Psychology Clinic

Cornett building
The Psychology clinic is housed in the Cornett building on the UVic campus.

The Psychology Clinic in the Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, is a training facility for clinical psychology graduate students.

As part of this training, we provide professional psychological services to the community, including assessments and therapeutic interventions for children, adults, couples and families. Services are provided by students in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. clinical psychology programs under the supervision of Registered Clinical Psychologists.

We are happy to resume limited operations in the Psychology Clinic. Please read our Safe Work Plan, (amendment July 21, 2020), (amendment Sept. 15, 2020) which details the steps we are taking to try to make sure the experience is safe and healthy for everyone.

About us

The Psychology Clinic seeks to provide intensive applied training experiences for graduate students, as well as effective, ethical, and economic psychological services for the community.

  • Our Mission: To work with individuals and communities to improve health. We provide care, educate, conduct research, and advocate.
  • Our Vision: To foster healthy individuals and communities by applying specialized psychological knowledge in a teaching outpatient clinic setting.
  • Accountability: We are responsible for providing superior client-centered services in a manner that shows recognition of effective resource management and modeling of professionalism to student-trainees. All services are provided with consideration of the practice standards set by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC).
  • Respect: Our services, relationships and actions convey our values of integrating compassion and caring with the highest training ideals in the professional preparation of clinical psychology graduate students.

The Psychology Clinic provides a range of services for the following populations:

  • Adults
  • Youth
  • Children (age 6 +)
  • Couples
  • Families

Diagnostic assessments: We offer psychosocial, psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments. The purpose of these assessments is to provide diagnostic clarification, an understanding of each individual's unique situation, and recommendations for appropriate interventions.

Psychotherapy: We offer psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families with the goal of assisting individuals to gain greater insight into their problems, cope more effectively with personal stresses and interpersonal conflicts, and achieve behavioural goals. We strive to provide empirically-supported interventions whenever possible.

Please note that the Psychology Clinic is not able to respond to the needs of individuals requiring psychiatric hospitalization, treatment of severe substance use, or immediate help in a major crisis. Generally we are also unable to help individuals with current or upcoming litigation or legal problems.

Special Training Considerations: The Psychology Clinic has the dual purpose of serving the community and training clinical psychology graduate students. As a result, all assessments and therapy sessions are videotaped so that Registered Psychologist Supervisors can review them for accuracy and supervision purposes.

The Psychology Clinic accepts referrals:

  • For assessments, individuals must be referred by a physician or health care professional
  • For psychotherapy, individuals may be referred by a physician or health care professional or they may self-refer

The Psychology Clinic aims to be of service to the community within the limits of its staffing capacity. At times we may have long waiting lists for some services and we may recommend that you seek services elsewhere.

Our ability to provide services varies depending on course offerings, practicum student enrollment, and the availability of supervisors. Following are estimates of our current wait times. We try to update this information as often as necessary (status updated: October 1, 2020).

Please note:

COVID-19 update regarding referrals: the Psychology Clinic re-opened on July 6th, 2020, to limited client contact (in-person or telephone) and we are seeking referrals (see below).

Please note we are doing many administrative tasks remotely (e.g., checking clinic phone & email) but may not be physically in the clinic Monday through Friday. However, referrals will be reviewed one day each week starting on July 9th, 2020. There is a backlog of referrals and if you are waiting for a response, the Clinic Director is reviewing referrals in the order of the date they arrived.

Given the unpredictability associated with the current COVID-19 situation, the wait times listed below could change significantly and should be considered tentative.

Also this year (2020), due to the COVID situation the Child Psychoeducational waitlist was not opened in May 2020. It is unlikely that we will open it in this calendar year. We ask that no child psychoeducational assessment referrals are made at this time as they will be declined. This does not include MCFD referrals received as part of our contract agreement.

  • Assessment – Child Neuropsychology: 1 month (Limited spots)
  • Assessment – Child Psychoeducation: Not currently accepting referrals. WAITLIST IS CLOSED IMPORTANT: and will not likely be opened in this calendar year: ALL REFERRALS RECEIVED NOW WILL BE DECLINED. (Please note: this does not include MCFD referrals)
  • Assessment – Adult Neuropsychology: 15 to 24 months
  • Assessment – Adult Psychoeducation: Not currently accepting referrals
  • Assessment – Medical/Legal: No longer accepting referrals
  • Specialty Assessment Clinics (Adolescent / Adult): Not currently accepting referrals
  • Psychotherapy – Adult: 1 – 4 months
  • Psychotherapy – Family: Not currently accepting referrals
  • Psychotherapy – Couples: Not currently accepting referrals
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Group: Not currently accepting referrals
  • The Mindful Brain Group: Not currently accepting referrals
  • Memory and Aging Program (Adults 65-80 y.o.): Not currently accepting referrals

 

The Psychology Clinic is a fee-for-service clinic. We offer a sliding-scale fee based on family income, number of dependents and ability to pay.

Clinic staff

  • Lara Robinson, Ph.D., R. Psych. Assistant Teaching Professor & Psychology Clinic Director
  • Laurie Fitzgerald, MSc., Clinic Psychometry Instructor
  • Lori-Ann Larsen, Clinic Secretary

Supervising clinic affiliates

  • Wally Craver, Ph.D., R. Psych.
  • Tony Dugbartey, Ph.D., R. Psych.
  • Louise Fennell, Ph.D., R. Psych.
  • Claire Sira, Ph.D., R. Psych.
  • Lisa Van Bruggen, Ph.D., R. Psych.

All student trainees that provide services at the Psychology Clinic are enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Victoria.

Contact us:

Tel: 250-721-7538
Fax: 250-472-5319
Email:

Office hours

Monday to Friday
9 am - 4:30 pm
Note: closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1 pm

Mailing address

Psychology Clinic
Department of Psychology
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2

Courier address

Psychology Clinic
Department of Psychology
Cornett Building, Room A236
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Psychology Clinic Director

Dr. Lara Robinson
Tel: (250) 472-5085
E-mail: 

In arrangement with the copyright holders, the Test Sales office produces and sells a limited number of neuropsychological test materials. These tests were primarily designed for use with children and adults with known or suspected brain lesions.

These test materials are not available for sale to the general public as they were designed to be used by qualified health care professionals with appropriate training and expertise in neuropsychology. Individuals interested in purchasing tests from our office will be required to provide in writing verification of their assessment qualifications.

Test Sales proceeds go towards supporting the Test & Book Resource Library at the Psychology Clinic, Clinical Psychology Training Program at the University of Victoria.