The USC Psychology Clinic (Clinic) is a training clinic for postgraduate psychology students. The Clinic provides psychological services to the Sunshine Coast community at no cost.
We offer individual, couples, family and group therapy to children and adults for problems including:
- emotional and mood problems
- fears and phobias
- sleep problems
- health-related behaviour change
- chronic pain
- relationship problems
- grief and bereavement
- stress and trauma
- parenting support
- cognitive assessments
The USC Clinical Psychology team conducts world-leading research to improve health and wellbeing. From time to time, there will be opportunities for the community and clinic clients to participate in research that evaluates emerging treatments for psychological problems.
Because the Clinic is a training clinic that provides short-term interventions, treatment cannot be provided for problems that require intensive or long-term support (e.g. severe suicidality, psychosis, severe personality disorders, violent or criminal behaviour). Talk to your GP about other treatment options if you have these problems.
To avoid conflicts of interest or dual relationships, the Clinic is unable to provide treatment to USC staff, immediate family members of USC staff or students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) programs.
Psychologists with provisional registration are not experts for the purposes of legal proceedings. Therefore, the Clinic does not prepare reports for medico-legal matters, and Provisional Psychologists cannot appear in court to offer an expert opinion.
A brief screening telephone interview is used to assess if the Clinic can meet your needs.
A comprehensive assessment is conducted over one or more sessions to understand your problem and overall health and wellbeing. An individual treatment plan will then be developed collaboratively with you.
Treatments provided at the Clinic are evidence-based, meaning high-quality research has demonstrated that the intervention effectively reduces the problem you are having.
Services are usually provided in in-person consultations at the Clinic. However, telehealth services are also available in some circumstances. Your Provisional Psychologist will discuss the options with you.
Every treatment is tailored to the needs of each consumer. Your psychologist will discuss the estimated treatment duration when developing the treatment plan with you.
To ensure the Clinic continues to provide services that meet consumers' needs, you will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire after each session about your healthcare experience. You may be asked to complete other questionnaires from time to time to monitor treatment effectiveness. We also welcome your feedback at any time.
The Clinic does not have childcare facilities and does not allow children to remain unaccompanied in the waiting room. Please do not bring children to the Clinic unless requested by your psychologist to participate in treatment.
Assessment and treatment at the Clinic are provided by registered Provisional Psychologists undertaking postgraduate psychology training in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs at USC.
Psychological services are offered between March and mid-December. Appointments are accepted between February and mid-September.
We try to provide services as soon as possible. However, the need for services sometimes exceeds our capacity to deliver services. We will give you an indication of the waiting time when you contact us.
If you cannot attend a scheduled appointment, please telephone to cancel as soon as possible. Leave a message on the voicemail if the phone is unattended.
Referrals are not needed to attend the Clinic. However, we also accept referrals from schools, healthcare providers, and other services. You can use your own referral form or complete the Clinic's referral form.