can attend secure and private sessions from the comfort of your own home via telephone or video-conference from anywhere in Tasmania.

Some alternate options to access mental health services include:

Provisionally registered psychologists work at the clinic on a 4 - 6 month rotational basis as part of their professional experience training. They provide the following services under the supervision of an experienced registered Psychologist.

Therapy

We provide specialist clinical psychology assessment and intervention for a range of psychological and health-related conditions across the life span. A cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach is a ‘talking-based therapy’ focused on learning skills and techniques to assist clients to manage specific problems CBT is an evidence-based psychological approach which focuses on how thoughts, feelings and behaviour interact. The aim of CBT is to assist people to develop strategies and more helpful ways of thinking to change behaviour and improve quality of life and relationships.

We're here to help if you are experiencing issues including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Stress management
  • Sleep problems
  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting strategies
  • Assertiveness
  • Social anxiety
  • Lifestyle issues (e.g. weight, smoking)
  • Coping and adjustment to significant life events and health conditions
  • Grief and loss

Assessment

Cognitive assessments for children and adults are provided at UPC and include the assessment of:

  • Intelligence
  • Academic achievement
  • Specific learning difficulties
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Executive functioning

Please note: A referral from a health, workplace or educational professional is required for cognitive assessment. Please see under 'Referrals and Appointments' section.

CURRENT UTAS STAFF & PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to provide psychology services to current UTAS staff (including casual staff) and their family members, or to psychology students and their family members, to ensure compliance with Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics regarding multiple relationships, privacy and confidentiality.

You can find our mental health services for UTAS Staff and Students above.


Due to COVID-19 the University Psychology Clinic will not be providing face-to-face group programs for the remainder of 2020. However we can offer individual Cool Kids and Cool Little Kids intervention to families via telehealth. Likewise material from the Managing Your Sleep program can be offered individually to adults via telehealth. If you are interested in accessing one of these programs via telehealth please contact the Clinic on 6226 2805 or psy.clinic@utas.edu.au.


Cool Kids® Anxiety Program

This is an evidence based program developed by the Macquarie University for children aged 8 - 12 years and their parents.

A cognitive behaviour therapy talking-based therapy focused on learning skills and techniques  to assist children and their parents better manage their child's anxiety.

The program is run over 10 weekly sessions of 1½ hour duration and both children and parents attend sessions run by provisionally registered psychologists.

Group sessions include presentations, skills training, group discussion, practical exercise and home practise and cover the following topics:

  • Learning about feelings and anxiety
  • Detective thinking, and learning to think more realistically
  • Ways that parents can help
  • Fighting fear by facing fear (stepladders and exposure)
  • Learning to solve a problem
  • Building assertiveness and dealing with teasing.

Cost: There is a fee for this service, to be advised upon registration.

View the information sheet on the Cool Kids® program.


Cool Little Kids® Anxiety Prevention Program

This is an evidence based anxiety prevention program developed by the Macquarie University for parents of children aged 3 – 7 years displaying early signs of anxiety.

This includes signs such as:

  • Shyness
  • Slow to warm up
  • Having trouble separating from parents
  • Worrying and appearing fearful or sensitive

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This program is designed to help parents build their child's confidence and requires parents only to attend weekly 1½ hour sessions over 6 consecutive weeks.

Cost: There is a fee for this service, to be advised upon registration.

View the information sheet on the Cool Little Kids® program.


Managing your Sleep

If you want to learn about effective ways of improving the quality of your sleep then this Sleep workshop is for you.

Sleep deprivation can affect metabolism, cognitive functions, and nervous tension and have far reaching consequences on psychological health and wellbeing.

There are many possible reasons for sleeping poorly, many of which can be addressed by following simple sleep hygiene principles. These include behaviours relating to diet, exercise, and relaxation. Specific techniques to help improve sleep patterns are effective and this program involves:

  • Learning about the mechanics of sleep and the natural sleep wake cycle
  • Identifying reasons for sleeping poorly
  • Learning about sleep hygiene principles and strategies that will help improve sleep patterns

Cost: $15 to cover admin costs

Pulse Youth Health Services – South

The UPC @ Pulse service is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL psychological service staffed by provisional psychologists on a part-time rotational basis. We offer support for a variety of difficult experiences, including sleep problems, depression, grief, self-esteem, bullying, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, post-traumatic stress, OCD, anger management, eating disorders, hair pulling, and hoarding. We can also investigate possible memory and learning problems.

For a FREE referral to the UPC service at Pulse, contact Pulse Youth Health South on 6166 1421 or drop in and see a Youth Health Worker.

Pulse Youth Health South is open Monday to Friday between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm and is closed for lunch between 12noon and 1.00 pm.

The University Psychology Clinic is now accepting child and adult therapy referrals for free telehealth therapy services.

Members of the community can self-refer for therapy and group programs by contacting the Clinic directly on 6226 2805 or psy.clinic@utas.edu.au. Referrals for therapy and group programs can also be made by health and education professionals if desired and referral forms are available here if required.

Waitlist information

Please note that due to COVID-19 we remain closed for cognitive assessment referrals until further notice.

For cognitive assessments a referral is required from a health or education professional.

The UPC is a training clinic and therefore does not provide services for individuals requiring immediate support or crisis intervention. If you require immediate assistance please contact one of the following services:

  • Mental Health Helpline: 1800 332 388
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
  • Emergency Services: 000

Fees vary based on the service provided. Please contact us for more information.

Reduced rates are available for clients who are concession card holders and paying the account themselves.

The clinic is staffed by provisionally registered Psychologists who attend on a 4 -6 month rotational basis. Clinical supervisors provide supervision to students on a daily basis to assist them manage their case load.

Clinic Manager

  • Dr Tracey Dean

Deputy Clinic Manager

  • Kelly Parkyn

Clinical Supervisors

  • Caroline Davis
  • Claire Graham
  • Kelly Parkyn
  • Dr Emma Rouse
  • Bethany Smith

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 (UPC). Failure to provide the requested information may result in UPC 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 UPC by postgraduate clinical psychology students.

Address

University Psychology Clinic

University of Tasmania

Clark Road

Sandy Bay Tasmania 7005

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 30

Hobart Tasmania 7001

Map of location of Clark Street at the Sandy Bay Campus