Palmerston North (Manawatū) Psychology Clinic – Massey University , Te whare mātai hinengaro ki Turitea - Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa

Our psychology clinic on the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North provides psychological assessment and treatment services for the public, along with professional development for professionals.

Palmerston North Psychology Clinic

Nau mai, haere mai. Welcome.

Our Palmerston North Psychology Clinic at Massey's Manawatū campus is the largest psychology clinic in New Zealand providing:

  • health conditions and cancer psychology services to Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ referred patients, for Mid-Central Health and Whanganui regions
  • psychological assessment and therapy services to the general public.

As part of the Massey University School of Psychology we are a clinical training centre. We provide clinical practicum experience (10 to 12 weeks) and internships (one year) to students completing postgraduate studies in Clinical Psychology.

Opening hours

The Clinic is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 am until 4.30 pm.

Who we see

We see people of all ages from children to older adults.

We're not a crisis, acute or emergency service

If you require urgent support within Mid-Central Health Region, please call the Community Mental Health Team on 0800 653 357. For people within the Whanganui region, please phone 0800 653 358. Additional support services are listed below. We also don't accept high urgency referrals.

Who we work with

As well as the public, we also work on referrals from a range of organisations including:

  • general practitioners and medical specialists
  • Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ for Mid-Central Health and Whanganui regions
  • other health professionals including iwi providers and PHO staff.

Clinic services

Health and cancer psychology services

We provide psychology support for children, adolescents and adults with cancer and other long-term health conditions such as diabetes, respiratory, cardiac, and renal conditions. We can also provide support for whanau and families who meet the referral criteria.


This is a Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ funded service, so there is no cost to you.


Referrals can be made by any health professional involved in your care, such as:

  • doctors/general practitioners
  • nurses
  • dietitians
  • allied health workers
  • non-government organisations
  • specialists.

We cannot accept self-referrals to this service.

Your health professional needs to fill out either:

Your Health professional will complete a Hauora form with you.

Your hauora health and wellbeing assessment

General clinic service

The general clinic service sees clients of all ages for mental health diagnoses and life issues. We can offer therapy support, formal assessment, and supervision for psychologists and other professionals.

We accept referrals from health practitioners, such as your doctor, as well as self-referrals. We are a small team and our availability may vary throughout the year – your referral will be triaged to ensure our staff have the necessary expertise for your needs. Referrals typically seen by the team include anxiety, depression, adjustment, grief, life and work stress, and cognitive assessments.


Our fees range from $150 per hour to see a psychology intern who is in their final year of training, to $230 per hour to see one of our psychologist clinicians.

Generally, clients will need to self-fund, unless there is confirmed organisational funding.

Formal assessments are quoted individually at $230 per hour, and vary in price according to complexity and the time required (approximately 10 to 20 hours).


Clients can self-refer or may be referred by an organisation, general practitioner, or other appropriate professional. For people under 16, we require written consent from all legal guardians.

Referral form for adult clients

Referral form for clients under 16

Acceptance of any referral always depends on our capacity to undertake the work requested.

Contact us


Phone number:

We will contact you when a clinician is available.

Our first contact will be a phone call or email to gain further information and confirm if we are the right service for your needs. We will then discuss availability and book an initial appointment.

Our team

Our team includes:

  • Senior clinical psychologists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Registered psychologists
  • Psychology interns
  • Clinical psychology placement students.


As a university training clinic our services reflect a high standard in clinical practice and professional care. We specialise in the treatment of psychological difficulties using researched and validated best practice guidelines.

Our clinicians are committed to providing culturally appropriate services under te Tiriti o Waitangi. We promote and integrate Māori cultural frameworks to tautoko and support pathways to health and wellbeing.

We provide in-person, or telehealth sessions (by phone or video link such as Zoom).

Services our clinical team provide include:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solutions-focused therapy
  • Specialist assessments (psychological, cognitive, neuropsychological)
  • Therapy for trauma (such as EMDR, CBT for Trauma, ACT for trauma)


We provide clinical supervision for psychologists, counsellors, allied health professionals, and other professionals.

Contact us about supervision

Professional development workshops

The Palmerston North Psychology Clinic is committed to supporting the professional development of health professionals. We offer professional development workshops at competitive rates – on application or request. 

Workshops, when upcoming, are advertised here and also emailed to those on our Professional Development email list. If you would like to be added to this list to receive updates please email us at


Referrals which meet the criteria for health and cancer services are fully funded.

For other services provided by our general clinic service, the following costs will be incurred. All costs include GST.


  • Intern Psychologist: $150 an hour
  • Psychologist clinician: $185 to $230 an hour
  • Wellbeing groups: to be advised per group.


  • All formal assessments: $230 an hour. You will receive an itemised quote and you will need to accept this before work will commence.

What to expect

It can be nerve-wracking to see a clinical psychologist for the first time. From your first contact we will try and assist you the best we can.

Let us know if you have a preference for a clinician of a particular gender, cultural background or expertise. We will do our best to find an appropriate clinician to meet your needs, depending on availability within the team.

First contact

In our first phone call, we will get a sense of what is happening for you, and which of our clinicians might be the best to help.

Your first session

The first appointment is a chance for you to meet with us and learn about what we do, share with us what has been happening for you and let us know what you would like to focus on in therapy (your goals).

We will then plan future therapy sessions around these goals. If we are not the best service for your needs we will let you know.

We might suggest others who can help or provide support.

Duration of sessions

Therapy sessions range from brief interventions (1 to 6 sessions) to longer-term therapy depending on your goals, best practice guidelines, and service criteria.

Most people who come to therapy want to focus on one or two issues such as anxiety, low mood, worry or stress.

For health and cancer services, we can offer up to 6 funded sessions.

Student practicums and internships

As part of the Massey University School of Psychology we also provide:

  • clinical practicum or experience of 10 to 12 weeks
  • internships (one year) for students completing postgraduate studies in Clinical Psychology or professional practice.

You may be asked if you are willing for a student to sit in and observe sessions, and may be offered the option of seeing an intern psychologist.

All students and interns are closely supervised by senior clinicians.

Our research

Research at the Massey University Psychology Clinic (Palmerston North) seeks to address applied research questions.

All approaches in our work are based on science and research.

You may be asked if you would like to take part in research; we use a variety of methods and our research often involves postgraduate students doing Honours-, Masters-, or Doctoral-level studies.

Other services that may assist

For further support visit the Mental Health Foundation support page.

If you need urgent assistance please:

  • call the Community Mental Health Team on 0800 653 357 (Palmerston North) or 0800 653 358 (Whanganui)
  • call or text 1737 for support, or
  • if it's an emergency dial 111.

Contact and hours

Contact us to book an appointment (with or without a referral) or use our professional services.

Palmerston North Psychology Clinic – Massey University

General Clinic phone
Health and Cancer Services phone

Physical address
Palmerston North Psychology Clinic – Massey University
Bernard Chambers B, Library Road
Massey University
Tennent Drive
Palmerston North

Postal address
Palmerston North Psychology Clinic – Massey University PN319
Private Bag 11-222
Palmerston North 4442

Bernard Chambers building B, Main Drive, Massey University, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand

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