I am Petra Hoggarth, a clinical psychologist working in Christchurch. I see adult clients (aged 18 and over). I provide psychotherapeutic treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment to life circumstances, adjustment to chronic illness, grief and bereavement. I  use the evidence-based talking therapies of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

15th January - due to overwhelming demand in recent days I am not currently taking new therapy clients. I also do not keep a wait list as I think people would be better searching for other available options rather than waiting for me. I will update this notice when I am able to take new clients.

If you are a current client looking to rebook please email me.


Adult ADHD assessments are fully booked. Bookings are closed and I do not keep a waitlist. You can find a list of health professionals you might approach for assessment here. There is also Fillian Healthcare in Auckland who may be able to offer remote assessment. 


I am a registered clinical psychologist trained at the University of Canterbury. For nine years (2011 - 2020) I worked in the Older Persons Mental Health service at the Canterbury District Health Board with psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists, social workers, occupational therapists, among others. I have worked with people dealing with the  full range of mental health problems, from outpatients, to day clinic patients, to those very unwell in the inpatient ward. I have worked with people with chronic and recurring mental health problems, as well as those experiencing their first episode.

 I also performed neuropsychological assessments, usually to determine whether a degenerative illness such as a dementia was present (please note I am not offering neuropsychological assessment privately).



I completed a PhD in psychology in 2011 and qualified as a registered clinical psychologist in 2012 at the university of Canterbury. My PhD focused on older adults in determining driving ability, both in cognitively healthy older adults as well as those with cognitive impairment including dementia. 

  • 2012 - Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc)

  • 2011 - PhD in Psychology

  • 2007 - Bachelor of Arts Honors (first class) in Psychology

Member of the New Zealand College of Clinical Psychologists


I live in Christchurch with my husband (also a clinical psychologist) and our two young children. In my small amounts of spare time I enjoy walking on the hill, sewing, reading, and home improvement and gardening projects.


I do not provide an emergency help service. For those in Canterbury there is the Crisis Resolution service through the Canterbury District Health Board. There is also the government sponsored Need to Talk service accessed by free call or text 1737 or 0800 1737 1737.

Contact Me

Email:  info@petrahoggarth.co.nz 

Phone: 021 1345 069

Address: Heritage Psychology

             360 Barbadoes Street

             Christchurch 8011

Contact email: info@petrahoggarth.co.nz, Phone: 021 134 5069
Address: Heritage Psychology, 360 Barbadoes Street, Central City, Christchurch

©2020 by Petra Hoggarth Clinical Psychologist.