About TPC

psychological assessment and treatment, education and ‘in service’ training for senior clinical psychology students.

Introducing

The Psychology Centre 

The Psychology Centre aims to establish a model of best-practice service for providing psychological assessment and treatment. The client base includes referrals from several sources across the greater Waikato. in addition to referals from GPs and other health providers, self-referals comprise a significant portion of the children, adolescents and adults seen here.  we also maintain a relationship with Health Waikato’s adult mental health service, seeing cleints who may be eligible for publicly funded mental health services.  

The Centre also has a role in providing education and “on-site” training in clinical psychology for senior graduate students of the University of Waikato Clinical Psychology Training Programme. As such students gain “hands on” experience in psychological assessment and treatment under the close supervision of the senior clinicians, who are the permanent staff of the Centre. In essence the Centre operates as a training clinic for the University’s clinical psychology programme. Although the programme utilises a range of other placement facilities the Centre is the largest single clinical psychology practicum training venue within the region.

Community

Clinical Students

Practicing Professionals

Research

Our educational role extends beyond clinical students to include qualified practitioners in clinical psychology, and other health and mental health professionals, who want to learn more about applying psychological understandings, and techniques within their field of practice. We can offer tailored education, consultancy, and supervision solutions in multiple areas of clinical activity.

Finally, the Centre acts as a research centre for Clinical Psychologists, and in particular for those working in association with Health Waikato and the University of Waikato, who are interested in conducting research aimed at improving treatment outcomes for clients. We are also keen to support other professions in clinical research that has a psychological focus.

Our Team

Comprising a permanent staff of 3 combined with a small team of senior students from the University of Waikato supported by our administrator, Lyn.

Joshua Myers | Clinical Director, Supervisor

Psy.D, M.S. (Indiana State University, US), MNZCCP. MNZPsS

Josh is a registered clinical psychologist who has been working at TPC since 2012 and as the clinic director since 2015.  He spent over 10 years working in private practice in Florida USA, where he specialised in child, adolescent and family health and served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Psychological Association for many years. He also has significant adolescent and adult forensic experience, completing court-ordered evaluations in Florida and New Zealand.  He is currently an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Waikato and is a regular presenter of papers and workshops locally and nationally. His current research interests include Common Factors in Psychotherapy, Application of Ethics, Supervision/Training and Systems of Diagnostic Classification

Natalie Parkes | Supervisor

M.Soc.Sci (Waikato) PGDip.Clin.Psych (Waikato), MNZCCP, MNZPsS

Natalie is Ngāti Apa (Whanganui) and bought up in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.  Her clinical psychology training was completed at the University of Waikato in 2003.  Natalie’s clinical experience is within child development, health behaviour change, weight management, anxiety and depression.   Much of her experience has been working with child development and disability, young people and families and more recently working with adults experiencing distress related to anxiety and depression. She is currently an Honorary Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Waikato and an active member of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.  She is also involved in the regional establishment of Raising Healthy Kids in coordination with the Waikato DHB.

James Pope | Supervisor

M.Soc.Sci (Waikato) PGDip.Clin.Psych (Waikato), MNZCCP, MNZPsS

James qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2010 and has been working as a clinical supervisor at TPC since mid 2015. His prior experience was working in child and adolescent mental health and he continues to enjoy working with young people and their families both at TPC and in part-time private practice. James works at TPC three days a week, providing supervision and teaching to students and interns. James has a special interest in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and also in learning about a range of therapeutic approaches.

Lyn Walsh | Administrator

Lyn has been the administrator at The Psychology Centre since January 2002, providing administrative support to the clinical staff and to the students and interns completing placements at the Centre as part of their post graduate clinical psychology diploma requirements.

Current  Interns

Jane Currie, Intern Psychologist

Dawn Willix-Payne, Intern Psychologist

Veronika Adams, Intern Psychologist

Matthew Reid, Intern Psychologist

Adrieanna Ember, Intern Psychologist

Jonathon Ashe, Intern Psychologist

Semester A 2nd Year Students

Andrew Brown

Ajay Nielsen

Byron Seiuli

Hannah Finnigan

5 King Street, Frankton
Hamilton, NZ

tpc@tpc.org.nz

(07) 846 6907