Cancer Psychology Service

Male psychologist

The Cancer Psychology Service provides psychological therapy and support for patients with cancer and their whānau from the MidCentral and Whanganui District Health Board  regions.

Our service is free for the user, and is funded by the District Health Board.

Our team

We are a team of clinical psychologists experienced in working with people with cancer of all ages, and with their whānau/family. We work with you at all stages of your cancer journey, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond.

How we can help

Psychology provides useful ideas and practical approaches to manage a range of human experiences and problems, based on research.

During an appointment with one of our team, you can add to your own resources and skills. Eg, you could learn how to:

  • manage anxiety and handle medical procedures or appointments better
  • use  strategies to improve sleep
  • get more out of your most intimate relationships
  • handle the adjustment to changes that go on with cancer treatment in a more constructive way.


You can be referred by any health professional.

  • Find out more about how to be referred or make a referral.


Our service is available across the MidCentral District Health Board region. We're based at the Massey University Psychology Clinic in Palmerston North but you can also see us at Palmerston North Hospital, Addis House, or one of our community clinics in Pahiatua, Dannevirke, Feilding, Levin, Otaki, Whanganui and Marton.

If you can't come to us, we can arrange to see you at home or in other settings.

What happens next?

We'll contact you to arrange a suitable time and place to meet. You can meet a psychologist on your own or with your partner, and/or other whanau/family members. The first meeting is usually spent talking about your situation. Together, you can plan how best to deal with the issues you are experiencing.


If you're seen at the hospital as an inpatient, a note about your visit is recorded on your hospital file and we also keep our own records at the Massey clinic. If you're seen outside the hospital, we keep our own records at the clinic. Your file at the clinic is available to Cancer Psychology Service team members. We always ask your permission before sharing your information with other professionals.

Contact us

If you want to find out more about us, please contact us on:

Tel: 06 350 5180