What is a psychologist?

Psychologists help individuals, whanau, organisations, and communities to improve their lives in various ways.

The help a psychologist can offer includes:

  • managing everyday problems and distress
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • relationship and family counselling
  • learning and education difficulties
  • sports performance
  • organisational functioning
  • specialist assessments.

You can expect that your psychologist:

  • is named on the Psychologists Board’s Register and holds a current practising certificate
  • meets the Board’s high standards of competence and ethical practice
  • has the specialist skills to meet your needs
  • will seek your informed consent for the services offered to you.

You have a right to:

  • be treated with respect and dignity
  • withdraw your consent if you are not satisfied with the service you receive
  • have your information held in confidence
  • be told if anyone else will have authorised access to your information.

What we do:

  • work to protect the public in relation to psychologists
  • ensure that only those who are registered with the Board use the title “Psychologist”
  • maintain a publicly accessible Register of Psychologists in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • set standards for registration and practice for psychologists
  • hear any concerns or complaints about psychologists’ services.

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