Psychologist Services

What is a clinical psychologist?

Clinical psychologists have studied psychology at University, usually for at least seven years. They have specialised in learning about how the feelings, actions, beliefs, experiences and culture of people affect the way they live. They have learned how to listen to and understand people's emotional and psychological problems and how to help people make changes in their lives.

The clinical psychologists who work at the Diabetes Service are registered with the New Zealand Psychologist's Board.

Services we provide for people with diabetes:

  • Why might I choose to see a clinical psychologist at the diabetes centre?
    People come to see a Clinical Psychologist for a number of reasons:
    For example, adjusting to having diabetes; difficulty in making the life changes necessary to stay well; difficulty managing anger, conflict and other emotions related to your health; depression, sadness and grief; anxiety, worries, panic and phobias related to your health;  eating difficulties; and difficulty with coping with the complications of diabetes.

  • At what stage is it best to see a psychologist?
    From our experience, the sooner you are aware you have a problem, the least time it takes to work through the problem

  • Who is available here?
    There are two part time Psychologists at the Centre. Eric Lundin and Frances Carter.

  • How can I contact the psychologist?
    Your health professional at the Centre may suggest that they make a referral for you, if there are problems affecting your diabetes management or your overall health and management.  Alternatively you can ask your family doctor or nurse to refer you. If you are uncertain about whether it would be helpful to see us, you are most welcome to phone us directly to discuss this. Phone 3640 860 ext 89113.


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Page last reviewed: 19 March 2018